17 April 2023

Things to do in Canberra this Anzac Day

| Travis Radford
Man holding candle in dark at The Dock's ANZAC Day service.

The Dock is among the Canberra venues holding Anzac Day dawn services. Photo: The Dock.

Tuesday, 25 April, will mark the 108th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 1915 and honour all Australians who have served and died in military operations.

The Australian War Memorial will conduct an annual service as usual, with a range of other Canberra venues also choosing to remain open to commemorate the day.

These include The Dock, The Jetty, Eastlake Football Club and more, giving Canberrans a range of options for how they choose to remember Australia’s service personnel.

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial’s commemorations will be shown on ABC TV and online for those unable to attend in-person. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial

When: from 5:30 am
Where: various locations; see full program here
Cost: Free (tickets are required to enter galleries and attend the last post ceremony); book here.

The Australian War Memorial will commemorate the day with a dawn service starting at 5:30 am, followed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Association Commemorative Ceremony at 7:30 am, the ACT RSL Veterans’ March at 9:30 am and the Last Post Ceremony at 4:45 pm. Those unable to attend in-person can view the events on ABC TV and online.

The Jetty sign

Take in the sun outside or shade yourself in the roomy marquee. Photo: Lucy Ridge.

The Jetty

When: from 7 am
Where: The Jetty, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free; book here.

The pop-up venue on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin will begin the day with a 7 am post-dawn service and coffee. The Jetty’s beer garden will open from 11 am serving Bentspoke beers, while Grease Monkey will serve up burgers throughout the day. From 12 pm, games of two-up will be played by the lake with views across the water to the Carillon and Black Mountain.

ANZAC Day promotional graphic for Eastlake Football Club.

Games of two-up will run from 2 pm. Photo: Eastlake Football Club.

Eastlake Football Club

When: from 1 pm
Where: Eastlake Football Club, 3 Oxley Street, Griffith
Cost: Free; book on 6228 0999.

The Eastlake Demons will host rounds of the traditional Australian game of two-up from 1 pm. Eastlake’s bistro will also open for lunch (12 pm to 3 pm) and dinner (5 pm to 8:30 pm) on the day. Not sure what to order? Executive Chef Anthony Craig recommended the sea scallop and chorizo risotto to Region. Plus, three AFL games will be screened later in the day from 3:20 pm.

Anzac Day at The Dock.

The Dock’s dawn service commences at 5:30 am. Photo: The Dock.

The Dock

When: from 5:30 am
Where: The Dock, 7/81 Giles Street, Kingston
Cost: Free; book here.

The Dock will hold a dawn service from 5:30 am and then open for breakfast from 6 am to 11 am. Also, from 6 am, a Running for Resilience Anzac Day run will be held. Later in the day, games of two-up will be played from 12 pm to 5 pm, with all proceeds donated to Soldier On Australia. Plus, two AFL games will be screened from 3:15 pm and live music will kick off at 5 pm.

Canberra Southern Cross Club collage

Current and past service personnel wearing their uniform and/or service medals will receive a complimentary drink and lunch. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Canberra Southern Cross Club

When: all venues trading as-normal
Where: Numerous locations; see all here
Cost: Free; book here.

Canberra Southern Cross Club’s five licensed premises – Woden, Yacht Club, Tuggeranong, Jamison and the MV Southern Cross – will trade as normal on the day. Current and past service personnel wearing their uniform and/or service medals will be given a complimentary drink and meal at lunch.

ANZAC Day Assembly graphic

Assembly will be open to commemorate the day from 6 am until late. Photo: Assembly.


When: from 6 am
Where: Assembly, 11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Cost: Free; book here for 7 am to 11 am.

Assembly will open its doors early at 6 am to serve breakfast and its signature Redbrick dark blend coffee to people coming from dawn services around Canberra. The rest of the day will feature two-up from 12 pm under the big oak tree in the beer garden and live footy all day. Plus food and drinks, with everything from big breakfasts to kids hotcakes on sale. Dogs welcome.

ANZAC Day The Durham graphic

Games of two-up, food and drink and live music. Photo: The Durham.

The Durham

When: from 12 pm
Where: The Durham Castle Arms, L1/52 Jardine Street, Kingston
Cost: Free; book here.

Located in Canberra’s oldest commercial hub, Green Square, the British-style Durham Castle Arms pub will commemorate Anzac Day from 12 pm with games of two-up, craft beverages on-tap (ADF members will get a 10 per cent discount at the bar), pub grub and live music.

ANZAC Day at Walt and Burley graphic.

Walt and Burley will match all charitable donations made to the SOER Association on the day. Photo: Walt and Burley.

Walt and Burley

When: from 7 am
Where: Walt and Burley, 70/17 Eastlake Parade, Kingston
Cost: Free; book here.

Walt’s will open from 7 am with two-up starting from 12 pm. A $30 beer and burger special will be offered, with $5 from every purchase donated to SOER, which promotes the welfare of Special Operations Engineer Regiment (SOER) veterans and their families. Walt’s will also match all donations made on the day to SOER. Current and ex-service personnel can receive a 10 per cent discount.

Original Article published by Travis Radford on Riotact.

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