Riverside - Wagga Beach

A couple walking along the beach

Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Wagga Beach is located on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, in the centre of the Wagga Wagga. It is very popular during the summer months, when the temperature is climbing. You can relax on the shaded lawn, picnic on the banks of the river or go for a swim.

There are also barbecue facilities and a fantastic kids playground available.

To learn more about the Murrumbidgee River, visit the information display. You might even catch a glimpse of the famous five o'clock wave!

History

The Murrumbidgee River has been integral to the development of Wagga Wagga. Murrumbidgee is derived from the Wiradjuri word for “big water” and is central to the country and dreaming of the Wiradjuri people.

The Wagga Beach has been an important social space in the history of Wagga Wagga’s interaction with the Murrumbidgee. As a gathering place to have a swim, enjoy a picnic or float from the rocks, the Wagga Wagga Beach holds memories for many people of Wagga. The Wagga Beach and wider riverside precinct is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Native animals such as squirrel gliders, platypus, possum, and echidna frequent the area, along with a wide variety of birds. The large numbers of River Red Gum, Yellow Box and Kurrajong trees, provide food and shelter for the birds and animals along the river edge

The Wagga Beach was home to The Wagga Beach Life Saving Club (WBLSC), an elite band of men which patrolled Wagga Bathing Beach for approximately 40 years. The club came officially into being on or about 24 July 1927. The club had been (unofficially) in existence since the early 1920s, but it was in 1927 that a second club, "The Badgers" joined with the lifesavers. The Badgers were a social footballers club and swimming was one of their activities.

Riverside - Wagga Beach Upgrades

in 2014/15, the Wagga Beach underwent a $1.02M face lift as part of the implementation of the Riverside Strategic Master Plan.

This was the first stage in a process to turn “The Bend” into an iconic destination space for the people of Wagga Wagga and visitors to the city.

The landscape plan for The Bend came from the concepts created in the Riverside Strategic Master Plan (2010).

Stage 1 of the landscape upgrade included:

  • new picnic tables and seating
  • new BBQ facilities
  • creation of a multi-purposed grassed area at old St Michael's Oval
  • regeneration of the riparian vegetation areas
  • improvements to the existing path network
  • improved links to the CBD and Civic Centre.

Stage two of the project is currently underway. Riverside - Stage 2 will rejuvenate the entire precinct - from the beach carpark through to the former St Michael’s Oval - to complete the vision of the Riverside Strategic Master Plan and build on the success of the completed stage 1 works.

You can stay up to date with the upgrades of the Riverside area via the Riverside Redevelopment project page.


Facilities

  • BBQ Shelters
  • Amenities
  • Playground
  • Walking Track
  • Parking
  • Beach