Are you looking for the best information about taking kids to experience Anzac Day services in Sydney? Our article will give you all the details to ensure you mark this special day with your family.
Home to an abundance of dawn services and Anzac Day marches Sydney offers plenty of opportunities for the city’s community to pay their respects to the first Anzacs, as well as the past and present individuals serving in the Australian Defence Force.
Our article will give you information about:
- The Official Anzac Day Dawn Service in Sydney
- The Anzac Day Parade in Sydney
- The Anzac Day Sydney City Commemoration Service
- The Anzac Day Sydney City Sunset Service
- Suburban Anzac Day ceremonies
Spanning across the city, there’s a commemoration to suit families from any suburb.
Here are a few places to commemorate Anzac Day in Sydney, whether it’s in the heart of the city, among the surrounding suburbs, during the earlier hours of the morning or as the sun sets over the city.
Anzac Day Dawn Service in Sydney City
The Anzac Day Sydney commemorations commence at 4:30 am with the official state dawn service at the Cenotaph of Martin Place. (The service will be ticketed, with 2 tickets per registration on a first-come, first-serve basis). After the Catafalque Party and Band March at 4:30 are, the ceremony begins and runs through to 5:30 am.
Anzac Day Parade in Sydney
Following the dawn service is Sydney’s Anzac Day Parade (Sydney’s Anzac Day march), the parade will be starting from the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street, progressing alongside North and South Hyde Park, and finishing on Liverpool Street. During the march, participants also see the Act of Remembrance as the Anzac Memorial is passed in Hyde Park. Those who’ve served in the Australian Defence Force are welcome to march. The parade begins at 9 am and finishes at 1 pm.
Best Places to see the Anzac Parade in Sydney
As veterans, relatives, and current members of the Australian Defence Force march down a 1 kilometre stretch on Elizabeth Street, visitors are gifted with plenty of worthy vantage points to admire the parade. Many Sydney patrons gather on the side-walk of Elizabeth Street and are delivered with perfect, up-close sights of the march. That being said, this area is very popular and can crowd easily. If you’re hoping to enjoy the march from Elizabeth Street, take the time to walk along the stretch to uncover a vacant spot. Otherwise, it may be a good idea to arrive during the earlier hours of the morning.
The Anzac Day March in Sydney is also broadcasted on the ABC and is available online until mid-July. If you’re unable to attend the march in person, watching on the television or online may be the next best option.
Anzac Day Road Closures
The Anzac Day Dawn Service and Anzac Day March in Sydney will cause a number of road closures throughout the city from 2 am to 4 pm. This will cause a reduced amount of street parking options. Patrons are recommended to consider public transport. Buses travelling in and out of the city will be available from 3 am and 4 am and a taxi rank will be offered on Wentworth Avenue. Public transport will be free to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force in uniform.
Anzac Day City Commemoration Service
The Anzac Day Commemoration Service of Sydney is located at the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial, which can be found near the reflective pools. The event is typically attended by community members and invited guests, along with the Governor of NSW, Premier of NSW, and more.
Attending this service can be an ideal alternative for families with younger children still eager to pay their respect on Anzac Day. Attending can also offer the kids an appropriate insight into this day of remembrance. As the service begins as the Anzac Day March Sydney finishes, these two events can effortlessly be coupled together.
Anzac Day | Sydney City Sunset Service
Finally, the official commemorations close with the Anzac Day Sunset Service, also taking place at Martin Place’s Cenotaph. The service is much shorter, running from 5 pm to 5:30 pm, and includes the lowering of the flags
Sydney City summary of activities…
- Anzac Day Dawn Service Sydney: 4:30 am to 5:30 am at the Cenotaph of Martin Place.
- Anzac Day March Sydney: 9 am to 1 pm from Martin Place, progressing on Elizabeth Street, and to Liverpool Street.
- Anzac Day Commemoration Service Sydney: at the Anzac Memorial of Hyde Park.
- Anzac Day Sunset Service Sydney: 5 pm to 5:30 pm at the Cenotaph of Martin Place
Anzac Day Services and Marches in Sydney Suburbs
Anzac Day Bondi Junction
Anzac Day March Bondi Junction:
Time: 8 am
Address: 1-9 Gray Street, Bondi Junction. Heads through Bronte Road, Oxford Street, and Bondi Road.
Anzac Day Main Service Bondi Junction:
Time: No main service 2021
Address: Waverley Park, Bondi Road.
Anzac Day Burwood
Dawn Service/ Main Service Burwood:
Time: 6:30 am
Address: Burwood War Memorial Arch, Burwood Park, Park St and Burwood Road corner.
Anzac Day March Burwood
Time: 8 am
Address: Woodstock Park, Church Street
Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is available after the service at the Club Burwood RSL
Anzac Day Cronulla
Dawn Service Cronulla:
Time: 5:30 am
Address: Monro Park War Memorial, Cronulla.
Anzac Day March Cronulla:
Time: 5:30 am
Address: Cronulla RSL Memorial Club, 38 Gerrale Street, Cronulla.
Anzac Day Epping
Dawn Service Epping:
Time: 6 am
Address: Cenotaph Park: Forest Park Epping.
Anzac Day Forestville
Dawn Service Forestville:
Time: 5:25 am
Address: Forestville RSL Club, 22 Melwood Avenue, Forestville
Anzac Day Hurlstone Park
Dawn Service Hurlstone Park:
Time: 5:00 am
Address: Bert Crook Memorial, Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, 20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park.
Breakfast: A complimentary gunfire breakfast is on offer at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL.
Anzac Day Jindabyne
Dawn Service Jindabyne:
Time: 5:45 am
Address: Banjo Paterson Park
Anzac Day Main Service Jindabyne:
Time: 9 am
Address: Old Town Centre Car Park.
Anzac Day Kingsgrove
Anzac Day March Kingsgrove
Time: 6:45 am
Address: Kingsgrove Road and Shaw Street, Kingsgrove
Anzac Day Main Service Kingsgrove:
Time: 7 am
Address: Kingsgrove RSL, Brocklehurst Lane, Kingsgrove.
Anzac Day North Bondi
Dawn Service North Bondi:
Time: 6 am
Address: North Bondi RSL, 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi.
Anzac Day Paddington
Anzac Day Main Service Paddington:
Time: 11 am
Address: Paddington RSL Club, 220/232 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Anzac Day Petersham
Dawn Service Petersham:
Time: 6 am
Address: Petersham Town Hall, 107 Crystal Street, Petersham.
Breakfast: A complimentary breakfast is available after the dawn service at the Petersham RSL Club.
Anzac Day St Marys
Dawn Service St Marys:
Time: 5 am
Address: Gun War Memorial of the St Mary’s RSL Club, Hall St, St Marys NSW 2760
Anzac Day March St Mary’s:
Time: 11 am
Address: Cook Park, Wilson Street.
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