14 Best Things To Do In Wagga Wagga, Australia

things to do in wagga wagga australia
Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew 
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Wagga Wagga is located at the eastern end of the Riverina region. The city straddles the Murumbidgee River and the city centre is on the southern bank. It is strategically located halfway between the largest city in Australia, being 452 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Sydney, and 456 km (283 mi) northeast of Melbourne, and a mere two hours drive from Canberra. It is a major regional city in the region of Riverina. The name Wagga Wagga derives from the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal language.The original inhabitants of Wagga Wagga are the Wiradjuri Aborigines. Wagga Wagga has fast become a popular holiday destination because it has many attractive offers for travelers such as the beautiful beaches and lakes, the many art galleries and museums, the beautiful parks, farms and gardens and many others. In short, there is a room for everybody. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Wagga Wagga, Australia!

1. Victory Memorial Gardens

Victory Memorial Gardens
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Victory Memorial Gardens stands tall and proud as an homage to those who sacrificed their lives during World War One. The landmark was designed by revered designer Thomas Kerr, the same man who did Sydney Botanic Garden. This place is perfect for those who want to interact with aquatic birds such as ducks and geese that swim on the waters of Wollundry Lagoon. This is a perfect destination for those who want to spend a quiet day by themselves or with a partner. Families are also known to frequent this place because children find fun and happiness in feeding the birds.

Victory Memorial Gardens

Address: Baylis St & Morrow St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

2. Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Station Museum

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Museum on Monday, July 27, 2020

Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Station Museum stands on the site of the historic Wagga Wagga Railway Station. Both the elderly and young will appreciate the huge collection of railway memorabilia on full display at this museum. A short walk over a pedestrian bridge will take you to Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Gang Shed, a platform that houses a collection of tools, photos, and railway trikes. There are experts roaming around the museum whom you can ask about certain information regarding the station, trains, and other items on exhibit.

Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Station Museum

Address: Station Pl, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Station Museum

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 11am - 2pm (closed from Mon - Thu & Sun)

3. Oasis Aquatic Centre

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Oasis Aquatic Centre is located in the heart of the city. Inside, it contains a 25-meter (82 feet) lap pool, several leisure pools, a children’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and a pool exclusively used for teaching children how to swim. The outdoor area has a 50-meter (164 feet) pool and a diving pool with 1-meter (3.2 feet) and 3-meter (9.8 feet) diving boards and a 5-meter (16 feet) platform. The place also includes separate changing facilities and bathrooms for males, females, families, and the disabled. Kids will have so much fun spending time at the playground.

Oasis Aquatic Centre

Address: Bolton Park, 50 Morgan St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Oasis Aquatic Centre

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6am - 9pm; Fri: 6am - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 6pm

4. Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Civic Theatre Wagga
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Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre is a popular venue where cultural activities are often held. A visit here allows you to witness acts such as concerts, children’s shows, circuses, comedy skits, and more. The theater has a capacity of 491 and has two foyers to welcome each guest. If you come early, you can have a drink or two while taking in the view of the beautiful Wollundry Lagoon. The theater has been renovated recently with a contemporary look, which makes watching these productions an enjoyable thing. Do take the time to watch a show here at Wagga Wagga Civic Theater.

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Address: Burns Way off, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

5. Sturt Mall

Sturt Mall
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When the citizens of Wagga Wagga want to go shopping, they go to Sturt Mall. The main reason for this is its location, which is in the heart of the city. The shopping mecca is where you will find dependable stores and brands such as Kmart, and Cole’s. The single-floor building has 52 other stores to serve your shopping needs. If you get hungry after shopping, you can grab a bite and coffee at Vanilla Pod and Muffin Break or at the capacious food court. Fashion stores are a huge come-on with brands such as Rivers, Dotti, and Sportsgirl leading the way. Baker’s Delight has the answer to all your fresh produce needs.

Sturt Mall

Address: 135-143 Baylis St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Sturt Mall

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 9am – 5:30pm; Thu: 9am - 8pm; Fri: 9am - 5:30pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 9am - 4pm

6. Que Wagga

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Que Wagga on Thursday, January 21, 2021

In the daytime, Que Wagga is a favorite haunt for families with children. At night, it switches into a place where drinking and dancing take place. The place is relatively new on the map but has attracted both diners and party people. It enjoys an ideal location along Baylis St. where several other dining and entertainment establishments can be found. There are three areas where you can have food, drinks, and fun at. The Deck is an open area where you can enjoy the fresh air with your friends. Next is Frank’s, a sports bar where you can drink the night away. Lastly, there is Playground, a full-fledged club where you can dance to the latest tunes.

