Taking a tour around Wagga Wagga, starting at the Civic Precinct and a visit to the iconic Civic Theatre is a must. The local venue for visiting and local shows and productions.
In Wagga Wagga, we have sport in our blood, some say it is in the water. The locals claim it is almost compulsory that our children learn to play a type of sport.
We have produced top international sporting names, including Australian cricket captain, Mark Taylor and international players Michael Slater and Geoff Lawson. Rugby League greats Peter Sterling, the Mortimer brothers, Greg Brentnell, Ben Cross and also Arthur Summons. Rugby Union international Wallabies representatives Nic Henderson and Arthur Tonkin also four-times Australian Test representative John Langford, Nathan Sharpe and Nathan Hines were all Wagga lads.
Wagga has produced numerous Australian Football legends including, Paul Kelly, Wayne Carey, Cameron Mooney, Matt Suckling, John Pitura and Bill Mohr.
In athletics, Patrick Dwyer was a 2004 silver medalist. Triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt is a Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
Scobie Breasley an international horse jockey rode over 3000 winners in Australia, Great Britain and later took up training in UK, USA, France and Barbados
Sally Shipard played soccer with the Mathilda’s and Steve Elkington, international golfer started his career in Wagga Wagga.
Our hockey greats consist of Hockeyroos, co-captain Melanie Twitt and was a member of the team which took out gold in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games. Adam Cummens was a member of the 2000 bronze medal winning team in Sydney Olympics.
See the stories of our heroes and take a tour around the Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame, located within the Museum of the Riverina, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens, on Lord Baden Powell Drive
It is not only sport that Wagga Wagga is noted for. It is claimed it is so good it was named twice!! In fact the name is indigenous for place of many crows. Now, crows are an ugly, pest of a bird of prey. But, heh, we have to have something that brings us back to earth.
Watch the sunrise over Lake Albert from the walking track that travels around the lake or join the many locals that gain their daily exercise running or walking or using the boating facilities, exercise stations or adventure playground. Lake Albert plays host to varied watersports including waterskiing, sailing canoeing and swimming.
Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in New South Wales. It is home to Charles Sturt University, with 11 campuses throughout New South Wales and Victoria.
‘Yindyamarra Winhanganha’ is a Wiradjuri phrase meaning, ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’. It’s a sentiment at the heart of CSU’s approach to education, and reflects the University’s ethos ‘for the public good’. The University employs over 2000 staff and cares for over 20000 students.
Surrounded by prime agriculture land, producing cereal grains, livestock, vineyards and wineries, Wagga Wagga has a population of over 60,000 people.
Wagga Wagga was built on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and gradually spread south and west as the population grew. When you visit the Wagga beach on the river, watch out for the 5 o’clock wave. A joke the locals would play on visiting friends and relatives.
The old Hampden Bridge over the Murrumbidgee River had much more character than its steel and concrete replacement.
A visit to the Botanic Gardens and animal park is a relaxing and interesting way to spend a day and enjoy a delicious lunch at the kiosk. Located on the western base of Willans Hill.
Wagga Wagga is situated approximately midway between Sydney and Melbourne and 3 hours from Canberra. Come and visit us you will be glad you did