Wagga Wagga lies midway between Sydney and Melbourne and is New South Wales’ largest and Australia’s fifth largest inland city. It is an important agricultural, military, educational and transport hub with Charles Sturt University, RAAF Base Forest Hill and the Australian Army Base Kapooka. It has four distinct seasons – summers are warm to hot and by Australian standards, winters are cold.
The city is something of a nursery for successful sportspeople. Steve Elkington, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Tony Roach, Paul Kelly, Peter Sterling, Greg Brentnall, Scobie Breasley and the footballing Mortimer and Daniher brothers all discovered their special talent in their hometown. A good number of successful jockeys have learnt to ride there.
Wagga Wagga’s annual Gold Cup Day boasts the $100,000 Wagga Gold Cup and attracts racing people in New South Wales and Victoria. Fashions in the Field has over $15,000 in prizes and is quite the place to be seen by the 10,000 strong crowd.
Businesses use the day for corporate entertaining, families make a day of it and the Kapooka Band entertains the crowd.
For those planning a visit or stopover in Wagga Wagga, Forget-Me-Not Cottage is a beautiful place to stay. It is in a rural setting, but just 15 minutes from the city centre. On 8.9 hectares, the cottage is quite separate from the main house and Garden Suite.
The cottage is in a romantic setting with queen bed, ensuite, luxurious linen, country-style kitchen, lounge room, barbecue and airconditioning.
The Garden Suite is another self-contained accommodation with everything Forget-Me-Not has to offer. It also has a 2-person spa.
If you prefer or need to stay in town, City Retreat is a two storey, 2 bedroom city terrace with the same attention to details as Forget-Me-Not and The Garden Suite.