The Matt Christie Institute of Australia
Wagga Wagga is the capital of the Riverina region providing an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors. With over 64,000 people living in Wagga, it provides a lifestyle and the facilities to suit everyone.
For thousands of years, the Murrumbidgee River provided a rich source of sustenance for the people of the Wiradjuri nation. There were abundant fish, crayfish and mussels in the river, wildfowl sheltering in the dense masses of reeds lining the banks and kangaroos, emus, bandicoots and turkeys nearby. Plant food was provided by bulrushes, “sow” thistles and the roots of the kurrajong trees.
European settlement followed the river frontage since an assured water supply was essential. By 1832, Charles Tompson and his sons had brought cattle to “Eunonyhareenyha” on the north side of the river and the Best family settled on the “Wagga Wagga” run on the south, the river providing a natural boundary between the two runs.
The Murrumbidgee River has been the central feature in the development of Wagga Wagga. Murrumbidgee is derived from the Wiradjuri name for the river, “Marrambidya” and is central to the country and dreaming of the Wiradjuri people.
The Wagga Beach
The Wagga Beach has been an important social space in the history of Wagga Wagga’s interaction with the Murrumbidgee. As a gathering place to have a swim, enjoy a picnic or float from the rocks, the Wagga Wagga Beach holds memories for many people of Wagga.
Wagga Wagga Beach is a popular swimming location in summer. It has a large car park for parking boats, trailers or caravans. The grounds are well maintained by Wagga Wagga City Council offering electric barbeques, a serviced toilet block, tables and chairs and plenty of shade.
Wagga Wagga is located midway between Sydney and Melbourne and just two and half hours drive from Canberra.
Wagga Wagga is serviced by two airlines – Regional Express and QantasLink – with more than 150 flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne every week. It can also be reached by coach or train.
Getting to Wagga
By Car - Wagga Wagga is situated at the intersection of the Sturt and Olympic Highways.
If travelling from Sydney or Canberra, turn off the Hume Highway approximately 35km south of the township of Gundagai.
If travelling from Melbourne, pass through Albury on the Hume Highway then turn off onto the Olympic Highway approximately 20km north of Albury.
By Air – Daily flights operate to Wagga Wagga from both Sydney and Melbourne. Both major regional airlines, Rex and Qantaslink, service Wagga with over 150 flights per week in and out of the City.
Regional Express (Rex) - phone 13 17 13 or www.rex.com.au
QantasLink - phone 13 13 13 or www.qantaslink.com.au
By Train - NSW Train Link visits Wagga twice daily connecting both Sydney and Melbourne with Wagga Wagga.
NSW Train Link– phone 13 22 32 or www.nswtrainlink.info
By Coach - Firefly Express Coaches and Greyhound/McCafferty Coaches offer regular transport between Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Greyhound/McCafferty’s also offer regular transport between Wagga Wagga and Adelaide. www.greyhound.com.au
Getting Around Wagga Wagga
Bus – Bus about Wagga Wagga, Phone 02 6921 2316
Wagga Shuttle Bus - 0458 350 100
Taxis – Radio Cabs Wagga, Ph: 6921 4242 or 13 10 08