Anzac Day in Brisbane

Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, Brisbane City

On Anzac Day each year we remember all Australians who have 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.

Anzac Day services

Nurses Candlelight Vigil, Brisbane City

The 2024 Nurses Memorial Candlelight Vigil will be held in Anzac Square, Brisbane City on Wednesday 24 April 2024 from 5.30-7.15pm, as a public event. 

Anzac Day Dawn Service, Brisbane City

Every year on 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. 

Find out more on the Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries website.

Anzac Day Parade, Brisbane City

The Anzac Day Parade will be held on Adelaide Street, between George Street and Creek Street, from 9.45am-12.30pm and will feature former and current Australian Defence Force veterans and other groups that contribute to the parade.

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

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

Commemorative events in Brisbane suburbs

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

Visit Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

Located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane City, the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries will be open special hours, from 5.30am-3pm on Anzac Day (Thursday 25 April) to help you commemorate. Lay a poppy or wreath inside the Memorial Galleries or in the Anzac Square parklands. If you can't attend in person, take a moment to pay your respects by placing a virtual poppy online. It's free and helps ensure those who made the ultimate sacrifice are not forgotten.

Visitors can also take a free guided tour of Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries on Sundays at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm, plus weekdays during the Queensland school holidays. 

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Take an Anzac Day tour with Brisbane Greeters

Learn more about Brisbane's proud Anzac heritage with a Brisbane Greeter with a special walking tour on Thursday 25 April at 12.30pm. Bookings are required. Limited places.

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There will also be a special Anzac Day discovery trail for families on Thursday 25 April at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Bookings are required. Limited places.

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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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