Wagga Wagga offers several sporting opportunities for the whole family to enjoy.
Wagga is well known for its sporting prowess and proudly holds the motto of 'the city of good sports'.
With a relatively small number of residents, the town produces an extraordinary number of high-profile AFL players (Paul Kelly, Wayne Carey, Terry Daniher), NRL players (Peter Sterling, Steve & Chris Mortimer, Jamie Soward), cricketers (Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Geoff Lawson), track and field athletes (Patrick Dwyer, Brad Kahlefelt), golfer (Steve Eklington), tennis (Tony Roche) and more. There is a strong sporting culture for people of all ages and the sporting facilities available are excellent.
Along with the Kapooka Golf Club, which is situated on the picturesque Blamey Barracks, Wagga Wagga offers many social and competitive sporting competitions in Wagga.
Some of these include:
- Australian rules football
- rugby league
- rugby union
- volleyball (indoor)
- cricket (indoor and outdoor)
- tennis (indoor and outdoor)
- lawn bowling
- cycling (mountain bike, track circuit and road)
- golf (18 holes courses, pitch and put)
- shooting (clay and pistol)
- racing (horse, harness and greyhounds)
- and go-karts to name a few!
For those that love their water-sports, they'll be pleased to know that Wagga is located right on the Murrumbidgee River, has a large man-made lake (Lake Albert), and is the home of the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre (state of the art indoor and outdoor swimming/diving/kids pool facilities). Some popular water-sports in the area include:
- water skiing
- fresh water fishing
- and water polo
Visit the following website to view a list of recreational activities Wagga Wagga and the surrounding area has to offer:
Wagga Wagga is a vibrant regional City nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River. The original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri people, formed the largest Indigenous 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”.
Wagga Wagga is the ideal base for exploring 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. To the east rises Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains, while to the west lies Griffith, the heart of New South Wales’ biggest wine producing region. An easy drive takes you to great Australian towns including Junee, Lockhart and Temora.
Wagga Wagga takes its place as the capital of the Riverina region providing an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors. With over 60,000 residents, Wagga offers the lifestyle and facilities to suit everyone.
Information and listing on sporting & recreation groups can be found by visiting the Office of Communities Sport and Recreation . A local list can also be found by going to the Wagga Wagga Australia Website.
There are a few things that you should know when being posted to Kapooka.
Kapooka Military Area
The Kapooka Military Area (KMA) is located approximately 10 - 15 minutes drive west of Wagga Wagga city, on the Olympic Highway. The KMA includes the Defence Village, Blamey Barracks and surrounding training area.
The Defence Village comprises of approximately 65 Married Quarters supported by a Community Centre, Pre-School and Primary School.
Blamey Barracks includes the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka Medical Centre, Kapooka Dental Centre, Psychology Support Section Kapooka, Australian Army Band Kapooka, Military Police Section and Defence Support- Kapooka. The Kapooka Golf Club, Defcredit, Australian Defence Credit Union and Frontline are also located within Blamey Barracks.
Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in the State of New South Wales with a population of more that 60,000 people. It is the capital of the Riverina Region located approximately 5hrs south-west of Sydney, 5hrs north of Melbourne and 3hrs west of Canberra.
More information on Wagga Wagga can be found through the following links:
Defence Housing Authority
Personnel posted to Wagga Wagga are encouraged to contact DHA immediately following confirmation of their posting order. Married Quarter residence is available at the Kapooka Military Area and in other suburbs including Ashmont, Bourkelands, Estella, Glenfield, Gracelands, Kooringal, Lake Albert, Lloyd, Mt Austin, Tolland and Central Wagga.
11-15 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga,
Telephone: 02 6933 7200.
For further information refer to the DHA website.
Defence Community Organisation (DCO)
DCO assist members and their families through the provision of comprehensive and responsive support services. DCO Wagga Wagga comprises of an Area Manager, Military Support Officer, Social Worker, Family Liaison Officer and Administration Officer.
DCO Wagga Wagga
Level 1, Suite 104, 76 Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga
Telephone: 02 6931 0011.
The Regional Education Liaison Officer may be contacted on 02 6265 8746.
For further information refer to the DCO website.
For families who are moving to Wagga we have compiled a list of all the employment agencies (PDF, 10KB) in the local area to assist you in finding employment.
The Kapooka Spouse Ready-for-Work Scheme is a program to enhance the employment prospects for spouses of members of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion who have moved into the Wagga Wagga area.
The Kapooka Spouse Ready-for-Work Scheme is a program to enhance the employment prospects for spouses of members of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion who have moved into the Wagga Wagga area. The scheme is in recognition of the difficulty for spouses to obtain employment as a result of their partner’s extreme work hours and the restricted employment market.
The scheme consists of a scholarship for three specific Certificate III level courses. The courses are undertaken with the Riverina Community College. The Scheme is administered by Headquarters, Army Recruit Training Centre and funding from the Kapooka Military Area Charity Committee and the Protestant Chapel.
Download a detailed overview of the Kapooka Spouse Ready to Work Scheme (PDF, 50KB).
Download an application form for the scheme (PDF, 50KB).
Eligibility is restricted to spouses of members of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion. You must meet the eligibility requirements of the Riverina Community College for each course, which includes a police check and working with children check.
There are three courses that may be studied through Riverina Community College under the scheme, including either:
- Certificate III Aged Care;
- Certificate III Disability; or
- Certificate III Hospitality.
Kapooka Chronicle Newsletter
The Kapooka Chronicle is published regularly and is available to all. In the Chronicle you will find a host of information for families including school information, upcoming events, "What's on in Wagga" and "What's on in Kapooka".
To access the most recent copy, visit the Kapooka Chronicle website.
The Kapooka Sport Series is an annual event at Blamey Barracks known as the K-Series.
Summer Series Admin Instruction 2018
The Kapooka Sporting Series (KSS) is open to all services and Defence APS members and is a conducted twice a year, in March and November. The main aim of the KSS is about developing courage, initiative, respect and teamwork through sport and to foster better relationships between all services. The KSS has been proudly sponsored by Defence Bank since inception in 1993.
Kapooka 5s Mixed Water Polo (K5s)
The K5s has been recently introduced to the KSS. Five a side mixed water polo is fast paced and dynamic that tests the endurance of all competitors and is becoming an extremely popular competition.
Kapooka 9s Rugby League (Men's and Women's K9s)
The K9s is a fast paced tri-service Rugby League event that units take very seriously to compete and win.
Kapooka Mountain Bike Enduro Event
The KSS Mountain Bike Event was introduced in 2017 for the first time. This event is a tough 4 hour enduro challenge open to all defence and civilian personnel. It tests the endurance of its competitors over 4 hours and is becoming an extremely popular competition. The event is held off base at the Pomingalarna Reserve, 5kms North West of the Kapooka Main gate.