Anzac Day in Brisbane

Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, Brisbane City

On Anzac Day each year we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. 25 April marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

In 2021, Anzac Day commemorations, including marches, parades, dawn services and other remembrance services can take place in a COVIDSafe way. View the Queensland Government website for information about planning an Anzac Day event.

Anzac Day services

Nurses Candlelight Vigil, Brisbane City

The 2021 Nurses Memorial Candlelight Vigil will be held in Anzac Square, Brisbane City on Friday 23 April 2021 from 5.30-7.15pm, as a public event. This event will also be live streamed.

For more information and the live stream link, view the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses website.

Anzac Day Dawn Service, Brisbane City

Every year on the 25 April, the Anzac Day Dawn Service starts at 4.28am sharp at Brisbane City's Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, located between Ann and Adelaide Streets. 

This service is organised by the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee.

Anzac Day Parade, Brisbane City

The Anzac Day Parade will be held between 10am-12 noon on Sunday 25 April and will feature former and current Australian Defence Force veterans and other groups.

Find out more on the RSL South Eastern District Ltd website.

Veterans and citizens unable to attend the parade can watch the event on ABC TV. 

Light Up the Dawn driveway initiative

Mark Anzac Day with a moment of private reflection in your driveway or home at 6am on Sunday 25 April. 

Find out more on the RSL Australia website.

Commemorative events in Brisbane suburbs

Find an Anzac Day service in your local area by searching for a service on the RSL Queensland website.

Road closures in Brisbane

To prepare for the dawn service and the Anzac Day parade, there will be road closures across the Brisbane city centre. Find out more.

Streets of Remembrance

Brisbane City Council is proud to commemorate the spirit of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) through the Streets of Remembrance project.

Since launching this unique project in 2015 to honour the Anzac Centenary, Council has placed the Australian Defence Force Rising Sun badge and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) badge on streets which share the same names as people, places or events of historical significance to the ANZAC campaign from 1915. Find out more.


More information

To learn more and reflect on our Anzac legacy, visit State Library of Queensland’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation project

Uncover our wartime heritage - Macarthur Museum

Did you know Brisbane was home to the World War II headquarters of the Allied South West Pacific Area command? From July 1942 to October 1944, US General Douglas MacArthur commanded the war in the region from an inner-city building, which is now known as the MacArthur Museum.

Located in the MacArthur Chambers building on Edward Street, at the end of the Queen Street Mall, the museum houses wartime documents and artefacts, including the conference table used by MacArthur and his staff. The museum also explores the wartime experience of children and the impact of restrictions on food, fuel, clothing and personal freedoms.

The MacArthur Museum is open from 10am-3pm (last entry at 2.30pm) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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Last updated: 16 April 2021