Our pick of the best things to do in Wagga
The gathering place of summer for all ages, Wagga Beach is the ideal swimming hole for the season. Parking is available with space for caravans and large vehicles if you are stopping in on your way through town. The area is well maintained by Wagga Wagga City Council and includes toilets, a BBQ and tables and chairs.
Wagga Botanic Gardens
The beautiful Botanic Gardens of Wagga offer a variety of flower beds, designs, colour and entertainment. The gardens were officially opened in 1968 and in 2018 celebrated its 50th anniversary. Gardens and attractions include Australian natives, cactus & succulent garden and the rose garden, a model railway, Zoo and playground & picnic area. There are many more amazing features about these gardens that you can check out here:
Victory Memorial Gardens
Centrally located and easily accessible, the Victory Memorial Gardens is a stunning scene with beautifully manicured lawns, colourful roses, a playground and memorials. Take a lovely stroll through here or even enjoy a picnic lunch while under the shade of the large trees.
Forum 6 Cinema
If you are after a break from the weather, hot or cold, Forum 6 Cinema has the latest blockbusters available for you to enjoy.
Lake Albert walk
Wagga’s Lake Albert is a beautiful sight for an early morning or evening walk with the sun setting over the water, a solo pelican enjoying the water all to himself and the trees casting shadows across the walkway. An ideal walking spot and one that can take you the entire length of the lake for you to enjoy every view.
Museum of the Riverina – Botanic Gardens site
The Museum of the Riverina site at the Botanic Gardens shows an insight into Wagga’s history, the people and events that have shaped the town and its culture. It also has Wagga Wagga’s sports hall of fame.
Museum of the Riverina – Chamber site
The council chambers building was built in 1881 and holds regular exhibitions that come to town showing off a diverse range of themes and information. This site is also home to over 10,000 object, photographs, and materials that tell Wagga’s story.
Opening hours and days include Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-2pm. Closed Mondays.
RAAF Wagga Aviation Heritage Centre
The RAAF Aviation Heritage Centre is located at the RAAF Base in Wagga, only a short distance from Wagga Airport. The centre showcases the RAAF throughout the Riverina along with other air force history through artefacts, displays and different themed rooms. The Wagga RAAF base is one of the last remaining WW2 bases in the region and the only one to hold specific RAAF memorabilia.
Wagga Art Gallery
The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a must see when visiting the region. With a continuously growing collection of over 2,600 items, the focus is on contemporary Australian prints and glass as well as skilled artists from the region. Travelling exhibitions are always on show and to check out what is on when you are in town head here: https://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/art-gallery/exhibitions-landing/upcoming-exhibitions
Wagga Civic Theatre
Opening in June of 1963, the Civic Theatre was a much-needed space for the local community for art, musicals, and performances. Today, the theatre sees many performances both from local, regional and national artists that provide a taste of culture, emotions and of course fun. To check out what’s on during your stay head to: https://civictheatre.com.au/whatson
Wiradjuri walking track
The Wiradjuri trail offers over 40km of walking and biking tracks covering the city and surrounding farmland. Beautiful views of the Pomingarlarna Reserve, Murrumbidgee River and Marrambidya Wetlands are what you can expect along with some cute native animals including a few wallabies. No matter what your fitness level and time restraints, there is a walking track for you to enjoy.
Looking for an hour of relaxation? Circa 1929 offers a variety of packages to suit your time and wants including facials, massages, bath soaks and packages. Located in the old CBA bank building, the style and service is of the 19th and 20th centuries with amazing 21st century technology and facilities. To find out more about their options head here: https://circa1929.com.au/
Situated only 16km from Wagga CBD, Cottontails Winery is located on 40 hectares of beautiful countryside including vineyards, olive trees, restaurant and function centre. The restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday from 11:30am for lunch and Thursday to Saturday from 6pm for dinner. To see more: https://www.cottontailwines.com.au/our-restaurant
A family owned business growing their own produce to create amazing wines, beers and cider. 20 years of operation has seen Borambola Wines grow from red, white and sparkling wine into hoppy beers and delicious cider. Their cellar door is open 7 days a week for tastings by appointment only. Head here to make a booking: https://borambola.com/cellar-door
Visitor Information Centre
Open 7 days a week, the Wagga visitor information centre provides you with amazing information of Wagga and the region including maps, books and essential travel items. They also have a fantastic shop with local crafts, produce and gifts that are the perfect souvenir. A great place to stop over and pick up a gift and any other information you need for Wagga
Food I Am cooking class
A fantastic chance to immerse your senses and mind into a cooking class with locally sourced produce in a purpose-built facility overlooking the city of Wagga. With an array of cooking classes available from Spanish, Italian and Asian cuisines, it is a fantastic chance to dive in and give your cooking skills a test with some of the best chefs in the country. To see their classes, click here: https://foodiam.com.au/classes-events/
Wollundry Grove Olives (tours)
Wollundry Grove Olives is a family run local produce business growing delicious olives to sell and make their award-winning olive oil. Tours and tastings are available where you are able to meet the growers, walk through the trees, learn the production of the olives and olive oil and hear the history of Wollundry Grove. And of course, getting to taste their products. To arrange a tour and tasting click here: https://wollundrygroveolives.com.au/farm-tours-tastings/
Wagga Rail Heritage Museum
Discover more about the local rail history of Wagga by visiting the Rail heritage museum with their photographs and memorabilia from over the years. From here it is a short trip over the railway pedestrian bridge to the gang shed to see more photographs as well as tools and machinery from past decades. The collection are very well preserved and showcase an era of railway that is so different to what we see now. Well worth a visit if you are a fan of history.
You are spoilt for choice with two golf courses available to play at in Wagga; Wagga City Golf and Wagga Wagga Country Club. Wagga city golf offers a fantastic course that is for all abilities including champion, intermediate and beginner levels. A 9-hole course ready when you are.
Wagga Wagga Country Club sits along the banks of Lake Albert providing picturesque views of the water while enjoying an 18-hole course and clubhouse for members and guests to enjoy.
Wollundry Saturday Markets (second sat/month)
Every second Saturday of the month you will find the Wollundry Saturday Markets set up at the Civic Precinct in the heart of Wagga. Each month there are over 30 stallholders in attendance with their goods on offer including fresh produce, sauces, jams, and homewares. In the cooler months you can grab a hot chocolate or coffee to enjoy while walking through the stalls and listening to the local musicians.
Riverina Producers Market – Thursdays
A fantastic way to be able to take home some of the local produce is by attending the Riverina Producers Market held every Thursday at the Wagga Wagga Showgrounds. Farmers, bakers, graziers and brewers bring their delicious fresh produce to town for you to take home to enjoy.