2019 ANZAC Day in Sydney

Association and Unit Registration Form

Band Application Form


ANZAC Day 2019 will take place on Thursday, 25 April and is a time for the NSW community to come together and pay tribute to the first ANZACs and to all the brave servicemen and women who have since followed in their footsteps.

This year Sydney’s traditional ANZAC Day March through the CBD will run down Elizabeth Street to Liverpool Street, commencing at Martin Place. The Sydney CBD will again have four key commemorative events this ANZAC Day.


0415 - 0530hrs
Cenotaph, Martin Place

The official State Dawn Service is held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. The Catafalque Party and Band march on at 0415hrs, the ceremony commences at 0430hrs which is believed to have been the approximate time at which the first Australians waded ashore at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. 

Due to limited space, spectators with accessibility requirements are encouraged to register and once registered should arrived before 0300hrs to ensure access. Registrations are done via Department of Premier and Cabinet:

Email: Karen.wade@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0407 237 864

For more information on the Dawn Service please head to http://www.anzacdaydawnservice.org.au/

In NSW, Dawn Services are held at community war memorials around the state. People are encouraged to attend commemorative events in their local area. To find a service in your area CLICK HERE.



0900 - 1300hrs
Elizabeth Street (from Martin Place to Liverpool Street)

For information on the March please CLICK HERE.


1230 - 1430hrs
ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park South

The ANZAC Commemoration Service is held at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, adjacent to the Pool of Reflection, commencing at 1230hrs.

This service has developed into an impressive dedication, attended by the Governor of New South Wales, Premier of New South Wales, Leader of the Opposition, senior service representatives, invited guests and members of the community.

In recent years a United Drumhead Service has been introduced. This year support will be provided by cadets from The Scots College, the NSW Police Concert Band accompanied by the Sydney Welsh Choir.


Cenotaph, Martin Place

The ANZAC Day Sunset Service will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place at 1700hrs.

This ceremony will be a short service accompanied by the NSW Ambulance Service Band and followed by the lowering of the flags.

The Sunset Service brings to a conclusion the official ANZAC Day Commemorations in Sydney.




Only accredited media will be given access within closed areas on the day to all events.

Media Accreditation Form – coming soon

For all media inquiries please contact:

Scott Crebbin

0419 751 805



Road Closures & Public Transport

Sydney CBD roads will close from 0230hrs and commence opening from 1600hrs.

Information on road closures can be found at http://www.livetraffic.com  or phone 132 701.

Temporary bus terminals and diversions will be in place between 0300hrs and 1600hrs due to road closures.

Public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force in uniform or wearing their medals. This entitlement also applies to accompanying carers, family and widows of veterans who are carrying an accreditation letter from RSL NSW or present a war widow’s gold card.

Additional early morning train and bus services will be running and continue throughout the day.

Please head to https://transportnsw.info/ or call 130 500 to plan your trip on public transport.


Order of Service for ANZAC Day Commemorations

You can download a sample ANZAC Day Order of Service HERE.

You can download suggested hymns, prayers and readings HERE.

Trading on ANZAC Day

Legislation in NSW prohibits most shops from opening before 1300hrs. Reputable real estate agents follow the Institute's guidance, which no-one should operate, do open homes or auctions before 1300hrs.

Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph

Units who wish to conduct a brief wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph on 24 & 25 April must apply via the RSL NSW website here and will be allocated a time in the schedule of events.

The last wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph is prior to the Consular Wreath Laying Service and the start of the March on ANZAC Day at 0815hrs. Wreaths may also be laid at the conclusion of the March.

For more information on ANZAC Day please contact RSL NSW at ANZAC House:

Phone: 1300 679 775

Email: support@rslnsw.org.au

Office: Level 5, 341 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000