2022 ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE
The official NSW ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place Sydney on 25 April at 4.30am the time at which the first Australians waded ashore at ANZAC Cove. This year’s service marks the 95th anniversary of the first Dawn Service held at the Cenotaph in 1928.
General public information
You can view a public map here.
There are three public viewing areas available:
1. Martin Place at George Street
Seating is available until capacity is reached
Entry via George Street
2. Martin Place outside Challis House
Entry via George Street
3. Martin Place between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street
Entry via Castlereagh Street
Please note for the safety of all patrons, bag checks will be conducted on entry.
Accessibility and Inclusion
To ensure the Dawn Service is accessible to our whole audience, designated accessible viewing areas are available for people with disability and/or limited mobility and their guests. To register for seating in one of the accessible viewing areas, please contact Karen Wade on email@example.com or call 9228 4613.
Auslan interpreting will be available at the Dawn Service on Anzac Day. The broadcast will include Auslan interpreting of the Dawn Service, which will start from 4am with the live stream of the service commencing from 4:15am. Please click on the link below for this service:
These are no parking zones or Special Event Clearways so persons utilising the area will be required to move on as soon as they have dropped off their passengers.
• Wynyard St, Southern Side
Portable accessible toilets will be located on Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street; otherwise there are accessible toilets at the CBD train stations.
As there are large crowds expected, we strongly advise taking this into account before entering the accessible viewing area as it may be difficult to access the toilets once the service has commenced.
Road Closures & Public Transport
Major road closures will be in place throughout Sydney CBD from 2am until 4pm.
Detailed information and maps of the road closures can be found on livetraffic.com
Special event clearway parking restrictions will also be in effect on most major roads throughout the CDB, meaning street parking will be very limited.
Buses to and from the city will be using alternate routes and stops while road closures are in place.
Please note no light rail services will operate between Town Hall and Circular Quay from 3am to 6.30am.
Public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force in uniform or wearing their medals. This entitlement also applies to accompanying carers, family and widows of veterans who are carrying an accreditation letter from RSL NSW or present a war widow’s gold card.
Additional early morning train and bus services will be running and continue throughout the day. Please plan your trip ahead of time by visiting transportnsw.info or call 131 500
For road closure, clearway details and real-time traffic updates, visit livetraffic.com
ABOUT THE DAWN SERVICE
In the early hours of that day, five members of the Association of Returned Sailors and Soldiers Clubs who had been attending the Association’s Anzac eve annual general meeting and dinner in the Martin Place Blue Tea Rooms (between Castlereagh and Pitt Street), were wending their way home when they saw an elderly lady moving to place a sheaf of flowers on the then bare granite plinth of the Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place.
When she stumbled and dropped the flowers they helped her and awkwardly watched her place the flowers; when she commenced to pray they silently joined her. The men were Jim Davidson, Ernie Rushbrooke, George Patterson, Len Stickler and Bill Gamble. They recounted their experience, and to old soldiers it brought back memories of other dawns.
The creation of the Cenotaph had heightened consciousness of commemoration and, in response to a motion by Rushbrooke, its honorary secretary, the Association decided to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Anzac Day 1928 at 4.30 am, which was when the landing commenced at Anzac Cove on 25th April, 1915. A small number attended this first service, including the five men mentioned. Patterson laid the wreath. The service was most simple but its solemnity created a deep impression and ensured the continuance of the Ceremony. With the completion of the Cenotaph, attendance grew rapidly, so that by 1931, it was up to 800.