Anzac Day 2019

Thursday 25 April 2019
6 days from now

Anzac Day will be held on Thursday 25 April 2019.

The Dawn Service will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper.  The service will conclude at approximately 6am with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.

Watch the live telecast here or on NBN from 5am on Thursday 25 April 2019.


Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.  The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Read more about  The Anzac Day Tradition on the   Australian War Memorial website.

Newcastle City Anzac Day Events

Thursday 25 April 2019

  • 5am - 6am Anzac Day Dawn Service, Nobbys Beach
  • 9.15am - Anzac Day March, King Street to Civic Park
  • 10am - United Commemoration Service, Civic Park
  • Midday – 4pm Fort Scratchley Open Day and Firing of Historic Guns

For a complete program of Anzac Services and up to date information visit the City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch website

Getting there

Walk or ride your bike (if you live nearby)

Take public transport - additional buses, light rail, ferries, and trains will run from 3.30am. For information and to plan your trip visit or call 131500 There will be free travel on public transport for veterans and their families on Anzac Day.

Park and Ride from McDonald Jones Stadium to Wharf Road at Queens Wharf from 3:00am. Shuttle buses will run every 5 to 15 minutes until 11:00am. For those heading towards the CBD, the shuttle will drop passengers at Wharf Rd, Queens Wharf a short walking distance form the Dawn Service at Nobbys Beach. Return services will pick up from the same location from the Market Street Lawn side. This is a free service provided by the City of Newcastle. 

13CABS offer a free taxi service to Veterans and those with mobility issues attending the Dawn Service, March and United Commemoration Service. To book with 13CABS call 4940 5955 or email before 2pm Tuesday 23 April. This service is donated by 13CABS.

Free parking for the Anzac Day commemoration events will be available at the Mall Car Park in King Street, Wright Lane Car Park in Honeysuckle and Pitt Street Reserve, Stockton. Parking locations are likely to fill quickly, so consider the available public transport options. 

Expect traffic delays. For live traffic updates visit:

Additional City Anzac Services and Events

  • Combined Anzac and Newcastle War Widows Service of Remembrance - Wednesday 24 April
  • War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil - Wednesday 24 April
  • Sunset Service, Anzac Walk - Saturday 20 April

For a complete program of Anzac services and up to date information visit the City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch website

Suburban Anzac Services and Events

Hamilton Anzac Day Service
Merewether Anzac Day Service
Adamstown Anzac Day Service
Stockton Anzac Day Service
Lambton-New Lambton Anzac Day Service - see details at Lambton-New Lambton RSL Sub-Branch facebook page
Wallsend Anzac Day Service - see details at Wallsend RSL Sub-Branch website 
Shortland RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Day Service - for details visit the Shortland RSL Sub-Branch facebook page 
Beresfield Chapter of Maitland RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Day Memorial Service - details to be advised

Getting there

Plan your trip for Anzac Day by visiting or by calling 131500

For live traffic updates visit:

Anzac Day Dawn Service - Accessible Options

Horseshoe Beach car park

Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can be parked at Horseshoe Beach car park which is designated specifically for vehicles with mobility parking scheme permits.  The car park will close for event proceedings from 4am sharp in preparation for the 5am Dawn Service. All vehicles must be parked prior to 4am. Contact City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch  for a parking permit by phone 4929 3473 or email

People requiring a high level of assistance with mobility are encouraged to use 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 accessible viewing area and the distance is approximately 150 metres.

There is additional parking available in the Foreshore carpark but access to it will also be closed at 4am. 

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. Tug Berth Way set down will be operational throughout the event.  Limited parking will be available on Tug Berth Lane for permit holders on a first come first served basis. 

Accessible viewing area

A designated viewing area for 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 services bases.  The viewing area is safely accessible by continuous paths of travel from Horseshoe Beach car park.

Accessible toilets

Temporary accessible toilets are located near the designated viewing area and also at the Foreshore Park carriage sheds.

Traffic arrangements and road closures

Road closures will be in place around Nobbys Beach and Newcastle CBD for the following Anzac Day events:

Dawn Service

6am Tuesday 23 April to 2pm Thursday 25 April

  • Nobbys Beach car park No.2
  • Pasha Way

4am to 7am Thursday 25 April 

  • Horseshoe Beach Road
  • Horseshoe Beach car park

4am to 7am Thursday 25 April

  • Wharf Road between Watt Street roundabout and Nobbys Road roundabout
  • Hunter Street (east bound) at Darby Street
  • Pacific Street between Hunter and Scott Streets
  • Scott Street (west bound) between Zaara and Watt Streets
  • Nobbys Road (north bound) closed at Fort Drive
  • Fort Drive (east bound) closed at Parnell Place
  • Shortland Esplanade between Nobbys Road and Zaara Street

Anzac Day March and United Commemoration Service

Under Police control the March will step-off at 9.15am and proceed west along King Street from Perkins Street to Aukland Street, finishing in 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 as no vehicle movement will be allowable while the march is underway.

4am to 10am Thursday 25 April

  • Hunter Street Mall from Newcomen to Scott Streets
  • Market Street, full closure
  • Laing Street, full closure
  • Wolfe Street from King to Scott Streets

8am to 10am Thursday 25 April

  • King Street from Wolfe to Union Streets
  • Perkins Street between Church and Scott Streets
  • Brown Street between Church and Hunter Streets
  • Crown Street, full closure

9am to 10am Thursday 25 April

  • Darby Street from Hunter to Tyrrell Streets
  • King Street from Darby to Auckland Streets
  • Auckland Street between King and Laman Streets

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app

Thank you for your patience

The Anzac events are well attended and may cause traffic delays for short periods of time, traffic management staff under the direction of the NSW Police will be used to minimise risk to public involving road closures, and access will be restricted in some streets at particular times during the course of these events.


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