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WWagga Wagga is located midway between Sydney and Melbourne and just two and a half hours drive from Canberra. The hub of the Riverina on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River, it’s the largest regional city in New South Wales. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trend or something precious and unique, Wagga Wagga is a shopper’s delight. From the modern malls featuring national retailers in bustling Baylis Street, to the eclectic shops in fun and quirky Fitzmaurice Street, you’ll find everything here, from stylish boutiques to homewares and antiques.

The name ‘Wagga’ is derived from the language of the local Aboriginal tribe, Wiradjuri, whose land the city of Wagga Wagga is now established on. It is widely accepted that ‘Wagga’ means ‘crow’ and to create the plural, the Wiradjuri people repeat the word. Thus Wagga Wagga translates as ‘the place of many crows’.

In Wagga Wagga, sport is in the blood and many of Australia’s sporting heroes hail from this regional city, including former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, rugby league great Peter Sterling and AFL legend Paul Kelly. The high number of elite athletes produced by the Riverina city was the subject of a study by the Australian

Institute of Sport in 2005. The research proved that the city’s talent pool was more than just good luck, describing the sporting phenomenon as the ‘Wagga Effect’.

Wagga Wagga is also home to thousands of students and recruits visiting the city for training at institutions such as Charles Sturt University (CSU), the University of NSW, University of Notre Dame, TAFE NSW – Riverina Institute, Australian Airline Pilot Academy and two major Defence Training Centres at Kapooka (Army Recruit Training Centre) and Forest Hill (Royal Australian Air Force Base, also includes Navy personnel). This means Wagga Wagga has got tertiary education well and truly covered. A much deserved round of applause can be heard when regular Graduation and March Out Ceremonies are held with family and friends, recognising the training achievements of students from Australia wide and overseas.

Wagga Wagga boasts a number of things to see and do to suit a range of tastes, so you’re sure to enjoy your stay.

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For more information on Wagga Wagga, please visit www.visitwagga.com. Alternatively, drop into the Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre at 183 Tarcutta Street.

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Wagga Wagga CityGolf Club

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Golf Club



RiverinaInstituteof TAFE



University(South Campus)

AshmontPublic School

Mt AustinHigh School

Mt AustinPublic School


Wagga WaggaBase Hospital

Calvary HealthCare Riverina

To Airport& RAAF Base

To Airport& RAAF Base

ToCharles Sturt Universtiy

(Main Campus)

ToCharles Sturt Universtiy

(Main Campus)

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Railway Station

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SouthcityShopping Centre


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To Narrandera

To Tarcutta

To Albury

To Junee



500 mWalking track

Picnic area

Car parking

Public toilets

Police station

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Park / Reserve

Caravan park


Visitor Information

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Wagga’s finest clubs


WAGGA RSLDobbs Street, Wagga

Ph 6921 3624


FOLLOW USto keep up to date

Open for breakfast daily from 7am

Three dining options: Dine Bistro, Dine Cafe or Pearl

Outdoor terrace, tab and sportsbar

Live entertainment every Friday & Saturday night

Seven function rooms suitable for 3 to 300 people

Free courtesy bus & kids club

Adjoins the Wagga RSL Motel

Two dining options: CC Bar & Grill or CaffeBar

Outdoor Deck in a picturesque setting

Three great function rooms to suit conferences or parties

from 3 to 250 people

Live entertainment including international shows

Free courtesy bus & kids club

COMMERCIAL CLUBGurwood Street, Wagga

Ph 6921 3012


every Friday + Saturday

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FOOD AND FRESH PRODUCEWagga Wagga has everything from award winning restaurants to laidback, made-for-Sunday-morning style cafes, organic delis and country pubs offering hearty fare. The region also boasts a delicious array of fresh local produce from the surrounding farm areas such as olives, olive oil, lamb, beef, pistachios, jams and honey.

Many local restaurants serve up the regional produce and providores in the city provide a year-round supply for both residents and visitors. Make sure you visit one of the regular markets in the region so that you can taste some of the local fare for yourself. Wagga Wagga is also home to a unique coffee culture with numerous boutique style cafes serving freshly roasted blends.

SHOPPING Wagga Wagga is brimming with big brands as well as boutique stores offering shoppers something more unique. Simply take a walk down Baylis Street to lose yourself for a few hours. If you’re seeking something

more unusual, then Fitzmaurice Street will be sure to satisfy your needs. Whatever you’re after, you’re sure to find it in Wagga Wagga.

GARDENS AND PARKS Wagga Wagga is renowned for its stunning parks and award-winning gardens. The beautiful tree-lined main streets are the perfect sanctuary to take in the natural beauty of the city and plan your day.

Located on Macleay Street, the Botanic Gardens is a must-see with its 20 hectares of themed garden beds, zoo and free f light aviary. Make sure you check out the native f lora and dedicated rose garden here.

