Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in New South Wales, with a population of around 60,000 people, is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Wagga Wagga, in local Aboriginal dialect means Place of many crows. Its very rare for anyone to say the second Wagga, and the town is universally pronunced as Wogga.The early colonists first sighted the land in December 1829, which the flourishing City of Wagga Wagga now stands. The persons present at first sighting consisted of Captain Charles Sturt, 39th Regiment, stationed in Sydney, Mr George Macleay and six others. This party passed over the site of future Wagga Wagga on its expedition of discovery down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. Settlement swiftly followed.Wagga Wagga was proclaimed a town in 1849 and in the same year surveyor Thomas Townshend marked out the town. In the 1860s the population totaled approximately 700, but by 1881 it had increased to 3,975. In 1879 the railway line was extended south of the river.The name of the City is derived from the language of the Wiradjuri tribe, which was the biggest aboriginal tribe in New South Wales, embracing the Riverina area.”Wagga”, “Wahga” or Wahgam” in aboriginal dialect means “crow”. The repetition of a word was the method of expressing the plural or emphasis, thus Wagga Wagga means “crows” or “the place where crows assemble in large numbers”. The Murrumbidgee River which runs through the City also derived its name from the aboriginal language and means “plenty water” or “big water”.Wagga is approximately halfway between Sydney and Melbourne and can make a good stop-over point if you are driving between them.Regional Express (REX) and Qantaslink fly daily from Sydney and Melbourne domestic airports. Flights start at approximately $79 on special one way, although $120 is about the standard price, with prices rising to several times that if not booked well in advance. The airport is 15 minutes out of town, both Taxi’s and Hire Cars are available at the airport. Approximate cost for a taxi to the centre of the city is $30.CountryLink offer a daily train service, with the city on the line between Sydney and Melbourne, providing two services a day in each direction.Baylis Street is the main street of Wagga and is where you will find most shops. You’ll find the Sturt Mall and Marketplace shopping centres which should have everything you need. You’ll also find some smaller malls in the suburbs such as the Kooringal Mall and the Southcity Shopping Centre.Be careful on Baylis Street late at night when the pubs are closing – unprovoked violence is unfortunately not uncommon. Some areas of Kooringal and Ashmont can be rough but you probably won’t need to go there.If you are driving, Wagga is at the crossroads, head to Adelaide, to Sydney or Melbourne.

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