Anzac Day is an important special community event celebrated all over Australia on April 25. On this date, 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.
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.
Both Australia and New Zealand observe this event every year and this special day is marked by a public holiday. Both 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 usually scheduled as follows:
- Dawn Service commencing at 4.15am: 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.
- Commemoration Service commencing at 12.30pm: ANZAC Memorial and Pool of Reflection.
- Sunset Service commencing from 5pm: At the Cenotaph, Martin Place. Short service with band and lowering of the flags.
Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force, including carers; and 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; or display service medals; or carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of a branch of the RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation; or present a war widow’s gold card. Check the Transport NSW website further information.