Wagga Wagga

Population 52491

A cosmopolitan regional centre, Wagga Wagga ('place of many crows' in the Wiradjuri language) is the largest inland city in New South Wales and is regarded as the hub of the Riverina. In 1864 it received international attention when a man arrived claiming to be Roger Tichborne, a baronet who was believed drowned when his ship disappeared off South America. While Tichborne's mother believed him, the trustees of the estate were not so sure. What followed is believed to be the longest court case in England's history. The man was found to be Arthur Orton, a butcher, and sentenced to 14 years for perjury. Mark Twain found this story so fascinating that he insisted on visiting Wagga Wagga when he toured Australia in the 1890s.

Visitor Information

183 Tarcutta St; (02) 6926 9621 or 1300 100 122


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In Town

Museum of the Riverina The museum is divided into 2 locations, one at the historic Council Chambers (Baylis St) and the other at the Botanic Gardens, Wagga Wagga (Lord Baden Powell Dr). The chambers museum has a regular program of travelling exhibitions (inquiries on (02) 6926 9655). The museum at the botanic gardens focuses on the people, places and events that have been important to Wagga Wagga and incorporates the Sporting Hall of Fame, which features local stars such as former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor.

Botanic Gardens: themed gardens, mini-zoo, free-flight aviary, miniature railway; picnic and barbecue facilities; Willans Hill.

Regional Art Gallery: offers an extensive and changing exhibition program and includes the National Art Glass Collection; closed Mon; Cnr Baylis and Morrow sts; inquiries (02) 6926 9660.

Lake Albert: watersports, fishing, bushwalking and birdwatching; Lake Albert Rd.

Charles Sturt University Winery and Cheese Factory: open daily for tastings with a range of premium wines and handmade cheeses; off McKeown Dr.

Bikeways: along Lake Albert, Wollundry Lagoon, Flowerdale Lagoon and the Murrumbidgee River.


Junee This important railhead and commercial centre is located on Olympic Way. It has several historic buildings and museums. Monte Cristo Homestead is a restored colonial mansion with an impressive carriage collection. The Roundhouse Museum in Harold St contains an original workshop, locomotives, a model train and memorabilia. The visitor centre is located in Railway Sq in 19th-century railway refreshment rooms. 41 km NE.

Riverina wine region This region produces high-quality wines and dessert wines.

Lake Albert: watersports, fishing, bushwalking and birdwatching; 7 km S.

Kapooka: self-drive tours of the military base; brochure from visitor centre; 9 km SW.

RAAF Museum: indoor and outdoor exhibits and barbecue facilities; open 10am–3pm; 10 km E.

The Rock: small town noted for its unusual scenery. Walking trails through the reserve lead to the summit of the Rock; 32 km SW.

Aurora Clydesdale Stud and Pioneer Farm: encounters with Clydesdales and other farm animals on a working farm; closed Thurs and Sun; 33 km W.

Lockhart: historic town with National Trust–listed Green St for an impressive turn-of-the-century streetscape. Also several pleasant walking tracks in the area, and picnic races in Oct; 65 km W.

Wagga Wagga Winery: tasting area and restaurant has an early-Australian theme; 427 Oura Rd, Wagga Wagga; (02) 6922 1221.

River cruises and walking

tracks: guided and self-guide tours of the city sights; brochures from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Wagga Wagga 4 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 4 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more

Koala-spotting - Narrandera 84 km

Koalas have thrived at Narrandera since they were released in 1972. At Narrandera Nature Reserve you should be able to spot a few.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Clancy’s Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the Carriage House Motor Inn’s hectares of manicured gardens, near the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Clancy’s welcomes guests with rustic country charm. The contemporary menu... Find out more

Three Chefs Restaurant

Located at the Townhouse International Motel, Three Chefs is a delightfully chic restaurant boasting a surprisingly quirky menu that’s bursting with fresh seasonal produce. It serves the best contemporary cuisine,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Buckinbong Reserve camping area 78 km

There’s a small, very basic camping area close to the Inland Fisheries Research Station and next to the river. It’s about 16 km south-east of Narrandera via Buckingbong Rd off the Sturt Hwy. Bring your own... Find out more

Five Mile Reserve camping area 80 km

There’s a boat ramp here, which makes it a popular camping spot for boat-based anglers. It’s 8 km east of Narrandera next to Bundidgerry Creek. To get here, take Old Wagga Rd from Narrandera. Bring drinking... Find out more

Lankeys Creek camping area 81 km

It’s only a short walk from the carpark off Holbrook–Jingellic Rd to this campsite, about 16 km north of the small town of Jingellic. Boil/treat the creek water before drinking.... Find out more

Tin Mines camping area 82 km

This is a campsite on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track about 40 km west of Jingellic and 28 km east of Tin Mines camping area. It has 4WD, dry-weather access only via Tin Mines Rd from Tunnel Rd. If there’s water... Find out more

Samuel Bollard camping area (walk-in camping) 85 km

Samuel Bollard was one of Hovell’s servants. This is a walk-in only campsite on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. Set amid eucalypts, it is 12 km south-east of Woomargama and 28 km west of Tin Mines campsite.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 3 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 3 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more

Holbrook Motor Village 67 km

In an ideal position, this comfortable tidy park caters for travellers on the Hume Highway. It is convenient for an overnight stop or a longer stay. Pets are allowed at the manager’s discretion.... Find out more

Gundagai Tourist Park 68 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more

Gundagai River Caravan Park 69 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more

Lake Talbot Tourist Park 83 km

This is a large lakeside park in a quiet location away from the highway, adjoining the town’s popular swimming pool complex. The park has good amenities, a range of accommodation and nicely maintained lawns and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Comfort Inn Prince of Wales

Comfort Inn Prince of Wales (c. 1860) is centrally located near the Murrumbidgee River and all the local attractions. Thirty-two comfortable guest rooms are offered, with a saltwater pool and sauna available to further... Find out more

Little Bunda Cottages

Offering self-contained accommodation with vineyard and olive-grove views, this house includes features such as polished floorboards, high ceilings, red gum trimmings, mudbrick construction, French doors and verandahs.... Find out more

The Manor

The Manor is a delightful four-star Federation country B&B, overlooking Memorial Gardens in the heart of Wagga Wagga. It has eight comfortable guest rooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge room. There is also a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Boranbola rest area 21 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Berry Jerry rest area 28 km

66km SE of Narrandera (L) or 32km NW of Wagga Wagga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 37 km

14km SW of Tarcutta (L) or 56km NE of Holbrook (R)

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 46 km

34km S of Tarcutta (R) or 36km N of Holbrook (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Pipers Reserve camping area 50 km

T/O at Galore

Under shady trees 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway on the riverbank.

Holbrook park area 59 km

At Holbrook

Just off the highway near the information centre and submarine display.

Sandigo rest area 68 km

25km SE of Narrandera (R) or 73km NW of Wagga Wagga (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees.

Mingay rest area 73 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Coolac rest area 78 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Woomargama Rest Area 79 km

Middle of town

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good facilities.

Tumut park area 82 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

What's on around town

Farmers market: Wollundry Lagoon; 2nd Sat each month. Gumi Race: Feb. 

Wine and Food Festival: Mar.

Gold Cup Racing Carnival: May.

Jazz and Blues Festival: Sept.

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