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Best Things To Do In Wagga Wagga, Australia

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Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew

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. Wagga Wagga is a very friendly city and it was voted by Flight Centre as one of the top travel destination of 2016 in Australia.

1. 1. 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

2. 2. Lake Albert

Lake Albert almost full again
Source: Photo by user Bidgee used under CC BY-SA 3.0

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

3. 3. 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

4. 4. 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

5. 5. 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
Source: Photo by user Bidgee used under CC BY 3.0

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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