The Parish has been established for over 150 years. The four churches that make it up are very much a part of the local heritage and culture of Wagga Wagga.
Located in, surprisingly, Church Street, it sits on top of the hill and is the highest of the three churches that sit on the hill.
There's a small hill in Wagga Wagga and, scattered around it, you'll find three churches of different demoninations here.
Unusually, the Catholic Church is at the base of the hill.
It's a gorgeous sandstone building from the outside and inside there are arches running from front to rear in the middle of the pews with an impressive wooden ceiling overhead.
The building around the corner is the Bishops residence
Located at the corner of Macleay St and Lord Baden Powell Drive, the Gardens feature a mini zoo, a free-flight aviary, themed plantings and miniature trains that operate for children and families on the first and third Sundays of the month. There is no admission fee to the gardens.
There are also two special gardens that have Chinese inspired entrance pavilion, a camelia and a Shakespearian garden that are fenced off when closed and it's ablaze with colour in spring.
Adjacent to those is a cactus garden that has some odd plants it wouldn't pay to let young children close to!
They would be better shown the walk through aviary that's also a feature.
There's also a Tree Chapel that's available for functions, particularly weddings of course.
This gallery is in the same complex as the glass and the council buildings. I found the collection to be very good and well displayed.
There are also rotating displays that highlight various artists and, along with the glass gallery, make the whole building well worth taking an hour or two of your time.
The gallery also has its own Facebook page.
Fabulous, can't get enough of it and I've only been there twice. Specifically designed for such works with one wall of the two storey building entirely glass to let the light in, the pieces are thus highlighted to the best advantage.
Less than 10% of the available works can be shown at any one time so whenever you visit you're bound to see new stuff. They also have rotating displays featuring various artists in the downstairs area.
It's a wonderful medium that lends itself to colour arguably better than any other and they are so vibrant with the available lighting.
Pictured here is the curator of the exhibition whose name I've misplaced unfortunately.
Wagga Wagga received some attention in the Australia's media and in England when one Thomas Castro moved to the town in 1864 and claimed to be the missing Roger Tichborne, the heir of a Hampshire baronetcy who was believed drowned when the ship he was travelling on disappeared off South America.
Although his claim was accepted by Roger Tichborne's mother, the trustees of the estate rejected his claim, giving rise to a civil action which proved to be the longest case heard in English legal history. Thomas was sentenced in 1874 to 14 years gaol for perjury when it was resolved that he was in fact Arthur Orton, a butcher. Wagga's subsequent international notoriety was sufficient to draw Mark Twain when he visited Australia in the 1890s.
In the old Council Chambers building these days there is a museum that has all the details of the trial and a painting done while the court was in session.
If you have your own transport and have a few hours to spare, go up to the Crestwood Lavender Farm in Junee, approximately 40Km north of Wagga. The trip is 50 minutes from Wagga. Certainly worth your while if you are interested in lavender; the hosts are really lovely folks. You can buy great lavender products there as well. Enjoy the afternoon with a beverage and light meal there. Opens weekends 10am-4pm, other times call for appointment. No entry fee. [Check out the intricate stone wall and antique furniture making tools as well. The kids lavender maze should be up soon too.] Don't forget your camera, the views are scenic! NOTE: My picture of the place does not do justice but I want to show you the main entrance to the farm.
If you need to find out extra information on anything in Wagga then you can visit, telephone or email the Visitor Information Centre.
You can pick up a free map of Wagga at the Visitor Centre but they are fairly basic (just the main streets of the town) or if you want a more detailed map (with all suburb streets) it will cost you $1.
The "Discover Wagga Wagga" booklet also has a map inside which comes in very hand when trying to find accomodation (it has approximate prices etc) and some places of interest.
The Victory Memorial Gardens are located on the banks of the Wollundry Lagoon in Wagga Wagga.
This gardens is on 5 acres of land, which was formerly the site of the Old Police Barracks and Police Paddock (where the police horses were kept). In 1925, the Wagga Wagga City Council planned a tribute to those who fought and died in the First World War. The City Council originally planned a museum, but public preference was a garden, which led to the start of its construction in 1928.
If you are travelling on a caravan, you can stay the Beach Caravan Park of Wagga Wagga situated just next to the Murrumbidgee River. The beach area and walking trail along the river is just adjacent to this caravan park, so it is very convenient. The atmosphere here is laid pack and relaxing, which is perfect for a holiday.
More information on the Beach Caravan Park is at the website link below.