Anzac Day commemorations are an important day in the Newcastle region with many attending the Newcastle Dawn Service at Nobbys Beach as well as other Anzac celebrations. Anzac Day is a day to remember the service and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 25 April 1915. One 103 years later, we still remember the service of the Anzacs. To commemorate this event, here are details about events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.
Anzac Day Dawn Service at Nobbys Beach
The Dawn Service at Camp Shortland at Newcastle Foreshore will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper. The service will conclude at approximately 6am with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.
In keeping with tradition there will be a controlled blackout of the site prior to the Dawn Service. Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.
Large outdoor screens on Camp Shortland and Shortland Lawn will provide coverage of the Dawn Service. (You can also watch the live stream of the event online or on NBN Television from 5am).
To get to Nobbys either walk, do park and ride or take public transport – additional buses, light rail, ferries, and trains will run from 3.30am. For information and to plan your trip visit newcastletransport.info or call 131500. There will be free travel on public transport for veterans and their families on Anzac Day.
Park and Ride will be available from McDonald Jones Stadium to Wharf Road at Queens Wharf from 3:30am. Shuttle buses will run every 5 to 15 minutes until 11:00am. For those heading towards the CBD, the shuttle will drop passengers at Queens Wharf. To return to McDonald Jones Stadium, passengers will be picked up from Wharf Road, opposite Queens Wharf. This is a free service from the City of Newcastle
Tips on attending Nobbys Dawn Service
In the past, Newy with Kids readers have provided tips on attending the Nobbys Dawn Service with kids and other alternatives. These include:
- Go early to get a park and stay cosy. Take beanies and a thermos of hot chocolate.
- Put back bedtime routine the night before at least an hour. It’s the best way to not have to deal with super crankiness at a 4am wakeup. And agreed, get there as early as you can manage. Kids are already confused by the sleep disturbance and heading out in the cold and dark, so make sure you’re settled by the time the ceremony starts.
- We put a long sleeve shirt and socks on our child for bed that night too, so all that’s needed is undies and pants in the am. Shoes in the car for when he is more awake, along with a small snack!
- Park near NIB and allow enough time to walk/scooter/take public transport to Nobbys. We’ll be going to the Gregson Park Dawn Service in Hamilton. There is a lovely ceremony with schools involved and it’s not so crowded so a bit better suited for little ones.
- I haven’t taken my girls to the Dawn Service before, but found the march along King Street interesting and exciting for little ones.
- Go to a local Dawn Service instead or the 9am service in Civic Park instead as unless you are there at 4am you won’t be able to see or hear anything.
Hamilton Anzac Day Service
There is also the Anzac Day Service in Gregson Park in Hamilton which includes a march at 5:50am and Dawn Service at 6am. Following the Dawn Service, breakfast will be available in the grounds of nearby Hamilton Public School. Presented by Hamilton Public School P&C Association and 1st New Lambton Scout Group. Proceeds to Newcastle Legacy supporting local war veteran’s families.
There’s also services at Merewether, Adamstown, Stockton, Lambton, Wallsend, Shortland and Beresfield. For a complete program of Anzac services and up to date information visit the City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch website
Anzac Day March – Hunter Street
Anzac Day March will be held on Thursday 25 April 2019 from 9:15am – 10am starting from Hunter Street Mall, along King Street and finishing in Civic Park. The Newcastle Anzac Day United Commemoration Service will then be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am. The wet weather venue for this service will be in the Concert Hall at City Hall.
Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day
Fort Scratchley will be open on Anzac Day from 12pm to 4pm for firing of the guns and tours. Firing of the guns is set at 1pm and 3pm. A four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the Mark 7 Guns at Fort Scratchley will be conducted at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at approximately 6am, this represents the Navy, Army, Air Force and Anzac
For more information, visit the City of Newcastle website.
Other Anzac Day Events in Newcastle
In Newcastle, there are a number of Anzac Day services and marches in addition to the larger events at Nobbys and Hamilton
Adamstown: Service at 8:45am at Adamstown War Memorial at 282 Brunker Road.
