Insiders’ Secrets – Tania Sibrey

15 February 2016

Tania Sibrey, Insiders' Secrets

Tania Sibrey, Insiders’ Secrets


Cooking tips: Enlist in a Food I Am cooking class or culinary tour (of course!)

Best brekkie or lunch: Breakfast or lunch at Mates Gully organic cafe, a family-owned and -operated business in Wagga Wagga.

Best caffeine hit: Life’s too short to drink bad coffee so head to three of Wagga’s finest – The Blessed Bean Coffee Roasters on Best Street, Trail Street Coffee Roasters or Thorne St General Store.

Delicious baker: Buy a French baguette and almond croissant from Artisan Baker.

Gourmet treats: Buy delicious artisan cheese and local gourmet produce from Knights Deli or The Red Pomegranate.

Best picnic spot: Stroll along the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River and grab a spot to enjoy your picnic with the local produce you’ve just bought! Or maybe visit our local farmers market or the monthly River & Wren Boutique market where everything is handmade, homemade and home grown in the Riverina.

Local crafts: Learn some weaving techniques and talk about culture with the Hands on Weavers Inc. at Feather & Willow Homewares which has locally- and globally-sourced homewares. The Hands On Weavers Inc. (HOW Group) is a local community group made up of Wiradjuri and Aboriginal Elders, Aboriginal women and women from all backgrounds who meet on a regular basis to create. The group has been weaving, evolving slowly and exhibiting since 2010 and are involved in a revival of traditional weaving practices within the Riverina Region, Wiradjuri Country.

Dining options: For contemporary Australian fare, head to The Oakroom Kitchen & Bar or the Roundabout Restaurant. The newly-opened Thaiga has Thai fusion.

Luxe sleepover: My tip for luxurious, bespoke accommodation is The Houston in the heart of Wagga.

Best drinks: Borambola Homestead (25km from Wagga) has a cellar door that’s open for wine tasting and sales from 11 to 4 each day. Or head to the brand new Thirsty Crow Brewery for their delicious craft beer.