Wagga Wagga, NSW



Wagga Wagga Attractions

Lake Albert

Get your heart pumping on the 5.5 kilometre sealed pathway around the lake. There are distance markers along the way to let you know how you are travelling. This pathway is used frequently by walkers, joggers and cyclists. There are several parks beside the lake, Bossley Park and Ray Beddoe Park on the western side of the lake and Apex Park on the eastern side of the lake. They all have covered picnic tables and barbecue area, toilets and playgrounds. O’Halloran Park,at the northern end of the lake, has a Dog Agility Track with a variety of doggy fitness equipment which your pooch will love. It comprises obstacles such as weaving poles, see-saw, walking ramps and various level jumps.

Turn south off the Sturt Highway at the eastern entrance to Wagga Wagga onto Lake Albert Road. Travel 4 kilometres then turn left at the roundabout onto Kooringal Road. Turn right at the next roundabout where it is signposted to Lake Albert. After 400 metres you can turn right onto Lakeside Drive which takes you to the western side of the lake or continue for 500 metres and turn right onto Eastlake Drive which takes you to the eastern side of the lake.

Tony Ireland Park

This sheltered park surrounds a small section of the Wollundry Lagoon, with picnic tables and pathways. The park is adjacent to the Civic Centre, Art Gallery and Wollundry Amphitheatre.

Turn north off the Sturt Highway at the eastern entrance to Wagga Wagga, onto Tarcutta Street (opposite Lake Albert Road). Travel 1 kilometre, turn left onto Thomson Street and the park is on the right.

www.erinearth.org.au/tony-ireland-park

Victory Memorial Gardens

The Victory Memorial Gardens were established in 1925 as a tribute to those who fought and died in the First World War. Thomas Kerr, designer of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, was chosen to create this tribute which is located on the banks of the Wollundry lagoon in Wagga Wagga's business centre.

Turn north off the Sturt Highway at the eastern entrance to Wagga Wagga onto Tarcutta Street (opposite Lake Albert Drive). Travel 1.3 kilometres, turn left onto Morrow Street and the gardens are 200 metres on the corner of Baylis Street.

www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/city-of-wagga-wagga/recreation/parks/victory-memorial-gardens

Wagga Steam & Vintage Engine Museum

The Wagga Wagga Railway Station has been converted into the Wagga Steam And Vintage Engine Museum. It is well worth spending some time exploring these fascinating machines especially if you are a train enthusiast. The museum is open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 10.30am – 3.00pm and is free to visit.

Turn south off the Sturt Highway at the eastern entrance to Wagga Wagga, 900 metres west of the Tarcutta Street/Lake Albert Road intersection (1st left after passing Dan Murphys) and 2.5 kilometres east of the Olympic Highway/Sturt Highway roundabout, at the traffic lights, onto Station Place (Caltex Service Station is on the corner. The museum is at the end of the road.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

There are 7 exhibition spaces in the gallery, one of which displays a selection of works from the Art Glass Collection. This collection focuses on contemporary Australian art glass and prints. Others are the Main Gallery which displays all art forms such as painting, sculpture and craft and the Links Gallery and E3 Art Space which are reserved for artists from the Wagga Wagga and Riverina region. In the Gallery Shop you will find handcrafted giftware, art journals, beautiful hand made cards, paperweights and spectacular vases and well worth a look.

Located in the Civic Centre on the corner of Baylis & Morrow Streets. Turn north off the highway onto Bayliss Street and follow it to Morrow Street. It is near the Victoria Memorial Gardens.

www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/art-gallery

Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens

There is so much to see and do here you need to allow several hours to cover it all or pack a lunch and spend the day. Throughout the gardens there are themed garden areas such as bamboo, roses, cacti, camellias and an Australian native section. There is also a Chinese pavilion, a small zoo, a free flight aviary, a rainforest walk with wooden walkways, interpretive centre with live frogs, music bowl, picnic facilities, children’s playground, kiosk and a miniature railway that operates on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month between 10:30am and 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4pm. Covered footwear is essential to ride the trains. There is no entrance fee to the gardens, the zoo or the free flight aviary. On the other side of Lord Baden Powell Drive and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens, is an historic museum. Here you will see old equipment such as farm machinery, washing machines, push mowers and post office equipment just to name a few. The museum also houses a Sporting Hall of Fame honouring athletes from the Wagga Wagga district. Well worth a look and free to enter.

Turn south off the Sturt Highway, 1.2 kilometres west of the Tarcutta Street/Lake Albert Road intersection and 2 kilometres east of the Olympic Highway/Sturt Highway roundabout, onto Edmondson Street. Travel 1 kilometre then turn left at the roundabout onto Urana Street. Turn right at the next roundabout, then immediately turn left into the Botanic Gardens.

www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/city-of-wagga-wagga/recreation/parks/botanic-gardens

Wiradjun Walking Track

This walkway/cycleway follows a 30 kilometre trail around the city. It is suitable for all ages and a great way to discover the history and see nature as you pass through the town and beside the Murrumbidgee River. It also includes some good lookouts and places of Aboriginal significance. A good place to start is from the Information Centre in Tarcutta Street and you can stop and return at any time. Take the 1 kilometre walk southeast from the Information Centre to the railway viaduct or you could stroll the perimeter of the Wollundry Lagoon which is 12 kilometres. There are 11 signposted access points and you can enter or exit at any one of these points.

Pick up a brochure from the Information Centre in Tarcutta Street before you start your walk.

Wiradjuri Reserve

This is a very popular reserve offering excellent swimming off a sandy beach. It’s an ideal family reserve with ample frontage to find your own picnic area. The shallow water and slow current make it a particularly good swimming spot for children. The Wiradjun Walking Track runs through the reserve.

Turn east off the Olympic Highway at the northern entrance to town, at the roundabout, 5 kilometres south of the roundabout signposted to North Wagga Wagga and 2 kilometres north of the Olympic Highway/Sturt Highway roundabout, onto Travers Street, Travel 1.5 kilometres then turn left onto Narrung Street which is just before the Murrumbidgee River. Travel 550 metres then veer right into the reserve entrance.

This page last reviewed on 1 Dec 2016