Wagga Wagga enjoys a beautiful setting on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina region. Gorgeous as the location is, it’s just one reason why people visit Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
Wagga Wagga is a young city with a thriving student population – thanks to the Charles Sturt University, one of Australia’s largest places of learning. It’s also home to two of the Australian Defence Force establishments.
It’s a noted sports city too. It has given its name to an effect or syndrome that seeks to explain why so many elite sportsmen and women come from this region, and you can see the Wagga Effect for yourself by visiting the Sporting Hall of Fame.
Museums and galleries are plentiful. The RAAF Museum tells the story of Air Force history, the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a public art space and the Australian Pen Museum is the country’s only museum dedicated to writing implements.
The Riverina region is known as the pump-house of the state’s wine industry. Charles Sturt University’s wine school and the Ron Potter Research Centre are based here.
The climate is temperate with four distinct seasons. Winters (June to August) are cold with temperatures dropping to below freezing while summer (December to February) temperatures can soar to 32 C (90 F).
Wagga Wagga is a defence and university town, and families will visit to attend passing-out parades and graduation ceremonies. Peak season times are Christmas, New Year and school holidays. Easter and all the long weekends are also high season times.
Wagga Wagga hosts more than 400 festivals during the year. The Food and Wine Festival takes place in March, the Gold Cup Racing Carnival in May, the Veteran and Vintage Motor Clubs Annual Rally in June, and the Jazz and Blues Festival in September. Henty Field Days, a three-day exhibition of agricultural machinery, also takes place in September and the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Show is held at the end of September/start of October.
Due to the university, training base, RAAF and festivals, Wagga Wagga does not have a low season.
At Wagga Wagga Airport, there are several rental-car companies, airport shuttle buses and taxis available. A car is essential if you’re going to explore the Riverina area. Busabout Wagga Wagga services operate throughout the city area with extensions to Estella and Forest Hill.