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Your Guide to Anzac Day 2017

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 will remember them.

A dawn service is basically a rite of passage here in Perth. There’s nothing quite like the stillness that can be felt in those moments before the sun rises, as the flag flies at half-mast and the bugle plays those final notes of The Last Post.
There are dozens of dawn services held all over this wonderful state we call home, in fact a grand total of 110 of them. So I couldn’t possibly list them all here for you to find. However, if a Dawn Service followed by a Gunfire breakfast and a march is on your list for this coming Anzac Day then head on over to…/ANZAC-Day/ANZAC-Day-Services.aspx for a complete list. You’ll be sure to find one near you that you can attend and pay your respects.
If you’re looking for another way to honour our fallen or perhaps just something to do with the remainder of your day then take a look below at some of the unique events we have on our door step.

1. Kings Park Dawn Service followed by the Perth ADF March

When: Tues 25th April. Arrive 4am for a 6am start. ADF March arrive 8.30am for a 9am start.
Where: State War Memorial Precinct, Kings Park. ADF March = Cnr Barrack St, St. George’s Tce, Perth
I couldn’t possibly list off the events for Anzac Day without starting with our most recognizable. There is nothing like watching the sun rise over our glorious city or laying a wreath or poppy at the foot of our memorial. Every man, woman and child should take the time to attend this service, even if it’s just once in their life time.
For more specific information please see

2. Fremantle Dawn Service & March
When: Tues 25th April. 5:50am. March steps off at 10:15am
Where: Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill. March starts on Marine Tce and concludes in Esplanade Reserve.
The City of Fremantle Anzac Day Dawn service is another of our most notable, with Fremantle, our port city, playing a major role in the defence of our nation. With large screens installed behind the cenotaph and an additional one on the High Street you’ll definitely be able to find a spot to participate in this year’s event. Then don’t forget to follow and cheer along our service men and women in the march to Esplanade Reserve, where the Closing Ceremony will take place from 11-11.30am.
For further details, including maps, please visit

3. Perth Zoo
When: Tues 25th April – 9am – 5pm
Where: 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth
Perth Zoo is offering free admission to all servicemen on Anzac Day. Simply bring your service ID, VET card or wear your uniform to get free access. What a lovely way to spend the day after a dawn service.

4. Ascot Racecourse Anzac Day Tribute

When: Sat 22nd April
Where: Ascot Racecourse,
A tribute day of racing at Ascot, with full commemorative service, wreath laying and flag raising ceremonies. All current and past servicemen are entitled to free access on the day and all are welcome to toast a $5 beer to our fallen.
For more information see

5. From War to Remembrance – A Living History of the RSL

When: March 5th to November
Where: Beverly, Merredin, Goomalling, Wylkatchem, Kojonup & Laverton
RSL WA is proud to present a travelling exhibition created to celebrate the long and proud history of the RSL throughout WA. In this unique exhibit you’ll learn about the important role the RSL has played in our communities, from helping dependents and loved ones and ex-servicemen. See photographs from the archives and a detailed interactive map show casing just a portion of what they’ve accomplished in their sub-branches all over the state. For dates on when the exhibit will be near you, visit…/From-War-to-Remembrance-A-Living…

6. The Perth Mint Gallipoli Run 2017

When: Sun 23rd April from 8am
Where: Synergy Parklands, Kings Park, Perth
A choice of a 4 or 8km run or walk to raise funds for the RSL WA and Legacy WA in conjunction with The Perth Mint and Athletics WA. This fantastic run is held in both Kings Park and Kalgoorlie each year in commemoration and fundraising efforts. A day for the whole family, so be sure to bring everyone along. Registrations are essential, visit…/The-Perth-Mint-Gallipoli-Ru… for more details.

7. Anzac Day on Rottnest Island 2017
When: Tues 25th April 6am to 3pm
Where: Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island holds a special place in the heart of all West Australians, but none more so than our current and ex-service men and women. Some may not know, but Rottnest has a long tradition of military service and as such is home to a particularly special Dawn Service. Come and witness this moving service as well as a chance to see other unique exhibits such as Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnels, Kingstown Barracks and Bickley Battery. For more information see,

8. Anzac Day Concert
When: Tues 25th April 1-5pm
Where: Riverton RSL Club, 153 High Rd, Willetton
What: Come along and join in the celebration and tribute with an afternoon of fun and music, listening to the Mucky Duck Band play in the carpark outside the Riverton RSL.

9. Anzac Day at The Parkerville Tavern

When: Tues 25th April 11am – 10pm
Where: The Parkerville Tavern, 6 Owen Rd, Parkerville
After a morning service this is the place you’ll want to settle in and spend the rest of the day. Open all day long, you’ll definitely find something to please everyone at the Parkerville Tavern. With a free middy for all diggers (between 12pm-1pm), the pizza oven cranking, a bouncy castle and playground for the kids and Monty Cotton & the Threads on the main stage from 3-6pm you won’t want to move. And rightly so!

10. 101 Years of Commemoration at Anzac Cottage
When: Tues 25th April 3pm-6pm
Where: Anzac Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie St, Mt Hawthorn
Once again the Friends of Anzac Cottage will be honouring Anzac Day with a sunset service from 5:15pm. Prior to the service children are free to attend the wreath making class where they’ll be able to lay their wreath at the foot of the flagpole during the ceremony. You’ll also be able to take a stroll through the cottage where you’ll learn more about its historical roots and significant part it’s played in our Anzac history. Entry is free with afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.
For more details see their Facebook page

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