All are welcome to attend the Anzac Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Friday 25 April 2014.
The Anzac Day National Ceremony and wreathlaying includes a march by Australian veterans of wars and peacekeeping deployments.
10.15 am – 12 noon approximately
We suggest you arrive by 9.45 am. Guests with entrée cards are required to be seated by no later than 10 am.
Standing room for the public is available on the day. Members of the public are welcome to bring chairs or rugs. The Memorial will open 15 minutes after the completion of the National Ceremony, and will remain open until 5.10 pm. The public may view the Tri-Service Guard mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.
Parade Ground, Australian War Memorial
Unfortunately, allocated seating for the National Ceremony has now reached full capacity. We welcome you to bring your own chair and sit or stand on the grassed areas behind the prepositioned seating. You may also like to consider bringing a rug or chairs and watch the ceremony on the large screen that will be positioned in the Sculpture Garden on the western side of the Memorial building.
Parking and transportation
Road closures will be in effect from 4.00 am, 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 8.30 am until 10.00 am, with return shuttles starting at 12.15 pm 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.
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: Limited mobility impaired parking is available on site – please see this map for details.
Opening hours for the Memorials cafes:
The Terrace at the Memorial: 6.00 am - 4.30 pm
The Landing Place: 12.00 pm - 4.30 pm
All enquiries regarding the Veterans’ march should be directed to the RSL ACT (02) 6260 6344. The Returned and Services League Australian Capital Territory Branch website also has information about the march.
Order of march available on the ACT RSL website.
- Members of the general public are welcome to bring their own seats or rugs
- First aid tent and ambulances plus trained First Aid staff will be in attendance
- National Ceremony Orders of Service are available free of charge upon arrival
- Poppy sellers will be roaming the site distributing poppies for a donation
- Water points are located near the front steps of the Memorial and at the Terrace
- Public toilets at the Terrace Cafe will be open, and there will also be portable toilets onsite
- The Memorial will open after the ceremony at approximately 12.15 pm
- The Terrace café will be open from 6 am.
Dress and weather
Please ensure you dress for the weather. If you wish to wear family medals ensure you wear them on your right hand side of your chest. The ceremony will go ahead in the event of rain and inclement weather.
Photographs from recent National Ceremonies