Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga is where paths cross and people meet. The vibrant regional city in the beautiful Riverina is on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Discover the delicious food and wine scene, wonderful galleries, tranquil riverbank walks, gorgeous gardens and parks, and fascinating heritage.

A short drive from the city centre are award-winning boutique wineries, such as Borambola, Eunonyhareenyha and Cottontails, which has a restaurant. In the city, you’ll find a tasty range of restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as charming country pubs and Thirsty Crow, a microbrewery.

A family walking their dog by Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga

With accommodation options to suit various budgets, NSW’s biggest inland city is a great base for exploring the Riverina and an ideal meeting place. There are plenty of things to do in and around Wagga Wagga, which is 4h 45min drive from Melbourne and Sydney and 2h 40min from Canberra.

Explore the enchanting Botanic Gardens, home to a zoo, a free-flight aviary and the Willans Hill Miniature Railway. Wander alongside the river on the Wiradjuri Walking Track, which circles much of the city and takes in the splendid Marrambidya Wetland, a sanctuary for water and migratory birds.

By lovely Wollundry Lagoon is the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, housing the prestigious Margaret Carnegie Print Collection. The neighbouring National Art Glass Gallery contains some Australia’s most significant art glass works. The Museum of the Riverina and the Civic Theatre are here, too.

A mother and daughter petting a donkey, Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens zoo

Lake Albert, on the southern end of town, is great for boating, fishing and other activities. A 5.5km track for walking and cycling circles the waterway. Northwest of the here is the Pomingalarna Reserve, where there’s a 13km mountain bike course. The reserve is on the Wiradjuri track.

Just outside the city, near the airport, is the RAAF Wagga Aviation Heritage Centre. The museum showcases Australian air force history and displays vintage warplanes. And 30km south is the Livingstone National Park, where you can enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking and camping.

With four distinct seasons, Wagga Wagga is captivating throughout the year. Check out the events calendar for exhibitions, performances, produce and craft markets, and festivals. The Gears and Beers Festival in October is a celebration of cycling combined with a craft beer and cider festival.


Wagga Wagga Airport

Fly into Wagga Wagga Airport

Wagga Wagga Airport is 11km from Wagga Wagga’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Choose from around 120 flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne each week. QantasLink operates daily direct flights to Sydney, and Regional Express operates daily flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Melbourne for travel to Wagga Wagga.

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