Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day Services Around Australia

24.04.18 Grow, Learn Blog SumoSalad

This year marks 102 years since the first commemoration of ANZAC services in Australia. Dawn services, marches and commemorations will be held in suburbs across Australia to pay tribute to and remember those who have served our country in all theatres of war. Here is your guide to what is happening in your state:

Several ANZAC Day Dawn Services will be held on 25th April around Sydney including North Bondi at 6am, which last year saw 20,000 people descend on the iconic Beach. If you choose to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at The Cenotaph, Martin Place, you may wish to view the traditional ANZAC Day Parade, which will commence at 9am in the Sydney CBD. To conclude the ANZAC Day Parade, at approximately 12:30pm, a Commemoration Service will be held at the War Memorial in Hyde Park (South).

ANZAC Day commemorations begin with the annual dawn service at 6am at the Shrine of Remembrance. Patrons are recommended to arrive between 4am-5am to secure a position for the ceremony. Following the service, a traditional gunfire breakfast will be served on St Kilda Road in front of Victoria Barracks for a gold coin donation. The Anzac Day march will kick-off at 9am and begin at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets before concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance.

The Brisbane dawn service commences at 4:28am sharp at Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, Adelaide Street on Anzac Day. It’s recommended to arrive early to the service at 4am to secure a spot. If you’re bringing along small children it may be easier to watch the service on the big screens at Anzac Square, King George Square, Queen Street Mall and Post Office Square. The Brisbane Anzac Day Parade at King George Square will run from 10am-1pm and recognises the sacrifice of those in the Australian Defence Force who have not returned from war.

The Adelaide Dawn Service is held at the South Australian National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace and begins at 6.00am. The ANZAC Day March traditionally commences at 9.30am from North Terrace, Adelaide, from the SA National War Memorial, and turns right onto King William Road. The march concludes at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide.  Spectators are invited to line both North Terrace and King William Road (between North Terrace and the Adelaide Bridge).

The Perth Dawn Service is held at 6am at the State War Memorial, Fraser Avenue, Kings Park & Botanic Garden. The RSLWA recommends that participants arrive from 4.00am onwards. From 7.00am – 9.00am gunfire breakfast, Stirling Gardens, cnr St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth City. The community is invited to attend a gunfire breakfast for a gold coin donation, to share the spirit of Anzac Day. From 9.15am there will be a march through the city and from 11am-11.45am there will be a commemorative service featuring the Salvation Army Perth Fortress Band and choir brought together from the Perth Modern School Choirs, ChorusAngelicus, Phoenix and Schola Cantor.


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