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Wagga Wagga - Cities, Towns and Localities
Early colonist first sited the land where Wagga Wagga city is sited in December 1829 whilst travelling down the Murrumbidgee River. Captain Charles Sturt of the 39th Regiment, in Sydney; Mr. George Macleay and six others.

Wagga Wagga Main Street

Settlement followed soon after with the declaration of a town occurring in 1849, streets were surveyed the same year, the township became a flourishing centre of trade and commerce being an important river crossing for travellers and settlers going to Victoria and also for people going west. By 1879 the railway arrived and the town really started to grow and prosper.

The original inhabitants of the area are the Wiradjuri tribe. They were once the largest tribe in NSW based around the Riverina area. The name Wagga Wagga comes from this proud tribe of natives and translated means ‘Crows’ when an aboriginal name is duplicated it becomes plural so Wagga simply means ‘Crow’.

The name of the Murrumbidgee River was also named using Wiradjuri language and means ‘Plenty Water or Big Water’.

Wagga is rich in colonial history with many famous poets making the area their home such as Frank Moorhouse and Mary Gilmore. Another claim to fame is the association with Australia's bushrangers - Mad Dog Morgan shot a policeman outside Wagga in 1863. James Kelly (Ned Kelly's younger brother" was jailed in Wagga for 10 years for stealing 2 horses. Captain Moonlight (Andrew Scott) was jailed in 1879 for robbery. After he was released he held up a station where 39 people lived and worked. According to records he shot one horse before word got out that he was holding them all hostage.

Three policemen arrived from Wagga Wagga to take the Captain and his cohorts back into custody however a shootout ensued which killed two of the bushrangers one was only 15 years old. One policeman died six days later from wounds. Captain Moonlight was captured and sentenced to death and hanged in 1880 at Darlinghurst Gaol in Sydney.

Today Wagga Wagga is home to many fine parks and gardens, it has a population of approximately 60,000 people. There are many historical buildings and tree lined streets which give the town an established look and feel.

Wagga is home to many agricultural industries and fine educational institutions. The Australian Military has also made Wagga their home with the Kapooka Army training base just south of the city and Forest Hill RAAF base 10km east of the city housing some 1600 personnel. The Wagga Wagga stockyards process in excess of 1.5 million sheep per year, and 100,000 cattle annually.

Check out our listing of Wagga Wagga accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre
Tarcutta Street,
Ph: 02 6926 9621
Freecall: 1800 100 122

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Wagga Wagga Attractions

Kapooka Army Base
• (Home of the Soldier) Graduation Parades held on a Friday. Tours are available please enquire at main gate.
Museum of the Riverina
• Operates out of two sites; the Historic Council Chambers site is ideally located within the Civic Centre precinct which includes the library, art gallery, theatre, amphitheatre, CPM coffee shop, Victory Memorial Gardens and main street. The neo-classical building was the seat of local government between 1882 and 1999 before its adaptation into a museum facility. The site is used to host a regular program of travelling exhibitions with a diversity of themes and as a meeting venue within the former Town Hall and Council Chamber.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
• The Gallery includes exhibition areas for temporary and community exhibitions, a print exhibition space, specialist Glass Art shop and the stand alone Glass Gallery for the National Art Glass Collection plus the Artist in Residence studio.
Wiradjuri Walking Track
• 30 km long walk starting from the visitors centre in town it encompasses Wagga Botanic Gardens, Wagga Zoo, Chinese Pavilion, Lake Albert, historic railway tunnels, Pomingalarna Park views over the city, Flowerdale Lagoon, Wiradjuri Reserve, the old wharf and Hampden Bridge before returning to the visitor centre. The walk is best done in parts.

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Wagga Wagga Events

Wagga Wagga Jazz Festival
• Wagga Wagga Jazz Inc. provides the opportunity for local, interstate and international jazz musicians to share in the practice, performance and appreciation of jazz in all its forms with jazz enthusiasts of all ages. The annual Wagga Wagga Jazz Festival aims to provide a platform for emerging and established professionals in the field to share knowledge, experience and camaraderie in a stimulating and entertaining environment.
Wagga Wagga Show
• Annual show held in October.

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