Anzac Day 2018

Wednesday 25 April 2018
5am

Watch the live telecast from 5am on Wednesday 25 April 2018

Getting there - Free Park and Ride service from McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow

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Free Park and Ride shuttle buses will operate from McDonald Jones Stadium every five to 10 minutes from 3.30am to 12.30pm.

Set down and pick up for the return service is west of Queens Wharf.  Paths of travel to the event are along the Foreshore. The distance is approximately 900 metres on a paved surface.  Transport for NSW Buses operating the shuttle bus are 'accessible services' low-level floors with space for wheelchairs, prams or strollers.

Free parking for the Anzac Day commemorations events will be available at the Bolton Street parking station, King Street parking station and Pitt Street Reserve, Stockton.

Parking locations are likely to fill quickly. Limited carparking will be available for wheelchair users at Horseshoe Beach carpark, but access closes an hour before the 5am ceremony.

  Find out more

  Map of ANZAC Day Commemorations (pdf)

Download the   Program of Events (pdf)



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 attendances, particularly by young people, increasing across Australia and with many making the pilgrimage to Gallipoli to attend the Dawn Service.

Information provided by the  Australian War Memorial.
 


Program of Events

Anzac Day falls on Wednesday 25 April 2018 and we have commemoration events throughout the city over a number of days.

  View the full Program of Events (pdf)

Friday 20 April 2018

  •  Serving Country Exhibition Launch
  • Launch 5.15pm to 7.30pm and exhibition is open during library hours 9:30am - 8pm-War Memorial Cultural Centre, Laman Street, Newcastle. The Serving Country Exhibition in the Lovett Gallery will be open from 9am to 2pm on Anzac Day, but The City Library will be closed. The War Memorial Foyer and public toilets will be accessible.

Saturday 21 April 2018

  • 5pm to 6pm - Newcastle Memorial Walk Sunset Ceremony, Memorial Drive
  • Strzelecki Lookout and Car Park, Shepherds Hill.

 Sunday 22 April 2018

  • 6pm - 8pm Anzac service at Christ Church Cathedral. 

Tuesday 24 April 2018

  • 5pm - 7pm War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil, Civic Park.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

  • 5am - 6am Anzac Day Dawn Service, Nobbys Beach
  • 9.15am - Anzac Day March, Hunter Street to Civic Park
  • 10am - United Commemoration Service, Civic Park
  • All day - Anzac Field of Remembrance, Newcastle Museum
  • 12noon to 4pm - Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day.

Exhibition 

  •  Serving Country - Lovett Gallery - Newcastle Region Library  
  • 20 April - 9 June - open during library hours from 9:30am - 8pm
  • The Serving Country portrait exhibition at Newcastle Region Library will feature more than 200 photos and stories covering a century of service by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who will also be acknowledged at the annual War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil in Civic Park.
     
    Serving Country, by celebrated human rights photographer Belinda Mason and Dieter Knierim, canvasses around 150 individual and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who proudly served -- and continue to serve -- Australia.

Ongoing

Getting there

We would like to thank the Newcastle community for being so supportive of services throughout the city. The Anzac Day events are well attended by the community 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, 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 and Newcastle apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciate their patience during these important events.

Program detail

Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony

  • Date: Saturday 21 April 2018
  • Time: 5pm - 6pm
  • Location: Strzelecki Lookout and car park, Shepherds Hill, Memorial Drive
  • Toilets: Not available
  • Parking: On-street and Bar Beach car park
  • Public transport: https://www.newcastletransport.info/
This year, Australian Army Band, Newcastle under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major David Harvey to present the second sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil

  • Tuesday 24 April 2018
  • 5pm - 7pm
  • Memorial Grove Civic Park
  • Toilets: Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
  • Parking: On-street Civic car park and Gibson Street car park
  • Public Transport: https://www.newcastletransport.info/
The Newcastle Civic Park War Memorial Grove Preservation Group will be holding a candlelight vigil in the Memorial Grove Civic Park, corner of Laman and Darby Streets (South Eastern Corner of Civic Park opposite the Newcastle Art Gallery).  Please arrive by 5pm to light and place candles. The service will commence at 5.30pm.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • 5am - 6am
  • Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
  • Toilets: Nobbys SLSC, onsite event toilets
  • Parking: On-street, Bolton Street parking station, King Street parking station, Pitt Street Reserve Stockton Foreshore
  • Park and Ride from McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow 3.30am to 12.30pm
  • Public Transport: https://www.newcastletransport.info/ 
The Dawn Service will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper. The service will conclude around 6am 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 prior to the Dawn Service. Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.

Large outdoor screens on Camp Shortland and Shortland Lawn will provide coverage of the Dawn Service.

Limited disabled parking will be available in Horseshoe Beach car park and Tug Berth Lane until 4am.

Live stream

Watch the live stream of the event from NBN Television from 5am - see top of page.

ANZAC Day March

  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • 9am - 10am
  • Hunter Street Mall and King Street
  • Toilets: Corner Hunter and Perkins Streets
  • Parking: On-street, Bolton Street parking station and King Street parking station
  • Park and Ride from McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow 3.30am to 12.30pm
  • Public transport: https://www.newcastletransport.info/ 
  ANZAC Day Form-up Guide (pdf)
  ANZAC Day Route (pdf)
  March Form Up Plan (pdf)

Marchers are to form up in the Hunter Street Mall and side streets between Perkins and Newcomen Streets Newcastle. Under Police control the March will step-off at 9:15am and proceed up Perkins Street before turning right into King Street and 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.

United Commemoration Service

  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • 10am - 11am
  • Civic Park
  • Toilets: Civic Park and Cultural Centre
  • Parking: On-street and Gibson Street car park
  • Park and Ride from McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow 3.30am to 12.30pm
  • Public Transport: https://www.newcastletransport.info/
The Newcastle Anzac Day United Commemoration Service will be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am. The wet weather venue for this service will be in the Concert Hall at City Hall. 

Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day

  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • 12noon - 4pm
  • Gun firing: 1pm and 3pm
  • Fort Scratchley
  • Toilets: Within Fort Scratchley
  • Parking: On-street, Horseshoe Beach car park, Nobbys car park 1 and 2
  • Public Transport: https://www.newcastletransport.info/
A four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the Mark 7 Guns at Fort Scratchley will be conducted at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at approximately 6am, this represents the Navy, Army, Air Force and Anzac.

At 1pm and 3pm the firing by the historic Mark 7 Guns that had fired on the Japanese submarine on the 8 June 1942, the firing will be supported by the fully restored World War II 25 Pound Field Gun.

The Fort Scratchley Historic 150cm Carbon Arc Search Light will light up Nobbys Beach, Nobbys Light House and Christ Church Cathedral prior to the commencement of the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

The Fort Museum will be opened to visitors from 12noon to 4pm.

Anzac Field of Remembrance

Newcastle Museum will honour the lives of the men and women lost in war by once again creating a field of crosses and poppies for Anzac Day.
 
We will build on our collection of over 750 crosses marked with the names of service men and women by inviting the community to send in the names of their loved ones to add to the Field of Remembrance. 

Newcastle Museum has a display of war memorabilia in its exhibition Newcastle on the World Stage. Visitors are encouraged to write the names of people they wish to remember on sticky notes and leave them on our wall of remembrance. These names are collected throughout the year and will be displayed on the Museum Poster Pole on Anzac Day.

Shadows of Sacrifice

World War One lasted over four years and caused the greatest loss of life in Australian history. The impact of the war in Newcastle and the Hunter is still felt today.
 
Shadows of Sacrifice: Newcastle’s Great War 1914 – 1918 will follow general events of the war and also focus on the lives of specific Novocastrians. From 2014 to 2018, the exhibition will change every six months to reflect the changing events of one hundred years ago.
 
