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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.


Media Downloads

Download the full ANZAC Day 2024 Program of Events and other helpful information below.
Note: Programs are pending updates and are expected to be released in Mid March 2024

  • Christ Church Cathedral ANZAC Commemoration Service 2024 (.pdf)
  • ANZAC Day 2024 Program of Events (.pdf)
  • ANZAC Day 2024 Road Closures Residents Notice (.pdf)
  • ANZAC Day 2024 March Form Up Guide (.pdf)
  • ANZAC Day 2024 March Route (.pdf)
  • ANZAC Day 2024 March Group Allocations (.pdf)

Quick Links

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

ANZAC Day Program of Events

The ANZAC Day events are well attended by the community, causing traffic delays for short periods. 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 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.


TBA April 2024

ANZAC Day Commemoration Service Christ Church Cathedral

  • Time: 1100hrs to 1300hrs
  • Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Church St NEWCASTLE
  • Toilets: Onsite
  • Parking: On-Street
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
  • Road Closures:
    • TBA April 2024, 0600hrs to 1300hrs
      • Cathedral Car Park Closed

Sunday 21 April 2024

Memorial Walk Sunset Service

  • Time: 1700hrs to 1800hrs
  • 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 the 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:
    • 21 April 2024, 1400hrs to 1900hrs
      • Strzelecki Look Our Carpark closed
    • 21 April 2024, 1600hrs to 1900hrs
      • Newcastle Memorial Walk closed for the Service
    • 21 April 2024, 1645hrs to 1815hrs
      • 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

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil

  • Time: 1700hrs to 1800hrs
  • 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 2024, 1600hrs to 1800hrs,
      • Laman St (Darby St and Dawson) Cooks Hill

Thursday 25 April 2024

Additional Services for ANZAC Day

Newcastle Transport will run additional bus, ferry and light rail services on ANZAC Day to help Novocastrians travel to and from the dawn service at Nobbys Beach and other commemorative events.

From 0330hrs, light rail services will run every 7.5 minutes, and ferry services will operate every 20 minutes. Additional services will be on bus routes 11, 13, 14 and 23 from 0320hrs.

Download the ANZAC Day public transport map

There will be minor changes to bus services in the CBD during the ANZAC Day march. Buses will travel down Hunter and Scott Streets instead of King Street from 0700hrs to Noon.

View the diversion map

People with direct Australian Defence Force (ADF) association are being offered free transport to participate in Newcastle Anzac Day services.

The free transport for Tuesday 25 April is available to members or ex-members of the Australian Defence Force and their carers, as well as the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel and the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans.

Timetables for the additional services are available below:

Bus timetable 

Ferry timetable 

Light rail timetable 

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

The Dawn Service commences at 0500hrs and includes a band, bugler, bagpipers and choir. The service will conclude at approximately 0600hrs with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.

In keeping with tradition, there will be a controlled blackout of the site before the Dawn Service. Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.

Large LCD Outdoor Screens will provide coverage of the Dawn Service.

  • Time: 0500hrs to 0600hrs
  • 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 0400hrs sharp in preparation for the 0500hrs 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, access will be closed at 0400hrs. 
      • 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 at the Foreshore Park carriage sheds.
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2024, 03:30 am to 12:30 pm (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
    • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
    • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures:
    • 22 April 2024, 06:00am to 25 April 2023, 06:00pm
      • Nobbys Car Park No 1
    • 23 April 2024, 06:00am to 25 April 2023, 06:00pm
      • Nobbys Car Park No 2 and Pasha Way
    • 25 April 2024, 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

Under Police direction, the March will step off at 0915hrs at the Cnr of Hunter and St Perkins St, and proceed south along Perkins St, turning right into King St, proceeding west along King St, then left into Auckland St to halt and disband into Civic Park. Road closures will be in place along the route to ensure the safe passage of the parade.

Vehicle access to and from properties along the March route will not be permitted during the road closures. Residents or businesses are advised to move their vehicles before the closures take effect.

  • Time: 0900hr to 1000hrs (Step Off 0915hrs)
  • 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: NA
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2024, 0330hrs to 1230hrs (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures:
    • 25 April 2024, 0600hrs to 1000hrs (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 2024, 0800hrs to 1000hrs (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)
  • Downloads
    • ANZAC Day 2024 March Form Up Guide (.pdf)
    • ANZAC Day 2024 March Route (.pdf)
    • ANZAC Day 2024 March Group Allocations (.pdf)

ANZAC Day United Commemoration Service

The Newcastle ANZAC Day United
Commemoration Service is a combined faith service. All are welcome.

The service will be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing from 1000hrs.

The RAAF Williamtown will conduct a Flyover at 1000hrs sharp.

  • Time: 1000hrs to 1100hrs (Fly Over 1000hrs 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 footpaths.  The distance is approximately 180 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 City Hall
  • Public Transport: https://newcastletransport.info/
    • 25 April 2024, 0330hrs to 1230hrs (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • Light Rail (Newcastle Interchange all stops to Newcastle Beach)
      • Ferry (Stockton to Queens Wharf)
  • Road Closures:
    • 25 April 2024, 0800hrs to 1200hrs
      • King St (Darby St to Auckland St)
      • Auckland St (Kings St to Laman St)
      • Gibson St (Auckland St).

Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day

The Fort Scratchley Historic 150cm Carbon Arc Search Light will light up Nobbys Beach, Nobbys Lighthouse and Christ Church Cathedral before
the commencement of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

A four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the 25 Pound Field Gun at Fort Scratchley will be conducted after the Dawn Service at approximately 0600hrs. This represents the Navy, Army, Air Force and ANZAC.

At 1300hrs and 1500hrs, the firing by the historic 25 Pound Feild Gun fired on the Japanese submarine on 8 June 1942.

  • Time: 1200hrs to 1600hrs, (Gun Firing: 1300hrs and 1500hrs)
  • 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 2024, 0330hrs to 1230hrs (Special ANZAC Day Time Table)
      • 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


Our Supporters

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