Located at the base of Willans Hill, the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens are set over 22 acres. A mini zoo, free flight aviary, children's adventure playground, and rainforest section will keep the kids occupied for hours. Other attractions within the gardens include the Tree Chapel and Chinese pavilion. Various garden areas showcase camellias, cacti and succulents, proteas, Australian natives and roses. The Willans Hill Miniature Railway operates the first and third Sunday of each month. The track runs through woodlands, a tunnel and over a bridge. Train rides operate between 10.30am and 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Covered footwear is essential to ride the trains. Covered barbecues are also available.
Willans Hill Miniture Railway
Situated in the Botanic Gardens, the Willans Hill Miniature Railway runs through the garden and features an authentic station and booking office. The track weaves through a garden setting, through woodlands, a tunnel and over a bridge. No visit to Wagga Wagga is complete without a ride! Covered footwear is essential to ride the trains. An invitation run is held in November every year, where a gathering of model train enthusiasts Australia wide show their trains to the delight of adults and children alike. Willans Hill Miniature Railway is also open for groups with prior arrangement. The trains run on the first and third Sunday of each month from 10.30am to 4pm. Lunch Break: 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Lake Albert is one of Wagga's most popular recreational facilities. It caters for boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities. The five-and-a-half kilometre circuit walking track is commonly used by walkers, joggers and bike riders. Eight fitness stations have been installed in four locations along the walking track on the eastern side of Lake Albert. Set over 800 metres, the fitness stations are very popular with users of the lake. Boat ramps are located at Bosley Park, adjacent to the Wagga Wagga Boat Club on the lake’s western side, and at Apex Park on the eastern side. Also at Apex Park is a children’s playground with a separate fenced area for smaller children. Lake Albert is family friendly and a must for visitors to Wagga Wagga.
Museum of the Riverina
*Note: The Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens site is temporary closed from January 2019 to June 2020. The Museum's Historic Council Chambers site remains open* The Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens site highlights the people, places and events which give Wagga Wagga its unique character. It hosts changing exhibitions, the museum’s permanent collection Kidzone, Kidztrack and the Wagga Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame. This is a great site for families, with regular school holiday events and a dedicated discovery and play space for children five to twelve.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery inspires a vibrant, innovative and diverse Riverina arts culture. They engage with their local and global communities, support artists regionally and nationally, and promote a flourishing and experimental creative environment accessible to all. They're proud to host artwork by the outstanding Riverina artists throughout the year as well as the best visiting exhibitions from across Australia. Their showpiece is the National Art Glass Gallery, home to Australia’s largest and most significant collection of contemporary art glass.
National Art Glass Collection
The National Art Glass Gallery houses a world class, nationally significant collection of contemporary art glass, featuring approximately 400 pieces. As well as displaying the National Art Glass Collection, the gallery also exhibits a number of curated exhibitions which feature well known Australian and international glass artists throughout the year.
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 Pomingalarna 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.