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Anzac Day Explained…find out all you need to know!

We understand when you move to a new country there can be many traditions and cultural events that are new or unknown. Don’t worry, Urbanest is here to help you navigate your way through these Aussie customs!

So, what is ANZAC Day all about?

ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I in 1915. The Australian and New Zealander soldiers were part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance recognised in both countries on 25th April.

What does ANZAC stand for?

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as the ANZAC’s.

The ANZAC legend and the values associated with it helped to shape the way many Australians viewed themselves and continues to be an important part of the nation’s identity.

How can you get involved?

Around Australia there are 2 different types of services you can attend:

  1. Dawn services– these Commemorative services are held around Australia at dawn – the time of the original landing. The ceremonies are more formal and are usually held at war memorials around the country as a way for people to come together to reflect on the many different meanings of war.
  2. Servicemen and Servicewomen Marches – these events usually take part later in the morning as a parade to honour those former servicemen and servicewomen who served in the war.

Discover what is happening for ANZAC day (Thurs 25th April) in your city:


  • Dawn Service starts at 4:30am at the Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place.
  • ANZAC Day March starts at 9am at the Intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth St.


  • Dawn Service starts at 4:28am at Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square, located between Ann St and Adelaide St.
  • ANZAC Day March starts at 10am and is best seen from Adelaide St, between George St and Creek St.


  • Dawn Service starts at 6am at the South Australian National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Ave and North Tce.
  • ANZAC Day March starts at 9:30am and starts on North Tce and turns right onto King William Rd


  • Dawn Servicestarts at 6am at the Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne.
  • ANZAC Day March starts at 9am and starts on the corner of Swanston St and Flinders St down St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance.

Other things you may see or hear:

  • “Lest we forget” – is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services.
  • Red Poppies – Wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC Day.


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