Bar Beach: Service at 7:30am at Memorial Drive
Beresfield: Dawn service commences at 5:40am at Beresfield War Memorial. At completion of Service, enjoy breakfast at Beresfield Bowling Club.
Lambton / New Lambton: There’s a number of services being held in Lambton and New Lambton. Services include 7am service at New Lambton War Memorial gates (corner of Tauranga Road and Hobart Road), 8.45am service at Lambton Park memorial gates (Morehead Street); 9.45am service at Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre on Durham Road and 11am service at Lambton Bowling Club.
Merewether: Dawn service will be held at the Mitchell Park Memorial Gates in Mitchell Street at 6:30am.
Shortland: Dawn service will be held at 5:50am in Memorial Garden on Conmurra Crescent.
Stockton: Dawn service will be held at 5:45am at the cenotaph.
Anzac Day Events in Lake Macquarie
In Lake Macquarie, there are a number of Anzac Day services and marches.
Belmont: March will start at 9.30am from George Street and will proceed along Pacific Highway to the monument in Cullen Park. The official service will start at 10am in Cullen Park.
Boolaroo-Speers Point: Service commences at 5:45am at the rotunda at Speers Point Park. At completion of Service enjoy a free Sausage Sizzle, compliments of the Boolaroo Speers Point RSL sub-Branch
Cardiff: Dawn service will be held at the Cardiff RSL Club at 4:50am.
Dudley: Dawn service will be held at the War Memorial on the corner of Ocean Street and Redhead Road at 6am.
Morisset: Dawn service will be held at 6am at Morisset Country Club. March will commence at 9am from the top commuter car park of the Morisset railway station, and proceed along Dora Street towards the Morisset Country Club for a morning service at 9:30am.
Pelican: March leaves the corner of Makoro and Piriwal streets at 5.30am, with the dawn service to begin in Pelican RSL Memorial Park immediately after the March arrives. At the conclusion of the service a gun fire breakfast will be provided for Members and Invited guests at the RSL Club Limited dinning room and later light refreshments in the Sub Branch Building. All members of the public will be catered for at the Park with a sausage sizzle provided by Swansea Lions Club with soft drinks for the children.
Teralba: March to form up at Anzac Parade at 7.40am and march to Anzac Park. Morning service will commence at 8am. At the completion of the service please proceed to Teralba Bowling Club for a light breakfast.
Toronto: Dawn service will be held at 6am the Goffet Park war memorial followed by breakfast. 11:30am morning service at Goffet Park war memorial.
Valentine: Service will be held at 10:05am at Allambee Park.
Wangi Wangi: Dawn service at 5:30am at Wangi RSL at the Cenotaph. Breakfast afterwards for attendees of Dawn Service.
Anzac Day Events in Maitland & the Hunter Valley
Cessnock: Dawn Service at 5:30am at Cenotaph at TAFE. Gunfire Breakfast at Cessnock Leagues Club, Darwin St. Cessnock An additional service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park Aberdare commencing at 9.30am
East Maitland: Dawn Service at 5:30am at East Maitland War Memorial Corner of William Street and Newcastle Road. March and morning service at 11:15am.
Gresford: Dawn Service at 5:30am at War Memorial in Paterson. March followed by main service starting at 9:30am.
Greta: Dawn Service at 5:30am at Greta Cenotaph. March followed by main service starting at 9:30am.
Kurri Kurri: Dawn Service at 5am at Rotary Park Cenotaph. Breakfast at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club. March followed by main service starting at 10am.
Maitland: Dawn Service at 5:35am at Maitland Cenotaph. March at 10:15am and morning service at 10:55am.
Other Anzac Day Activities
You might also want to read to your kids about Anzac Day. Here’s a selection of children’s books about the Anzacs.
You can also go for a walk along the Newcastle Memorial Walk at Strzelecki Lookout. The walk features steel silhouettes of ANZAC soldiers engraved with 3,860 family names of almost 11,000 known Newcastle and Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted during World War I.