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Things to do on ANZAC Day in Sydney

What to do on ANZAC Day in Sydney?

ANZAC Day

ANZAC is the abbreviation of 'Australian and New Zealand Army Corps'. ANZAC Day is the day of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops in 1915 in Turkey on the Gallipoli Peninsula. This is an important day for Australia as it commemorates the lives lost, and the bravery of all military personnel, in serving their country. ANAZAC Day is a chance for everyone to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made.

ANZAC Day Parade in Sydney

The Sydney ANZAC Day Parade starts at 9 o'clock in the morning. The marchers lead the ANZAC Day Parade through Pitt Street in the heart of Sydney and continue through George Street towards the War Memorial in Hyde Park. The parade ends at 1 o'clock in the afternoon with a Commemoration Service.

What to do during the ANZAC long weekend and week?

We have included the ANZAC long weekend and week in the April School Holidays page with activities and events that everyone can go to, not just families.

Things to do during the ANZAC long weekend and ANZAC week

We also have a few things to do during the week listed below along with events and activities on ANZAC Day itself:

Two-up at the Australian Hotel

ANZAC DAY at the Australian HotelIf you not sure what to do on ANZAC day you could toss a coin to decide where to Two-up as there will be a number of pubs hosting Two-ups all over Sydney. Seems to us the Australian has the edge.

The Australian Hotel

The Australian Hotel has long been a destination to salute the service men and women who have worked in military operations around the world. The Australian Hotel has the largest Two-up arena in the city and it starts at midday. The live entertainment (the same band as last year!) will help to create a great atmosphere. Steak 'sangas' (sandwiches), and other delicacies, will be responsible for the mouth-watering smell emanating from the BBQ tent nearby.

Two-up at the Australian Hotel

Visit a National Park

There are a variety National Parks in and around Sydney all offering various glades, picnic areas and picturesque scenery where you can relax and unwind. Alternatively, if you prefer to be more active, you could go for a bike ride, or go for a swim in clear crystal waters; go snorkelling off a coral reef...more

Climb the Harbour Bridge (Pylon)

The Harbour Bridge Climb is one of the very best things to do in Sydney and is also one of the more expensive. Did you know there is a much cheaper option than the Bridge Climb? The top of the Harbour Pylon also offers great views of the Harbour and, of course, of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at a fraction of the cost. I don't think anyone would argue that the experience is the same, or even that the views are quite as good, but it terms of value for money, the Harbour Bridge Pylon is hard to beat.

Harbour Bridge History

You will have to climb over 200 steps to get to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon for all those great views but don't be in too much of a hurry. Along the way you can read and listen to the amazing history surrounding the Sydney Harbour Bridge and all the amazing stories that go with it...more

Comedy Festival - 22nd April to 17th May

Australian Comedy Festival

The Comedy Festival show-cases Australia's brightest comic talent. The festival laughs for almost three weeks all over Sydney including the Opera House and the iconic Enmore Theatre.

Comedy Festival

ANZAC Day in Manly

The Manly Commemoration Services on ANZAC Day consist of a Dawn Service of Remembrance at the Manly War Memorial at dawn - 4.20am. There is also a Wreath Laying Ceremony at 11am. You are encouraged to lay a wreath at this service.

ANZAC Day March

The official march on ANZAC Day in Manly commences at 10 minutes to 11 at the intersection of Wentworth Street and Darley Avenue.

ANZAC Day in Manly

Spend the Day in Manly and the Northern Beaches

Manly and Sydney's Northern Beaches make a considerable contribution to the top 100 things to do in Sydney. Have the look at the top 30 or so things to do including North Head, Church Point, Palm Beach, West Head and the Sea Life Sanctuary at Manly and decide which appeals to you most. Alternatively, explore some of the lessor know spots on the Northern Beaches.

The Hawkesbury River

The Hawkesbury River seems to be just a little too far away from the centre of town for most people. If you are prepared to spend an hour or so getting here you will be rewarded with wonderful scenery and a laid-back atmosphere. Whether you just go a stroll by the river, or go fishing, or go for a ride on the Riverboat Postman, or go Kayaking you will be glad you came.

There's much more to do in Sydney

As well as all the special ANZAC events and activities, there are many more top things to do; in fact there are 100s of things to do.

April School Holidays

This year, the April School Holidays include ANZAC Week. Follow the link below for things to do for all, not just families, during the school break.

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