ANZAC Day in Sydney

Highlights

Pay your respects to the fallen at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at The Cenotaph in Martin Place. Join the crowds lining up along Elizabeth Street to honour the ANZAC Day March involving war veterans, descendants of those who served and died, and current members of Australia’s armed services.

  • Anzac Day, Sydney
  • Anzac Day, Sydney

ANZAC Day in Sydney

ANZAC Day on April 25 is a national day of remembrance and commemoration. This solemn day remembers all Australians who have served and died in war and on operational service. The 25th marks the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) 1915 landing at Gallipoli in World War I.

Dawn services, wreath laying, marches and commemorative services are held across Sydney and NSW. All are welcome, with the main Dawn Service held in Martin Place at The Cenotaph, which was sculpted by Sir Bertram Mackennal and unveiled in 1929. The Cenotaph service begins at 4.15am.

Anzac Day Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney

For a list of all services, visit the Returned Services League NSW website. The main ANZAC Day March in Sydney starts at 9am on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, above the train station. The Act of Remembrance is observed as marchers pass the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park.

The main Commemoration Service is at 12.30pm at the ANZAC Memorial, next to the Pool of Reflection. In the Hall of Silence is the evocative bronze sculpture Sacrifice. The official ANZAC Day commemorations conclude in the evening with the short Sunset Service from 5pm at the Cenotaph.

Another time-honoured ANZAC Day tradition is two-up games in pubs and clubs across NSW. Its association with the day originates from WWI, when Australians played two-up in the trenches and on troop ships. One of the biggest outdoor games is at the Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks.

Other popular two-up games include Dick’s Hotel in Balmain, Light Brigade Hotel in Woollahra, and Hotel Steyne in beachside Manly. You can also honour Australian servicemen and women at the ANZAC Day Cup rugby league contest between the Roosters and the Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

  1. Commemoration Service

    Wednesday 25 April 2018, City Centre

    The ANZAC Commemoration Service is held at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, adjacent to the Pool of Remembrance, commencing at 12.30pm.The service has developed into an impressive dedication to ANZAC, usually...

    25 Apr
  2. ANZAC Sunset Service Ceremony

    Wednesday 25 April 2018, City Centre

    This ceremony will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place, at 5pm. It will be a short service accompanied by the NSW Ambulance Service Band and followed by the lowering of the flags. It brings to a...

    25 Apr
  3. ANZAC Day March

    Wednesday 25 April 2018, City Centre

    Sydney's ANZAC Day March gives participating veterans and the general public an opportunity to honour those who served in the defence of Australia or its interests, especially remembering those who paid the supreme...

    25 Apr

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