Anzac Day in NSW

Anzac Day in NSW

ANZAC Day on April 25 is a commemoration and remembrance of all Australians who have served and died in war and on operation service around the world. It marks the landing in 1915 of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli, Turkey in World War I.

ANZAC Day was first conceived to commemorate those who served in the Gallipoli Campaign in WWI. However, the date has since become a day to commemorate all Australian and New Zealand troops who have served for their country.

Anzac Park Memorial Walk, Glen Innes

Anzac Park Memorial Walk, Glen Innes 

The ANZAC Day service

Dawn services, wreath-laying, veteran marches and commemorative services are held across Sydney and NSW. The main Dawn Service will be held at 04:30am in Martin Place in Sydney at The Cenotaph, which was sculpted by Sir Bertram Mackennal and unveiled in 1929.

In regional NSW, services and marches will take place at RSL’s across the state. The services offer quiet contemplation, accompanied by the bugle call of the Last Post and The Ode of Remembrance, an excerpt from English poet Laurence Binyon's moving poem, For the Fallen, which was first published in The Times in 1914.

Dawn Service held in Sydney on Anzac Day

Dawn Service held in Sydney on Anzac Day - Credit: NSW Government

The Ode is from the fourth stanza:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We shall remember them.

Two Up

Another time-honoured ANZAC Day tradition is to play the game two-up. Its association with the day originates from WWI, when Australians played two-up in the trenches and on troop ships. The game can be played at home with three or more participants.


Visit these ANZAC Day events in Regional NSW


Public holiday dates 2022-2023 

Holiday 2022 2023
New Year's Day Saturday, 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 3 January ) Sunday 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 2 January )
Australia Day Wednesday, 26 January Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 15 April Friday 7 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 16 April Saturday 8 April 
Easter Sunday Sunday, 17 April Sunday 9 April 
Easter Monday  Monday, 18 April Monday 10 April 
Anzac Day  Monday, 25 April Tuesday 25 April 
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 13 June Monday, 12 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 3 October Monday 2 October
Christmas Day public holiday Sunday, 25 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 27 December) Monday 25 December
Boxing Day Monday, 26 December Tuesday 26 December