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Anzac Day

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of Australia and New Zealand soldiers landing at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915. The day has since grown to honour and remember all who have served in the Anzac 'spirit' and is one of the most important days in the Australian calendar, giving Aussie (and Kiwis) an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of those who perished in the name of their country. 

State by state, we've collated this guide for how to take part in this year's commemorations. However you choose to honour the day, let us always remember their sacrifice.



In 2020, Australians marked Anzac Day by standing in their driveways with candles at dawn, and this year many services return under strict guidelines. If you can't be in attendance at a service this year you can 'Light Up The Dawn' once again at 6am (local time) after viewing the Anzac Day War Memorial Service from Canberra on ABC TV and iView from 5:30am.

In-person proceedings and ways to commemorate are as follows:


  • The Australian War Memorial is the centre of commemorations and will welcome guests to a ticketed (allocation now exhausted) Dawn Service and National Ceremony this year. The ceremonies will be broadcast live across Australia.
  • The Memorial will open at 1pm on 25th April 2021 and visitors will need to book a timed entry to visit the galleries.
  • On the evenings of 23rd and 24th April, images will be projected onto the Memoral building.
  • Join a virtual tour of the Australian War Memorial from the comfort of your home.

Sydney & New South Wales

  • Dawn Service (4:30am) in Martin Place (tickets available here).
  • Anzac Day Parade starts at Martin Place and will move along Elizabeth Street to Museum Station - spectators can attend and will be required to check-in via QR codes on the day.
  • Many RSL NSW sub-branches across NSW will be hosting services - for information on your local area please visit RSL NSW Anzac Day Events. You can also check with your local council to find out about nearby services.
  • Book your your tour of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park - currently open Monday to Fridays from 10am-4pm.

Brisbane & Queensland

  • Commemorations, including marches, parades and dawn services, will take place in a COVID Safe way across Queensland.
  • Anzac Day Parade will be held from 10am - information will be available here, closer to the event.
  • Find your local RSL QLD sub-branch service here.

Melbourne & Victoria

  • Members of the public are encouraged to to watch Shrine services from home via livestream options.
  • Local RSL, government and community services will take place. Lay a wreath at a local memorial to pay tribute to veterans and active service personnel.

Adelaide & South Australia

  • No public dawn services will be held and the Adelaide ANZAC March in the CBD will be a private event this year.
  • For more infirmatoin please visit RSL SA.

Perth & Western Australia

  • Registrations are now open to attend the Dawn Service at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens - details here.
  • Gunfire Breakfast prepared by Rotary Club of Perth - a gold coin donation is welcomed.
  • Full details are available via RSL WA.



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YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Elders past, present, emerging and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.