From dawn services to tinnies and two-up, here’s where you can reflect, remember and pay your respects in Brisbane this Tuesday 25 April.
Brisbane Anzac Day Dawn Service
In keeping with tradition, the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (ADCC) will conduct an Anzac Day dawn service at Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square.
The service commences at 4:28am sharp every year, and is always very well-attended, so you’ll need to arrive before 4am to secure a good vantage point.
Anzac Day Parade
Another venerable Brisbane tradition, this year’s parade will mark 101 years since the very first Anzac Parade was held in this city.
An array of Brisbane brass and pipe bands will march in the parade, including the South Brisbane Federal Band, Massed Bands of Brisbane Brass, Bayside Brass, Sunnybank Brass, City of Brisbane Pipe Band, Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band and Brisbane City Temple Salvation Army Band.
The parade — which was once limited to honouring World War I and II veterans, but now commemorates all those who have served in the armed forces — will begin at 10am at the corner of Adelaide and George Streets in the CBD.
You’ll find the best vantage points for the parade along Adelaide Street. If you’re a motorist, you should be aware that road closures will be in place for the parade from 6:30am to 3pm — you can find a full list of road closures here.
Local dawn services and marches
If you can’t make it into the CBD or you’d just prefer to attend a local service or march, you’ve got plenty of options — visit RSL Queensland for a complete list of services and marches near you.
Anzac Swing — Bands in Parks
BSB Swing, the Brisbane Symphonic Band’s 17-piece big band, will play swing music to get your feet tapping at a free concert at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha from 1pm to 2pm.
Before the show, free tours of the National Australia Remembers Freedom Wall will be offered from 10am to 1pm.
The Shafston Hotel
Once you’ve paid your respects at a march or service, the Shafston Hotel (3 Lytton Road, East Brisbane) will be commemorating Anzac Day with its third annual Tinnies & Two-up laneway festival from 1pm to 9pm.
There’ll be three pop-up bars serving cocktails, spirits and tinnies; food trucks King of the Wings, The Bun Mobile and I Heart Calamari; and a chance to try your luck in the massive Two-up arena. All funds raised will go towards Mates 4 Mates, a charity that supports past and present Defence Force personnel.
Stock Exchange Hotel
Following the completion of the Anzac Day Parade in the CBD, the Stock Exchange Hotel (131 Edward Street, Brisbane City) will host live music on the rooftop from 1pm, as well as their annual two-up competition. The event will be raising funds to support Legacy Brisbane, which cares for the widows and families of Australia’s incapacitated and deceased veterans.
The Fox Hotel
The Fox Hotel (71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane) will open its doors at 10am with a sausage sizlle and Brisbane’s biggest two-up ring. 50 cents from every beer sold will be donated to Legacy Brisbane.
The Regatta Hotel
If you’re looking for a post-dawn service breakfast, The Regatta (543 Coronation Drive, Toowong) will be open from 5:30am. They’ll have a BBQ and live entertainment going all day, as well as a pavlova stand and Anzac biscuits — and, of course, two-up.
What will you be doing to commemorate Anzac Day? Let us know in the comments below!