The Tradition

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.

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 dying 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.

Program of Events

ANZAC Day falls on Thursday 25 April 2019 and we have commemoration events throughout the city over a number of days.

You can View or Download the full Program of Events, Event Maps, March Form-Up Maps and Guides from the link’s below.

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Saturday 20 April 2019

Newcastle Memorial Walk Sunset Ceremony

  • Date: Saturday 20 April 2019
  • Times: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: Strzelecki Lookout, Memorial Drive
  • Toilets: Not available
  • Parking: On-street, Shepard’s Hill and Bar Beach Car Park
  • Public Transport:

The Australian Army Band Newcastle, under the command of Captain Graeme Reynolds will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major Michelle Davidge to present the sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Combined ANZAC and Newcastle War Widows Service of Remembrance

  • Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • Times: 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location: Christ Church Cathedral
  • Toilets: Inside Christ Church Cathedral
  • Parking: On-street and Limited Parking on grounds
  • Public Transport:

ANZAC Commemoration Service with the opening of the Field of Remembrance and Lighting of the ANZAC Flame.

War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil

  • Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • Times: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Location: 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:

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). The service will commence at 5.30pm.

Thursday 25 April 2019

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Times: 5:00am – 6:00am
  • Location: 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
  • Public Transport:

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.

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 will provide TV coverage of the Dawn Service.

Limited accessible parking will be available in Horseshoe Beach car park until 4am.

This year’s Dawn Service introduces Nicole McGowan a professionals signer for the hearing impaired.

Listen to the live radio broadcast on ABC1233 from 5:00am.

Watch the live TV broadcast of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on NBN Television from 5am.

ANZAC Day March

  • Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Times: Form up – 8:00am to 9:00am, Step-off – 9:15am, Finish 10:00am
  • Location: Form Up – Hunter Street Mall (Perkins St to Newcomen St), March – (Pekins St to King St), right into King St to Darby St intersection continue along King St past Civic Park Cenotaph (eyes left), left into Auckland St and Halt.
  • Toilets: Kings St Car Park & Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
  • Parking: On-street, King St Car Park
  • Public Transport:

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.

You can View or Download the March Form-Up Map and March Route below.

United Commemoration Service

  • Date: Thursday 25 April 2019,
  • Times: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Location: Civic Park
  • Toilets: Kings St Car Park & Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
  • Parking: On-street, King St Car Park
  • Public Transport:

The Newcastle ANZAC Day United Commemoration Service will be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am.

Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Times: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Gun firing: 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Location: Fort Scratchley
  • Toilets: Within Fort Scratchley
  • Parking: On-street, Horseshoe Beach Car Park,
  • Public Transport:

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 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

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.

People requiring a high level of assistance with mobility are encouraged to use Horseshoe Beach car park. There are approximately 40 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. Limited parking will be available at Horseshoe Beach Car Park.

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

Public Transport

Newcastle Transport

Newcastle Transport is pleased to provide additional public transport services, helping Novocastrians get to and from Anzac Day activities in Newcastle’s CBD.

Early morning bus, ferry and light rail services will run from 3:30am to get you to Nobbys Beach for the Dawn Service.

Light Rail

Additional early morning light rail services will begin at 3:30am, running every 7.5 minutes until 11am. After this time the light rail will operate on the Saturday timetable.


The ferry will offer additional early morning services between Stockton and Queens Wharf from 3:30am. The ferry will run every 15 minutes until 7.30am, when the ferry will follow the Sunday timetable.


Additional early morning bus services will be offered on routes 11, 13, 14 and 23 from 3:20am to 6:35am. From this time, buses will run on the Sunday timetable. More information can be found below.

Route 11 – buses from Jesmond to Newcastle (Customs House) will run at 3:40, 3:45, 3:50 and 4am. Buses returning to Jesmond from Customs House will run at 6:15am, 6:20, 6:25 and 6:30. 

Route 13 – buses from Glendale to Newcastle (Customs House) will run at 3:30, 3:40, 3:45am and 3:50. Buses returning to Glendale from Customs House will run at 6:15, 6:20, 6:25 and 6:30. 

Route 14  – buses from Swansea to Newcastle (Customs House) will operate at 3:20, 3:30, 3:35 and 3:40. Buses returning to Swansea from Customs House will run at 6:15, 6:20, 6:25 and 6:35. 

Route 23 – During the additional services hours, the route 23 bus will be extended to drop passengers at Customs House. Buses travelling from Wallsend with run at 3:40, 3:45, 3:50 and 4am. Buses returning to Wallsend from Customs House will run at 6:15, 6:20, 6:25 and 6.35.

For the Anzac Day March, between 8am and 12pm, routes 11 and 13 will be diverted from King Street and travel along Wharf Road. Route 14 will also be diverted via The Hill during this time.

Park and Ride

A Park and Ride service from McDonald Jones Stadium to Wharf Road at Queens Wharf from 3am. Shuttle buses will run every 5 to 15 minutes until 11:00am. For those heading towards the CBD, the shuttle will drop passengers at Queens Wharf. To return to McDonald Jones Stadium, passengers will be picked up from Wharf Road, opposite Queens Wharf.

Newcastle CBD bus diversions between 8am – 12pm 

You can download the map of affected routes here.

Free public transport will be available to veterans and their families all day.

We encourage you to plan your trip by visiting


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

Free parking for the Anzac Day Commemoration Events will be available at the following locations from 3:00am to 2:00pm;

  • King St Parking Station (291 King St)
  • Mall Car Park in King Street (92 King St)
  • Bolton St Parking Station (50 Bolton St)
  • 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.

Road Closures

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

Memorial Walk Sunset Service

4pm to 7pm Saturday 20 April

  • Memorial Drive at Fenton Drive and High Street, The Hill
  • Memorial Drive at Parkway Avenue and Fenton Drive,
    The Hill (resident access only),
  • High Street at Cliff Street and Lemnos Parade, The Hill,
  • Limited access into ANZAC Parade at Bingle Street
    and Kitchener Parade,
  • Newcastle Memorial Walk closed for the service from 4pm to 7pm,
  • Strzelecki Look Our Carpark closed from 12 noon to 7pm.

War Memorial Candlelight Vigil

4pm to 7pm Wednesday 24 April

  • Laman St at Darby St

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 Auckland 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 the Real-Time Traffic App

Thank you For Your Patience

The ANZAC Day 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 the City of Newcastle apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciate their patience during these important events.

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