Anzac Day ceremonies

Anzac Day 2012Anzac Day officially commemorates the battle of Gallipoli, but it’s also a day to remember all men and women who have served Australia’s armed forces.

We’ve put together a list of the major commemoration events around the country on 25 April 2012. If you can’t get to any of these ceremonies, check with your local council or nearby visitors centre, as there is sure to be a service near you.

New South Wales

The dawn service in Sydney is for very early risers, starting at 4.15am at Martin Place.

The Anzac Day parade starts at 9am on the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place, and proceeds down to Elizabeth Street. The parade is always a great experience, especially with little kids.

There are ceremonies throughout the rest of New South Wales, including a dawn service at 5am on Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle, and a 9am service at the cenotaph in Wollongong.


The Shrine of Remembrance off St Kilda Road in Melbourne is the focus of the state’s major Anzac Day services.

The dawn service starts at 6am in front of the shrine, but you’ll need to arrive earlier to nab a good spot. Make sure to rug up and bring a thermos to stay warm in what’s predicted to be a chilly autumn morning.

The Anzac Day parade starts at the intersection of Swanston Street and Little Bourke Street at 9am, and proceeds down St Kilda Road towards the shrine.Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital TerritoryAustralian Capital Territory

While the Prime Minister won’t be attending any services in Canberra this year (she’ll be at Gallipoli), the service at the Australian War Memorial is always memorable.

The dawn service starts at 5.30am and goes until 6am. The Australian War Memorial is also the location for the National Anzac Day Ceremony, which starts at 10.30am, with standing room for members of the public.

All members of the public are invited to lay a poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the ceremony.


The dawn service starts at 4.30am at the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane. If you prefer a sleep-in, you can attend the Anzac Concert on 24 April, on from 6.30pm in Suncorp Piazza.

South Australia

Adelaide commemorates Anzac Day with four ceremonies throughout the day, including a dawn service, a march and a commemorative service.

For a ceremony you won’t experience in any of the other capital cities, the Light Horse Commemorative Service is on at the Light Horse Memorial at 8am.

Northern Territory

The dawn service in Darwin starts at the cenotaph at 6am, and gives you enough time to visit a cafe for breakfast before the march starts opposite the cenotaph at 9am.


Both Hobart and Launceston have dawn services starting at 6am, as well as Anzac Day marches. Hobart’s march starts at 11am, whereas Launceston’s March starts at 10.20am.

There are also dawn services and marches on in Devonport and St Helens.

Western Australia

The dawn service starts in Perth at 5.30am at Kings Park and the Botanic Garden.

For more information on ceremonies, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Let us know what services are on in your town in the comments.

Image credit: Shrine of Remembrance, Tourism Victoria; Australian War Memorial, Tourism Australia