EAT AND DRINK
Wagga Wagga is home to some of Australia’s best cafes, restaurants and bars. Delicious breakfast, lunch and (most importantly!) coffee can be found in abundance! Here are a few favourites:
Fitzmaurice Cafe - a favourite local haunt
Uneke - enjoy a sandwich or have a stickybeak at the homewares in their adjacent shop.
Blessed Bean - known for their home brewed coffee.
Free Spirit Foods - delicious, healthy, filling, fare.
Mates Gully - rustic fare in beautiful surrounds.
Trail Street - expect to fight the locals for a spot at this hotspot.
Harans Patisserie - for the best cakes in town.
The Pot ‘n’ Kettle Coffee House - Enjoy a bite from PnK’s fresh, seasonal menu.
Fancy an evening meal? Wagga offers a host of enticing eateries.
Magpies Nest - for an impressive meal with an epic view.
Cave - for lovers of a good burger.
Romanos - recently renovated, Rom’s is a pub with the atmosphere but without the sticky carpets.
Giuesppe’s Restaurant and Bar - enjoy the vast array of beautiful Italian dishes on offer.
Thaigga - a unique twist on Thai favourites plus traditional dishes means there is something for everyone at Thaigga.
The Oakroom Restaurant - Enjoy the beautiful environment with unforgettable food in this fine dining restaurant.
Just thirsty? Why not try a local watering hole?
Thirsty Crow - try their home-brewed beer! The kitchen specialises in craft pizzas, which are a little bit quirky and are the perfect accompaniment to the local brew.
Que Bar - a fun bar and nightclub with a fantastic outdoor deck.
Birdhouse - a cocktail bar with a full kitchen featuring contemporary Australian cuisine with an Asian twist.
Oak Room Bar - relax on the deck with a drink and share plate.
There are several shops to peruse in Wagga for all your shopping needs. From homewares and fashion to everything in between, Wagga Wagga provides it all.
Paper Pear - A studio and gallery run by Wagga artist Stephanie Day, housing an eclectic mix of works by a selection of handpicked artists and makers from the Riverina and beyond.
Feather and Willow - For homewares and beautiful things.
Ninja and Jhi - The newest and freshest looks sourced from a mixture of iconic and emerging brands.
My Shed - Stunning country classics for the home.
Confetti - For loveable little things.
There are many things to see and do while you are in Wagga Wagga. Below are a few suggestions:
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery plays host to a vibrant, innovative and diverse Riverina arts culture. The gallery engages with local and global communities, support artists regionally and nationally, and promote a flourishing and experimental creative environment that is accessible to all.
With forty different exhibitions and displays on offer every year, there is always something new for all audiences to enjoy at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.
Wagga Beach is located on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, in the centre of the Wagga Wagga. Here you can relax on the shaded lawn, picnic on the banks of the river or go for a swim. There are also barbecue facilities and a fantastic kids playground onsite.
You might even catch a glimpse of the famous five o'clock wave!
The Marrambidya Wetland is a valuable community resource for educational, cultural and passive recreational activities.
A stunning 20-hectare reserve located alongside the Murrumbidgee River, it is only a few minutes from the Wagga Wagga city centre. The wetland features a Wiradjuri Healing Place, with natural vegetation, seating area and hand-carved totem pole.
Located at the base of Willans Hill, the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens are set over 22 acres.
Here, a mini zoo, free flight aviary, children's adventure playground, miniature railway and rainforest section will keep the kids occupied for hours. Other attractions within the gardens include the Tree Chapel and Chinese pavilion and various garden areas showcase camellias, cacti & succulents, proteas, Australian natives and roses. There is also cafe located in the gardens, Little el.
The Wiradjuri Walking Track covers around 42 kilometres, circling much of the city and exploring riverbanks, hilltops and everything in-between. It 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.
The heritage-listed CBA bank building located in Fitzmaurice Street has been transformed into a luxurious day spa and food lounge. From the moment you step through the old 1920's entrance, you can't help but feel detached from the outside world, allowing you to fully relax and be swept away by the 19th century service, 20th century style and 21st century facilities.
Circa 1929 is an experience like no other, where each guests experience is peaceful, special and unique.
The Wagga Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre is the premier livestock market in Australia and home to the largest sheep sale in the world.
Arrange a group tour and get a peek at some of the 1.8 million sheep and 200,000 cattle that get sold every year. Established in 1979, The Wagga Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre has since led the way in the selling of livestock for over 30 years.
Situated on the outskirts of Wagga, Food I Am is part cooking school and part private dining venue, allowing visitors to either roll up their sleeves and learn from the best chefs in the country, or to sit back and relax while the expert team prepares a culinary delight.
Cooking classes come in 3 formats - hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and chefs table; and offer an insight into an impressive culinary world. Food I Am's classes make for an enjoyable activity for all chefs, be they rookie or accomplished!
THINGS TO DO AND SEE OUTSIDE OF WAGGA
Got some extra time? There's more to see in the Riverina!
Cottontails is situated on 40 hectares of pristine country, featuring over four hectares of vineyard and olive trees, which produce Cottontails own range of wines and olive oil.
On offer at Cottontails are a select range of local wines (featuring Cottontails own award winning range), exclusive international Harbin and local beers, and a selection of popular cocktails and drinks, guaranteed to indulge the senses. Cottontails offers relaxed country ambience, and spectacular views across Wagga, in this purpose built winery.
Take a guided tour of the factory, sample licorice fresh off the belt and be amazed at the production of world class organic chocolates. For a hands-on experience, why not make a giant chocolate freckle, rocky road or smashcake?
Visitors can also Indulge in the licensed restaurant ‘The Millroom’.
Borambola Wines is a family owned business and specialises in 100% locally grown and produced wines including red, white, and sparkling; as well as Tuckerbox hoppy lager beer and apple cider.
Borambola Wines philosophy is to grow the best grapes, and make the best wines. They combine the traditional “old wine world” wine making methods with the technology of the “new wine world".
Agricultural Tours Riverina (Various locations)
Agricultural Tours Riverina help you learn more about the provenance of your food and fibre.
The Riverina region in New South Wales produces a large proportion of the high quality food and fibre consumed in Australia and exported to many countries.
Agricultural Tours Riverina designs and conducts group tours of Riverina agriculture to suit your time, budget and interests. Tours engage with farmers and processors – they don’t just drive past farms and factories.
Coolamon Cheese is a unique tourism, education and cheese production facility, creating handmade cheeses under the guidance of Australia’s most experienced cheese maker, Barry Lillywhite.
Entering the Coolamon Cheese Factory is like entering a world of cheese, where visitors can enjoy cheese tasting and cheese-inspired meals, watch cheese being handcrafted and matured, learn the history of cheese or even take a course and learn how to make it from scratch!
The Rock Hill Nature Reserve (Kengal) is one of the best known landmarks in the Riverina.
Rising 364m above the plains, it is a great area for bushwalking, abseiling and nature lovers. Panoramic views from the top are worth the 3-hour return hike - to the west the patchwork of farmland stretches into the distance, while to the east rolling hills and ranges provide a stunning vista, including Mt Kosciuszko on a clear day.