Wagga Wagga Beach
On the southern bank of the Murrumbidgee, just a five minute walk from the city centre, is Wagga Wagga Beach. The river and more specifically Wagga Wagga Beach have a strong association with the City’s history. Explorer Charles Sturt disembarked at the site on
5th Dec 1829 during his expedition to determine if Australia had an “inland sea”. It’s now a perfect location for a picnic with its undercover seating and free BBQ area.
Today, rather than sleeping on the beach beneath up-turned longboats as Sturt and his men did, modern explorers of Wagga Wagga will be pleased to discover an exceptionally well-appointed caravan park with cabins is now beautifully positioned to take advantage of the great Murrumbidgee views on offer.
Photos courtesy of Wagga Wagga City Council Tourism.
You will still see monuments to days gone by – the Wagga Wagga Beach Life Saving Club was started in 1927 and disbanded in 1971 and throughout its long, proud history, not a single person drowned. The Club was at its strongest during the 30s and it was the ambition of many teenage boys to join the Club during this period and there was a long waiting list to be a part of it.
Location: Johnson St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens
Wagga Wagga’s Botanic Gardens have grown to be among the finest in Australia. Lots of different types of spectacular gardens have been lovingly prepared to take advantage of Wagga Wagga’s annual median rainfall of 575mm (26 inches).
Whilst many beds include traditional roses, stunning camellias and exotic succulents, this is possibly the only garden in the world where you can enjoy being completely enveloped in a rainforest gully, with a drought-proof model Waterwise Garden right beside it.
For families, the children’s adventure playground and open-air dining facility provides visitors with eight free electric barbecues and comfortable seating for over 100 people.
For those wishing to walk off their outdoor lunch, the Botanic Gardens Fitness Trail which commences near the exquisite Tree Chapel and finishes near the Wagga Wagga Music Bowl, is the ideal place to wander.
With kiosk, restaurant, a choice of three children’s playgrounds, Wagga Wagga’s magnificent Botanic Gardens is a must see.
Location: Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, Lord Baden Powell Drive, Willans Hill, Wagga Wagga.
Wagga Wagga Farmers Market
The greatest Saturday morning pleasure for a Wagga Wagga local is to be in the centre of town at the Wollundry Lagoon on Farmers’ Market day, savouring the freshest seasonal locally grown produce.
With an emphasis on quality product and presentation, this Wagga Wagga association brings fresh produce direct to the customer straight from the proud growers themselves.
The markets are held next to the lagoon in front of the Civic Theatre every second Saturday of the year from 8am until 1pm.
Location: Wollundry Lagoon, near the bridge, Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga
The award winning, state-of-the-art Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre is widely recognised as one of the premium sports complexes in Australia.
- 50 metre, 10 lane, outdoor FINA standard pool;
- indoor beach area featuring large mushrooms, airjets and a waterfall;
- indoor turbo pool with spa;
- indoor 10 lane 25 metre pool;
- easy access hydrotherapy indoor pool heated to 34 degrees; and
- indoor wave pool!
The unique, Oasis Wave Ball is the most popular feature at the Oasis Centre and can create up to 2 metre waves. It’s Australia’s only wave ball and is open every day of the year.
Location: Cnr Baylis Street and Morrow Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Phone: 6926 9390 or oasiswaggawagga.com.au