The Wagga Wagga Marketplace is a shopping centre with the main entrance on Baylis Street, with other entrances from Forsyth Street, Morgan Street and an underground carpark. The main department stores here are Woolworths, Big W and Australia Post. There are also over 60 other stores here. Wagga Wagga Marketplace was originally constructed by Woolworths Limited and was acquired by ISPT in July 1997.
The Murrumbidgee River is a major river in the state of New South Wales as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The word Murrumbidgee means "big water" in the Wiradjuri language of the local aboriginal people.
It is in fact a major tributary of the Murray River. The Murrumbidgee travels about 900 kilometres from the foot of Peppercorn Hill in the Fiery Range of the Snowy Mountains, through New South Wales (including Wagga Wagga) and the ACT.
Along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Wagga, there is a walking trail (see photos here), beach area where the locals relax and have their picnics, and a Beach Caravan Park as well. More photos of the Murrumbidgee River are at the travelogue section of this VT psge.
Baylis Street is the main street of Wagga Wagga. Most of the daily happenings centred around this street, including shopping (see my VT shopping tip). During Sundays, however, Baylis Street is very quite as most of the shops are closed (in fact the same goes for the entire town!).
However, you will be surprised that Baylis Street consists of mainly low rise buildings (see photos). In fact, Wagga Wagga feels more like a big town than a city because of its low rise buildings and the city is spread out over a large area.
More photos of Baylis Street are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
The original Aboriginal inhabitants of the Wagga Wagga region were the Wiradjuri people. Apparently, the word "Wagga" the Wiradjuri aboriginal language means "crow".
To create the plural, the Wiradjuri people repeat the word, thus 'Wagga Wagga' means "the place of many crows".
It was so much FUN! I went in on my own as my boyfriend wasn't up for the challenge. When I arrived the staff placed me in a race with other drivers and it was great.
We watched a safety/ruels & regulations DVD, put on a helmet and the staff strapped us in the karts. I felt a little nervous at first but by the second lap I felt like I was FLYING!
When our race was over we handed back the helmets and the staff handed us our timesheets. I didn't come first.....or second.....or third.....and not last either! I didn't care where I came in the race, all I knew was that I had to go again.
It was AWSOME fun. I LOVED it!
If you're looking for some fun while in Wagga, visit the Rev-Arena go karting centre... You can be the earilest of beginners or advanced and you'll have a great time! It only opened in Wagga in late 2005 but will hopefully stick around for a long time to come...
If you visit Wagga in the summer time then you should visit the Murrumbidgee River... There are a few places to go with small beaches... The Wagga Beach and the Wiradjuri Reserve are the two main areas in town.
Floating down the river on airbeds, tyre tubes or other floating things has become very popular and is a lot of fun... :) We did it three times in the 2003/2004 summer.
In a town where any activity is welcome, wine tasting at Charles Sturt University is actually really worthwhile! There is a range of wines, cheeses and olive oils produced in the region available to sample. Tastings are free and generous (although the cellar staff serving us somewhat cold) so you can treat it as a trip to drink for free, but the wines are so good that you can also treat it as a true wine tasting experience. Try the liqueur with apricot flavours, it's absolutely divine, and any cheese lover will find it hard to leave without a purchase.
The botanic gardens cover 20 hectares and have a huge variety of plants on show...from natives to exotic plants.
There is also a childrens playground, mini zoo, free flight avairy and miniture trains. (The trains only run on the first and third Sunday of each month though).
It is a great place for a BBQ, picnic, lazy afternoon etc...
If you have time, do visit the university "cellar door" for wine and cheese tasting. Very unique "native" Australian cheese on sale here. Excellent award-winning wines on sale as well. They will post the wine out for you as well so you don't have to carry them all over! Free tour to the cheese factory every Wed at 1pm. You will be in luck if you meet the Master Cheesemaker of the university himself. Call ahead if you can. You can catch the "university" bus from town and a 10-minute walk to the "Cellar Door". Bus is A$1 per pax.