The feeling of attending a dawn service on Anzac Day, commemorating our history and paying your respects, is unlike anything else.
Not sure where to go in the CBD, or how to find your nearest service? Check out our list below, and see what to do after the service too – who’s open, where to get coffee and what to do with the whole family. We’ve got you covered for all the Anzac Day activities Adelaide…
ANZAC Day Memorial Events.
The best way to start your ANZAC Day is to get yourself to a dawn service. A national day of remembrance, ANZAC Day is an important signifier of gratitude for the Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in war and conflict. The 25th of April signifies the first landing of the ANZACs on the Gallipoli Peninsula. As we take our moment of silence, we commemorate their contribution, sacrifice and suffering. Find out where you can join Australians this ANZAC Day.
Adelaide’s main Dawn Service is held at at the National War Memorial on North Terrace. For soldiers in battle, early dawn was a time for comradeship and for soaking up quiet moments of peace before daybreak. Joining returned servicemen, servicewomen and their families at the Dawn Service remains a powerful and reverent experience. Arriving shortly before 6am will give you a good opportunity to find a spot.
From 6am. North Terrace, Adelaide
If you are unable to make it into the city on Wednesday, you can find the entire list of ANZAC Day services in South Australia online.
The ANZAC March heads west along North Terrace, turning right onto King William Road. It concludes at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide. The public are invited to line the streets between North Terrace and the Adelaide Bridge. Adelaide Metro will offer a free loop Shuttle Bus around the city, following the march.
9:30am, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Cross of Sacrifice Service
While the Dawn Service represents a funeral and the ANZAC Day March represents the walk towards the grave site, the Cross of Sacrifice represents burial. The finale to the day’s commemoration runs directly after the ANZAC Day March
11:30am, Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide.
The old gambling game that connects Diggers across the ages is illegal in Adelaide 364 days of the year, allowed only on ANZAC Day. This year you can join friends and veterans for a game of two-up in the Torrens Parade Ground around lunchtime. Food and refreshments will be available, along with a pipe band (playing after the Cross of Sacrifice Service).
Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide. Visit the RSL website for more information.
Lest We Forget X – ANZAC Day Concert
This year marks the 10th aniversary of this musical celebration, a community affair with a variety of entertainment for the whole family.
From 2pm. Shedley Theatre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth.Tickets are $20 at the door, bookings on 8262 4906.
Nearby cafés open for coffee and breakfast
After the commemorating crowds disperse and you begin to hear you belly rumbling, you’re probably wondering what’s open for a decent snack or caffeine hit. Here’e a few of our top picks. Bonus – some of which are right near the free loop shuttle bus.
Monday’s Coffee Store
If you need a coffee before the service, Monday’s is open before the crack of dawn. These guys make a seriously good cup of joe. Get it to-go and sip it down empty streets as the sun rises over the CBD.
A full-service brasserie nestled in the side streets of the East End will curb your French foodie cravings . Croque monsieur, anyone?They have a 10% surcharge on public holidays but will be open for the long haul. Our hot tip? Make sure you order the ‘frites’ (fries) on the side of their popular sandwiches (these sell out, so be quick).
Surrounded by a curb-side veggie and herb patch, Troppo serves up food about as fresh as it gets. Dishes are seasonal, fresh and local – great for the ethically-minded brunch enthusiast. Even the coffee beans are roasted locally, and the single origin tea is hand-blended in the Barossa. Open early, but keep in mind that the team might pack up an hour or two earlier than usual.
Crack is the kind of place that grill their grilled cheese twice, and then pair it will truffle fries. There’s also stacks of vego options and dishes that only brunch dreams are made of. They have a 15% surcharge for the public holiday, and the kitchen closes at 1pm, so get in early for that brunch-time fix.
East Terrace Continental
Just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from the dawn service and ANZAC March, ETC is an Adelaide institution. Choose from fruity muesli and light grainy goodies, or hearty, elaborate breakfast miracles. They have a 10% surcharge that allows them to stay open on public holidays.
Soak up the autumn sun in Peter Rabbit’s garden while munching on some of the city’s finest café grub. The coffee is fantastic, and the atmosphere equally so. If you haven’t checked this place out, now is your time.
If you decide to take a wander through the treasures of the Museum of South Australia, don’t forget the Café is open for all your museum munchies. While you’re there, check out the Dinosaur Revolution exhibition or learn about the global journey of migratory birds.
Nearby pubs open for a cold one
When it’s time to grab a drink and cheers to friends, family and of course the former service-men and women of Australia, these pub favourites are open for a pint.
The iconic Adelaide watering hole will be open with their usual trading hours, serving cold frothy coopers and large servings of your favourite pub grub.
A British-style pub with all the classics you’d expect, alongside 28 beers and ciders on tap, The Elephant is open on ANZAC Day for a feed or a pint.
Belgian Beer Café Oostende
Whether you’re looking to find your favourite brew on a paddle of Belgium’s finest, or a premium plate of meaty morsels, you should definitely make your way to this little slice of Europe.
Open early, sit back with a jug of Coopers and watch as the heart of the city pulses around you. When you start to feel peckish, the menu is sure to impress everyone from meat-lovers to vegans.
The Hackney Hotel
Open late (or early depending on how you want to look at it), this one’s for the late night drinkers and those looking for $15 jugs and $12 buffalo wings by the kilo. Wednesday night at The Hackney includes a quiz night that’s free to enter and always a laugh.
What else is on?
Find yourself immersed in Croatian culture, be inspired by impressionist masterpieces from Paris, or simply admire the nature brimming from the Botanic gardens. Whether you want to kick the footy at half-time or head South and get sandy, we’ve come up with some more brilliant, family friendly ways to spend the public holiday.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Now is your chance to take the time to explore the diverse art in the hands of our city (for now). Catch the 2018 Adelaide Biennial to explore contemporary Australian art, or throw yourself back in time with Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. Featuring works from Monet to Cézanne and many more, you’ll be re-introduced to the revolution of colour.
Explore the history of the Sym Choon family and how they changed the face of multiculturalism in Adelaide, or discover Croatian culture and identity – all at the museum’s convenient CBD location.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Take a stroll through our own little metropolitan jungle and escape the hustle and bustle of the city without even leaving. While there aren’t any special events running, the gardens will be open, as well as the Santos Museum of Economic Botany so you can see work from the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds.
Sandstorm’s the Wizard of Oz experience
Enjoy the work of 9 Australian and International sculptors who’ve transformed 300 tonnes of sand into intricately carved characters from the Wizard of Oz. Activities, games and sandy trails make the experience fun and interactive for the whole family. Bring your bathers and a snorkel, or sit back on the beach on watch the kids enjoy the fun, all on Adelaide’s very own shores, just 35 minutes from the city. There really is no place like home.
14 – 29 April, 9am to 5pm (last ticket entry 4:30pm). Esplanade (off Clark Street), Port Noarlunga. Tickets online.
SANFL Sturt vs Port Adelaide
How long has it been since you made it to an SANFL game? Local footy pride, beers, and some half-time fun on the oval is what it’s all about. Following a tradition that sees the previous season’s finalists going head to head on ANZAC Day, this year is no different.
Set your alarm early, head on down to a dawn service and make the most of your ANZAC Day in Adelaide.
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