SENIORS VISIT NEW SOUTH WALES

Mar 6th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Wagga Wagga Draws Seniors

While reading the local Valley newspaper this morning, I noted Walla Walla (WA) and the temperature was 26 degrees with snow predicted three days from now. In Wagga Wagga it was 68 degrees today with rain predicted in three days. Walla Walla reminded me of Wagga Wagga (Australia).  I coached a former basketball player in Iowa who is now a coach for the Olympic basketball team there.  OB, as he was called in highschool, married an Australian athlete and after talking with him upon one of his returns to Iowa, he said that he could not imagine living anywhere else in the world but Wagga Wagga.  So, seniors, are you wondering what is there besides a wife, a great basketball team and Australia itself?

Wagga Wagga, informally called Wagga is a city in New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Murrumbidgee River, and with an urban population of 46,00+ people, Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city, as well as an important agricultural, military, and transport hub of Australia. The city is located midway between the two largest cities in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne, and is the major regional center for the Riverina and South West Slopes regions. The main shopping street of Wagga is Baylis Street which becomes Fitzmaurice Street at the northern end. The city is located in an alluvial valley and much of the city has a problem with urban salinity.

The “Official Guide” to a Vibrant City

Wagga Wagga is an ideal base for seniors to explore  one of Australia’s emerging holiday destinations – The Riverina. An easy day trip in any direction can take you through the extremes of Australia’s natural and cultivated environment. Wagga Wagga is a vibrant regional city nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River.  The original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri, were the largest Aboriginal tribe in New South Wales. It is from their language the city is named. It is generally accepted that “Wagga” means crow and repeating it means the plural, hence “the place of many crows”.

From these proud origins to the culturally rich community that exists today, Wagga Wagga takes its place as the capital of the Riverina region providing an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors. Wagga Wagga, a “Garden City”,  has excellent facilities and  provides an ideal base from which seniors are able to tour and enjoy the technical and general features of the area.

The Riverina extends from the rolling foothills of the south-west slopes to the outback. A showcase of spectacular scenery, gourmet food and wine, historic landmarks and museums, arts and crafts, adventure and sports and legendary country hospitality, the Riverina is the ideal place for seniors to discover the natural and relaxed feel of contemporary rural Australia. The Riverina is a tantalizing mix of the old and new: heritage buildings, contemporary art and theatre, fascinating museums, award-winning restaurants, haunted mansions, internationally-regarded vineyards, historic train and planes, unique wildlife and stunning gardens, exemplified by the Botanic Gardens which includes desert plants and species from Africa, China, Europe and the Americas.

Things for Seniors to See and Do

One of Wagga’s biggest annual events, Wagga Wagga’s Homeshow organizers are expecting more than 20,000 people to flock to Wagga Showgrounds and check out a host of homewares, do-it-yourself demonstrations and home decor ideas. This year, visitors will get a chance to see some extreme 4WD driving with a specially built adventure track being erected for enthusiasts to try out.  Another great annual event… senior jazz enthusiasts will enjoy the Wagga Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival.

There is no lack of things for seniors to see and do including food and wine, nature and parks, beaches and surf, the aboriginal culture and of course scenic drives in and around Wagga Wagga. A map is always nice prior to one’s visit and this one has sites galore. I always enjoy reading a bit of news about an area where I have not been and The Daily Advertiser serves first-time senior visitors well along those lines. Seniors jazz enthusiasts will enjoy the annual Wagga Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival.

So what are you waiting for?  Why not wander to the great Down Under and take in Wagga Wagga, and if you run into OB, tell him I said G’Day Mite!  jeb



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