Wagga Wagga lies in the heart of New South Wales’ Riverina, a fertile agricultural area midway between Australia’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Stroll or cycle along the banks of the mighty Murrumbidgee River beneath tall river red gums and explore the region’s lush natural landscape. Discover Wagga Wagga’s charming downtown area and try some of the region’s fine produce, including wine, olives and beef.

Wagga Wagga’s compact city centre features two strips of eclectic boutique and retailer stores, Baylis Street and Fitzmaurice Street. Try local produce, regional wines and craft beers at downtown restaurants and cafés or the weekly Eat Local Thursday markets. Go straight to the source at the Farmers’ Market, held on the second Saturday of each month. Check out the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, which features an expansive collection of Riverina artists and Australian glass art pieces. Learn about Wagga Wagga’s European settlement and Wiradjuri Aboriginal heritage at the Museum of the Riverina. The region’s prestigious sporting history is on display at the Sporting Hall of Fame.

Explore the Murrumbidgee riverbanks and take in beautiful views of native flora and drooping willows. Walk or cycle along the riverside trails to Wagga Beach, a natural sandbar on the Murrumbidgee River. In the summer, join the locals and take a dip in the cool river waters. Lake Albert, to the city’s south, hosts powerboat and waterskiing championships. Head further south to find Livingstone National Park, a diverse bushland featuring wild orchids, woodland birds and grey kangaroos.

Don’t miss the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, which holds a fascinating collection of native and exotic plants. Kids will love the gardens’ small zoo and miniature railway.

Visit Wagga Wagga in October to experience the Taste Riverina Food Festival and Fusion cultural festival.

Wagga Wagga is located in south central New South Wales, approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra. Reach Wagga Wagga by air, train, car or bus from Melbourne and Sydney. The city has a local bus network.The region has warm, dry summers, which are ideal for a scenic cycling trip along the Murrumbidgee River.

Known for

Family-friendly, Natural Parks and Rivers

Top hotels in Wagga Wagga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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International Hotel Wagga Wagga
4.5 out of 5
Corner of Sturt Hwy and Lake Albert Rd, Wagga Wagga
AU$105/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,389 reviews)

"Close to town and very nice. Would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019

International Hotel Wagga Wagga
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Mantra Pavilion
4 out of 5
22-30 Kincaid Street, Wagga Wagga
AU$118/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,160 reviews)

"The reception staff were lovely. The two bedroom unit that we stayed in was clean, only one complaint, is that the phone was not working in the room."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

Mantra Pavilion
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Garden City Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
2 Day Street, Wagga Wagga
AU$106/night
30 Jul. - 31 Jul.
4.2/5Excellent! (568 reviews)

"Good location. Family owned business. Good customer service."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2019

Garden City Motor Inn

Top activities in Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga Tandem Skydiving Experience
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Wagga Wagga Tandem Skydiving Experience

AU$448

Experience the thrill of a lifetime on this tandem skydiving adventure over the lush landscape of Wagga Wagga. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you jump from a plane soaring at up to 15,000 feet (4,572 m), all while harnessed to an expert instructor to ensure you land safely back on solid ground.