Wagga, as it’s known to us locals, is the largest inland city of New South Wales, and is the capital of the Riverina Region. Located mid-way between Sydney and Melbourne nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River, it’s dynamic and cosmopolitan, and is the major support city for the agriculture and military industries within the state.
With thriving businesses, a wealth of sports and art communities, a temperate climate and rich cultural heritage, it’s no wonder so many people call it home, with over 60,000 people now living here in Wagga Wagga.
What’s in a name?
The original inhabitants of Wagga Wagga were the Wiradjuri, the largest Aboriginal tribe within New South Wales. The name “Wagga Wagga” was derived from their language and it’s generally accepted the translation means “place of many crows”.
This would lead you to believe Wagga is filled with crows, which isn’t quite right. There are plenty of ducks, cockatoos and galahs. Even a gaggle of geese down by the Esplanade, but crows? Not so many.
The city of good sports
You may have heard of Wagga Wagga referred to as the “City of Good Sports”. This is due to the disproportionately high number of elite athletes to have emerged from the city, such as gold medal winner Brad Kahlefeldt.
The pursuit of sport looms large in Wagga, and even those who don’t play get involved with many an afternoon spent watching the Tigers dominate. In addition to the vast range of sporting clubs, a number of recreational facilities are available, including the multi-million dollar Oasis Aquatic Centre.
Just a snapshot
There are so many things in Wagga Wagga that are both interesting and unique, but unfortunately we can’t list them all. We will however, do our best. Click on the below links to see what local businesses and attractions we offer. Or, if you’re visiting Wagga, why not read our 365 things to do?