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Top things to do if you're in Wagga Wagga

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Top things to do if you're in Wagga Wagga
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April 11, 2021
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Top things to do in Wagga Wagga for new residents

Wagga Wagga is a city in New South Wales, Australia, that has all the amenities of modern living. What's different is the rustic splendour. This small pastoral community is steeped in all of the natural beauty and rugged charm of country Australia.

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About Wagga Wagga

Located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Wagga Wagga has a population of more than 56,000 people. It is one of Australia's largest inland cities and is almost midway between Melbourne and Sydney.

Wagga Wagga is becoming a popular place to live for people looking to move out of Sydney. This is due to a number of factors including its large area, good infrastructure, rich history, and relaxed lifestyle.

Recreation in Wagga Wagga

Recreation is important to the Wagga Wagga community. You may even have heard of the "Wagga Effect" as mentioned in sports broadcasting. This refers to an unexplained phenomenon where Wagga Wagga has produced a disproportionate amount of national and international sports stars.

Along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, you'll find a large sandy beach, where you can find locals enjoying the natural splendour of the basin in the summer months. Other aquatic highlights nearby include Lake Albert, Wollundry Lagoon, and the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre.

Culture in Wagga Wagga

Nestled in the heart of Wagga Wagga, you'll find plenty of cultural highlights. These include:

  • Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre: One of the Riverina's oldest community theatres
  • Museum of the Riverina: A famous local font of history, right in the the heart of Wagga Wagga
  • Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery: Showcasing the rough and rugged beauty of the area
  • Wagga Wagga City Library: A place for exchanging knowledge for young and old alike.

The city also hosts the Wagga Wagga Jazz Festival, the Riverina Theatre Company, and a range of literary highlights and festivals throughout the year. The city has served as an inspiration for many writers, from Mark Twain to poet Mary Gilmore — who features on the Australian $10 note.

Nature in Wagga Wagga

Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga

There is plenty of natural splendour to enjoy in and around Wagga Wagga. The Wiradjuri Walking Track is one of New South Wales' most iconic walking tracks, with a gentle loop that traces the Murrumbidgee River. Here, you'll discover plenty of native wildlife and birds.

Pomingalarna Reserve lies along the trail, and is a popular spot for mountain biking, running, and bush walking. Livingstone National Park is a short drive from the city centre, and is famous for camping and hiking.

For those who seek learning and conservation, the Marrambidya Wetlands are a valuable community resource for a range of activities.

Entertainment in Wagga Wagga

If you're a fan of paddock-to-plate dining, the city centre of Wagga Wagga is home to plenty of restaurants, bars, and hotels. For the home cook, the Riverina Produce Market kicks off on Thursday from 1pm until 6.30pm at the Wagga Showgrounds. Here you'll find everything from homemade chocolate to regional wine.

Popular regional farms open to public visitors include:

  • Rustique Lavender Farm: Located a leisurely 30 minute drive from town
  • Eunonyhareenyha Winery: The pride of the Eunony Valley, just 9km from the city centre
  • Wollundry Olive Groves: Home of award-winning cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Bidgee Strawberries and Cream: A fun family farm full of activities like strawberry picking

History in Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga has a rich, rural history, that has been lovingly preserved from generation to generation. Check out the RAAF Wagga Aviation Heritage Centre — one of the nation's largest aviation museums.

The Mount Erin Heritage Centre was built in 1874 and has stood the test of time. In a past life, it hosted several schools, and is now home to Kildare Catholic College. Discover unique memorabilia from colonial times, including an Irish harp, priceless lace, and other artefacts.

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