Anzac Day Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Is the Memorial open on Anzac Day?

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 will close again at 8 am. The entire Memorial will then reopen following the National Ceremony, at approx. 12.45 pm, and will remain open until 5 pm.

Q. Can I wear my own/my relative’s medals to the ceremony? On which side of the chest should I wear them?

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 placed on the left-hand side of your chest over your heart. If wearing someone else’s medals they should be positioned 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 warm clothing and comfortable, thick-soled shoes are recommended. 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 in the parade on their behalf?

A. All requests to march in the Anzac Day Parade are to be directed to the ACT Branch of the Returned and Services League.

P: 02 6291 0303

Q. Can I reserve 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 reserve seats for the National Ceremony?

A. Each year the seating for the National Ceremony is primarily allocated for the benefit of the veteran groups who participate in the RSL march. Other seating is provided for invited guests, dignitaries, Friends of the Memorial, and members of the general public.

Provided there are seats available, visitors will be able to book tickets for the Anzac Day National Ceremony closer to the day. For further ticketing information please contact the Australian War Memorial at

Please note that ticketing is limited. If the seating area reaches full capacity and we are not able to facilitate any more requests, visitors are most welcome to bring chairs or rugs to view the ceremony from outside the ticketed seating areas, or via one of the many 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 on the Stone of Remembrance following either the Dawn Service or the National Ceremony.

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 either ceremony. Attendees will need to organise their own wheelchair prior to the ceremony should they require one.

Q. I am organising a local Anzac Day Ceremony. Can you help/provide advice?

A. Information and advice for organising commemorative ceremonies is listed on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website

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, the Rouse, the Australian and New Zealand national anthems, and the relevant hymns can be found on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

Q. I would like to attend an Anzac Day Ceremony interstate. Can you provide any further information?

A. Information about Anzac Day commemorations outside of the ACT can be sought from the relevant state and local branches of the Returned and Services League of Australia.

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.

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. However, commencing from approximately 1 pm the Memorial’s volunteer guides will be present throughout the galleries to provide additional interpretation of the collection for visitors.

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 4:15 pm in anticipation of the Last Post Ceremony at 4:45 pm. The Last Post Ceremony is expected to conclude at approximately 5:15 pm, after which the Memorial will close.

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