Anzac Day

Anzac Day

The 25th of April was officially named Anzac Day in 1916 to mark the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the remembrance of all Australians killed in military and peace keeping operations.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance of enduring importance within Australia. It is an opportunity for veterans, current service men and women and the general public to pay their respects to those who have served our country.

Listen to a recording of the poem Anzac Cove, written by Australian poet Leon Gellert (1892–1977), who was among the AIF enlistees at Gallipoli in 1915:



Listen to a recording by Gareth McCray OAM about Australians who served at Anzac Cove in the First World War:



Marking Anzac Day in 2023

There’s more than one way to commemorate on Anzac Day including:
  • Attend the NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service
  • Attend the Sydney CBD Anzac Day March
  • Attend the Anzac Day Commemoration Service
  • Attend a local service
  • Watch the ABC telecast from 4:00am



Local NSW Anzac Day events and services

There are many commemoration services held throughout NSW, organised by RSL NSW sub-Branches and with support from local councils and shires and thousands of volunteers.

For more information on how you can commemorate Anzac Day in your local area, click here


NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service

The official NSW Dawn Service is held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place at 4.30am which is believed to have been the approximate time at which the first Australians waded ashore at Anzac Cove.

Like previous years, access to the ceremonial area of the Dawn Service will be via invitation, only invited guests will be allowed entry into the site via Pitt Street.

There are two general public viewing areas, open from 3:00am:

  • Section 1: Entry via George Street, limited seating on a first come first served basis and standing room
  • Section 2: Entry via Castlereagh Street, standing room only

People with a disability or limited mobility can register to access an accessible viewing area by emailing For any further enquiries please call (02) 9228 4613.


Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, Martin Place

Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, Martin Place. (Photo copyright: Salty Dingo)


The Sydney CBD Anzac Day March

The March takes place along Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD and there are many locations to view the March on both sides of Elizabeth Street. Limited spectator access will be available towards the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Liverpool Street, as the Marchers observe the Act of Remembrance adjacent to the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park South.

It is encouraged that spectators use public transport to travel to the Sydney CBD on Anzac Day. More information will be available on the Transport NSW website.

“Anzac stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship, and endurance that will never own defeat.”
— Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (1879–1968)


Anzac Day March in Sydney's CBD

Anzac Day March in Sydney's CBD. (Photo copyright: Salty Dingo.)


Anzac Day Commemoration Service

The Anzac Day Commemoration Service commences at 12:30pm and is held on the northern forecourt of the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park and general public viewing areas are located around the Pool of Reflection.

For more information, click here.

Anzac Day Service at the Anzac Memorial.

Anzac Day Service at the Anzac Memorial.



Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli peninsula and a sprig of rosemary is worn every Anzac Day as a symbol of remembrance.

If you would like to secure Rosemary for your Anzac Day event, please contact Sydney Legacy on 02 9248 9000 or


Commemorate on social media

A simple way to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our veterans and current serving personnel is to post to your social media accounts, whether that be Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Below are some images you can use, and remember to include the hashtags: #anzacday2023, #lightupthedawn, #lestweforget, #anzacspirit.


Anzac Day 2023 Social tile Dawn ServiceInstagram/Facebook post – Download

Anzac Day 2023 Social tile March

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Anzac Day 2023 Social tile Historical image

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Anzac Day 2023 Social tile The Ode

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  Anzac Day 2023 Social tile Lest we forget

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