Top 10 beaches of Australia
Wagga beach, located in the Riverina town of Wagga Wagga has been a special place for locals and visitors alike for many years. Now, the uniqueness of the location has been officially recognised.
In December 2019, Wagga Beach officially made it into the top 10 beaches of Australia list, officially coming in at number #9 and in doing so made history by being the first inland beach in Australia to receive this recognition.
“Wagga Beach ticks all the boxes for inclusion in the top 20 list – golden sand, sunshine, water for a dip, shade to cool off”, said Brad farmer, the veteran coastal advocate responsible for the Top 20 Beaches of Australia list.
“These recreational settings are deserving of inclusion because of the value Aussies place on water, both socially and as a precious resource”, said Farmer.
Wagga Beach has been a goto for both Wagga’s residents as well as visitors to the area and the town’s Council has recognised this by the extensive redevelopment of the beach area as well as the river banks in either direction.
The beach itself is located only a few hundred metres off Wagga’s main street where Baylis Street (the official main street) becomes known as Fitzmaurice Street about halfway along its length and sits on the Murrumbidgee River passing through the town.
The beach features a long strip of soft white sand, large areas of maintained grass for picnics and play, and many large and mature shady trees.
Walkers and cyclists are catered to with the recent redevelopment of the river foreshore that now includes a walk/cycle path that extends in both directions for many kilometres.
Barbeque facilities are available and pubs, food, coffee and dinging outlets are minutes walk away.
For many years the beach was the finish for the world-famous ‘Gumi” race, where hundreds of competitors each year built multitudes of watercraft using inner-tubes as the sole method of flotation and battled it out to be the Queen or King of Gumi.
Learn more about the Riverina destination in NSW.