Resting on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in New South Wales and is considered as a major commercial and urban centre of the Riverina. With its rich heritage, diverse offerings and modern infrastructure and facilities, Wagga provides its residents with a comfortable lifestyle and is also quickly becoming a popular destination among tourists. If you have decided to spend some time in Wagga Wagga, here are some travel tips to help you make the most out of your visit.
1. Consider the season to schedule your trip. Winters are beautiful but freezing cold in Wagga Wagga especially in the frosty mornings, while summers are warm with an average temperature between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius. The summer season is perfect for tourists to see the many sights of the city or to take a swim in one of the city’s lakes and beaches. Summer is also the time when several cultural events and festivals take place, making the season ideal for tourists to experience the city’s culture.
While summer is perfect for swimming, the picturesque gardens and greenery of the city are quite a sight to see during autumn and spring. To see the gardens at their best, schedule your trip for the autumn or spring season.
2. Select your preferred mode of transportation. You can drive, catch the train or book a flight to Wagga Wagga. Situated between the Sturt and Olympic Highways, the city is an easy 5 hour drive from Sydney and Melbourne and a 2-and-a-half hour drive from Canberra. If you choose to take the plane, Wagga Wagga is a quick 1 hour flight from Sydney and Melbourne.
Tourists may also take the train. The city is 518 kilometres by rail from Sydney and 432 kilometres from Melbourne on the main Southern line. While taking the plane has the obvious advantage of being the fastest way to Wagga Wagga, driving or taking the train allows you to enjoy various sights and sceneries along the way.
3. Pack your walking shoes and favourite sports gear. As the “city of good sports”, Wagga Wagga houses some of the finest sports and training facilities in Australia. They city offers facilities for every kind of sport including swimming, athletics, Australian football, cricket, tennis, hockey and rugby. If taking a long walk is your fitness routine, then you will enjoy the Wiradjuri Walking Track. The track has a distance of 30 kilometres around the city, allowing you enjoy the sights while keeping up with your fitness regimen.
4. Get yourself ready to experience the city’s culture and heritage. Wagga Wagga’s galleries and museums showcase various paintings and other artworks by well-known international and Australian artists. Many collections also reflect the city’s rich history. The city library is also another cultural site to visit. Aside from housing a large collection of books, the city library also provides story telling sessions, workshops and even musical events. Admission to the galleries, museums and city library is free of charge.
5. Book your accommodation ahead of time. There are several types of accommodation in Wagga Wagga including hotels, bed and breakfast, camp grounds and caravans, cottages and apartments. Book your preferred Wagga accommodation early to avoid any inconvenience. There are also various restaurants and cafes in the city if you wish to dine out.
Some final tips
Wagga Wagga is known for its beautiful outdoors, so if you are travelling with your family or group of friends, make sure to pack for a picnic. If you are travelling alone, you can enjoy the lovely outdoors by walking through the botanical gardens or along the Murrumbidgee River. Finally, if you happen to get lost during your trip, do not hesitate to ask the locals for directions as Wagga locals are famous for their warmth and friendliness.