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The traditional ANZAC ideals of courage, endurance and mateship are still relevant today, established on 25 April 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in some 25,000 Australian casualties, including 8,700 killed or subsequently died of wounds or disease.

The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ‘ANZAC’ to our vocabulary and creating the notion of the Anzac spirit.

In 1916, the first anniversary of the landing was observed in Australia, New Zealand and England and by troops in Egypt. That year, 25 April was officially named ‘Anzac Day’ by the Acting Prime Minister, George Pearce.

By the 1920s, Anzac Day ceremonies were held throughout Australia. All States had designated Anzac Day as a public holiday. In the 1940s, Second World War veterans joined parades around the country. In the ensuing decades, returned servicemen and women from the conflicts in Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, plus veterans from allied countries and peacekeepers, joined the parades.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the number of people attending the ceremonies fell as Australians questioned the relevance of ANZAC Day. However, in the 1990s, there was a resurgence of interest in ANZAC Day, with attendance, particularly by young people, increasing across Australia and many making the pilgrimage to Gallipoli to attend the Dawn Service.

Mark Wilson, Author/Illustrator www.marklwilson.com.au


ANZAC Day Program of Events

The ANZAC Day events are well attended by the community, causing traffic delays for short periods of time. Traffic management operations under the direction of the NSW Police will be used to minimise risk to the public involving road closures, and access will be restricted in some streets at particular times during the course of these events.

The City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day Committee apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciates their patience during these important events.

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Download the full ANZAC Day 2023 Program of Events and other useful information below
Note: Programs are pending updates and are expected to be released in late March 2023

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  1. ANZAC Day Commemoration Service Christ Church Cathedral
  2. Sunset Memorial Walk Service
  3. War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil
  4. ANZAC Day Park n Ride
  5. ANZAC Day Dawn Service
  6. ANZAC Day Dawn Service Live Broadcast
  7. ANZAC Day March
  8. ANZAC Day United Commemoration Service
  9. Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day
  10. ANZAC Day TwoUp and Pipe Band Display

Wednesday, 20 April 2023

ANZAC Day Commemoration Service Christ Church Cathedral

  • Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Church St NEWCASTLE
  • Toilets: Onsite
  • Parking: On-Street
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
  • Road Closures:
    • 20 April 2023, 0600am to 0100pm
      • Cathedral Car Park Closed

Friday 22 April 2023

Sunset Memorial Walk Service

  • Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: Strzelecki Lookout and car park, Shepherds Hill, Memorial Drive
  • Toilets: King Edward Park
  • Parking: On-street and Bar Beach car park
  • Accessibility:
    • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in the Strzelecki Lookout Car Park.
    • Paths of travel to the event are down along Memorial Dr footpath.  The distance is approximately 180 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are some uneven surfaces.
  • Public transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
  • Road Closures:
    • 22 April 2023, 12noon to 07:00pm
      • Strzelecki Look Our Carpark closed
    • 22 April 2023, 04:00pm to 07:00pm
      • Newcastle Memorial Walk closed for the Service
    • 22 April 2023, 04:45pm to 06:15pm
      • Memorial Drive (Fenton Drive and High Street) The Hill
      • Memorial Drive (Parkway Avenue and Fenton Drive) The Hill (resident access only)
      • High Street (Cliff Street and Lemnos Parade) The Hill
      • Limited access to ANZAC Parade at Bingle Street and Kitchener Parade

Sunday, 24 April 2023

War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil

  • Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: Memorial Grove Civic Park
  • Toilets: Civic Park
  • Parking: On-street Civic Car Park and Gibson Street Car Park
  • Accessibility:
    • Accessible Parking
      • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in Queen St Car Park behind Newcastle Library.
      • Paths of travel to the event are along the Darby St footpath.  The distance is approximately 140 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are some uneven surfaces.
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Accessible toilets are located in Civic Park and Newcastle Library
  • Public transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
  • Road Closures:
    • 24 April 2023, 04:00pm to 07:00pm,
      • Laman St (Darby St and Dawson) Cooks Hill

Tuesday 25 April 2023

ANZAC Day Park n Ride

Newcastle Transport will run additional bus services from 3:30 am on Anzac Day to help customers get to the dawn service and other commemorative events on the day. The city of Newcastle also provides a free Park and Ride charter bus service from McDonald Jones Stadium, which will operate continuously between McDonald Jones Stadium, and Queens Wharf from 3:30 am until 12:00 pm.

There will be minor changes to bus routes 11, 13, 14 and 23 to accommodate the Anzac Day march on King Street. Bus routes 11, 13 and 23 will travel along Hunter and Scott streets from Union Street instead of King Street between approximately 8.30 am and 12.30 am. Bus route 14 will travel along Darby Street, Tyrrell, Wolfe, Church and Bolton streets to Watt Street. A map detailing the diversions between 8.30 am, and 12.30 am is available here.

For additional services see timetables below or use your favourite travel app to plan your trip.