Alternatively you may prefer a leisurely stroll around beautiful Collins Park or the historic Victory Memorial Gardens. Otherwise you can strut your stuff on the walking track around Lake Albert or head to Wagga Beach to catch the mythical famous 5 o’clock wave.

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See and DoThingstoART AND CULTUREIf music makes your heart sing, dance and live theatre leaves you breathless, and art and culture make your pulse race, you’re in the right place. From traditional to contemporary, there is something to suit the tastes of all art and culture enthusiasts visiting Wagga Wagga. Pay a visit to the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery to marvel at Australia’s largest collection of studio glass or catch a show at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. The Rail Heritage Museum or the Museum of the Riverina give visitors an insight into the people, places and events that provide Wagga Wagga with its unique character.

DEFENCE HERITAGEWagga is home to the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Base which was founded during World War II to train army engineers. Later it served as a migrant centre but was converted to a training base for recuits with the onset of the Korean War, and remains a training facility today. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base opened in 1940 to serve as a training school and aircraft depot. After the war, the base evolved over many decades and today encompasses a college and heritage centre. The RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre showcases the unique history of the base and is well worth exploring if you have a few hours up your sleeve. The centre is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm except for public holidays.

AN EVENTFUL CITY There’s nothing Wagga Wagga likes more than putting on a good show. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to put your hair up or let your hair down, the packed-to-the-seams calendar of colourful and creative events will provide you with lifelong memories.

DAY TRIPSWagga Wagga is the perfect base for exploring the Riverina and surrounding regions. An easy day trip in any direction can take you through the extremes of Australia’s natural and cultivated environment.

To the east lies Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains and the alpine towns of Batlow and Tumbarumba. To the west lies Griffith, the heart of NSW’s biggest wine producing region and an easy drive takes you to other undiscovered gems like Junee, Lockhart and Coolamon.

BIRDWATCHINGThere are around 750 species of birds in Australia and so, with 300 being recorded in the Wagga Wagga region, the area is a Mecca for birdwatching.At Livingstone National Park, located 30kms south of Wagga Wagga, birdwatchers are privy to the brown treecreeper, eastern yellow and hooded robins, speckled warbler, turquoise parrot, chestnut-rumped heathwren and woodswallows.

Pomingalarna Reserve, located on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga, boasts the glossy black cockatoo, Gilbert’s whistler, rufous whistler, pardalotes and honey eaters. Berry Jerry State Forest, located 30kms west of Wagga Wagga, showcases the barking owl, black chinned honeyeater, yellow rosella and superb parrot. For more information, call into the Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre for a copy of ‘Bird Trails’.

WINERIESWagga Wagga is a great destination for wine lovers. Take yourself on a tour of the wineries or pay a visit to Wagga’s only microbrewery The Thirsty Crow. For more information on wineries, please visit www.visitwagga.com.

LAKE ALBERTLake Albert is one of Wagga’s most popular recreational facilities. It caters for boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities. This is one of the most popular recreational destinations in Wagga and is commonly used by walkers, joggers and bike riders. It is family friendly and has eight fitness stations which are situated in four locations on the eastern side of the lake.

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PARKS AND GARDENSThe city is renowned for its stunning parks and award-winning gardens.

The Botanic Gardens is the ideal place to relax and unwind while you walk around and view the themed gardens or sit back while the kids play in the adventure playground. A Miniature Railway operates along a track that runs through the woodlands. Train rides are available between 10:30am and 4pm on the first and third Sunday of each month. Covered footwear is required and the cost per ride is $2.

Your visit to Wagga Wagga wouldn’t be complete without a leisurely stroll around the beautiful tree-shaded Collins Park, a picnic in the Victory Memorial Gardens or a moment to sit on the banks of the Wollundry Lagoon. You can also try one of Wagga Wagga’s heritage walks to find out more about the city’s history.

FOR THE LOVE OF SPORTSWagga Wagga is famous for its nursery of sports stars.Known as the “City of Good Sports”, many of Australia’s heroes hail from Wagga Wagga. The Wagga Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame celebrates the careers of local sportspeople both past and present. Some of the famous names include former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, rugby league great Peter Sterling and AFL legend Paul Kelly.

To experience the city’s superb sporting facilities meander down to the Oasis Aquatic Centre located on Morgan Street. The centre is open daily and facilities include swimming, aqua aerobics, hydrotherapy, a sports stadium (basketball, netball, badminton, volleyball) and a children’s playground. Alternatively, you can navigate the Wagga Wagga bikeways or visit Lake Albert which boasts a myriad of water and recreational activities.

For more information on parks and recreation, please visit www.visitwagga.com.


