On behalf of all the staff of the Army Recruit Training Centre, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Blamey Barracks; the ‘Home of the Soldier’. Kapooka has a proud history of training recruits for the Australian Army since 1951 and prior to that, training Army’s engineers during the World War 2 period. Today, the Barracks is the home of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB), the Army Adventurous Training Wing, and the recently established Recruit Development Wing. It is also the home of the famous Kapooka Band.

Colonel Mick Garraway, AM

This March Out Guide has been designed to assist you to plan your visit for the March Out Parade. There is a variety of accommodation, restaurants and entertainment options in Wagga and in the small towns nearby. Kapooka is a key component of the local community and it relies on the support of the local business community, many of whom are very generous sponsors of this March Out Guide.

The Wagga district has much to offer and I would encourage you to spend a few days here and take a look around. There are no geographic restrictions on the soldiers on the evening following March Out or the following Saturday. You may stay, eat and socialise anywhere within Wagga and the nearby district. In regards to accommodation, I encourage you to book directly with the hotels and motels listed within this guide, they will often offer discounts for March Out Parade visitors.