Bus Timetable

Ferry Timetable

Light Rail Timetable

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • Time: 5:00am to 6:00am
  • Location: Camp Shortland, Pasha Way, Newcastle East NSW 2300
  • Toilets: Nobby’s SLSC and Onsite Events Toilets
  • Parking: On-Street, Hunter Parking Station, King St Parking Station
  • Accessibility:
    • Accessible Parking
      • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in the Horseshoe Beach car park which is designated specifically for vehicles with mobility parking scheme permits.  The car park will close for event proceedings from 04:00 am sharp in preparation for the 05:00 am Dawn Service.
      • People requiring a high level of assistance with mobility are encouraged to use the Horseshoe Beach car park. There are approximately 80 vehicle spaces and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis. There are flat and continuous paths of travel to the event, and an accessible viewing area and the distance is approximately 150 metres.
      • Additional parking is available in the recently expanded Foreshore carpark, but access to it will also be closed at 04:00 am. 
      • Paths of travel to the event are along the Wharf Road footpath.  The distance is approximately 400 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are some uneven surfaces.
    • Accessbale Veiwing Area
      • A designated viewing area for frail aged Diggers, people who require assistance with mobility and their companions and carers is provided for the Dawn Service.  The designated viewing area will be occupied on a first-come, first-served basis.  The viewing area is safely accessible by continuous travel paths from the Horseshoe Beach car park.
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Temporary accessible toilets are located near the designated viewing area and also at the Foreshore Park carriage sheds.
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2023, 03:30 am to 12:30 pm (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Free Park n Ride (Newcastle Stadium to Market Street Lawn)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures:
    • 22 April 2023, 06:00am to 25 April 2023, 06:00pm
      • Nobbys Car Park No 1
    • 23 April 2023, 06:00am to 25 April 2023, 06:00pm
      • Nobbys Car Park No 2 and Pasha Way
    • 25 April 2023, 04:00am to 07:00am
      • Wharf Rd (Watt St to Nobbys Rd
      • Nobbys Rd (Shortland Esplanade to Parnel Place)
      • Shortland Esplanade (Nobbys Rd to Zarra St)

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Live Broadcast

  • Time: 05:00am to 06:00am
  • Location: NBN Broadcast Area (Newcastle to Queensland) and Live Stream
  • Toilets: N/A
  • Parking: N/A
  • Accessibility:
    • Captions Available
  • Public Transport: N/A
  • Road Closures: N/A

ANZAC Day March

  • Time: 09:00am to 10:00am (Step Off 09:15am)
  • Location:
    • Form Up
      • Hunter St (Newcomen St to Brown St)
      • Perkins St (Hunter St to King St)
    • March
      • King St (Perkins St to Auckland St)
      • Auckland St (King St to Laman St)
    • Disband
      • Auckland St (Civic Park)
  • Toilets: Corner Hunter and Perkins St and QWH
  • Parking: On-Street, Hunter Parking Station, King St Parking Station
  • Accessibility:
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2023, 03:30 am to 12:30 pm (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Free Park n Ride (Newcastle Stadium to Market Street Lawn)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures:
    • 25 April 2023, 06:00 to 10:00am (March Form Up)
      • Hunter St (Newcomen St to Brown St)
      • Perkins Street (Hunter St to King St)
      • Brown St (King St to Hunter St)
    • 25 April 2023, 9:00am to 10:00am (March)
      • King St (Wolf St to Auckland St)
      • Perkins St (Church St to King St)
      • Brown St ( Church St to King St)
      • Crown St (Hunter St)
      • Darby St (Hunter St to Tyrell St)
      • Auckland St (Laman St and Kings St
      • Gibbson St (Auckland St)
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ANZAC Day United Commemoration Service

  • Time: 10:00am to 11:00am (Fly Over 10am Sharp)
  • Location: Civic Park, King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
  • Toilets: Newcastle City Hall, Civic Park
  • Parking: On-Street, Hunter Parking Station, King St Parking Station
  • Accessibility:
    • Accessible Parking
      • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in Queen St Car Park behind Newcastle Library.
      • Paths of travel to the event are along the Darby St and King St footpath.  The distance is approximately 180metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are some uneven surfaces.
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Accessible toilets are located in Civic Park and Newcastle City Hall
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2023, 03:30 am to 12:30 pm (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Free Park n Ride (Newcastle Stadium to Market Street Lawn)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures:
    • 25 April 2023, 06:00 to 10:00am (March Form Up)
      • King St (Darby St to Auckland St)

Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day

  • Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Gun Firing: 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Location: Fort Scratchley, 1/3 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300
  • Parking: On-Street, Fort Grounds and Fort Grounds Lower Car Park
  • Accessibility:
    • Accessible Parking
      • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in Fort Scrtchley Car Park (Top)
      • Paths of travel to the event are along the fort car park, over a ramp and into the Fort.  The distance is approximately 50 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are uneven surfaces.
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Accessible toilets are located in Fort Scratchley Fort and the Multipurpose Centre
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2023, 03:30 am to 12:30 pm (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Free Park n Ride (Newcastle Stadium to Market Street Lawn)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures: NA

ANZAC Day Two Up and Pipe Band Display – Queens Wharf Hotel

  • Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm,
  • Location: Queens Wharf Hotel (QWH), 150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle NSW 2300
  • Parking: On-Street, QWH Car Parks East and West, Boatharbour Car Park, Hunter Parking Station, King St Parking Station
  • Accessibility:
    • Accessible Parking
      • Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can park in QWH East Carpark
      • Paths of travel to the event are along the Foreshore Footpath.  The distance is approximately 45 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are some uneven surfaces and ramps
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Accessible toilets are located in QWH
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2023, 03:30 am to 12:30 pm (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Free Park n Ride (Newcastle Stadium to Market Street Lawn)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures: NA

Our Supporters

We would like to acknowledge the ongoing support from our long-term supporters of the ANZAC Day Events here in Newcastle