Although the tradition of ANZAC Day is over 100 years old, it remains a commemorative date to remember Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in war or on operational service. If you would like to pay your respects to sand present, they are many services you can attend. We’ve summarised accessible ANZAC Day services in major cities across the nation.
New South Wales
The Cenotaph, Martin Place
New South Wales’ most popular ANZAC Day service takes place in the heart of Sydney at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. From 9am, the ANZAC Day March will make its way from Martin Place to Liverpool Street and will pass two reserved accessible viewing areas. From 9am to 12pm, Sheraton on the Park and St James Road on Elizabeth Street will be designated for those with mobility support requirements. As the city has limited parking, Transport NSW recommends using TripView to find accessible transport services. Find more information here.
Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
Camp Shortland on the Newcastle Foreshore has a number of accessible features this ANZAC Day. For those with support requirements, the Horseshoe Beach carpark is designated for vehicles displaying disability permits and will close from 4am to prepare for the Dawn Service. Alternatively, a passenger set down area at Tug Berth Way will be open throughout the day. Accessible toilets will also be available on ANZAC Day. Find more information about Newcastle’s ANZAC Service here.
Corrimal RSL, Corrimal
The Corrimal RSL in North Wollongong will be hosting a Dawn Service March from 5:30am. The March will begin at 6am and will make its way to the Memorial at Anzac Grove off Railway Street before returning to the RSL. Corrimal RSL is completely wheelchair accessible and there is surrounding disability parking. You can find more information about services across Wollongong here.
Memorial Park, Burleigh Heads
The Burleigh Heads RSL Sub-branch has seen almost 80 years of ANZAC celebrations and will be returning stronger than ever this year to host a Community Dawn Service and an ANZAC march. The first service of the day will kick off at 4:28am at the corner of Connor Street and the Gold Coast Highway.. The ANZAC March will begin at 9:15am from the corner of West Street and James Street and will make its way 500 metres down The Esplanade. Disabled parking is available throughout the Burleigh Heads area and all service areas are wheelchair accessible You can find more information about the Burleigh Heads ANZAC Services here.
Cotton Tree Cenotaph, Maroochydore
Maroochy RSL will be hosting this year’s ANZAC commemorations. Their Dawn Service is completely wheelchair accessible and will kick off at 4:28am at the Cotton Tree Cenotaph along The Esplanade. For those feeling inclined to sleep in, the Morning Service Parade will begin at 8:30am from the Maroochy RSL and will make its way 350 metres towards the Cenotaph. Maroochy RSL is completely accessible and has multi-level on-site parking including disability parking. The RSL will be open to the public from 10am to kick off celebrations. To find out more about Maroochy RSL’s services, click here.
Shrine of Remembrance, Brisbane
Each year Brisbane City holds a commemoration service to remember at the Shrine of Remembrance. This year, free parking is available at the Cathedral Square Carpark with mandatory pre-booking, or there are multiple $5 all-day parking areas. It is recommended that you arrive in the city before 4am to get a good vantage point for the 4:28am Dawn Service. If you miss out on a spot with a view, there are plenty of big screens along Anzac Square, Post Office Square, King George Square and Queen Street Mall. Find more information here and register for free parking here.
Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Much like Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne’s Shrine will host a commemorative crowd this coming ANZAC Day. Those needing mobility support can reserve a seat by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 9661 8100. If you miss out on the view, screens will be erected along the Shrine’s surrounding park. The City of Melbourne recommends using public transport as parking space is limited. . Find more information about Melbourne’s ANZAC Service here.
Johnstone Park, Geelong
Geelong will be hosting many commemorative services throughout the day including pre-Dawn Services and marches throughout the town. Many of the ANZAC events are wheelchair accessible and have first aid and parking facilities. Two bus services providing inbound and outbound routes will run between 10:30am and midday. The most popular ANZAC event, the official Geelong March, is wheelchair accessible and will begin at 11:00am from the corner of Yarra and Malop Streets and will finish at Johnstone Park around 11:45am. Find out more information here.
State War Memorial Park, Perth
For a truly stunning array of ANZAC Day Services, the State War Memorial Park will light its Remembrance Flame from April 22 to 25. There will be designated areas to view the service on screens, first aid, toilets and coffee and catering available. If you have mobility issues, it is recommended you contact the Returned & Services League of Australia at email@example.com or call 9287 3799. Find out more information about Perth’s ANZAC Services here.
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