Located at the base of Willans Hill, the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens are set over 22 acres. A mini zoo, children's adventure playground, free flight aviary and rainforest section are open to visitors. Other attractions include a Tree Chapel, Chinese Garden, Camellia and Cactus Gardens and Miniature Railway. The Miniature Railway operates the first and third Sunday of each month. The track runs through woodlands, a tunnel and over a bridge. The cafe/kiosk located in the gardens, Little el, offers in-house and takeaway dining, small gifts, free Wi-Fi and a book exchange. Covered barbecues are also available.
Willans Hill Miniture Railway
Situated in the Botanic Gardens, the model railway runs through the garden and features an authentic station and booking office. The track runs through woodlands, a tunnel and over a bridge. Operates between 10.30am and 4.00pm on the first and third Sunday of each month. Covered Footwear is essential. Cost is $2.00 per ride. An invitation run is held the first Sunday of November every year, where model train enthusiasts, Australia wide show their trains. Will open for groups with prior arrangement.
Lake Albert is one of Wagga's popular recreational destinations offering many things to do on and off the water. The Lake precinct offers a range of facilities for all boat and recreational users. There is an adventure playground at Apex Park includes a large climbable rope structure with a huge slide, a massive bird's nest swing, a boat, some rocks, and other things kids can play on.
Museum of the Riverina
The Museum of the Riverina tells stories about the people and events which have helped shape the City of Wagga Wagga and the Riverina Region. It is also responsible for collecting and caring for more that 10,000 objects, photographs, textiles and paper-based materials which help to tell those stories. The Museum of the Riverina is a great place for visitors to discover the Wagga Wagga story, and a welcoming community space for all ages and backgrounds.
Wiradjuri Walking Track
The Wiradjuri Walking Track covers around 42 kilometres, circling much of the city and exploring riverbanks, hilltops and everything in-between. It also winds through Silvalite Reserve and Pomingarlarna Park - perfect for a little wildlife spotting or enjoying some of the best views over the city! The Wollundry Loop is 12.1 kilometres and a more leisurely walk, following part of the Murrumbidgee River and the perimeter of the Wollundry Lagoon.
Restaurants, Cafes and Wineries
Eating and drinking, compulsory delightful activities in Wagga: Asian, Italian, Mexican and modern Australian to name a few and together with family bistros, pubs, delis and cafes, everyone's tastes are catered for. Award winning wineries offer not just brilliant crisp whites and full bodied reds but local delicacies as well.
Wineries and Breweries
As a region famous for their grapes, why not have a drop to drink at one of the wineries and cellar doors located around Wagga. There are wineries, a microbrewery as well as an eye-popping assortment of pubs and bars.
Fancy some leisurely shopping whilst taking in some lovely scenery around Wagga? Fossick for collectables and vintage items, books and home-wares and purchase gourmet and organic goods our city has to offer.
Oasis Aquatic Centre
Visit the Oasis Aquatic Centre for a quick swim, exercise or even a birthday party. Great way to keep the kids entertained.
Wagga Gold Cup
from 04 February, 2016 to 05 May, 2017
The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Racing Carnival is a prestigious horse racing event, attracting a top field of horses, along with a 'fashions on the field' competition. It is one of the region's largest events. The Town Plate Day is on Thursday and offers the eight races and a track side marquee is available. The Wagga Gold Cup is on Friday and includes the listed Wagga Gold Cup (2000 metres). There are eight local races, and Myer Fashions on the Field. Private marquees are available, along with bistro meals in the Champagne Bar, the Golden View Marquee and Past the Post Marquee, as well as big screens around the course, and a band. Buses from the races available. Children under 18 not permitted on the premises unless in the company of a responsible adult.