Anzac Day Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is the Memorial open on Anzac Day? If so, what times is it open?
A. The Memorial will be closed during the Dawn Service and the National Ceremony. The Commemorative Area will open after the Dawn Service (approx. 6.15 am) and then will close at 8 am. The entire Memorial will then reopen following the National Ceremony. The Memorial will remain open until 5 pm.
Q. Can I wear my/my relative’s medals to the ceremony? If I am wearing medals, which side of the chest should I wear them on?
A. You are welcome and encouraged to wear your own or your relative’s medals to the ceremonies. If wearing your own medals, they should be worn on the left hand side of your chest over your heart. If wearing someone else medals they should be worn on the right hand side.
Q. Is there a dress code for the ceremonies?
A. There is no specified dress code for the ceremonies. The Dawn Service will take place before dawn in April, so it is recommended to wear warm clothing and comfortable, thick soled shoes. The National Ceremony is more formal, so smarter clothing is encouraged. The ceremony takes place outdoors, so all attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather on the day.
Q. I am the family member of a veteran can I march on their behalf?
A. All requests to march in the Anzac Day Veterans March are to be directed to the ACT Branch of the RSL via http://www.actrsl.org.au or Tel: (02) 6260 6344
Q. Can I get reserved seats for the Dawn Service?
A. There is no allocated seating for the Dawn Service. Visitors are welcome to occupy the seating set in place for the National Ceremony, or they may stand on the Parade Ground. Seating is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will be required to vacate this seating at the conclusion of the Dawn Service. Please be aware that the Memorial’s grounds can be uneven and may be icy or slippery in the early hours of the morning. Caution is advised when entering the site or seating area.
Q. Can I get seats for the National Ceremony?
A. Tickets for reserved seating at the National Ceremony are now booked out. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or rugs and view the ceremony from outside the ticketed seating areas or via the large screens located on the grounds.
Q. Can I lay a wreath during the Dawn Service or National Ceremony?
A. Members of the public are welcome to lay their own wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance following either the Dawn Service or the National Ceremony.
Q. Is there a free transport service to and from the Memorial on Anzac Day?
A. The Australian War Memorial and Transport Canberra will be providing free bus services to and from the Dawn Service and National Ceremony. For all information and to register to ride please go to www.transport.act.gov.au
Q. I am elderly and will require a wheelchair during the ceremony. Can I borrow one from the Memorial?
A. Unfortunately the Memorial is unable to lend out wheelchairs for the Dawn Service or National Ceremony.
Q. I am organising a local Anzac Day Ceremony. Can you help/provide advice?
A. Information and advice for organising commemorative ceremonies is available on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website: http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/events/conduct
Q. I need a recording of the Last Post/Rouse/National Anthem/Hymns for my local ceremony. Can you help?
A. Recordings of the Last Post, Rouse, Australian and New Zealand National anthems and relevant hymns can be found on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website: http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/events/conduct
Q. I would like to attend an Anzac Day Ceremony overseas. Can you provide any further information? Are there any battlefield tours that include this?
A. Information about overseas Anzac Day Commemorations can be found on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website: http://www.dva.gov.au/commemorations-memorials-and-war-graves/anniversaries-and-commemorative-events
Q. Will there be guided tours of the Memorial on Anzac Day?
A. There will be no guided tours of the Memorial on Anzac Day on account of expected visitor numbers in the galleries.
Q. I am bringing a coach group to the Memorial for the Anzac Day ceremonies. Can I organise a private tour of the Memorial for the group after the ceremonies?
A. Due to increased demand on this day, private tours of the Memorial cannot be facilitated.
Q. What time will the Memorial close on Anzac Day?
A. The Memorial's galleries will be progressively cleared from 4:15pm to enable the Last Post Ceremony to commence at 4:45pm. The Last Post Ceremony is expected to conclude at approx. 5:15pm after which the Memorial will close.