From a population of less than 5 million, almost 417,000 Australians served in the war.  Ten thousand Hunter and Newcastle men enlisted and at least 75 women served as nurses.
 
Australian war dead totalled 61,520. Many of those who returned were so damaged physically and psychologically that their lives were never the same.

Local services Wednesday April 25

Hamilton Anzac march and dawn service - Gregson Park

  • 5am  - March forms up near Gregson Park cannons
  • 5.20am - March steps off proceeds along Steel Street side of park before turning right near corner of Tudor Street
  • 5.30am - Dawn service begins at Gregson Park
  • 6.15am - Breakfast is available at Hamilton Public School across Tudor Street from Gregson Park. Provided by Hamilton Public School P&C Association.

Merewether Dawn Service and sub-branch brekkie - Townson Oval (Mitchell Park)

  • 6.30am - Service begins at World War One memorial gates on the corner of Robert and Mitchell streets
  • 7.30am - RSL Sub-Branch Members only breakfast at South Newcastle Leagues Club, Llewellyn Street Merewether, open to the general public from 7.30am.


Wallsend: March to Federal Park and dawn service

  • 5am - March commences in front of Wallsend Diggers, then into Nelson and Boscawen streets to Federal Park No. 1 Cenotaph, where the service and wreath laying will be held 
  •  6.15am - March back to Wallsend Diggers. 

Stockton Dawn Service, march and main service

  • 5am - Service personnel and veterans marching to the Cenotaph will meet at the Stockton RSL and Citizens Club. The march will start forming up from 5.15am, set off at 5.30am for the dawn service at the Cenotaph
  • 8.30am - Main march: All marchers should assemble in the area surrounding the General Washington Hotel at the corner of Hunter and Mitchell streets from 8am
  • The march will proceed along Mitchell Street to the Cenotaph. On arrival the Catafalque Party will form up on the Cenotaph, and the official Anzac service will begin at 8.45am, after which the contingent will return to Stockton RSL Club for the traditional get together and refreshments.

Lambton-New Lambton services and March 

  • 7am-7.30am - Short service and wreath laying at the New Lambton war memorial gates, corner Tauranga Road and Hobart Road
  • 8.45am-9.15am - Short service and wreath laying at Lambton Park memorial gates, Morehead Street
  • 9.45am - Wreath laying and Last Post service at Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre, Durham Road
  • 10.15am - March, forming up on Durham Road and proceeding via Karoola Road to the Lambton Bowls, Sport and Recreation Club. It is intended to halt the march 'off road' in the Club car park
  • 11am - Main service at Lambton Bowls, Sport and Recreation Club, Karoola Road, Lambton.

Beresfield Chapter of Maitland RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Day Memorial Service

  • 5.30am - Form up at the Beresfield Community War Memorial at the corner of Anderson Drive and Allandale Street Beresfield
  • March to the War Memorial is approximately 200 metres
  • 5.40am - Dawn Service. In the event of inclement weather the Service will take place at the Beresfield Crematorium on Anderson Drive. After the Service, Breakfast will be held at Beresfield Bowling Club
  • 9am - Traditional Anzac Day entertainment commences. For further information please call 0249 336 90.

Shortland RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Day Service and brekkie

  • 5.50am - Anzac Day Service in our Memorial Garden 3 Conmurra Circuit, Shortland
  • Breakfast after the Service for a gold coin donation.

