ANZAC Day has grown to become one of the most important days in Australia. The 25th of April commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915.
The ANZAC Day commemorations begin at 6am with Victoria’s State Service at the Shrine of Remembrance. The service is followed by the ANZAC Day March which is led by veterans and serving personnel, as well as descendants of veterans to honour those who served.
Dawn Service parking
It’s important to know that parking around the Botanical Gardens is restricted to street parking only and will therefore be extremely limited. Last year, more than 40,000 people gathered on a chilly April morning to pay their respects and attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Le Garage (114 Flinders Street, Melbourne) is proud to be supporting the ANZAC Appeal this April.
We are offering discounted parking rates for those attending the Dawn Service. Details are as below:
- $2 parking when you enter between 4am and 11am
- $1 from each $2 parking entry goes directly to the ANZAC Appeal
- Normal parking fess apply from 11am
The offer is valid for those entering the car park between 4am and 11am, giving people enough time to support the Dawn Service.
This special parking offer works on a first come-first served basis on the morning of 25th April. Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot!
There are a number of road closures in the CBD for ANZAC Day events however none affect the Flinders Street or Flinders Lane entrances/exits of Le Garage. However we still recommend allowing ample time to get to the car park and make your way to the service.
ANZAC Day Dawn Service Melbourne
There is no registration requirement to attend the service, but most people start assembling from 4am for a 6am start. Tens of thousands are expected to attend, so it’s recommended you get there early.
The Dawn Service begins at 6am sharp but most people are assembled by 4:30am. The service concludes by 6:30am. After the Service, you are invited to enter the Sanctuary to lay poppies and pay your respects.
The Service is the followed by the ANZAC Day March which starts at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets and proceeds down St Kilda Road. The march begins at 9am concludes at the Shrine of Remembrance at 1pm. A commemorative service follows the march.
The ANZAC Appeal (as well as the Poppy Appeal) is an initiative of the Returned and Serviced League of Australia (RSL), designed to assist current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as well as their dependents.
You can support the ANZAC Appeal by choosing to park at Le Garage. Additionally, you are encouraged to donate to the ANZAC Appeal or buy an ANZAC badge. If you are attending the ANZAC Day AFL match at the MCG later in the day, you will be able to buy badges there.
2017 ANZAC Day AFL – ANZAC Day Clash
Since 1995, Collingwood and Essendon have paid tribute to the ANZACs through the ANZAC Day Clash at the MCG.
The idea was suggested by former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy, who completed two years of army service between 1969 and 1971.
The game is preceded by a moving service which recognises Australian War Veterans. The Last Post is played to a packed stadium standing in spine-tingling silence. The Australian National Anthem follows, and the match begins.
ANZAC Day footy tickets
General public ticket sales are exhausted, however AFL and MCC Member tickets still remain. But you better be quick! Snap up your tickets from Ticketek today.