Australia Day

Australia Day in Wagga Wagga

2018 Events

Thursday 25 January

CANCELLED - World Wetland Day -  Celebrate World Wetland Day at our very own Marrambidya Wetland. This free community event will include eco-exciting activities including:  possum peek-a-boo, water bug hunt, finding frogs and their habitats. From 9am - 11am.

Picnic + Movie at the Oasis - Free entry to the Oasis Aquatic Centre from 7pm-9pm. No entry or pass outs after 9pm. No glass, alcohol or commercial food.

Beyond Bank Australia Day Awards Ceremony - Held in the Victory Memorial Gardens,  featuring a free concert by the Army Band Kapooka and the National Anthem Competition Finalists. All Welcome.

Join us for a picnic under the stunning, newly lit up tree. Featuring Borambola Wines pop up licenced bar area and other foodie treats. Starting from 7pm.

Friday 26 January

Australia Day Activities - Kooringal Rotary and Triple M Riverina's Free Community Breakfast and free activities brought to you by Hit 93.1 Riverina. From 7am in the Victory Memorial Gardens.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony - Civic Centre Forecourt. 9am.

For more awesome Australia Day Activities held in Wagga over the Australia Day weekend check out the January What's On Guide.

These great events include markets, races, water polo championships and more!

Thank you to our Australia Day supporters: Beyond Bank, Triple M Riverina, Hit 93.1 Riverina, Borambola Wines, Australian Army Band Kapooka and Ollie's Security.

Sunday 28th January

Queen's Baton Relay - Don't miss the spectacular arrival of the Queen's Baton on route to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Arriving into Bolton Park and then making it's way through the streets of Wagga.

Free Sunrise Rotary breakfast from 8am, Official Ceremony from 9am.

Free Kids sporting activities including PCYC, Little Kickers, Wagga Swim Club and Wagga Wagga Crows Junior Rugby Union Club.

The Baton will be live from 10am - 11am.

Queen's Baton Relay route through Wagga Wagga

Australia Day Ambassador

The 2018 Wagga Wagga Australia Day Ambassador is Yianni Johns.

Yianni is a self-taught artist who started exhibiting his work in public in 1985. In 1991 he had his first solo exhibition in Sydney where he was involved with at the time, a very progressive art movement called loosely 'Art in Public Spaces'.

In 2002, Yianni was selected to sit for an Archibald Prize by award winning artist Peter Smeeth. This in turn led to a new gallery being born in the heard of Wyong, The Grand Gallery, which shared a space within a Bottleshop at the back of the Grand Hotel....a perfect venue for an art gallery. The charter of the Grand Gallery was, "Bringing Art Back to People".

Yianni has exhibited regularly since 1985 featuring in over 80 exhibitions. His art is collected by corporate and private collectors worldwide.

Australia Day Awards 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Australia Day Award recipients

Citizen of the Year:  Dianne Jacobson

Young Citizen of the Year: Isobel Cowell

Walk of Honour:  Jim Elphick

Ted Ryder Memorial Award (Sports Administration): Anthony Paul

Sporting Hall of Fame Inductee: Alicia Quirk

For more information call 1300 292 442 or email

2017 Australia Day Photo Gallery