Things To Do With Kids On ANZAC Day In Sydney

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Pay your respects and explore Australia’s history at any of these family-friendly events in Sydney. Aside from the major events in the city on Thursday 25 April, there will also be some events in the week leading up to the 25th, as well as the week that follows. So tick off all these things to do with kids on ANZAC Day in Sydney!

1. The ANZAC Day Challenge

When: Sunday 28 April 2019
Where: From Manly Dam Memorial, 6.45am start
Cost: Donations are welcome
More Info Here
Staged on stunning trails across two National Parks within northern Sydney – the Ku-ring-gai and Garigal National Parks – this challenge does something extra special by raising money for soldiers dealing with PTSD. The 40km event known as The NEK 40 Challenge is a point-to-point race which begins at the Manly Dam Memorial at 6.45am, finishes at the event hub at St Ives Showground and must be completed within an eight-hour time limit.

The 25km event known as the Hill 60 Challenge will be the same as 2018, starting and finishing at St Ives Showground and taking runners on a spectacular scenic course down to Bobbin Head and back. This event will have 6 hours and 30 minutes cut off.

There's also an 11km event known as The Lone Pine Challenge, which sees runners venture into the St Ives Wildflower Gardens, completing two laps of the main trails through the gardens before returning to the event hub at St Ives Showground.

2. ANZAC Day March

When: Thursday 25 April 2019
Where: Elizabeth St & Martin Place Sydney, 9am to 1pm
Cost: FREE
More Info Here
The ANZAC Day March in Sydney involves approximately 20,000 war veterans, current servicemen and women, plus police and relatives proudly displaying war medals on crisp uniforms while walking through the city’s CBD. Thousands line the footpaths between Sydney’s Martin Place and Hyde Park to salute our nation’s diggers.

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3. ANZAC Day Dawn Service

When: Thursday 25 April 2019
Where: Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney, from 4am
Cost: FREE
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Start the day early (transport services will begin earlier) and head to Martin Place at the same time that the first Australians waded ashore at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. The dawn service includes a catafalque contingent, an Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, one minute’s silence, a Reveille bugle call and the laying of wreaths. The sunset ceremony will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place, at 5pm.

4. Coogee Beach ANZAC Day Dawn Service

When: Thursday 25 April 2019
Where: Coogee Beach, commencing 5.30am
Cost: FREE
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Join the Coogee Randwick Clovelly RSL Sub-branch for a special ANZAC Dawn Service at beautiful Coogee Beach. The last few years have seen over 20,000 people gathered at Coogee Beach in the pre-dawn darkness to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms. The Coogee Beach Dawn Service includes a catafalque contingent, an Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, one minute’s silence, a Reveille played on a bugle, wreath laying and speeches.

5. Dee Why Beach ANZAC Dawn Service

When: Thursday 25 April 2019
Where: Ted Jackson Reserve, The Strand, Dee Why Beach, arrive 5.15am for 5.30am start
Cost: FREE
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More than 12,000 Northern Beaches residents are paying their respects at this service. Veterans will share their experiences, then back at the RSL, there will be live music and a sausage sizzle in the afternoon with proceeds going to Rotary.

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6. Visit the Garden of Remembrance

When: Anytime
Where: Albert Avenue, Chatswood
Cost: FREE
The Garden of Remembrance was established in 1949 to commemorate the Willoughby residents who sacrificed their lives in the Boer War, World Wars I & II, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. You can attend their dawn service at 5.25am near the cross of remembrance, but it’s also exquisite to see it during the day. Every flower and feature stands for something, such as the special roses of Picardy which were imported from Villers-Brettonneux and Delville Wood war cemeteries in Somme, France. It’s a park bursting with history and is a great way to access and explore the past.

7. NRL ANZAC Day Cup

When: Thursday 25 April 2019
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, from 2pm
More Info Here 
Head to Sydney Cricket Ground for the classic ANZAC Day clash between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons. Kick-off for the main event is at 4.05pm.

8. At Home: Crafts And Cooking!

  • ANZAC Biscuits are a tradition on ANZAC Day and a treat for the kids. Click HERE to read about the history of the ANZAC Biscuit, including a traditional recipe.
  • For rainy day ANZAC Day craft ideas click HERE.
  • You can find Remembrance Day Memorabilia HERE and donate to the ANZAC Appeal HERE.


Lest we forget.