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Anzac Day

Anzac Day is an important special community event celebrated in Australia on April 25. Millions of Australians commemorate the anniversary of the first significant military pairing of Australian and New Zealand forces fighting together during the First World War.

In addition, veterans and participants of peacekeeping operations and conflicts are also honoured during this national event.

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2024 Dawn Service, March, Events & Celebrations

Just like all other cities in Australia, Sydney celebrates this day to pay homage to some of the bravest veterans who have lived and died serving their country – with the name of the event coming from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, also known as ANZAC.

Australia and New Zealand observe this event every year, and this special day is marked by a public holiday. Past and serving members are honoured on this prestigious day by the Australian Government and all members of the public.

The Anzac Day commemorations are scheduled as follows:

  • Dawn Service commencing at 4:30am: Laying wreaths, marches and commemorative services at Martin Place.
  • ANZAC Day March commencing at 9am: Corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, walking past the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park.

Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force, including carers; the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans. Free travel recipients are required to wear the Australian Defence Uniform, display service medals, carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of an RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation branch, or present a war widow’s gold card.

Those travelling via bus should be prepared that services will use alternate routes and stops while road closures are in place.

The ABC will broadcast the March live on ANZAC Day, and it will also be streamed live on the RSL NSW Facebook page and will be available to view on iView.


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