This week our How to spend the perfect day in… series takes us to Wagga Wagga.
Wagga Wagga is the largest regional city in NSW, the dynamic urban heart of the Riverina region. Life in the Evocity of Wagga Wagga offers a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe, fostering a progressive and vibrant atmosphere to live, work and play.
Situated in southern NSW on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga abounds in natural beauty. Living in Wagga Wagga means endless opportunities to soak up the great outdoors whilst enjoying the rich culture, excellent education, health and community facilities as well as fantastic business and employment opportunities. Here is just a preview of the incredible lifestyle that awaits you in Wagga Wagga.
One of the most popular activities in Wagga Wagga in cycling – there’s even an entire festival dedicated to it! The annual Gears + Beers Festival is a fantastic community event for all ages and skill levels, that showcases this hugely popular sport ( as well as great craft beers, awesome food and amazing coffee). However, on any given day, a morning ride is a brilliant way to start your morning, making the most of Wagga Wagga’s numerous cycle paths and trails.
For the coffee fiends and brunch lovers, no perfect morning is complete without a visit to one of Wagga Wagga’s amazing cafes. There are plenty of options to satisfy all tastes, including The Blessed Bean, Wagga Wagga Boat Club which boasts panoramic views over Lake Albert, Uneke Lounge and Fitzmaurice Cafe to name a few.
Wagga Wagga is absolutely brimming with activities to keep the whole family busy. There are over 90 playgrounds in the Wagga Wagga region for children to explore, including the dedicated Kidsville at the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens are home to a miniature railway and small zoo, making it the perfect place to enjoy a family day out. There are also plenty of places to just sit and relax or enjoy a picnic while admiring the beautiful gardens.
If you’re inclined to indulge in a spot of shopping, Wagga Wagga offers a diverse selection of your favourite chain stores and local boutiques. Home to two City Malls, large shopping centres such as Wagga Wagga Market Place and specialty retailers including Always Alice Boutique, Feather & Willow and Confetti in Wagga Wagga.
If you enjoy fine food and the best of local produce, Wagga Wagga establishment Knights Meats is an absolute must. Operating for over 40 years, Knight’s Meats and Deli offer an extensive range of premium quality meats, deli products including house-smoked meats, housemade pies and pastries, local and international artisan cheeses, salads and other gourmet delights. It’s a true gourmand’s delight!
For an immersive cultural experience there are countless options including the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery which houses the National Art Gallery Collection or there is the Museum of the Riverina which has a wide range of engaging exhibits including a dedicated learning and discovery section for children called Kidzone.
Come afternoon, you’ll no doubt be in need of a little rest and relaxation. The Riverside Area is just the place. Start at Murrumbidgee Wetlands and see if you can spot some of the gorgeous wildlife that call the diverse wetland ecosystem home. From there, head along the river toward the famous Wagga Beach area where you can relax with a good book or go for a dip while enjoying surrounds of gorgeous old gum trees and Cathedral Spires. This is also the location of the Cork & Fork event which takes place on selected Friday nights from October through to February and is a showcase of local food, wines, beer and cider.
Wagga Wagga is renowned for producing more than its fair share of top Australian sportspeople – it’s fair to say Wagga Wagga is sports crazy! If you’ve still got energy to burn, visit the Bolton Park sports precinct which includes the Oasis Aquatic Centre with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, cricket nets, basketball courts, BMX tracks, tennis courts as well as AFL, soccer, rugby and open fields.
If you enjoy dining out, Wagga Wagga is bound to impress with it’s burgeoning restaurant and bar scene that includes a growing variety of international restaurants such as the award winning Thaiga Thai and Giuseppes Authentic Italian. Or for a truly experiential meal visit Magpies Nest to enjoy fantastic food amongst the vineyards using local produce and local wines. If you enjoy local craft beer the Thirsty Crow Microbrewery is an icon. Enjoy sampling their variety of tasty beers as well as a great selection of antipasto and cheese boards, pizzas and share food which includes a game of Chilli dumpling roulette if you dare! If you feel like enjoying a few more drinks, Wagga Wagga has an active nighttime economy with a range of great venues for enjoying live music such as Birdhouse Bar + Kitchen.
To round out your per Wagga Wagga has a great variety of entertainment venues such as Forum6 Cinemas, Civic Theatre Wagga Wagga for a great line up of stage productions, ballet and live music, or visit Wagga Bowl for a great family night out.
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