ANZAC Day FAQ's

EVENT INFORMATION

 

1. What is ANZAC Day? 

Every year on 25 April, cities and towns around Australia hold commemorative events to pay respect to men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation. On ANZAC Day, The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated (RSLWA) will be hosting major commemorative events within the city centre that are expected to attract more than 100,000 people.

 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. As part of that significant milestone, the major theme of this year’s ANZAC Day is about those important final battles fought on the Western Front all those years ago. This year we will be commemorating the significant battle of Villers-Bretonneux. As a result of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front, German forces had used infantry and tanks to capture Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April 1918 and it was the high-risk task of the Australians to recapture this French village. The Australian counter-attack began just hours before ANZAC Day 1918, and the troops moved forward without artillery support in the drizzling rain. The Australian Imperial Forces recaptured Villers-Bretonneux on ANZAC Day 1918 and is considered a significant military victory, as it prevented the threat posed to the strategic French town of Amiens, which lay just ten miles to the west.

 

2. When and where will the commemorations be held?

Sunset Services 

  • Flame of Remembrance, Kings Park - each evening from 22 April to 24 April at 5:00pm – 5.30pm 

Sunset Services conducted around the Flame of Remembrance start at 5.00pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm. The Services will be held over three evenings and will focus on a different theme each evening with the program including a wreath-laying ceremony.

 

Dawn Service

  • Kings Park & Botanic Garden from 5.50am – 7.00am

The Dawn Service will be conducted at the State War Memorial on Fraser Avenue commencing at 6.00am.

 

Gunfire Breakfast

  • Government House Gardens from 7.00am – 9.00am

The community is invited to attend a Gunfire Breakfast to share the spirit of ANZAC Day. The breakfast will be held at Government House on St Georges Terrace. The event will cater for up to 2,000 people.

 

March

  • Perth City Streets from 9.15am

The Australian Defence Force will step off from the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace at 9.15am, followed by veteran-carrying military jeeps and vehicles, the Ex-Services Unit, Corps and Regimental Associations. The March will head east along St Georges Terrace, turning right onto Victoria Avenue and dispersing onto Langley Park.

 

Commemorative Service

  • Perth Concert Hall from 11.00am

For the first time, the Commemorative Service will be held at the Perth Concert Hall commencing at 11.00am. The Commemorative Service program will feature the Salvation Army Perth Fortress Band and an 80-strong choir brought together from the Perth Modern School Chamber Choir and Perth Modern School Alumni Singers. The Service will conclude at approximately 12.00pm. This event is a free ticketed event. Tickets are available through RLSWA - support.officer@rslwa.org.au

 

3. What time should I arrive?

Sunset Services

In order to find parking and secure a viewing position at the Sunset Services, we recommend arriving at 4.30pm; 30 minutes before the Service commences.

 

Dawn Service

We recommend arriving from 4.00am onwards at the Dawn Service. Some travel delays may be experienced, so please plan your journey and allow extra time to get to the Commemoration. Please note at 5.50am lights will go out and at 6.00am all will be quiet as the Service commences.

 

March

To secure a good viewing area at the March, we suggest you arrive around 8:30am. The Parade route extends along St Georges Terrace from Barrack Street to Victoria Avenue.

 

4. Where is the best place to view the events?

Sunset Services

You can find a good viewing position at the Whispering Wall and there will be standing room around the Flame of Remembrance.

 

Dawn Service

In 2018 you can view the service on 7 large screens surrounding the commemorative site. Some areas will be controlled by security and low fencing for safety and viewing comfort. The screens ensure that good viewing is accessible for all.

 

March

You will be able to secure a good viewing place along the route of the March on St Georges Terrace, from Barrack Street to Victoria Avenue. The earlier you arrive, the closer to the front you will be. Designated crossing points will be confirmed in early April.

 

Commemorative Service

The Perth Concert Hall seats over 1,700 people. On the day, seating will not be allocated and guests will be seated by ushers starting from the front of the venue.

 

Seating for aged and infirm will be reserved and wheelchair allocation and access has been arranged. When registering your attendance please advise of any special requirements.

 

5. Where is the March Form-Up Area?

The Form-Up Area will be between Barrack Street and William Street on St Georges Terrace and on Barrack Street between The Esplanade and Hay Street.

 

Details of the Order of the March and Form-Up Area are currently on the RSLWA website. 

