There is nothing quite as moving and stirring as an ANZAC Day dawn service. After COVID restricted us to our driveways last year, we’re looking forward to gathering with our communities to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers at this year's ANZAC Day services.
Kings Park tends to be most popular but you'll find a number of great ANZAC Day dawn services happening across our beautiful state this year. Scope out the full list below and be sure to register—some will have limited capacity due to COVID.
The biggest dawn service in Perth is of course, the Kings Park dawn service running from 5.50am to 7am. Capacity has been limited to 10,000 people in line with COVID restrictions this year so you’ll be required to register your attendance here if you’re planning on going.
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 gunfire 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. Those planning on heading to Rottnest Island for any of the services will need to register their attendance here.
The City of Fremantle holds a spectacular dawn service perched at the top of Monument Hill starting at 5.50am.
The North Beach dawn service takes place at Charles Riley Reserve on Kitchener Street, commencing at 5.30am, with a gunfire breakfast at the North Beach Bowling club after the ceremony.
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 4am—it gets pretty busy so we recommend getting there nice and early. You’ll also need to register your attendance here. After the dawn service, you can watch 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 gold-coin donation 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 6.15am. If you can't make it on Sunday morning, they also do a sunset service on Saturday 24 April at 5.30pm.
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