LOCATION & ACCESS
Wagga Wagga is the economic hub and regional capital of New South Wales, the city hosts a large, growing, modern and diverse economy. Wagga Wagga is located midway between Sydney and Melbourne and is a two and half hour drive from Canberra. Daily flights operate to Wagga Wagga from Sydney & Melbourne. Regional airtlines, Rex & Qantaslink service Wagga with over 140 flights per week in and out of the city.
These days Wagga Wagga is NSW's largest and fastest growing inland city. It's set on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and has a thriving, innovative community. From stunning landscapes and unusual architecture to sassy shops and a vibrant arts scene, it’s a place that will apture your imagination and tempt you to stay or come back again. The city has everything from award winning restaurants, to laidback, made-for-Sunday morning style cafes, organic delis and country pubs offering hearty fare. There are wineries, a microbrewery as well as an impressive assortment of bars and hotels.
Agriculturally, Wagga Wagga is on the western side of the Great Dividing Range where the slopes merge into the plains, on the edge of the sheep-wheat mixed farming belt and in the midst of a productive horticultural region. Mixed farming in southern NSW consists of approximately 60% winter cropping and 40% livestock. As an industry it employs approximately 8,000 people, and produces around 15% of the national agricultural output with a farm gate value of approximately $5.2 billion.
Wagga Wagga has a wide range of public and private educational options. With over 20 primary schools, eight secondary schools and a wide choice of preschools and child care centres, children are guaranteed access to first-class educational institutions. The city is also home to thousands of students training at insitutions such as Charles Sturt University (CSU), which has grown to become Australia's largest regional university and the country's leading provider of distance education, Rural Clinical Schools from the University of NSW and University of Notre Dame, TAFE NSW - Riverina Institute and the Australian Airline Pilot Academy. Hundreds of recruits are trained at the two major Defence Training Centres at Kapooka (Australian Army) and RAAF Forest Hill (Royal Australian Airforce).