National Ceremony

Veterans marching at the National Ceremony on Anzac Day 2015

10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Thursday 25 April 2019 marks the 104th anniversary of the landing of Anzac troops at Gallipoli. On this day the Australian War Memorial will host the Anzac Day National Ceremony. The ceremony follows the traditional order of service including a Commemorative Address, wreath laying, hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand. This year’s Commemorative Address will be delivered by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

Ticketing and seating

Tickets for general public seating are now fully booked.

Please note, guests without tickets are welcome to bring their own seating or rugs and view the ceremony via the large screens located in the Memorial grounds.

Approximately 10 minutes before the commencement of the ceremony, public will be invited to fill any unoccupied seating.

Veterans’ march

The National Ceremony incorporates the Anzac Day veterans’ march which is coordinated by the ACT branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL). For all information regarding the veterans’ march, please visit the ACT RSL website at http://www.actrsl.org.au/

Contingent registration forms must be completed by Wednesday 3 April 2019 and are available at http://www.actrsl.org.au/contingent

General Information

  • The ceremony takes place outdoors therefore we encourage visitors to dress for the conditions on the day. A hat and sunscreen are recommended
  • We encourage visitors to bring their own water to the ceremony and refill water stations will be positioned around the site
  • Information points, first-aid services and ambulances will be located on site. The Memorial is unable to loan wheelchairs for public use
  • Visitors are welcome to lay their own wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance following the National Ceremony
  • Poppies and Orders of Service will be available for a donation.

Road Closures

Road closures will be in effect from 8pm on the evening of Wednesday 24 April until 3pm on Thursday 25 April:

  • Traffic from Limestone Avenue diverts onto Treloar Crescent
  • Traffic from Fairbairn Avenue diverts onto Treloar Crescent
  • Anzac Parade closed from Constitution Avenue including the Blamey Crescent and Currong Street intersection.

Public Transport

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 or call 13 17 10 for more information.

The Canberra Centre will offer parking for a flat rate of $2, and Russell Offices and Majura Park offer free parking for visitors who wish to park and ride.

Onsite Parking

There is limited parking onsite for mobility impaired visitors only. Vehicles displaying a government issued parking pass will be granted access. Parking is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Access to car parks is via Treloar Crescent.

The Anzac Day tradition
What is Anzac Day?

In 2018, the National Ceremony was broadcast live on the Memorial’s Facebook page and Youtube channel, and recordings of the live broadcast can be viewed on these platforms.