There is nothing quite as moving and stirring as an ANZAC Day dawn service. Western Australia does ANZAC Day in a big way, and this year there are loads of ANZAC Day services being held across our beautiful state.
The biggest and most popular is, of course, the beautiful Kings Park dawn service, but there are many other spots you can pay tribute to our fallen soldiers.
Here are some of the lesser-known, but equally amazing, ANZAC Day dawn services happening this year.
ANZAC Day holds a special place on the Rottnest Island calendar of events. The Island has a long and proud tradition of military service and on ANZAC Day, they commemorate the men and women, both past and present, who have served their country in this moving dawn service. The ceremony starts at 6am on the foreshore as the sun rises over the beautiful waters of Thomson Bay, and will be followed by a free breakfast. There'll also be tours of Oliver Hill's guns and tunnels. If you can't make it over the night before, ferries will be leaving Fremantle and Hillarys from 4.45am.
The City of Fremantle holds a spectacular dawn service perched at the top of Monument Hill starting at 5.30am.
The North Beach dawn service takes place at Charles Riley Reserve on Kitchener Road, commencing at 5.30am, with a gunfire breakfast at the North Beach Bowling club after the ceremony.
If you’re still in the south west from the Easter break, why not squeeze in a dawn service? The Busselton dawn service starts at 5.45am at the Busselton war memorial followed by a gunfire breakfast at the RSL hall on Rosemary Drive. The parade starts at 8.45am from the bottom of Queen Street and finishes at the Busselton War Memorial where the main service will take place.
Rumour has it that the first official dawn service was held in Albany and the community here commemorates ANZAC Day like no other. The dawn service is held at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial on Mt Clarence at 5.30am, with free buses running from Middleton Beach and the Albany Entertainment Centre from 3.15am—it gets pretty busy so we recommend getting there nice and early. It will be one of your last opportunities to catch the Field of Light. There is also the ANZAC Day Parade which runs down York Street from 10am, and there's plenty of history to brush up on at the National ANZAC Centre afterwards.
Ocean Reef's dawn service features a stunning lookout over the Indian Ocean and this year commences at the Ocean Reef Sports Club at 5.45am, with a gunfire breakfast at 6.30am.
Blackboy Hill is a prominent dawn service location in the Hills and this year kicks off its silent service at 6am. If you can't make it on Thursday morning, they also do a sunset service on Wednesday 24 April at 5.15pm.
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