Where To Attend ANZAC Day Dawn Services Around Australia
April 25 is ANZAC Day, and while of course it doesn't matter where you choose to pay respect to our troops, we have listed some of the bigger dawn services you can get along to around the country. Lest we forget.
New South Wales' official dawn service will happen at Martin Place from 4:30am. This event is touted to draw the biggest ANZAC Day crowds in Australia. A march follows from the same place, moving towards Hyde Park, before a commemoration service at noon. Another service will take place, again at Martin Place, at 5pm. If you're interested in heading beachside, Bondi and Coogee offer stunning sunrise backdrops to pay your respects.
In Darwin, thousands will be gathering at the Cenopath on the Esplanade at 6am, before 9am parades in Darwin City and Palmerston CBD. Wing Commander Steven Parsons will speak at the dawn service.
Close to 35,000 people are expected to attend the 6am dawn service at the Kings Park State War Memorial. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Opposition Kim Beazley will be a guest speaker at the event, before a breakfast at the Government House Gardens. A march through the city begins at St George's Terrace at 9am, ending at Langley Park for a BBQ.
The Australian War Memorial will host readings from diaries and letters written by those who experienced the war, from 4:30am. The dawn service will follow at 5:30am, delivered by Corporal Mark Donaldson VC. From 6:30 a ceremony honouring Indigenous Australians who have served will take place at Mount Ainslie.
A dawn service will commence at 6:30 am at the Shrine of Remembrance, before the ANZAC Day march heads down St. Kilda Road, from 8:30am. Thousands are expected to attend both the dawn service and the march.
A dawn service at Anzac Square from 4.28am, is expected to draw a large crowd - the specific time is a marker of the exact moment the boats landed at ANZAC Cove in 1915. A parade will head down George St. from 10am, finishing on Adelaide St.
The city of churches is expecting over ten thousand people at the 6am dawn service at the National War Memorial on North Terrace. A march will then head towards North Adelaide.