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 1915 landing at Gallipoli, Turkey in World War I.

The ANZAC Day service

Initially, ANZAC Day was a day to remember those who served in WWI. However now the date has become a day to remember all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in conflicts across the globe. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Giant image of a soldier bowing his head, ANZAC Day, Sydney

Dawn services, wreath laying, veteran marches and commemorative services are held across Sydney and NSW. The main Dawn Service is held at 04:30am in Martin Place at The Cenotaph, which was sculpted by Sir Bertram Mackennal and unveiled in 1929.

The dawn service offers quiet contemplation, accompanied by the bugle call of the Last Post and The Ode of Remembrance, an excerpt from English poet Laurence Binyon's moving poem, For the Fallen, which was first published in The Times in 1914. The Ode is from the fourth stanza:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We shall remember them.

The bronze sculpture Sacrifice in the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park

ANZAC Day March

Sydney's ANZAC Day March begins at 9am at the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street, finishing at the end of Hyde Park at Liverpool Street at approximately 12.30pm. Participating in the March will be WWII veterans followed by Navy/Army/Air Force, civilians in support of Australian Troops, descendants of Australian veterans, Commonwealth and allies.

Two Up

Another time-honoured ANZAC Day tradition is two-up games. Its association with the day originates from WWI, when Australians played two-up in the trenches and on troop ships. The game involves three or more players, with a designated "spinner" throwing two coins or pennies into the air and players guessing which side the coins will fall.

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Public Holiday Dates 2021-2022 

Holiday 2021 2022
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January  Saturday, 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 3 January )
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 2 April Friday, 15 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 3 April Saturday, 16 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April Sunday, 17 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 5 April Monday, 18 April
Anzac Day  Sunday, 25 April Monday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 14 June Monday, 13 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 4 October Monday, 3 October
Christmas Day public holiday Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December) Sunday, 25 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 28 December) Monday, 26 December

Anzac Day in Sydney FAQs

When is Anzac Day?

ANZAC Day falls on the 25th of April

Why is Anzac Day important?

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance and commemoration to all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in conflicts across the globe.

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ANZAC services and events that are held in Sydney to commemorate this important day.

What time is the Anzac Day service?

The Anzac Day Dawn Services are held at 4:30am as this was about the time that the ANZACs starting arriving at Gallipoli Beach. Other services and marches are held throughout the day.

What is there to do Anzac Day in Sydney?

There are a variety of events you can attend in Sydney to commemorate this important day. We suggest:

  • Anzac Day Dawn Service at The Cenotaph in Sydney's Martin Place, beginning at 4:30 am.
  • ANZAC Day March featuring veterans and the general public walking in honour of those who have served. The march begins at 9 am at the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street.
  • ANZAC Sunset Service Ceremony at the Cenotaph, Martin Place at 5 pm.
  • ANZAC Commemoration Service at ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park.

Are shops open on Anzac Day?

In Sydney, most shops cannot open until 1pm on Anzac Day. Many stores will remain closed for the whole day. Be sure to check the opening hours before your visit.