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CalendarofEventsJANUARY• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Australia Day Races• Australia Day Celebrations• Sounds of Summer Concert Series

FEBRUARY• The Downside Bushdance• Wagga Classic Charity Fishing

Competition• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Charles Sturt University

Commencement Celebration• Gumi Race• Wagga Pro Rodeo• Heli Heatwave• Golden Wheel Track Carnival

MARCH• The Downside Bushdance• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga Wagga Food & Wine

Festival• Wagga Wagga Week of Golf

including the Wagga Wagga Pro-Am

APRIL• The Downside Bushdance• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga HomeXpo, Lifestyle and

Adventure Show• Stone the Crows Festival• Gold Cup Carnival Prelude Day• World War II and Military Scale

Flying Weekend• Regenerate Youth Festival• Butch Menz Memorial Cycling


MAY• The Downside Bushdance• Chariots for Charity• Town Plate Day

• Wagga Wagga Gold Cup• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Rotary Club of Wagga Book Fair• Country Music Weekend• Barry Carne Interstate Ski

Challenge• Australian International Animation

Festival• Kurrajong Waratah Charity Race


JUNE• The Downside Bushdance• Wagga Wagga Veteran & Vintage

Motor Club Annual June Rally• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Reserve Forces Day

Commemorative Service• Wagga Wagga Cycle Classic• Wagga Greyhound Gold Cup

JULY• The Downside Bushdance• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga Wagga Swap Meet• French Film Festival

AUGUST• Craftalive• The Downside Bushdance• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon

SEPTEMBER• Camellia Show• The Downside Bushdance• City of Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod• MG Car Club Gathering of the

Faithful• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga Lake Run and Ride• Henty Machinery Field Days• Aggies Race Day

OCTOBER• The Downside Bushdance• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga Wagga Show• Annual Garden and Outdoor

Festival• Wagga Wagga and District Scale

Model Club Annual Show• Little Big Day Out• Uranquinty Folk Festival• FUSION: An explosion of cultural

energy• Wagga Wagga Picnic Races• Wagga Wagga Relay for Life• Children’s Medical Research

Institute Christmas Fair• Taste Riverina Festival

NOVEMBER• Wagga Wagga Art Prize• Melbourne Cup Day Race Meeting• The Downside Bushdance• Charles Sturt University Vintage

Dinner• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Australian Formula Powerboats

Grand Prix• Model Railway and Hobby

Exhibition• Miss Wagga Wagga Crowning• Murrumbidgee Dragon Boat


DECEMBER• A Very Wagga Christmas• The Downside Bushdance• Farmers Market• Art on the Levee• Wagga Wagga Christmas

Spectacular• Carols by Candlelight• Come to Bethlehem• Charles Sturt University

Graduations• Wagga Toy Run

For more information on events, please call into the Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre to collect a copy of ‘What’s On in Wagga Wagga’ or visit www.visitwagga.com.

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MarketsEAT LOCAL THURSDAYA pop-up General Store Farmers Market located at Murrumbidgee Turf Club, Travers Street. Free entry.

MARKETS BY THE LAKEHeld throughout the year on various Saturdays from 9am - 2pm. Fresh produce, arts and crafts. Free entry.

RIVER & WREN BOUTIQUE MARKETSLocated at Wagga Wagga Showground, Bourke Street. Visit www.riverandwrenmarkets.com.au.

FARMERS’ MARKETHeld the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 8am - 1pm. Features gourmet and organic products. Located at Civic Centre Precinct, Burns Way. Free entry.

WAGGA WAGGA POLICE STATION 217-219 Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga Open 24 hours 6922 2599

WAGGA WAGGA BASE HOSPITAL Docker Street, Wagga Wagga 6938 6666

WAGGA WAGGA MEDICAL CENTRE 4 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga 6921 4053

KRS HEALTH FAMILY MEDICAL PRACTICE 547 Kooringal Road, Wagga Wagga 6922 6144

GREEN APPLE DENTISTRY 9 Sturt Street, Wagga Wagga 6921 6488

BEST ST DENTAL 122 Best Street, Wagga Wagga 6921 5799

SUMMIT DISCOUNT PHARMACY WAGGA 1A, 46-52 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga 6921 4652



CHURCHES & TIMES St Michael’s Cathedral, Church Street Sat: 6pm Sun: 8am, 10am, 5:30pm

Sacred Heart, Kooringal Road Sat: 6pm Sun: 8:30am, 10am, 5:30pm

Baptist Church, Tarcutta Street Sun: 10am, 6pm

St John’s, Church Street Sat: 6pm Sun: 9am

St Luke’s, Cnr Docker & Shaw Streets Sun: 7:30am

Evangelical Church, Kooringal Road Sun: 10am

Inspire Church, Kooringal Road Sat/Sun: 10am

Church of Christ, Cnr of Heath Street & Fernleigh Road Sun: 9:45am

St Paul’s, Turvey Park Sun: 8am, 9:30am



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