Anzac Day

Date: Saturday, 25 April 2015
Location: Various locations
Website:  http://centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance and an opportunity for veterans, current service men and women and the general public to pay their respects to those who have served our country.

The ANZACs or Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, landed on the shores of Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.  Anzac Day 2015 marks the centenary of that historic event.

In NSW, services and other Anzac Day activities are held at community war memorials and other locations around the state. As we mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, attendances at all Anzac Day commemorations and events across NSW are expected to be higher than usual.

Crowds in the Sydney CBD for Anzac Day are expected to be bigger because of the centenary year. People are encouraged to attend commemoration events in their local area but should check where and when these are being held as times and dates may vary. To find a service or commemorative event in your area visit http://centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Dawn Service

The State Dawn Service for NSW is held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney at 4:30am, which is believed to have been the approximate time at which the first Australians waded ashore at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915.

The Service is extremely popular. Please remember that the area around the Cenotaph is limited and should reach capacity by 3am. Once full, people attending may only be able to view the service via large screens along George Street and in Martin Place.

Sydney Anzac Day March

The Anzac Day March commences at 9am at the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place in Sydney and will travel along George and Bathurst Streets to Elizabeth Street. The order of March will be WWII Navy / WWII Army / WWII Air Force, Navy / Army / Air Force, Civilians in support of Australian troops, descendants of Australian veterans, Commonwealth and allies.


To assist people with disability and those with mobility support requirements who wish to attend these events, a reserved accessible viewing area will be provided at each of these locations.

For people attending the Dawn Service, there will be two accessible viewing areas. One in close proximity to the Cenotaph, and the other at Martin Place and Pitt Street in front of a large screen which will be showing the ceremony. Due to the limited spaces available at each site, spectators with accessibility requirements are encouraged to register. Registered spectators will need to arrive from 2am to ensure access.

Accessible viewing areas will also be provided for the Anzac Day March. These areas will be available from 9am to 12pm and are located on the corner of King and George Streets (on both the western and eastern sides of George Street) and at Hyde Park.

Accessible drop-off and pick-up areas will be provided at Barrack and York Streets, and at Martin Place and Macquarie Street. Road closures will be in place, so please allow yourself enough time to travel from the drop-off area to your viewing location. Volunteers will be available to provide assistance if required.

Accessible toilets will be located on corners of the streets coming off Martin Place, including, Pitt Street, Castlereagh Street, Elizabeth Street and Phillip Street.

If you wish to register for any of the accessible viewing areas or require any further access details please contact Lucy Velnic, Event Access and Inclusion, Department of Premier and Cabinet on 9228 5250, mobile 0417 662 050 or email lucy.velnic@dpc.nsw.gov.au.

The closest public transport access points to all activities and viewing areas is at Martin Place, St James and Wynyard train stations. 

Special traffic arrangements

Many road closures and Special Event Clearways will be in place in the Sydney CBD between 1am and 4pm. Check signs before parking as vehicles left in Special Event Clearways will be towed and a fee will apply. Motorists travelling in the area are advised to allow extra travel time for possible delays.

For more information on road closures, clearways and restricted parking go to www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic for NSW at the App Store or Google Play, or telephone 132 701.

Getting there

With extra early-morning train and bus services running, public transport is the best way to get to the Sydney Dawn Service at Martin Place and the other Anzac Day activities taking place in the Sydney CBD. To plan your trip using public transport, visit the transportnsw.info trip planner. If you are driving, check the Live Traffic NSW website for up-to-date delays and updates.

Travel on public transport to and from Anzac Day services is free to members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force in uniform or wearing their medals. This entitlement also applies to their accompanying carers and family members, as well as widows and widowers of veterans who are carrying an accreditation letter from the RSL or present a war widow’s Gold Card.

Department of Premier and Cabinet