 

If you wish to participate in the March, please be aware of the ANZAC Day March Protocols, which are located in the ANZAC Day section of the RSLWA website. If you are marching as a Next of Kin and are unsure whom you should be marching with, please call RSLWA with the details of the person you will be marching on behalf of (i.e. the Unit, Crops, Regiment, Ship they served with).

 

For further information please contact RSLWA directly at events@rslwa.org.au or phone 9287 3799.

 

6. Can I lay a wreath during the Sunset Services before ANZAC Day and at the Dawn Service?

If you would like to lay a wreath during one of the Sunset Services, held at the Flame of Remembrance near the State War Memorial Cenotaph, please contact the RSLWA on 9287 3799 or events@rslwa.org.au. Please note there are limited opportunities to lay a wreath during the Services, however, the general public is welcome to lay a wreath after each Sunset Service.

 

Wreath laying during the Dawn Service is by invitation only, however general public is welcome to lay a wreath after the Dawn Service has completed.

 

7. What are the themes for each Sunset Service?

  • Sunday 22 April - 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic
  • Monday 23 April - 100th Anniversary of Villers-Bretonneux
  • Tuesday 24 April – Australia’s Air Campaign during the Vietnam War, with a focus on the 50th Anniversary of events during 1968.

 

8. How can I find out about other Commemorations being held by RSL Sub Branches?

Over 100 RSL Sub-Branches around the State hold ANZAC Day events. To find out about ANZAC Day activities at your local Sub-Branch, please visit here.

 

9. What are other events taking place on ANZAC Day?

Jewish War Memorial Service

  • Jewish War Memorial, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April from 7:00am

Haka for Life

  • Fraser Lawn, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April from 7.10am.

2/28th Battalion and 24th Anti-Tank Company Assn Service

  • 2/28th Battalion and 24th Anti-Tank Company Symbolic Flame, Lovekin Drive, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April from 7:15am to 8:00am.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service

  • Vietnam Memorial, Synergy Parkland, May Drive, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April from 7:30am.

 

TRAFFIC AND PARKING

10. Will there be road closures?

Road Closures for Dawn Service will be similar to 2017 – the three closures to ensure public safety are Saw Avenue and May Drive as well as Fraser Avenue in Kings Park and three external of Kings Park (Kings Park Road, Malcolm Street and Havelock Street).

 

Bus-only lanes will operate in parts of Wellington and Havelock Streets to ensure a smooth operation of the free shuttle bus from the Perth Busport to the ANZAC Dawn Service in Kings Park.

 

Please be advised that road closures and traffic detours will be in effect on 25 April 2018 around the Perth CBD for the safety of patrons, emergency access and event organisers.

 

Dawn Service

Road closures in place from 3:00am - 12:30pm

  • Kings Park Road (full road closure)
  • Malcolm Street (full road closure)
  • St Georges Terrace (Elder Street to Malcolm Street)
  • Walker Avenue (from Rheola Street to Kings Park Road)
  • Ventnor Avenue (from Ord Street to Kings Park Road)
  • Outram Street (from Ord Street to Kings Park Road)
  • Altona Street (from Ord Street to Kings Park Road)
  • Colin Street (from Ord Street to Kings Park Road)
  • Ord Street (from Colin Street to Havelock Street)
  • Havelock Street Northbound (from Hay Street to Kings Park Road)
  • Havelock Street Southbound (from Wellington St to Kings Park Road)
  • Parliament Place
  • Fraser Avenue
  • May Drive (from Saw Ave)
  • Saw Avenue
  • Wadjuk Way
  • Kattidj Close

 

March and Commemorative Service

Road closures in place from 3.00am-12:30pm

  • St Georges Terrace (from William Street to Victoria Avenue)
  • Howard Street (from The Esplanade to St Georges Terrace)
  • Sherwood Court (from The Esplanade to St Georges Terrace)
  • Barrack Street (from The Esplanade to Hay Street)
  • Cathedral Ave (from St Georges Terrace to Hay Street)
  • Pier Street (from St Georges Terrace to Hay Street)
  • Irwin Street (from St Georges Terrace to Hay St)
  • Hay Street (from Barrack Street to Irwin Street)
  • Victoria Avenue (from Riverside Drive to St Georges Terrace)
  • Adelaide Terrace (from Hill St to Victoria Avenue)
  • Terrace Road (from City Car Park to Hill Street)

 

11. What is the best way of getting to the events?

It is recommended that you take public transport to ANZAC Day events.