Que Wagga

Address: Wagga Marketplace, 109 Baylis St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Que Wagga

Opening hours: Fri: 5pm - 3am; Sat: 5pm - 3:30am (closed from Sun - Thu)

7. Project Paintball Wagga

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Posted by Project Paintball Wagga on Friday, December 11, 2020

Project Paintball Wagga is a paintball facility that provides guests with fun and entertainment second to none. With paintball being a fast-growing form of fun activity for everyone above 12 years old, Project Paintball Wagga is the perfect place to bring out your playful nature. The conditions here are perfect for playing with all seven fields having the capacity to accommodate large groups. There are separate men’s and women’s shower and bathroom facilities that provide necessary comfort after a day of playing under the sun. The facility also offers a large parking lot where even buses can park. Before playing, guides will go over rules and regulations first.

Project Paintball Wagga

Address: 7 Gillard Rd, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Project Paintball Wagga

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

8. Wagga Bowling & Entertainment Centre

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Wagga Bowling & Entertainment Centre is a popular destination for ten-pin bowling. You will definitely have fun striking those pins in perfectly maintained alleys with your friends and family. There is also a bar that serves drinks and snacks you can indulge in while playing. Aside from this, the place is also known for hosting special events such as parties, birthdays, and personal and official occasions. You will have the pleasure of choosing from a delicious menu to fill your tummies. Happy and enthusiastic staff and management will assure you of a great experience here at Wagga Bowling & Entertainment Centre.

Wagga Bowling & Entertainment Centre

Address: 65A Trail St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: Wagga Bowling & Entertainment Centre

Opening hours: Mon - Thu:10am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm

9. The Roundabout Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


You will have a taste of the best Modern Australian fare at the Roundabout Restaurant here in Wagga Wagga. The food is exceptional and best experienced with bottles of local wines. Imagine yourself having an intimate dinner with your loved one while ordering an exquisite tasting menu in an elegant setting. The restaurant is located inside Charles Sturt Suites & Apartments. It serves a delightful array of breakfast selections in the morning and robust dishes at night. It has consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the city.

The Roundabout Restaurant

Address: Best Western Plus Charles Sturt Suites & Apartments, 82 Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Website: The Roundabout Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 9:30am, 6pm - 10pm; Sat: 7:30am - 10pm, 6pm - 10pm; Sun: 7:30am - 10pm

10. Rustique Lavender Farm

Posted by Rustique Lavender Farm on Friday, 30 December 2016

Just take a leisurely 30 minute drive from Wagga Wagga to Rustique Lavender Farm where you can surround yourself with a calming and relaxing atmosphere. When you reach the farm, you will be greeted by some farm animals. Take a stroll through the lavender rose garden and some old machinery displays. You can even browse through the farm shop which has a delightful range of lavender products. Some of the products available are furniture polish, insect bite cream, pure lavender oil, assorted handicrafts, lavender bunches and lavender filled teddy bears, which make lovely gifts. Kids also will have a fun time playing with the farm animals. The Rustique Lavender Farm is actively involved in the farmer’s markets around Wagga Wagga region. It is a well kept secret, just waiting to be unravelled by adventurous souls and eager travelers.

Rustique Lavender Farm

Address: Glenken 7979 Tumbarumba Rd, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2650, Australia

Price: Free entry

Opening Hours: 10am - 5.30pm daily

Duration: Between 1-2 hours

Access: 30 minutes drive from Wagga Wagga

Contact: +61 269281117

Near by Food: You can have picnics

Facebook: Rustique Lavender Farm

11. Lake Albert

Lake Albert almost full again
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Lake Albert is one of Wagga Wagga’s most popular recreational facilities. It is an artificial lake and named after Prince Albert. The whole lake is surrounded by parkland and is a venue for many water sports. When you are here, you must explore the beautiful landscape and also indulge in the recreational fun this place has to offer. This attraction caters for boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities. There is a 5.5 km (3.4 mi) walking trail usually used by walkers, joggers and bike riders for visitors. And of course, the highlight of the place would be the fitness station on the eastern side of the lake. You can really get your heart pumping during these workouts. The fitness station is very popular with users of the lake. There is also a lot of shade and the area is a nice retreat for a day out with the kids and family. The magnificient view of the lake and its background makes it a perfect place to take photos. You would not want to miss it.

