Australia Day

2015 Australia Day Weekend of Events

There will be plenty to choose from with a jam packed three days of Australia Day Celebrations in the City.

Saturday 24 January

Picnic at the Oasis - This includes free entry from 2pm-6pm. Pack a picnic and relax by the pool. There will also be food and drinks available for purchase. This event is glass and alcohol free.


The Lizard of Oz

The Wonderful Lizard of Oz is another fantastic locally written, produced and directed outdoor family production. The show has been created by the makers of Backyard Ashes, Mark Grentell and Peter Cox, and will be staged outdoors at the Wollundry Amphitheatre and opens as part of the 2015 Australia Day weekend festivities. 

The show will be on:
- Friday 23rd January at 6:15pm
- Saturday 24th January at 6:15pm
- Sunday 25th January at 6pm
- Monday 26th January at 6:15pm
- Thursday 29th January at 6:15pm
- Friday 30th January at 6:15pm
- Saturday 31st January at 6:15pm 
- Sunday 1st February at 6:15pm
- Thursday 5th February at 6:15pm
- Friday 6th February at 6:15pm
- Saturday 7th February at 6:15pm 
- Sunday 8th February at 6:15pm 

Please note all shows start at 6:15pm EXCEPT Sunday 25th January when the show will start at 6pm. 

Book your tickets here.

Wagga Wagga Australia Day Awards Ceremony and Concert at the Civic Theatre. Come along to enjoy the fantastic local talent the City has to offer and hear the announcements of the Wagga Wagga Australia Day Awards. This event runs from 7pm and will feature performances by the Australian Army Band Kapooka's Rock Band, Mt Austin High School Hip Hop Dancers, the National Anthem Competition finalists, Dale Allison and Hayley Potts.

Sunday 25 January

Markets in the Park - Sunday morning provides the perfect opportunity to wander the Victory Memorial Gardens and enjoying the Markets in the Park event. With activities for everyone including food and drink vendors, market stalls, entertainment, displays, amusements, animal farm and more! Kids amusement rides will be FREE for the first hour of the event (9am-10am).

Help us design the poster for Waggafest 2015!
Team Waggafest are calling the kids of Wagga to help us make a poster for this year's competition. Bring your kids to our stall at the Australia Day Markets in the Park and draw us the BEST thing about Wagga. The winning drawings will be incorporated into the posters and advertising for Waggafest 2015!


Beyond Bank

Movies in the Park -

This event is back for 2015 and this year we are screening Happy Feet 2! Come down to the Victory Memorial Gardens and enjoy this free movie event. There will be food and drink vendors, kids amusements and the event will also feature the announcement of the Waggafest People's Choice Awards!

Activities will commence from 6:30pm.

Beyond Bank is also giving the kids of Wagga Wagga the opportunity to show us their best Happy Feet dance! The two best dancers on the night will each win a $50 Community Reward Account. Full terms and conditions will be displayed in the Beyond Bank marquee at the event.

There's also the opportunity to win an outdoor setting thanks to BBQ Galore or a Family Pass to the Lizard of Oz! 

Monday 26 January

2WG Free Community Breakfast -  Come down to the Civic Precinct for a free Aussie Breakfast from 7am and enjoy some of the entertainment with your breaky.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony - held in the Civic Centre forecourt at 9am this is a special event for those becoming our newest Australians.

Australia Day wouldn't be complete without the annual Star FM Talent Quest in the Civic Theatre from 1pm.

For more information call 1300 292 442 or email

2015 Australia Day Ambassador - Damian Candusso

Damian Candusso 

Damian is an international multi-award winning Sound Designer and Senior Lecturer within the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University.

With over 17 years of industry experience in film, television, animation, games and music, his most recognisable film credits include: The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet 2, the Sanctum, The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ha'Hoole, Daybreakers, Australia, and the 79th Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film, Happy Feet. Damian has worked on over 150 episodes of television including the Henson produced US television sci-fi series Farscape, and has worked with many acclaimed actors including: Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Abbi Cornish and Brian Brown. 

Damian has been nominated for three Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards, he has worked on several Australian Film Institute (AFI) and Independent Film (IF) Award winning films, as well as winning many Australian Screen Sound Guild (ASSG) awards. In 2002, he received the Centenary Medal for Contribution to Australian Culture for his work in the Australian film industry awarded by the Commonwealth of Australia, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II and in 2010 he was awarded the City of Los Angeles Certificate of Congratulations. A first for an Australian, Damian has recently finished serving a second term on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Sound Editors based in Los Angeles. Currently finishing a PhD exploring the relationship between 3-D film visuals and the soundtrack, Damian's research has seen him invited to residencies at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch Marin County California and at Peter Jackson's Park Road Post in New Zealand.