Wagga Wagga bollyflix movie is the largest regional city in New South Wales and a lively and vibrant place to visit. Settled in the 1830s it is commonly thought that the town derived its name from the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal Language and its literal meaning is 'crow crow' or place of many crows. The city is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, which features heavily in its recreational activities. Wagga Wagga is also renowned for its stunning gardens and parks, its love of sport and its regular and unique community events. There are plenty of options for accommodation in Wagga Wagga catering for singles, couples and families.
The annual bollyflix movie Gumi Race, started in 1976, has become an institution in Wagga and attracts entrants from around the country, and indeed, around the world. The name Gumi comes from the Pidgin English word for 'Rubber' as in 'inner tube'. In its humble beginnings the race started with 16 entrants and has grown to the current number of up to 1000 crafts. The event runs all day with races varying from team events, family races, canoe races and even an aquathon that combines a run and downstream swim. The highlight of the day are the innovative, bizarre and downright hilarious homemade rafts, boats and canoes, powered by paddle, pedal, sail or whatever the creator can get their hands on. The Gumi Race is held in February each year and culminated in the awarding of the grand prize - the trophy for best decorated Gumi Raft! Wagga Wagga accommodation books out quickly for this time so book early.
Optus Flix in the Stix
A combination of music, talking and short films, the Flix in the Stix festival is run by Optus and visits a number of regional towns and cities in Australia. The one night event is held in the outdoor Wagga Wagga Music Bowl with pop up outdoor stages, movie screens, and even blow up chairs! Festival goers are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner, grab a glass of wine, settle in for the night and enjoy the entertainment. The entertainment includes a selection of both local and international short films, great music (this year it was The Whitlams) and a comedy act... a great night out!
Stone the Crows Festival
This one's for the over 50s. In its inaugural year, the festival was a resounding success and is already in the making for next year. Held over the Easter long weekend, the festival was developed in response to the growing popularity of the Grey Nomad - a nickname given to retirees who hit the road in campers, caravans and RVs to see Australia. The idea was to bring these like minded people together and have a bit of fun with entertainment, competitions, workshops, and more. As the Festival is held over Easter hotel reservations need to be made early, although many Stone the Crows Festival goers bring their own accommodation.
The Murrumbidgee River
The Murrumbidgee River not only provides the Wagga Wagga region with much needed irrigation water but also a multitude of recreational activities. There are walking tracks along the river and in surrounding bushland, of which many are suitable for mountain bike riding. Fishing is excellent during the warmer months with the ultimate catch being the great Murray Cod, and if you know what you're doing it's not hard to grab yourself a crayfish. There are numerous swimming spots dotted along the river and hiring a kayak or canoe is another way to explore the twists and turns of the river.
Wagga Wagga Jazz & Blues Festival
Running annually since 1995 the Jazz & Blues Festival started in three venues all located in the one hotel, and has grown to encompass the six venues it currently occupies. Featuring local, interstate and international artists, the festival was designed to promote jazz & blues and to provide a platform for emerging artists in this genre. Held over a long weekend in September, the Wagga Wagga Jazz & Blues Festival is reason enough to visit Wagga Wagga or an added bonus for those who happen to be passing through at this time.