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​Anzac Day 2018

Publication date: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Anzac Day is a day of remembrance, a day for us all to pay our respects to current and former defence personnel who have served our country. It is an important day for communities to gather together at the many commemoration services held throughout NSW. 

"Anzac Day is more than the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. On Wednesday we honour and show our ongoing gratitude for the service and sacrifice of all Anzacs who have served our nation," Veterans Affairs Director Caroline Mackaness said.

This year Australia commemorates the Centenary of Anzac (2014 to 2018) – 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War. The Centenary is also an opportunity for the current generation to acknowledge those who supported the war from home.

Ms Mackaness also encouraged the community to support the RSL's fund raising activities for the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games. The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation among the servicemen and women injured and wounded from serving our nation in conflict.

The many commemoration services held throughout NSW are organised by RSL NSW sub-branches, local councils and shires, and would not be possible without the support of thousands of volunteers. To find out what's on in your local community this Anzac Day, visit www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au.

If you plan to attend the Anzac Day March or Dawn Service in Sydney's CBD please plan ahead, use public transport and allow extra time for bag checks.

The Sydney CBD will again have four key commemoration events this Anzac Day:

  • 4.00am arrival for 4.30am – Dawn Service
    (Cenotaph, Martin Place)
  • 9.00am – Anzac Day March
    (from Martin Place, along Elizabeth St to Liverpool St)
  • 12.30pm – Commemoration Service
    (Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park)
  • 5.00pm – Sunset Service
    (Cenotaph, Martin Place).

New security measures will be in place for the in Sydney's CBD to ensure community safety as NSW commemorates the Centenary of Anzac.

Crowds attending CBD events are encouraged to plan their journey, allow extra time for bag checks and use the extended public transport services to avoid extensive road closures, which will be in place from 1am to 4pm. For full details go to livetraffic.com, call the 132 701 Traffic Information Line or go to www.transportnsw.info.

Above: The Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney.

Photo: Salty Dingo.


Above: The Sydney Anzac Day March.

Photo: Salty Dingo.

Commemoration events in the Sydney CBD this Anzac Day

Dawn Service 
4.00am arrival for 4.30am
(Cenotaph, Martin Place)

Anzac Day March
9.00am 
(from Martin Place, along Elizabeth St to Liverpool St)

Commemoration Service
12.30pm 
(Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park)

Sunset Service 
5.00pm
(Cenotaph, Martin Place)