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Vehicles on display at Australian War Memorial

Join us as we mark Canberra’s centenary with an action-packed Open Day, 6 April 2013

10 am - 5 pm

Beating Retreat 6 pm until late

On Saturday 6 April the Memorial will put on an unforgettable show for the public. The skies above the Memorial will come to life with the sounds and sights of an exciting aerial display by the Roulettes and a fly-over by two helicopters – which will then land in the grounds for a viewing.

An array of rare military vehicles and equipment, including a Bushmaster armoured vehicle, a British Mk IV tank, a Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go tank, a German 10.5 cm field howitzer, and a Furphy water cart, will also be on display in the grounds.

There will be an engaging program of activities and presentations tailored to appeal to everyone, from those with a technical bent to families with children. Bring the kids along to enjoy the dedicated kids’ zone, where there will be a range of exciting outdoor events and activities on offer. There will also be plenty of indoor activities for families too. Listen to Memorial curators, who will present fascinating stories about many of the famous and intriguing items on display in the galleries.

The Open Day will end with a concert, commencing at 6 pm, by the Band of the Royal Military College of Australia , that will feature a performance of the renowned Beating Retreat ceremony with the Federation Guard Precision Drill Team. The concert will culminate in a stunning fireworks display over the Memorial.

Public parking and shuttle bus schedule

Please note that there will be limited public parking on site, with the underground car park only accessible until 4.00 pm. However, there will be a shuttle bus service from Russell Offices to the Australian War Memorial running from 4.30 pm until 10.00 pm, and return shuttles to Russell Offices commencing at 8.30 pm following the evening event. This will drop off/pick up on Treloar Crescent at the rear of the Memorial. Visitors are encouraged to use this service and park at the Russell Offices.

Road closures

For the evening event, Anzac Parade at the front of the Memorial will be closed. The following road

closures will be in effect from 4.00 pm to approximately 10.00 pm:

  • Traffic from Limestone Avenue diverts onto Treloar Crescent
  • Traffic from Fairbairn Avenue diverts onto Treloar Crescent
  • Anzac Parade closed from Blamey Crescent and Currong Streets to the Memorial

    Don’t forget your picnic blankets, low seats, torches and to dress for the conditions.



 Open day program

 Public notice for general public and for neighbouring residents

Other information

Book your picnic hamper now:

The Terrace at the Memorial is offering a selection of picnic hampers for the day. Bookings essential.

P: (02) 6230 4349

The Roulettes fly over the Australian War Memorial and a firework display

Australian War Memorial Open Day is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government.

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