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Wagga Wagga, or Wagga, as the locals refer to it, is New South Wales' largest inland city with a population of over 60,000. The name Wagga Wagga comes from the Wiradjuri Aboriginal term meaning place of many crows. Wagga Wagga is considered the capital of the region known as the Riverina, and has the famous Murrumbidgee River running through it. Wagga is not just a large agricultural city, but is also a base for the Defence forces with the Royal Australian Air Force Base and the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Base both being established here. The Charles Sturt University is also located here.
Wagga Wagga was first inhabited by European settlers in 1832 when Charles Tompson and Charles Best took up land on each side of the Murrumbidgee River. The Murrumbidgee River is still a central pat of the city with many reserves, and a beach for swimming, along with providing fishing.
Wagga is the home town to a disproportionate amount of many famous Australian athletes including Michael Slater, Mark Taylor, Peter Sterling, Wayne Carey, Paul Kelly, and the Mortimer brothers, to mention just some. The Australian Institute of Sport honoured the town by naming this researched phenomena the "Wagga Effect", proving there was more than just good luck involved with producing so many elite athletes.
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Wagga Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival is a must do for all lovers of jazz, both traditional and contemporary. New Orleans meets the Riverina with this annual festival held for a 3 day weekend each September, with both local and international musicians performing. This festival has been going strong since 1995.
Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Racing Carnival. This is considered a prestigious horse racing carnival, drawing crowds in excess of 17 000, and is held in the first week of May. The first day of the Gold Cup features family themed races, along with racing favourites such as Fashion on the Field. Champagne bars, large screen TV's, and a jazz band playing music add to the excitement. The Gold Cup Race is held at the Wagga Wagga Race Track in Slocum St.
Wagga Wagga Antiques Fair. This antiques fair is held on the Labour Day long weekend in October, and is timed to coincide with the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Show. This fair was originally organized by the Rotary Club, but has changed management and venues to the Bolton Park Stadium in Morgan St. This is a must do for all those antique lovers who like to see their antiques up close before handing over their cash. The fair attracts over 50 dealers specializing in jewellery, silver, ceramics, furniture, clocks, and many other collectables, both Australian and International.
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Flights. Wagga Wagga airport is serviced by flights to and from both Sydney and Melbourne, although the Sydney-Wagga service is much more frequent. Both Rex (Regional Express) and Qantas Link fly to Wagga. Rex provides a service from Sydney and Melbourne, and Qantas Link only flies from Sydney.
Rex flights are as follows for Monday through to Friday. Depart Sydney at 8.25 am, 11.45 am, 3.30 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm. Flights out of Wagga Monday through Friday leave at 6.30 am, 10 am, 1.30 pm, 5.15 pm, and 6.30 pm. ON Saturdays flights leave Sydney at 8.25 am, 11.45 am, 3.30 pm, and 7 pm. Saturday flights out of Wagga are 6.30am, 10 am, 1.30 pm, and 5.15 pm. On Sundays flights leave Wagga for Sydney at 10am, 1.30 pm, 5.15 pm, and 6.30 pm. Flights out of Sydney on a Sunday are at 11.45am, 3.30 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. The Wagga- Sydney flight takes approximately 70 minutes.
Rex flights from Wagga to Melbourne are as follows. Monday to Friday flights leave Melbourne at 9 am, and 6.35 pm. Flights out of Wagga leave at 6.50 am and 4.50 pm. Saturdays flights out of Melbourne leave 9.30 am and flights out of Wagga are 7.45 am. Sundays Flights leave Wagga at 12.40 and 4.50 pm. Flights out of Melbourne leave 3.20 and 6.35 pm. The flight from Melbourne to Wagga takes about 65 minutes.
Qantas Link provides a Sydney Wagga flight service 5 times Monday through Friday, 3 times on a Saturday, and 4 times on a Sunday.