Wagga Wagga is the largest city in inland New South Wales, perched on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.
It's a place where the produce is as fresh as the country air, and the modern city streets lead to stretches of open road through farmland to wineries and artisan food producers.
It’s also a place with proud ties to its Indigenous history. Wiradjuri people inhabited the region for thousands of years, following the cycle of seasons and ceremonies.
Today, Wagga Wagga celebrates this heritage with attractions honouring the natural environment - and it remains an ideal meeting spot, with arts, activities and a year round calendar of events that bring locals and visitors together.
There’s an abundance of flavours, activities and events to keep you busy during your stay. We’ve found some of the best to get you started.
- Come in late March and attend the Wagga Wagga Food and Wine FestivalOpens external site in a new window - a one day celebration showcasing some of the region’s best wines and paddock to plate produce.
- Join group rides, attend workshops and sample craft beer and ciders at the Gears and BeersOpens external site in a new window festival held in October.
- Visit in May and join the fashions and festivities at the Wagga Wagga Gold CupOpens external site in a new window.
- Spend a day at the Wagga Wagga Botanic GardensOpens external site in a new window - walk with peacocks, visit the zoo animals and ride the Willans Hill Miniature Railway two sundays of the month.
- Join over ten thousand other revellers in October to celebrate diversity at FusionOpens external site in a new window - a multicultural festival featuring food, music and arts in the centre of the city.
Explore the gardens, museums and walking tracks close to town, or rent a car and taste your way through picturesque villages and wineries.
Whether you’re in Wagga Wagga to visit friends, attend an event or discover new things - you’ll find many ways to get to the heart of this friendly city.
Close to the centre of town and part of the Riverside precinct, the iconic Wagga Wagga BeachOpens external site in a new window is where you can take a refreshing dip or enjoy a picnic on the banks of the riverbend - you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the famous five o’clock wave.
Stretch your legs on the scenic Wiradjuri Walking TrackOpens external site in a new window. Explore the entire 42 kilometre city loop at once, or see one section at a time, passing Marrambidya Wetlands, art installations, city sights and the spectacular river on your way.
With its glass façade and strong lines, the Civic Centre on the banks of the Wollundry Lagoon houses the Wagga Wagga Art GalleryOpens external site in a new window and National Art Glass CollectionOpens external site in a new window - and the original Council Chambers on the street front is home to the Museum of the RiverinaOpens external site in a new window.
The foodie trail
Hire a car and take a self-guided foodie tour of Wagga Wagga and the surrounding farms, artisan producers and wineries - sampling the finest tastes of the Riverina as you go.
Visit Wollundry Grove OlivesOpens external site in a new window and learn the secrets of the olive industry. Follow the Olympic Highway even further and you’ll be rewarded with sweet treats at the Junee Licorice and Chocolate FactoryOpens external site in a new window, considered the best in the region.
Wet your lips with a drop of local red, white or sparkling at Borambola WinesOpens external site in a new window, or sample handmade cheese at Coolamon Cheese FactoryOpens external site in a new window and browse the boutique shops, heritage streets and fire museum while you’re there. Come in summer and enjoy locally sourced foods, musicians and market stalls at Cork & Fork FestivalOpens external site in a new window in the grounds of Borambola Wines.
Take your pick of central Wagga Wagga restaurants to stop for dinner. Treat yourself to the delicious food and wine at Wagga Wagga WineryOpens external site restaurant or join the locals for a meal at one of the many pubs and bars lining Baylis Street.
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Wagga Wagga enjoys four distinct seasons. Summers are dry and hot with temperatures average between 13ºC - 32ºC. Winters are cold with average temperatures between 2ºC - 15ºC. Mild rainfall occurs throughout the year, more often in the winter months.
From the airport
Wagga Wagga AirportOpens external site in a new window is located 11 kilometers from the town centre. A taxi rank can be found outside the terminal, or Wagga ShuttleOpens external site in a new window offer a minibus service.
In and around the city
BusaboutOpens external site in a new window offer a public bus service in and around Wagga Wagga, click hereOpens external site in a new window to see the timetable. Radio CabsOpens external site in a new window and Wagga TaxisOpens external site in a new window service the region, and Wagga ShuttleOpens external site in a new window offer regional tours and charters by prior arrangement.
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