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 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".
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 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.
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 Wagga Wagga train station is a landmark of the city with its historical architecture. If you want to travel to Wagga Wagga by train, please check out the CountryLink train website below.
This train station is where you will be alighting when you reach Wagga Wagga. It is located at the end of Baylis Street, which is the main commercial and shopping hub of the city.
The Wagga Wagga Court House is a historical building of the city located at the corner of Fitzmaurice and Sturt Streets. The architecture consists of a square clock tower, belltower, decorative iron work and cedar joinery.
This current Court House is the fourth for the city built in 1902. The first courthouse was built in 1847. The second in 1856 and third in 1862. Today the Court House houses regular local and district court sittings and Supreme Court once a year.
The Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre is located adjacent to Wollundry Lagoon, art gallery and Wollundry Amphitheatre. The Civic Theatre was opened in 1963, renovated in 1999 and opened again in May 2000. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of about 500 people.
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.
The Museum of the Riverina is a local history museum. The Riverina is the region in south-western New South Wales in which Wagga Wagga is located. This museum was established in 1967. In the late 1990s, Wagga Wagga City Council took over the operation of this museum.
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 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.
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.
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 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.