STATES and TERRITORIES

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Wagga-Wagga: Art Gallery, the Museum and a Lot of ... Cockatoos

Next stop - a beautiful town Wagga Wagga, which translated from the language of the indigenous people means "place, where are a lot of crows". We only saw crows on the arms of the city, however there were many very different birds, but that's for later.

Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

We were not planning on staying in this town for long, but, as usual, life changed our plans slightly. First of all we visited the Art Gallery(Morrow St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650). Starting in 1979 the gallery has been collecting artworks made out of glass, in 1992 it got the name - National Art Glass Collection.

National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

The current exhibition was very interesting, it had very impressing art pieces. Some art works were outstanding, some - quite unusual, however some of them caused confusion. Every single one of us likes something different, but over all we really enjoyed the exhibition. I'm also very proud to point out that nothing at this exhibition was hurt after our kids visited the gallery.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Next door to the gallery was a museum of the history of Wagga Wagga (Morrow St & Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650). It looked like the local military band was the most well-known thing of this town, as a huge part of the exhibition was dedicated to this band. The museum was pretty formal, but even there the kids found some fun sitting in the historic conference room or playing the drums. Actually, these two things were the only interactive parts of the museum.

Australian Army Band 'KAPOOKA', Wagga Wagga Museun display
Australian Army Band 'KAPOOKA', Wagga Wagga Museun display

Before leaving the town we decided to visit the small Victory Memorial Garden, that was really close to the gallery and the museum, just across the road. We were attracted by the bird shouts in the middle of the park. But however those were not crows, but indeed, cockatoos, and in fact there were a lot of them. Short after making contact with them they flew above us and pooped on little Anna's stroller. We remembered the saying that "bird poop brings money and good luck" and shortly after, found 50 cents (not too much to compare with the size of guano).

Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

But if you don't count the cockatoo attack, the park turned out to be very nice. It had a lot of statues, a few fountains, done in different styles, a playground and a beautiful pond with shaded area around it. Natasha couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the rose garden, full of roses with the size of a tea plate. Alex was very busy taking photos of the flowers, he ended up forgetting the camera bag in the shade of the trees. But thankfully, here in Australia, even after half an hour the bag was found back where he left it, with everything untouched.

Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Because of the extended stop in Wagga Wagga we missed out on a trip to a chocolate factory, and to a train station, to which Alex planned to drive us to. But this is why we like these trips, our original plans don't always go smoothly, and every new twist of the road adds more excitement and surprises to the journey.

Dramatic sunset in Wagga Wagga
Dramatic sunset in Wagga Wagga

To end the day on a very high note we visited some shops and brought already grilled chicken, and a great ice cream pack. Straight after the first ice-block Natasha started taking care of her already sore from this treat throat. The kids looked at her in shock and quickly finished the rest of the ice cream.

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