Wagga Wagga is a great destination for cycling. It is famous, in particular, for Gears + Beers and the Dirty130 (see below). There are, however, 51 other weekends in the year when a visit to Wagga can be paired with some great cycling.

In October 2020 I had the opportunity to take the weekend and did two long rides – one on-road and another with some sneaky gravel. There is so much more gravel for the more adventurous – but these rides had Mrs CyclingGravel along for the trip so we had to be a little picky (she prefers sealed country roads).

UPDATE: I have since returned for the March and October 2022 Gears + Beers. The hotel, winery and brewery recommendations below were revisited and confirmed as excellent choices. In addition, the Wagga to Junee ride was also re-done – the chocolate factory is still great!

Wagga to Coolamon

Heading to Coolamon provides heaps of gravel cycling options, plus a Cheese Factory option for lunch!

Wagga to Junee

Ever been to a train roundhouse? Like chocolate? Want some country road cycling? This ride might be for you!

Other recommendations to make it a weekend

HotelThe Houston

This boutique hotel has well priced, beautiful rooms – much nicer that a standard hotel. Staff service was great, and it is an easy walk to the brewery and many restaurants.

WineryCottontail Wines

Beautiful views, great food and good service. We visited for dinner, but next time we are in Wagga Wagga plan to cycle for a wood fired pizza lunch.

BreweryThe Thirsty Crow

Just what you need after a ride – an excellent beer or two. Well frequented by cyclists, I can only attest to the quality of the beverages, of which the sadly seasonal Steamed Rice Lager was a super impressive brew.

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