Wagga Wagga

Baylis Street

Wagga Wagga (pronounced Wogga Wogga), the largest inland city in New South Wales, with a population of around 60,000 people, is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. The city is universally referred to as Wagga.

The Wagga Wagga Tourist Information Centre, located inside the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre (cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets) provides helpful advice to people visiting the city.

Understand

Originally inhabited by the Wiradjuri tribe, which was the biggest aboriginal tribe in New South Wales, embracing the Riverina area.

The early colonists first sighted the land in December 1829, on which the city of Wagga Wagga now stands, on an expedition of discovery down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. Settlement swiftly followed.

Wagga Wagga was proclaimed a town in 1849 and by the 1860s the population totalled approximately 700. By 1881 it had increased to 3,975. In 1879 the railway line was extended south of the river.

"Wagga" in the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal dialect means "crow". The repetition of a word was the method of expressing the plural or emphasis, thus Wagga Wagga means "crows" or "the place where crows assemble in large numbers". The Murrumbidgee River which runs through the City also derived its name from the aboriginal language and means "plenty water" or "big water".

Get in

By plane

Regional Express (REX) and Qantaslink fly regularly from Sydney and Melbourne domestic airports. Flights start at approximately $79 on special one way, although $120 is about the standard advanced purchase price, with prices rising to several times that if you book close to when you travel. The airport is 15 minutes out of town, both taxis and hire cars are available at the airport. Approximate cost for a taxi to the centre of the city is $30.

By train

NSW Trainlink offer a daily train service, with the city on the line between Sydney and Melbourne, providing two services a day in each direction.

By bus

Get around

Route 965 serviced by Busabout

See

Do

Civic Theatre

Eat

Buy

Baylis Street is the main street of Wagga and is where you will find most shops. You'll find the Sturt Mall and Marketplace shopping centres which should have everything you need. You'll also find some smaller malls in the suburbs such as the Kooringal Mall (Kooringal) and the Southcity Shopping Centre (Glenfield Park).

Drink

Sleep

Go next

If you are driving, Wagga Wagga is at a crossroads. Head west on the Sturt Highway (Route A20) for a long drive to Adelaide (approx. 11hr drive), east on the Sturt Highway (Route A20) and then the Hume Highway (Route A31) to Canberra (3hrs) and Sydney (5hrs) or south on the Olympic Highway (Route A41) and then the Hume Highway (Route A31) to Melbourne (5hrs).

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