 

Transperth will be running additional trains with extra capacity. Trains will arrive at Perth Train Station from 4.26am with the last one at 5.02am. Free shuttle buses carrying passengers up to Kings Park will leave Perth Busport from 4.30am to 5.35am.

 

There will also be a Kings Park internal shuttle service (Route 621) operating between the Vietnam War Memorial at Synergy Parkland and the coach terminus near Wadjuk Way between 4.25am and approximately 9.30am.

 

Please plan your journey and allow extra time to get to your event, especially the Dawn Service. We would encourage Dawn Service attendees who are able to walk to Kings Park to consider the 30-minute walk from city train stations.

 

For further information on routes and public transport schedules, please visit transperth.wa.gov.au or call 13 62 13. Hearing or speech impaired? Call via NRS 133 677 and ask for 13 62 13.

 

12. What time do the trains commence?

  • Midland Line - departing Midland Station approximately 4.05am, 4.20am and 4.35am
  • Armadale Line - departing Armadale Station approximately 3.47am, 4.05am and 4.23am
  • Fremantle Line - departing Fremantle Station approximately 4.22am and 4.37am
  • Mandurah Line - departing Mandurah Station approximately 3.36am, 3.48am, 4.00am and 4.12am
  • Joondalup Line - departing Butler Station approximately 3.45am, 3.57am, 4.09am and 4.21am.
  • Fremantle trains will depart Perth approximately 3.47am, 4.02am and 4.32am.

 

13. Is there parking available?

To avoid delays and congestion, we suggest using the special ANZAC Day public transport options that will be available on the day.

 

Sunset Services

Parking will be available at the Wadjuk Carpark and along May Drive in Kings Park for the Sunset Services.

 

Dawn Service

Parking has always been very limited within and around Kings Park and it will be the same as 2017 to improve public safety and increase capacity for people to participate in the Dawn Service. As in previous years, most parking is found outside Kings Park, but some of this is also closed this year. (See “Will there be Road Closures” above)

 

We strongly recommend you Park and Ride and use public transport services.

 

For those that must use cars and cannot use Public Transport some parking is available in nearby suburbs and car parks.

 

March and Commemorative Service

All City of Perth open-air car parks will be open on ANZAC Day. With the large number of visitors and road closures surrounding the event sites, the amount of parking available will be very limited.

For information on parking availability please download the City of Perth mobile app: http://www.cityofperthparking.com.au/mobile-app

 

14. Where are the closest ticketed car parks?

Dawn Service

  • Car parks around Kings Park are:
  • Coolgardie Street Car Park (9 Coolgardie St, West Perth) – 24 hours – 41 bays and 2 ACROD
  • Wellington Street Car Park (972-980 Wellington Street, West) – 24 hours – 68 Bays, 2 motorcycles and 1 ACROD
  • Elder St Car Park (entry via 490 Murray St and Elder St) – 5:30am to Midnight – 1053, 67 motorcycles, 31bicyclese and 11 ACROD
  • Mounts Bay Rd Car Park (129 Mounts Bay Rd) – 24 hours – 10 bays, 2 motorcycls and 1 ACROD
  • John Oldham Park (entry via Mounts Bay Rd, West Perth) – 24 hours – 23 bays and 2 ACROD
  • Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (21 Mounts Bay Rd and Mitchell Freeway) – 24 hours – 1464 Bays, 84 Motorbike bays and 23 ACROD

 

Gunfire Breakfast, March and Commemorative Service\

Some carparks that are available include:

