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Make a Country Change to Wagga Wagga

As the regional capital of southern NSW, Wagga Wagga is a hub for industry, healthcare, education and recreation.

Through a skilled and reliable workforce, combined with high quality education and training facilities, we have created a strong and diverse economy driving growth and investment.

Vibrant is an often overused term when describing a region, but the activity in the Riverina has naturally developed an energy and vibrancy that leave visitors with a positive experience. Locals are proud of their region and welcome everyone with open arms. With more time for an active lifestyle, over 150,000 people across the region enjoy a wide array of events, activities, restaurants, arts, culture and recreation facilities.

Visit our city, enjoy our region and we’ll show you how your experience, products and life can be made great, in Wagga Wagga!

WAGGA WAGGA CONTACT

Dominic Kennedy - Economic Development Officer

02 6926 9145

kennedy.dominic@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Andrea Crossley - Economic Development Officer

02 6926 9131

crossley.andrea@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Living & housing

Median house price

$362,750

Rent average

Three bed-room house: $340pw

Population

68250

Wagga Wagga’s forecasted growth by 2038 is 100,000

Climate

Our climate is mild, and generally warm and temperate. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year and the average annual temperature is 15.8 °C.

Temperature

Summers can be warm to hot with averages ranging between 29 and 32 °C.

The average maximum in Winter falls to 12.7 and the average minimum of 2.7 °C.
Frost and fog are a feature of Wagga Wagga in winter, but snow is very rare.

Transport

Distance from cities

Sydney – 455km – 4hrs 40mins

Canberra – 240km– 2hrs 40mins

Melbourne – 445km – 4hrs 45mins

Adelaide – 918km – 9hrs 45mins

 

Wagga Wagga Airport

Daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne available through Qantas and Rex (60 minute flight)

Busabout Wagga
Wagga Station – Train & Bus services
Uber / DiDi / Wagga Taxi’s

Health & Medical

Health and medical services

Wagga Wagga’s Health & Knowledge Precinct has the largest physical site and the most medical specialists in Regional Australia. With a new hospital, state-of-the-art medical facilities and training & education facilities on-site.

Education

Education options:

Wagga Wagga is serviced by three universities as well as top quality technical and medical training facilities and higher education institutions, while younger families have access to 11 private schools and 21 public schools.

Recreation

Recreational activities

Wagga Wagga has a vibrant calendar of events that attracts visitation to the area. The city’s $362,000 median home price means you can spend less time working and have more money to do the things you enjoy!

Careers

Career opportunities

Wagga Wagga’s diverse economy provides for a wide variety of career opportunities, with major industry employment in health care, manufacturing, transport, retail and more, as well as being a great city to start or grow your business!

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Health & medical

Wagga Wagga’s 90-hectare Health & Knowledge Precinct has the largest physical site and the most medical specialists in Regional Australia. With a new $450 million hospital, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and training and education facilities on-site, this precinct is more than capable of serving over 350,000 people in the region.

 

GP’s and Nearby hospitals

 

Disability and aged Care facilities

 

Retirement facilities

 

Other allied health services

  • Wagga Wagga has a range of over 30+ Allied health services located within the health & knowledge precinct as well as other locations across the city.
Education

Wagga Wagga is serviced by three universities as well as top quality technical training facilities and higher education institutions. Charles Sturt University’s Wagga Wagga campus is their largest, University of NSW is expanding their regional medical training capabilities, and The University of Notre Dame offers specialist medical training. TAFE NSW has their largest Riverina campus and National Training Centre located in the city, while younger families have access to 11 private schools and 21 public schools.

 

Early childhood services & Pre-schools

 

Primary schools Public

 

Primary School private

 

After school care

 

High schools public

 

High School Private

 

Special Education providers

 

TAFE/University

Wagga has 60+ Education providers and facilities and 3 tertiary educators

Recreation

Wagga Wagga’s $362,000 median home price is 50% less than Sydney houses. This means you can spend less time working and have more money to do the things you enjoy.

With over 200,000 passengers per year, Wagga Wagga’s airport facilitates over 140 regular weekly passenger transport flights to Sydney and Melbourne.

 

Prior to the impacts of COVID-19, each year Wagga Wagga welcomed 1.37 million visitors the city for holidaying, business, and visiting friends and relative. On average visitors stayed 3 nights and spent $275 per trip. This accounted for $387 million injected into the local economy.

 

The city has a vibrant calendar of events that attracts visitation to the area, these include:

  • River and Wren Markets
  • NRL and AFL Matches
  • Fusion – Multicultural Street Festival
  • Spring Jam – family festival
  • Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Carnival
  • Food and Wine Festival
  • Gears and Beers – Cycling and Craft Beer & Cider Festival
  • Stone the Crows – Grey Nomad Festival
  • Wagga Comedy Fest
  • Lost Lanes
  • Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon
  • Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras
  • NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup – Southern Conference
  • Wagga Wagga Pro-Am

 

Inland sporting capital of regional Australia

The Wagga Wagga Effect is a phrase used by the Australian Institute of Sport to describe the disproportionately high number of elite sports people who come from regional cities.

The Wagga Wagga Effect combined with the City’s long-term infrastructure development program attracts national events of all types and sizes to be held within the city.

 

Parks/natural attractions

Wiradjuri Reserve is located along the Murrumbidgee River, the reserve is a significant location for Wiradjuri Peoples from the Wagga Wagga area. The reserve served as a traditional Wiradjuri camping place with access to the riverside, beach and shallow water. Just minutes from the city centre, with boat ramps, wetlands, walking/riding trails and fishing. – visitwagga.com

 

Top 3 Attractions

 

Riverside: Wagga Beach is a popular, natural, attraction in Wagga Wagga and was recently voted as the ninth best beach in Australia in 2020. There’s great access to the Murrumbidgee River, plenty of grassed, shady spots for a picnic, sheltered

barbecue areas, a playground and seats to sit and watch the world go by. Splash about and cool off at the sandy beach area during the warmer months. Or, launch your kayak or canoe from here and see part of the city from the water.

Wiradjuri Trail

Explore nature on two feet or two wheels along the Wiradjuri Trail – a 42km loop around the city. Take in attractions such as Marrambidya Wetland, a huge reserve teeming with flora and fauna, or simply enjoy city views from river level or high up on top of Pomingalarna Reserve. 

Bidgee Strawberries and Cream

Enjoy a day out with family and friends plucking strawberries straight from the

plant at Bidgee Strawberries and Cream. Join one of their educational tours to learn about how they grow them using a hydroponic system. You’ll find them open seasonally from October to May (depending on weather).

Careers

Careers

Wagga Wagga’s diverse economy provides for a wide variety of career opportunities.

 

Main industries

In Wagga Wagga City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating approx. 5,748 jobs annually.

 

Other major industries in the region are;

  • Public Administration and Safety Construction,
  • Trade
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport and Freight

 

Main employers

  • Murrumbidgee Local Health District
  • Department of Education
  • NSW State Government
  • Tey’s Australia
  • Rodney’s Transport
  • ProWay Livestock Equipment & Manufacturing

 

Business & Investment

Over 100 start-ups have been developed in the Wagga Wagga region since 2017 and have been supported by: CSU AgriTech Incubator, Working Spaces HQ, Hubb Hubb, Bridge Hub, and the Regional Pitchfest.

It is a great city to start or grow your business which will be enhanced with our involvement in the $100 million NSW Gig State regional connectivity pilot. Wagga Wagga will connect to the world through the fastest and most advanced internet services in the country.

 

Setting up your own business