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Canberra Day Trips: Discover the wonders of Wagga Wagga

Canberra Day Trips 24 March 2020

Aerial view of Central Wagga Wagga, via Wikimedia Commons.

Canberra Day Trips usually focuses on interesting smaller destinations, but this week we’re showcasing the vibrant regional city of Wagga Wagga. Sprawled along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga has a thriving food and wine scene, fabulous galleries, beautiful parks and gardens and fascinating heritage to discover, and several award-winning wineries are right nearby. 

Wagga is a major city in the Riverina region of NSW. It’s an important agricultural, military, and transport hub for the wheat, cattle and sheep industries. Its name is an Aboriginal word that means many crows.

Things to do

When it comes to things to do in Wagga, the options are endless.

Getting there

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From Canberra, take the Barton Highway towards Yass until its intersection with the Hume Highway. Continue along the Hume Highway past Gundagai until you reach a major intersection – the Sturt Highway – which will take you through to Wagga.

When to go

As the largest regional city in NSW, there’s always something happening in Wagga. Check out the events calendar for exhibitions, performances, produce and craft markets, and festivals, and if your idea of a perfect day is cycling combined with a craft beer and cider festival, don’t miss the Gears and Beers Festival every October.

Key details

  • Duration: Around 2 ¾ hours each way from the CBD
  • Distance from Canberra: 240km
  • Recommended for: Just about everyone. With lovely tree-lined streets to wander around, excellent museums and galleries to explore, parks and gardens galore, a river to take a swim in, an Aboriginal trail to walk along and boutique breweries to visit, Wagga has plenty to offer
  • More information: Visit Wagga

If you’ve spent time in Wagga, let us know your favourite thing to do there.  


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