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Wagga Wagga

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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

As the largest inland city in NSW and regional centre for the Riverina, Wagga Wagga offers the best of city, regional and rural lifestyle.

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Location

Wagga Wagga is located halfway between Sydney (460 km or 5 hr drive) and Melbourne (450km or 4 hr 45 min drive).

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga is a vibrant city with a great food and wine scene, active sporting clubs and cultural groups, and has its proud heritage on display.

How to get there

Wagga Wagga Airport is serviced by Regional Express (Rex), JetGo and QantasLink offering flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Sydney – Melbourne railway line passes through Wagga Wagga with twice daily services.

Population

More than 48,000 people live in Wagga Wagga – the median age of residents is 36 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6% of the population.

Wagga Wagga is located within the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. The healthcare needs in the region are identified in this assessment.

Healthcare facilities

Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital is the largest referral hospital within Greater Southern Area Health Service, it is also one of the busiest rural referral hospitals in NSW, with about 36,000 admissions in 2017. With more than 300 beds it provides medical, surgical, maternity, paediatric, community health and rehabilitation services for residents across the region. It also provides a full range of allied health services and support services.

Calvary Riverina Hospital is a 100-bed private hospital and includes the Calvary Riverina SurgiCentre for day surgery. Riverina Day Surgery provides a wide range of specialist surgical services it has 12 first stage recovery beds, 10 second stage recovery chairs, three operating theatres and an IVF lab.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Wagga Wagga.

Accredited GP practices

  • Blamey Street Surgery
  • Estella Medical & Dental Centre
  • Glenrock Country Practice – Tanda Place
  • Glenrock Country Practice - The Rock
  • Kincaid Street Medical & Dental Centre
  • Kooringal Medical Centre
  • Morgan Street Health Care Clinic
  • Peter Street Medical Centre
  • Riverina Medical & Dental Aboriginal Corporation
  • St George Family Medical Centre - Wagga Wagga
  • Trail Street Medical Centre
  • Trinity Medical Centre-Wagga Wagga
  • Wagga Wagga Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Wagga Wagga are: hospitals, higher education, defence, social assistance services, secondary education, and defence.
  • Education

With over 20 primary schools and eight secondary schools Wagga Wagga offers excellent educational opportunities. Wagga Wagga is also home to campuses of Charles Sturt University, the University of NSW, University of Notre Dame, TAFE NSW – Riverina Institute, Australian Airline Pilot Academy and two major Defence Training Centres at Kapooka (Australian Army) and RAAF Forest Hill (Royal Australian Airforce).
  • Childcare

For young families the Wagga Wagga city offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

As a major regional centre Wagga Wagga offers several shopping precincts featuring most of the well-known national chains including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Myer, Kmart, Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
  • Places of worship

There are many places of worship located in Wagga Wagga including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches as well as a mosque.
  • Points of interest

Wagga Wagga is a family friendly city, and there are many activities for everyone from concerts, produce markets, food and wine festivals, Illuminate Wagga, racing carnivals to Fusion. Attractions include parks, museums, walking tracks, wetlands and waterways, galleries, national parks and theatres.
  • Sporting activities

Wagga Wagga boasts sporting facilities suitable for everything from a practice run to world-class competition. Sporting clubs in Wagga Wagga include all football codes, netball, hockey, swimming, equestrian, tennis and golf. Many teams have their own websites or social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

There are numerous community, service and social groups in Wagga Wagga including Wagga Wagga Four Wheel Drive Club, Wagga Clown Club, Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga and South Wagga Lions Club.
  • Social media groups

There are a range of social media pages and groups about life in Wagga Wagga, notable pages include: City of Wagga Wagga, Wagga Events, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga buy, swap and sell.