Where is the city of Wagga Wagga located?
Wagga Wagga (informally called Wagga) is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Murrumbidgee River, with an urban population of more than 54,000 in the 2016 census, Wagga Wagga is the state's largest inland city, and is an important agricultural, military, and transport hub of Australia.
In 1829, Charles Sturt became the first European explorer to visit the future site of the city. Squatters arrived soon after. The town, positioned on the site of a ford across the Murrumbidgee, was surveyed and gazetted as a village in 1849 and the town grew quickly after. Wagga became a borough in 1870, and a city in 1946. Its name is an Aboriginal word meaning “many crows” in reference to the birds that frequent the area.
The Sturt Highway runs through Wagga Wagga, and there is rail and air service to Sydney, 235 miles (380 km) northeast. Wagga Wagga is also the site of Charles Sturt University (1989), the Rural Clinical School of the University of New South Wales (2000), which provides training in clinical medicine for medical students who plan to practice in rural areas, and a Royal Australian Air Force base.
The ninth fastest growing inland city in Australia, Wagga Wagga is located midway between the two largest cities in Australia–Sydney and Melbourne–and is the major regional centre for the Riverina and South West Slopes regions.