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How to Celebrate ANZAC Day with Kids

Wondering where to take the kids to commemorate this year’s ANZAC Day? As Aussies all over the country prepare to honour the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landing in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, IWMs have pulled together a list of the family friendly events where you and your brood can join in remembering the spirit of the ANZACs – their courage, mateship and sacrifice.

ANZAC Day Parade 

One of the most important events on ANZAC Day, the Dawn Service sees people from all over Sydney gather together to pay their respects to those who have fallen. ANZAC Day Sydney commemorations begin at 4.20am with the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph of Martin Place. After the Catafalque Party and Band March at 4.20am, the ceremony begins and runs through to 9 am.

ANZAC Day commemorations are scheduled as follows:

  • Dawn Service commencing at 4.30am: Laying wreaths, marches and commemorative services at Martin Place.
  • ANZAC Day March commencing at 9am: Corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, walking past the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park.

Date: 25 April 2023, from 4.20am

Location: Martin Place, Sydney CBD

ANZAC Day Bridge Climb

This special bridge climb event will take you to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at dawn where you’ll be one of a small group of climbers to enjoy a special ANZAC Day Dawn Service conducted by RSL LifeCare Veteran Services.

Each ticket sold includes a $100 donation to RSL LifeCare Veteran Services with the funds donated going towards supporting veterans and their families.

Date: 25 April 2023, the ANZAC Day Dawn Climbs will be departing between 4.25am – 4.35am. The Dawn Service will take place just before sunrise at approximately 6.05am

Location: Sydney Harbour Bridge



ANZAC Day Memorial Highlights Tours

Heading into the Sydney CBD for ANZAC Day? Join one of the free, special ANZAC Memorial Highlights Tours running throughout the afternoon at the ANZAC Memorial.

Led by knowledgeable guides, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the history and symbolism behind the Memorial, including the Memorial’s architectural design that dates back to the 1930s and the more recent award-winning Centenary Extension that commemorates over 100 years of service.

The 30-minute tours are free and run on the half-hour from 1pm to 4.30pm. Tours depart from the Hall of Service (Lower Ground Floor).

Please note that this tour requires the ability to climb multiple flights of stairs. Bookings are not required.

Date: 25 April 2023

Location: ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park South, Sydney CBD


RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Exhibition

The RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration was first held in 1953, co-hosted by RSL NSW and the Department of Education. Over the years the service has expanded to Catholic Schools NSW and the Association of Independent Schools NSW. The service aims to educate primary and secondary school students about Australia’s military history, whilst paying respect to the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women of the Australian Defence Force.

To mark the 70th Anniversary of this service in 2023, RSL NSW, the Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and the Association of Independent Schools NSW launched an art competition to NSW school students. The RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Art Exhibition showcases the finalists’ artwork in the 2023 art competition, with entries ranging from Year 4 to Year 9 students across NSW.

The exhibition is located in the Memorial’s Auditorium on Lower Ground level, with the Memorial open every day, 9am to 5pm. Entry is free.

Please note that access to the exhibition is dependent on the auditorium’s availability, so we encourage you to call the Memorial in advance on (02) 8262 2900.

For more information on the Art Competition and how students can enter the 2024 competition please visit

Date: 3 April — 30 April 2023

Location: ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park South, Sydney

(Image courtesy of Inner West Council / Fiora Sacco)

Balmain Dawn Service

Unveiled on Sunday 23 April 1916 – with the First World War (or The Great War as it was then known) still raging in Europe, and before the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, the Balmain War Memorial has a venerable history. During the First World War, close to 5,000 men from Balmain enlisted – this was covered just about all of those eligible in the precinct. The memorial initially commemorated the local men who had died in the Dardanelles campaign. The 38 local men who perished on Turkish shores have their names on four marble tablets, one on each side of the monument. Since then, new names were added from later wars.

Inner West Council in conjunction with the Balmain Rozelle RSL Sub Branch will be hosting an ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Balmain War Memorial, Loyalty Square Balmain.

Date: 25 April 2023, 6am sharp, includes catafalque party, laying or wreaths and a guest speaker

Location: Balmain War Memorial, Loyalty Square Balmain


ANZAC Day at The Australian Heritage Hotel 

After dawn services in the nearby Sydney CBD, The Rocks is hosting a number of ANZAC Day events including live music, BBQs, ANZAC brekkies (and bikkies), marching bands and more. The Australian Heritage Hotel – one of the oldest pubs in Sydney – is amongst those commemorating the occasion.

Open from 7am, The Australian Heritage Hotel will be serving up delicious bacon and egg rolls from their coffee cart to fuel early day ANZAC Day revellers for the day’s festivities ahead. For late risers, there’s an all-day party with outdoor bars and food stalls serving up mouth-watering eats and thirst-quenching drinks.

Live music will start from 10am, followed by their famous yearly dose of traditional 2 up action on Cumberland Street from midday.

Date: 25 April 2023, from 7am

Location: The Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia


How are you celebrating ANZAC Day this year? Leave a comment below and let us know how your family are planning to mark this special occasion.

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