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How Your City Is Commemorating Anzac Day This Year

April 25 holds significant importance in the hearts of Australians; a day of remembrance for those who served and sacrificed in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

Across Australia, each state pays homage to the solemn occasion with a variety of commemorative activities and services.

We have gathered all the different activities happening in your city to honour the spirit of Anzac Day across Australia. 

Melbourne

Anzac Day Dawn Service: Held annually at the Shrine of Remembrance. The service is held from 5:30am-6:30am, with the Shrine opening for general viewing from 7am.

Anzac Day Commemoration March: The procession begins at 8.30am with first veterans and is followed by the rest of the march, beginning at 9am and finishing around 12pm.

Anyone can join the march in a show of support. It begins at Swanston Street near Federation Square and heads towards the Shrine of Remembrance via St Kilda Road. Various viewing points are plotted along the route.

Free travel

There will be free travel provided to veterans and war widows on Victoria’s public transport network from Tuesday 23 April to Thursday 25 April 2024. 

Free travel is also extended to Australian Defence Force members, Scouts and Guides and school students on the day.

Sydney

Anzac Day Dawn Service: The Dawn Service will be held at Martin Place from 4:20am to 5:20am.

Anzac Day March:The CBD comes to a standstill as over 10,000 current serving members and veterans of the Australian Defence Force march past the Anzac Memorial. The march commences at 9am and travels along Elizabeth Street. 

Commemoration Service: Held at Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park from 12:30pm.

Sunset Service: Held at The Cenotaph, Martin Place from 5pm.

Brisbane

Anzac Day Dawn Service: The service begins at 4:28am sharp at Brisbane City’s Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, located between Ann and Adelaide Streets. 

Anzac Day Parade: The Anzac Day Parade will be held on Adelaide Street, between George and Creek Streets, from 9:45am-12:30pm. Former and current Australian Defence Force veterans and other groups will take part.

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Anzac Day Memorial Galleries: The galleries beneath the Shrine of Remembrance will be open from 5:30-3pm on Anzac Day. People are invited to lay a wreath or poppy inside the Memorial Galleries or in the Anzac Square parklands.

Nurses Candlelight Vigil: Held on April 24, the vigil takes place from 5:30-7:15pm at Anzac Square.

Adelaide

Anzac Day Dawn Service: The SA National War Memorial serves as the backdrop for the main Dawn Service, inviting the public to gather at 6am to pay their respects. 

Anzac Day March: The march commences at 9:30am, and winds its way through the streets of Adelaide, culminating in a service at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide.

Perth

All-Abilities Sunset Service: On April 24, RSLWA will hold its inclusive Sunset Service from 4:45pm-5:40pm. Accessibility measures inclide audio description, wheelchair access, Auslan, low sensory facilities, ACROD parking, and DADAA assistance.

Anzac Day Dawn Service: The service begins at 5:30am at the State War Memorial in Kings Park, concluding around 7am.

Gunfire Breakfast: People are invited to attend the annuak Gunfure Breakfast at the Government House Gardens from 7am-9am. Attendees can conntect with WA veterans.

Anzac Day March: From breakfast, the public are encouraged to pay their respects to service people at the Anzac Day March at St Geoges Terrace.

Hobart

Anzac Day Dawn Service: The service begins around 6am at the Cenotaph at Queens Domain.

Anzac Day March: The annual march commences around 11am from Elizabeth Street.

Newcastle

Anzac Day Dawn Service: The public are encouraged to gather at Camp Shortland, Pasha Way from 5am-6am for the annual service. A four-gun Salute to the Fallen concludes the service.

Anzac Day March: The march is held from 9:15am-10am, starting at Perkins Street and heads along King Street, finishing in Civic Park. It is followed by the Newcastle Anzac Day United Commemoration Service – a combined faith service commencing at 10am at the cenotaph in Civic Park.