Anzac Day: Your guide to Brisbane’s dawn services and parade
Anzac Day events in Brisbane’s CBD are the some of the biggest in the state, attracting tens of thousands of people.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on attending the commemorations on Wednesday:
Where is Brisbane’s Dawn Service taking place?
At the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square on Adelaide Street.
Proceedings will begin at 4:28am on Wednesday, with 20,000 to 25,000 people expected in attendance in and around the square.
Anzac Day Commemorative Committee president Colonel David Smith recommended arriving up to an hour early to secure a good vantage point.
“The earlier the better. I would suggest if you want to get any sort of a position you shouldn’t be leaving it any later than 3:30am,” Colonel Smith told ABC Radio Brisbane.
The service runs for about an hour.
“Most people will be standing. So be prepared for that, join the throng, and have a wonderful commemorative day.”
What’s the best way to get into Brisbane in time for the Dawn Service?
Public transport is your best bet.
Trains and buses will be starting up earlier and running extra services to carry everyone into the city in time for the dawn service.
Current serving Australian and defence force personnel in uniform and veterans in uniform or wearing their service medals will be able to travel free on all TransLink services on the day (excluding the Airtrain).
For the best view of Brisbane’s dawn service, try to get into town before 4am. (AAP: Dan Peled)
“Accompanying Australian and international veterans, spouses, family members wearing the medals of servicemen and women and children participating in official proceedings wearing their full, official uniform representing Scouting, Girl-Guides and military associations will also be entitled to travel for free,” TransLink said.
Check out the journey planner on TransLink.
You could get a lift into the city, but that could end up involving a whole lot of walking.
“The city will go into lockdown from about 3am. It’s impossible to get a car within a couple of blocks of Anzac Square.
“So planning to be dropped off and walk in is certainly the best plan”.
What’s the weather going to be like in Brisbane for Anzac Day?
Cool, if you’re going to the dawn service, so wear something warm.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the forecast for Wednesday is a minimum of 17 degrees Celsius, and a maximum of 27C.
There’s a slight chance of a shower sometime during the day.
When’s Brisbane’s Anzac Day parade?
It’s happening between 10:00am and 1:00pm on Wednesday in the CBD, starting on the corner of George and Elizabeth streets, turning right onto Adelaide Street, and then right again at Creek Street, where it will end.
The parade of former and current serviceman and women has been a feature of Brisbane’s Anzac Day since the 1920s.
If you can’t attend the parade in person, you can watch it live on ABC TV or via the ABC Brisbane Facebook page. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)
Organisers say the best vantage points will be along Adelaide Street.
What security measures are in place for the Anzac Day parade?
Anzac Day Parade Committee’s media officer Allan Callaghan said there would be tighter security at this year’s parade.
ABC Brisbane on Facebook: Join us at 10am Wednesday for a live stream of the Anzac Day Parade
“Mostly you won’t notice it, where it really does apply is admission to the actual parade route itself,” Mr Callaghan said.
“So someone coming in to look at the parade will be behind the barriers, there will be more police, more plain clothes police, and security people.
“But from the public’s point of view it doesn’t really affect you.”
Mr Callaghan recommended people not carry large purses or handbags “because you may be stopped and they [police] may want to look at it”.
Who is marching in Brisbane’s Anzac Day Parade?
Hundreds of people will be marching, recognising the sacrifices of all those who have served in the armed forces.
Among those represented will be:
- Defence Service Nurses
- Women’s Royal Australian Air Force Branch Association
- National Servicemen’s Association
- Australian Commando Association Queensland
Up to two F/A Super Hornets are due to fly over Brisbane as part of the parade, first at 10:00am, and again at 11:00am.
The Australian Army Band Brisbane, Brisbane City Temple Salvation Army Band, Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland and more will play along the parade route.
I can’t make it into Brisbane for the parade. Where can I watch it?
On TV and on Facebook.
From 10:00am you can tune into ABC TV to see the parade. ABC Brisbane Radio Breakfast co-host Craig Zonca will provide commentary.
If you can’t get to a TV, coverage will be live streamed on the ABC Brisbane Facebook page, as well as ABC’s regional Queensland Facebook pages.
I want to wear a relative’s war medals. Which side of my chest do I wear them on?
According to the Department of Defence, if you’re wearing someone else’s medals they should be positioned on the right-hand side of your chest.
If they’re your medals, they should be placed on the left-hand side.
The parade is a chance to celebrate and recognise those who have and those who continue to serve the country. (AAP: Dan Peled)
I can’t get to the CBD on the day. Where else can I go to commemorate Anzac Day?
You can enter your suburb and find the nearest dawn services, march services, and main services to you.
ABC TV’s coverage of the parade will be streamed live to the ABC Brisbane Facebook page. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)