Anzac Day traditionally begins with the Dawn Service at the Memorial, a reminder of the dawn landing on Gallipoli in 1915. The screeching of the cockatoos in the early morning chill gives a distinctive Canberra touch to this special day of remembrance.
You are welcome to attend the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial. To assist the Memorial in planning would you please register your interest to attend the Dawn Service in 2014 by emailing the following details to email@example.com
- Full name, address and contact details
- How many guests are likely to attend with you
- Intended mode of transport (public shuttle buses or private)
Please note: there is no allocated seating for the Dawn Service, registering your interest to attend is to assist in planning.
To find out further information regarding the Veterans March in 2014, please contact the ACT Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia
To find out what is happening overseas in 2014, please go to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website
Prior to the Dawn Service
24 and 25 April 2014. Anzac Day will begin from 9pm 24 April with images projected onto the Memorial building: photographs of Australian servicemen and women. Images, drawn from the Memorial's rich photographic collection, will depict the faces of those who have experienced the realities of war.
4.30 am. Excerpts from letters and diaries of Australians, who experienced first-hand war in all its facets, will be read.
5.15 am. All will be quiet before the Dawn Service commences in darkness at 5.30 am.
5.30 am – 6 am. Suggested arrival: from 4.30 am onwards on the Parade Ground at the front of the Memorial. We recommend being on the Parade Ground before 5.15 am.
The Memorial's Commemorative Area will open 15 minutes after the Service concludes, and remain open until 8.00 am. Here the public can view the Tri-Service Guard mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.
The Hall of Memory will be open during this time, giving visitors the opportunity to lay a poppy on the Tomb.
Parade Ground, Australian War Memorial
Anzac Day breakfast
- Large numbers are expected; members of the general public should arrive from 4.30 am. Please note if you are planning to walk to the Memorial via Anzac Parade to keep to the footpaths and remain off the road as the shuttle buses will be in operation
- This is an informal ceremony, with visitors standing on the Parade Ground and surrounds
- On-site lighting is provided until 5.25 am
- The Commemorative Area will be open to the public 15 minutes after the ceremony
- First aid tent and ambulances plus trained First Aid staff will be in attendance
- Orders of Service are available free of charge upon arrival
- Poppies and candles will be available for a donation
- It is suggested you wear warm clothing and bring a torch
- Public toilets at the Terrace Cafe will be open, and there will also be portable toilets on site
- The Terrace Café will be open from 6 am.
There is no allocated seating for the Dawn Service. Visitors are welcome to occupy the seating in place for the National Ceremony, as well as to stand on the Parade Ground.
Parking and transportation
Road closures will be in effect from 4.00 am until 1.00 pm, which will limit public access to parking at the Memorial. The large number of visitors in attendance at the ceremony will also limit the amount of available parking on site. Please also note that parking is no longer available at the foot of Mount Ainslie.
- 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
Shuttle services will be in operation from Russell Offices (Sir Thomas Blamey Square) and Majura Park Car Park from 4.00 am until 5.10 am, with return shuttles starting at 6.10 am after the ceremony. All visitors are encouraged to use this service and park at either Russell Offices or Majura Park. Please see the attached map for drop off and pick up points. This map also shows ACTION buses drop off / pick up point for both North and South side interchanges for the Dawn Service only.
Visitors using the ACTION shuttle service or other public transport should note that the location you disembark the bus is the same location that you embark to return to your destination.
Mobility Impaired parking: for details, please refer to this map showing the limited quantity of mobility impaired parking. Vehicles displaying a Government issued parking pass will be granted access to these areas.
Dress and weather
The Dawn Service takes place before sunrise, and the weather can be quite cold. The ceremony will go ahead in the event of rain and inclement weather. All visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. If you wish to wear family medals then they should be worn on the right hand side of the chest.