  • Coolgardie Street Car Park (9 Coolgardie St, West Perth) – 24 hours – 41 bays and 2 ACROD
  • Wellington Street Car Park (972-980 Wellington Street, West) – 24 hours – 68 Bays, 2 motorcycles and 1 ACROD
  • Elder St Car Park (entry via 490 Murray St and Elder St) – 5:30am to Midnight – 1053, 67 motorcycles, 31 bicycle and 11 ACROD
  • Mounts Bay Rd Car Park (129 Mounts Bay Rd) – 24 hours – 10 bays, 2 motorcycle and 1 ACROD
  • John Oldham Park (entry via Mounts Bay Rd, West Perth) – 24 hours – 23 bays and 2 ACROD
  • Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (21 Mounts Bay Rd and Mitchell Freeway) – 24 hours – 1464 Bays, 84 Motorbike bays and 23 ACROD
  • Terrace Road Carpark (165 Terrace Road) open air 24 hours. 763 bays, 28 motorbike and 8 ACROD. Due to road closures access via Riverside Drive/Governors Avenue. Please note that entry/exit will only be from Governor’s Avenue.
  • Perth Concert Hall Carpark (Terrace Road – small vehicles only) 399 bays, 12 motorcycle and 5 ACROD Please note that entry/exit will only be from Governor’s Avenue. Due to road closures access via Riverside Drive/Governors Ave.
  • His Majesty’s Theatre Carpark (377 Murray Street) 648 bays, 29 motorcycle and 6 ACROD
  • Fire Station Car Park (1 Murray Street) open air 24 Hours. 158 bays, 3 motorcycle and 3 ACROD
  • Citiplace Carpark (1 Roe Street) 24 hours. 480 bays, 5 motorsycle, 4 bicycle and 5 ACROD
  • Roe Street Carpark (68 Roe Street). 468 bays, 27 motorcycle and 5 ACROD

For information on parking availability please download the City of Perth mobile app: http://www.cityofperthparking.com.au/mobile-app

 

15. Is there any accessible ACROD parking available?

Yes – the accessible parking bays in the city are listed above.

 

For the Sunset Services, there are six (6) accessible parking bays available in the Wadjuk Carpark which are in close proximity to the Sunset Services venue. A valid ACROD parking permit will need to be displayed on your vehicle. A set-down area is also available in the Wadjuk Carpark.

 

The accessible parking available in Kings Park for the Dawn Service is shown on the Dawn Service Access and Bus Route Map.

 

16. Can I get a special pass to the Dawn Service for parking if I am aged or infirm?

If you are aged or infirm, limited parking will be available in Kings Park. To access the car parks you will need to contact RSLWA and obtain a Special Guest Parking Pass. This is available only to:

  • ACROD pass holders, or
  • People who are aged or infirm

In order to access the pass, you must contact RSLWA directly at events@rslwa.org.au or phone 9287 3799.

 

The Special Guest Parking Pass must be displayed in your car in order to bypass staffed road closures and access the parking area which is in Wadjuk Carpark.

 

RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

 

17. How will local residents and businesses be informed about event details?

A letter and map containing information on the events, access, road closures and parking details will be distributed to the City of Perth and Kings Park residents and businesses in April.

 

Should any residents or businesses have any concerns or questions, please contact RSLWA directly at events@rslwa.org.au or phone 9287 3799.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

18. Can I ride my bike to the events?

Cyclists are welcome to ride their bikes to the events. Unfortunately, due to safety factors, bike racks will not be provided. We kindly ask that all cyclists to remain standing at the back for the duration of the proceedings/services at all events. We ask that all cyclists respect road closures and walk their bikes through roadblocks into the event precincts for visitor safety.

 

For more information visit www.westcycle.org.au.

 

19. Can I bring food or drinks to the events?<

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the Commemorations. The Commemorations will be conducted in public spaces and no alcoholic beverages may be consumed.

 

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is protected as an A-Class Reserve. Please help us conserve our parkland and bushland areas by taking your rubbish home with you or using the bins provided.

 

20. Can I purchase food or drinks at the events?

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Dawn Service at Frasers Kiosk before and after the Service.

  • Stickybeaks Café in Kings Park (near Lotterywest Family Area, 37 Kings Park Road) will be open for coffee on 25 April from 6:00am and breakfast from 7.00am.
  • Zamia Café in Synergy Parkland in Kings Park will be open for breakfast on 25 April from 6:30am.
  • The ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast will be held in Government House Gardens on St Georges Terrace (next door to Council House) from 7:00am to 9.00am.
  • The Salvation Army will be offering tea, coffee, biscuits and water at the Commemorative Service at Perth Concert Hall from 9.00am.

For guests attending the Commemorative Service at Perth Concert Hall, tea, coffee and biscuits will be served before and after the service at no cost, and the PCH bar will be open for 2 hours after the service.

