Accessible events to commemorate Anzac Day 2019 in Australia

Photo Credit: Field of Light Avenue of Honour along Apex drive, Albany.  Lee Griffith Photography courtesy of the City of Albany.

This year marks 104 since Gallipoli, an event which for many Australians has played a significant role in shaping our national identity. If you are planning on marking the occasion by attending a dawn service, or cheering on the veterans as they march, we’ve rounded up accessibility information for events in capital cities across Australia.

Sydney

The day begins and ends at Martin Place with the dawn service at 4.30am and one at dusk, commencing at 5pm. The march begins at 9am at Elizabeth Street and Martin place, with a commemoration service at 12.30 at the Anzac memorial in Hyde Park.

Accessible viewing areas for the dawn service are available for people with disability. To register, call 02 9228 4613 or email accessibility@dpc.nsw.gov.au

For those viewing the march, accessible pick-up and drop off areas are located at Macquarie Street at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Barrack Street. Click here for more information.

Melbourne

The Shrine of Remembrance will host the dawn service from 6am with the march commencing at 9am from the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street. The procession will head down St Kilda Road back to the Shrine for a Commemoration Service on the Forecourt at 1pm.

If you would like to attend the dawn service and require disability access, you can call ahead on 9661 8100 or email reception@shrine.org.au

Canberra

A moving tribute at the Australian War Memorial will commence at 4.30am, as letters from servicemen and women who have experienced war first hand will be read aloud prior to the dawn service. From 10.30am, the National Ceremony will follow tradition with a Commemorative Address and wreath laying.

Free bus services to and from the Dawn Service and National Ceremony will be available. For information visit www.transport.act.gov.au or call 13 17 10. There is limited parking onsite for mobility impaired visitors; vehicles displaying a government issued parking pass will be granted access and parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Brisbane

Brisbane’s largest dawn service will start at 4.28am sharp at the Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square. The parade will run from 10am with the best vantage point from Adelaide Street, between George Street and Creek Street. Information about parking conditions and road closures is provided by council – phone 07 3403 8888 for more information.

Darwin

Darwin’s ceremonies commence at 5am with a ‘Gunfire’ breakfast at Hotel Darwin, before the members of the public assemble at The Cenotaph, The Esplanade, for a 6am Dawn Service. The parade will begin at 9am from the Esplanade with a reunion at Hotel Darwin.

Acclaimed artists, Indigenous performers and musicians, including the Darwin Symphony Orchestra will converge on the city for a special concert held at twilight on Anzac Day Eve. There are spaces specifically reserved for wheelchairs and an area will be equipped with a television showing captions. It’s a free event but tickets must be reserved in advance.

Hobart

The Hobart Dawn Service commences at 6.00 am at the Hobart War Memorial (Cenotaph) on the Queens Domain. The parade will kick off at 11am at the Town Hall, and proceed to the Cenotaph on the Queen’s Domain. Request for Veteran’s Transport, and Historical or Special Interest Vehicle Registration Forms are available to download on this page.

Perth

The State War Memorial at King’s Park and Botanic Garden will host Perth’s dawn service from 5.50am. The parade will start from the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace finishing at Langley Park where there will be a sausage sizzle provided by the Salvos.

People who require access wishing to attend the dawn service should contact RSLWA directly on events@rslwa.org.au or (08) 9287 3799.More information on these, and other events taking place across WA can be found here.

Looking for something a little different?

For those who are nearby to Albany in Western Australia, Anzac Day will be one of the final days to catch the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour, an immersive art installation by Bruce Munro which pays homage to the Anzacs who departed from Albany for the Great War. Attracting over 150,000 visitors since it premiered on Anzac day 2018, the stunning tribute features 16,000 shining spheres at Mt Clarence.

If you’d like to attend a service in your city or just want to try your hand at some two-up, and need some support to get there, you can post a job on Mable to find an independent support worker today. Want to find out what support is out there? Search profiles of independent aged care and disability support workers in your local area.