ANZAC Day in Melbourne – how to pay your respects

Held on 25 April every year, ANZAC Day commemorates the Australian and New Zealand forces landing at Gallipoli. This annual event remembers and acknowledges the sacrifice of those who fought in the First World War and all other wars. Here is how to pay your respects in Melbourne.

Official events

ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service is the first event on ANZAC Day.

The preamble address will commence at 5.45am, prior to the service, which starts at 6am. Those attending the service are recommended to assemble on the Shrine Forecourt by 4.30am. There is no requirement to register attendance.

After the service concludes at approximately 6.30am, you are encouraged to enter the Shrine’s sanctuary to lay poppies.

The Shrine itself is a poignant space for sharing and preserving stories about war, peace and service.

An old building lit up just before dawn

The Shrine of Remembrance lit up for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

ANZAC Day March

Veterans from all conflicts Australia has been involved in will be participating in the ANZAC Commemoration March.

The March commences at 9am at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets and concludes at the Shrine of Remembrance. Unit wreaths will be laid at the Shrine progressively during the march, which will conclude at approximately 1pm. At the conclusion of the march, a service will take place on the Shrine Forecourt.

Other ways to pay your respects

Shrine of Remembrance Reserve

Experience the wider Shrine of Remembrance Reserve including the memorial trees, the Eternal Flame and the Legacy Garden of Appreciation.

A flame burning in a metal container. Two people are standing with their backs to the camera looking at it.

The Eternal Flame

The Galleries of Remembrance commemorate service and sacrifice with a host of permanent and special exhibitions. Make sure you visit The Blood Tub, a tribute to Australian soldiers who fought at Bullecourt in 1917. On ANZAC Day, the galleries will be open from 7am – 5pm, with the last entries at 4:30pm.

Another essential part of your Shrine visit is the Books of Remembrance. They contain 89,100 names. These include Members of the Australian Imperial Force, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. Those who were either born or enlisted in Victoria and served overseas in the First World War are also featured. It also remembers those who died in camp prior to embarkation. You can view the Books of Remembrance between 2pm and 4:30pm on ANZAC Day.

A wooden paddle boat on display in a gallery

The Devanha lifeboat in the First World War gallery at the Galleries of Remembrance. It carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, on 25 April 1915. Credit: Susan Gordon-Brown

Kings Domain parklands

The Weary Dunlop Memorial and the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens, are important sites located within the Kings Domain parklands. The Weary Dunlop Memorial pays tribute to the heroic doctor in the Second World War. The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden celebrates the contribution of women to the development of Victoria.

Love and Sorrow at Melbourne Museum

Hosted by Melbourne Museum, ‘WWI: Love & Sorrow’ tells the story of the First World War through eight unique perspectives. It includes over 300 objects and photographs.