 

21. Are there any prohibited items?

  • Dangerous or hazardous items
  • Sun shelters and tents
  • Alcohol
  • Glassware
  • Portable BBQs

 

22. What should I bring to the events?

  • Torches for the Dawn Service as it will be dark when you arrive
  • Hats and sunscreen for sun protection
  • Food and drinks if you wish
  • Cardigan or light jacket in case of cooler weather
  • A raincoat or poncho if rain is forecast
  • It is preferred that umbrellas are not used at the Dawn Service near the State War Memorial
  • If you wish to wear family medals then they should be worn on the right-hand side of the chest

 

23. Will there be viewing screens?

In order to cater to the expected audience, screens and facilities will be provided. In 2018 there will be seven screens installed around Kings Park site to show the live Dawn Service.

 

24. Can I take photos during the events?

Yes, but we ask for respect during the Services and no flashes are to be used at the Dawn Service.

 

25. What should I do if I have lost a child, friend or family member?

With the assistance of Constable Care, there will be a number of Lost Person and First Aid Points set up at key locations around the Dawn Service, March and Commemorative Service.

 

26. What happens if there is bad weather? Will the events still go ahead?

The events will go ahead in the event of rain and inclement weather. If the weather is considered dangerous to participants and spectators, and as a result, any of the events need to be cancelled, this will be broadcast on the morning of ANZAC Day through all media and social media outlets.

 

27. Are there wheelchair accessible facilities?

Yes. Accessible parking, seating and toilets will be available at the Sunset Service, March, Dawn Service and Commemorative Service.

 

Accreditation for seating for aged and disabled veterans and guests for the Dawn Service, March and Commemorative Service can be obtained by contacting RSLWA to request a Special Guest Accreditation pass to access the Guest Seating Area. This is available only to:

  • ACROD pass holders or
  • People who are aged or infirm

 

In order to access the Special Guest Accreditation Passes you must contact RSLWA directly at events@rslwa.org.au or phone 9287 3799.

 

There is no accreditation for the Sunset Services – on arrival you will be assisted.

 

28. What Spectator Services and amenities are available?

The Dawn Service will have seven screens, toilets, first aid and lost persons services.

 

Toilets and coffee, tea, biscuits and a sausage sizzle will be available on Langley Park at the end of the parade. Toilets and first aid will also be available.

 

The Commemorative Service at PCH will have all Perth Concert Hall facilities available as well as tea, coffee and biscuits available. The bar will be open for 2 hours post service.

 

29. Can I watch the ANZAC Day events on TV if I cannot make it to the venues?

Yes, the Dawn Service will be broadcast live on Channel 9 from approximately 5:30am to 7:00am and the March and Commemorative Service will be broadcast live on ABC TV. Actual programming times for all three broadcasts will be confirmed in early April.

 

INFORMATION FOR RSL SUB-BRANCHES

 

30. Our RSL Sub-Branch is organising an ANZAC Service or Event. Do I have access to any signage or branding?

Yes, please see the branding opportunities below:

 

Lotterywest Signage

Lotterywest is a proud supporter of RSLWA ANZAC Day Commemorations. To acknowledge this, Lotterywest supported signage is available for sub-branches to order free of charge from the Lotterywest website: http://www.impcom.com.au/client/orderform

 

As limited signage is available, it is recommended smaller sub-branches acknowledge Lotterywest’s support via speeches only, if possible. Lotterywest would like to encourage any signage ordered by larger sub-branches to be erected in a manner respectful to the occasion (ie: not dominating formalities or photographs).

 

All signage is sent out through Lotterywest's sign management company, Impact Communications, and must be returned to them (not Lotterywest’s head office) as per the instructions provided when signage is received. There is no cost to your sub-branch for the couriering of signage to and from your event.

  • For country/regional areas signage orders need to be placed by: 7 April 2018
  • Metro signage orders need to be placed by: 14 April 2018

 

Social Media

We encourage RSL Sub-Branches to engage in social media and follow the RSLWA Social Media Accounts:

Please use #RSLWA and #ANZACDayWA and also #Lotterywest in your posts.

 

CONTACTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

 

31. How do I find further information and details about the events?

Keep an eye on the RSLWA website at www.rslwa.org.au for updates on the event or if you have any specific concerns or queries please email events@rslwa.org.au or call 08 9287 3799.

 

32. How do I register to become a volunteer for future ANZAC Day events?

Volunteers are invaluable to the success of ANZAC Day. If you are interested in volunteering at one of the events on the day, please email events@rslwa.org.au for more information about available volunteer roles.

 

33. Can I gain additional information on the events via social media sites? 

Keep up-to-date with the most recent information on the ANZAC Day events by following us on Facebook and Instagram or search #RSLWA #ANZACDayWA.