There are country towns and there are country towns – some of them don’t have a lot to offer and some of them are so welcoming and vibrant that you won’t want to leave. Wagga Wagga (or just Wagga as the locals call it) definitely falls into the latter category.

Exploring Wagga Wagga

Wagga is the largest regional city in New South Wales and surrounded by the Riverina district, one of the most productive food bowls in Australia. The beautiful Murrumbidgee River is the backdrop to the town and a focal point for many of the variety of things to do in Wagga.

A stay in Wagga should include a walk or ride around the beautiful Wagga parks and gardens, a day exploring the local art in the galleries and local history in the museum, a visit to one of the weekly or monthly markets selling everything from bric-a-brac to handmade arts and crafts, and a visit to one of the local wineries and breweries.

When it comes to places to eat and drink Wagga has it all – from award winning fine dining restaurants to casual pub grub, take aways and everything in between. Most of the restaurants and cafes feature food and wine from the region as well as fresh produce sourced from other regions in Australia. Whatever occasion you are celebrating and whatever style of food you covet, Wagga is sure to be able to come to the party with a range of choices to impress.

For recreational activities, nearby Lake Albert is one of Wagga’s most popular destinations and boasts swimming, fishing, boating and a range of aquatic activities in a picturesque setting. The hot dry summer days are ideal for spending at the lake or at Wagga ‘Beach’ (a favourite with locals) on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.


Accommodation in Wagga Wagga

There are many accommodation options available to you, including the modern and stylish Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga, which is a short drive from Lake Albert. Alternatively, the Comfort Inn Heritage Wagga is a quaint and comfy hotel sure to make your visit memorable.

The 30 kilometre Wiradjuri Walking track circumnavigates the city of Wagga and is a great way to explore the history and nature around the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. If 30 kilometres is too long for you, the 10 kilometre Wollundry Loop is an easier walk that still takes in some of Wagga’s most lovely landscapes.

Another great thing about Wagga Wagga is that it’s a stones throw away from Griffith. The locals usually head down to Griffith on the weekend to reconnect with nature. Griffith has stunning environments and national parks filled with glorious flora and fauna to discover. It’s the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Wagga and find some quiet time just for yourself. If you’re after accommodation in Griffith, the Econo Lodge Griffith Motor Inn is your way to go!

The Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens boasts a large collection of native flora and fauna. The lush green fields are perfect for setting up a picnic, and simply spending the day taking in the thrill of nature.

The Quality Inn Carriage House offers more country style Wagga Wagga accommodation and is set on eight hectares of landscaped gardens with pleasant rural views from most rooms. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and outdoor pool and close proximity to wineries, golf, arts and all that the Riverina has to offer.

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