Lake Albert

Address: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Price: Free access

Opening Hours: You can go at anytime

Duration: Around 1-2 hours

Contact: 1300 292442

Near by Food: BBQ and picnic facilities available

Website: Lake Albert

12. Wagga Wagga Beach

Just chilling with Kim Ayres

Posted by Wayne Ayres on Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Murrumbidgee River has been the central feature in the development of Wagga Wagga. Murrumbidgee is derived from the Wiradjuri name of the river. The beach is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and is within the vicinity of Cabarita Park. It is very popular during the summer when the temperature is high. The beach acts as a gathering place to have a swim and for a picnic. Visitors can relax on the shaded lawn, have lunch on the banks of the river or go for a swim. The Wagga Wagga Beach hold memories for many people of Wagga Wagga. The grounds are well maintained by Wagga Wagga City Council offering electric barbecue facilities, tables, chairs and also plenty of shade. This is a good place for the family to relax and unwind.

Wagga Wagga Beach

Address: Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2650, Australia

Opening Hours: You can go at anytime

Duration: Around 1-2 hours

Access: Cabarita Park near Wagga Wagga

Contact: 1300 292442

Near by Food: BBQ and picnic facilities available

Website: Wagga Wagga Beach

13. National Art Glass Gallery

Kristin's powder printed lace collars

Posted by Brenda Page on Friday, 10 July 2015

National Art Glass Gallery is situated at the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre at the corner of Baylis Street and Morrow Street. The national gallery offers an exciting range of exhibitions featuring the local and international artist as well as an extraordinary leading studio glass artist. It is a gorgeous exhibition which attracts large crowds. This gallery is home to one of the world’s finest and leading glass studios. There are many amazing and fascinating glass collections here. Although the exhibits change regularly, the displays are of truly stunning pieces. The shape and colors are really artistic. This attraction is a must visit for all art lovers.

National Art Glass Gallery

Address: Baylis Street and Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga

Price: Free entry

Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 10am-2pm (Sunday). Closed on Monday

Access: By bicycle or car. Located at the corner of Baylis and Morrow Streets

Contact: +61 269269660

Website: National Art Glass Gallery

14. Museum of Riverina

Posted by Museum of the Riverina on Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Museum of Riverina is situated at the Historic Council Chambers site. The museum provides regular programs of traveling exhibitions with a diversity of themes throughout the year. This majestic building is housed in the heart of the City Civic Centre precinct. It was formerly the Town and Municipal Office before it was a converted into the museum. The Museum of Riverina tells stories about the events which have shaped the city of Wagga Wagga and the Riverina region. It has various exhibits of more than 10,000 objects, photographs, textiles and paper board materials to tell the stories. It is a great place for visitors to discover Wagga Wagga’s story and a welcoming space for all ages and backgrounds.

Museum of Riverina

Address: 243 Baylis St, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2650, Australia

Price: Free access

Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 10am-2pm (Sunday). Closed on Monday, Good Friday and Christmas Day

Duration: About 1-2 hours

Access: Between Baylis and Morrow Streets

Contact: +61 269269655

Website: Museum of Riverina

Rich cultural heritage

City of Wagga Wagga North Wagga sign
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Wagga Wagga provides a rich cultural heritage and history plus a wealth of fantastic attractions, making it an ideal destination for visitors all year round. One of the most refreshing things about Wagga Wagga is the people. They are friendly and approachable and there is nothing they like more than welcoming visitors to their home. Wagga Wagga has also proven to be a popular choice because it has facilities and a lifestyle to suit everyone. It comes as no surprise that the city ranked 7 among the top ten destination in Australia in 2016. Recognition has also been given to Riverina as a trending destination because of its authentic experience. There has been a substantial increase in visitors over the years. This place is noted for its stunning parks and award winning gardens. All of these are the plus factors as to why this place is fast becoming a tourist hub.

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