The iconic town of Wagga Wagga is located in New South Wales, and serves as the regional centre for what’s known as the Riverina area. The biggest inland city in New South Wales, Wagga Wagga is situated 452 kilometres away from the state capital city of Sydney, and 456 kilometres away from Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.
Located an equal distance from the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Wagga Wagga is often a preferred destination for many Australian road-trippers. Sitting on the Murrumbidgee River banks, Wagga Wagga boasts a rich and fascinating history, a vibrant and alluring culture, and a charming, storybook setting. While many arrive in the city with intentions to explore the entire Riverina region, there are also those who visit the idyllic city because it has so much to offer.
The Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, which span across 22 acres, may be one of the most popular tourist hot spots in the city. Visitors are invited to observe and walk through a Chinese Garden, a Tree Chapel, a patch of rainforest, and a Cactus and Camelia Garden, where they can soak in the blooming native and exotic species of plant life.
Also located within the Botanic Gardens is a Miniature Railway, which the kids tend to hold out for after exploring the flora with their parents. The ride takes passengers through a tunnel, through dense woodlands, and over a bridge. Operating twice a month on a Sunday, the train is always popular amongst guests.
Additional attractions within the Botanic Gardens include a mini zoo, which also sees children running toward it in excitement, and an adventure playground. The family-friendly amenities combined with the onsite café and protected barbecues makes the venue an ideal location for a family day outdoors. A free-flight aviary also exists within the gardens, where guests may observe a broad range of bird life.
For those who can’t get enough time in the fresh air, the Wiradjuri Walking Track extends for 42 kilometres and allows participants to discover the outer city streets, riverbanks and hilltops. The trail features signs to help guide walkers, who may start or leave at various points. There are a number of walks which cater to a range of intentions and abilities, and the Wollundry Loop in particular leads walkers to the Wollundry Lagoon, where they may find native wildlife hidden in the peaceful location.
Further information about the city of Wagga Wagga may be found on the Visit New South Wales website.