Traffic arrangements and road closures

Sunset Memorial Service

Saturday 21 April 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Memorial Drive between Park Avenue and Bingle Street, The Hill
  • Newcastle Memorial Walk will be closed for the service from 4pm to 7pm.
  Monday 23 April 6am to Wednesday 25 April 2pm
  • Nobbys Beach car park No.2
  • Pasha Way
Wednesday 25 April 4am to 7am
  • Horseshoe Beach Road
  • Horseshoe Beach car park
Wednesday 25 April 4am to 6am
  • Wharf Road between Watt Street roundabout and Nobbys Road roundabout
Wednesday 25 April 6am to 7am
  • Fort Drive at Parnell Place, no through road into Fort Drive (residents only)
  • Scott Street at Watt Street, Police directed control point
  • Scott Street at Pacific Street, detour into Pacific Street
  • Zaara Street at The Esplanade, no left turn into Zaara Street from The Esplanade
  • Watt Street at King Street, no left turn into Watt from King Street
  • Watt Street at Church Street and The Esplanade, left turn only into Watt Street (south bound) from The Esplanade.

Anzac Day March, King Street (not Hunter Street, due to light rail build)

Under Police control the March will step-off at 9.15am and proceed west along King Street from Perkins 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.

Wednesday 25 April 6am to 10am
  • King Street from Newcomen Street to Auckland Street
  • Perkins Street and Brown Street at King
  • Crown and Wolfe Street at King.
Wednesday 25 April 9am to 10am
  • Hunter Street (light rail)
  • Brown Street between King Street and Hunter Street
  • Scott Street west of Newcomen Street
  • Darby Street at Laman Street, detour left into Laman Street from Darby Street
  • Darby Street at Tyrrell Street, left turn only into Darby Street.

United Commemoration Service, Civic Park

The United Commemoration Service will be held at the Civic Park Cenotaph at 10am.

Wednesday 25 April 6am to 12pm
  • King Street at intersections of Darby Street and Auckland Street
  • King Street at Union Street.
  • Auckland Street between Hunter and Laman.

Getting there - other transport options

NSW Trains, Newcastle Buses, Ferries and 13CABS Newcastle (Newcastle Taxis) will be running additional services for Anzac Day,  visit Newcastle Transport for the details.
 
Train services for the Nobbys Beach dawn service are also available now: download the  Hunter Line timetable or the  Central Coast/Newcastle line timetable 

Diggers and those with mobility challenges requiring transport assistance to the Newcastle Anzac Day Dawn Service, March and United Commemoration Service will need to book these special services befopre 2pm on Monday 23 April. 13CABS generously donates these special services for Anzac Day. Veterans can book their free Taxi Transport for the March with 13CABS by calling Jim on 4940 5955 or email Newcastle.taxis@13cabs.com.au

Anzac Day Special Event Bus Services

  Bus route map for 11, 13, 14s, 23 and Park and Ride (pdf)
  ANZAC Day march diversions 11, 13, 14, 110 - 8am - 12pm (pdf)

Additional dawn service bus routes from 3.15am to 4am and 6.10am to 6.35am

Route 13 (43-minute journey)
  • Departures from Glendale 3.30am, 3.40am, 3.45am and 3.50am
  • Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am and 6.35am

Route 11 (35-minute journey)
  • Departures from Jesmond 3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am, 6.35am
Route 23 (35-minute journey)
  • Departures from Wallsend continues to Queens Wharf  3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am and 4am
  • Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am, 6.35am
ANZAC special event service departing Swansea Heads

Route 14S (45-minute journey) service to operate via Belmont, Jewells, Charlestown then Adamstown to Queens Wharf
  • Departing Swansea 3.20am, 3.30am, 6.25am and 3.40am
  • Departing Queen Wharf  6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am and 6.35am
For more information Visit Newcastle Transport www.newcastletransport.info

Use the Trip Planner to find out about accessible services and note all rail replacement services between Newcastle and Hamilton - 110 bus service - are accessible. Visit  trip planner

Accessible option: 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.
 
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 recently expanded 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 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 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.

Thank you for your patience

The Anzac events are well attended by the community causing 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, 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 and Newcastle City Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciate their patience during these important events.

Sponsors


Supporting sponsors

Contact

  • Newcastle City Council
  • 4974 2000

Venue

Camp Shortland
Newcastle East
2300