Everyone has their own way of marking ANZAC Day – whether its making their way to our Shrine of Remembrance for the dawn service, attending local services or enjoying the live media coverage from the comfort of their home.
Whilst many like to get to an event in person, nowadays there are a wide range of electronic options that allow you to follow proceedings either live or in your own time.
What’s important is that you can take part in our annual commemoration in a way that suits your specific needs.
The dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance commences at 6am, however it’s a great idea to get there well beforehand to secure a good vantage point.
PTV has arranged additional tram, train and bus services to meet this demand, with many commencing as early as 4am. For further details of available public transport visit PTV here.
Parking and movement around the Shrine has been reduced due to construction work on the Domain Tunnel, so allow plenty of time if you are considering driving in.
The Dawn Service paves the way for the ANZAC Day March which commences at 8.30am at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston St and making its way down St.Kilda Rd towards the Shrine, where a commemorative service will then take place.
Find out more about the main Melbourne events and activities here.
If you are a Veteran or war widow, your special PTV concessions apply, as outlined here.
Other Seniors Card holders can also gain Myki concessions during the day.
Suburban and Regional Services
ANZAC Day services continue to be held throughout the Melbourne suburbs and regional centres. Most are publicised locally, but you can find out more about these at the RSL Victoria website.
Electronic media coverage
There is a comprehensive array of ANZAC Day media coverage in a medium to suit you.
The ABC will broadcast a range of live ANZAC Day events – from the Sydney dawn service at 4.30am right through to the ANZAC Day address from the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC just prior to the 7pm television news.
Its website also provides a range of insightful background footage and stories to help set the scene for the day.
Click here to find out more about ABC television, radio and online coverage.
Is there an ANZAC hero in your world?
Whilst all defence forces have a well-orchestrated awards system, further recognition of former defence personnel is available via the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.
Many seniors continue to make a contribution to their communities well after completing their defence service has so this is a wonderful way to acknowledge this work.
There is a special category for Veterans, however the award can also be for a non-Veteran making a significant contribution to the Veteran community.
Click here to find out more about the Awards and its categories.