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Gallipoli, Turkey

Anzac Day Service

Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli, Turkey

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Service: Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site: Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine Cemetery; New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair
Date: Wednesday, 24 April - Thursday, 25 April 2019

24 April 2019*
8:30 pm: Registration opens at Mimoza Otopark (onsite box office open)
9:00 pm: Anzac Commemorative Site (ACS) opens

25 April 2019*
5:30 am: Dawn Service commences
9:30 am: Lone Pine Service
11:30 am: Chunuk Bair Service
12:30 pm (approx.): Coach loading and departures at Chunuk Bair

*You will have to make a choice to visit either the Australian Service at Lone Pine or the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair as there is not enough time to attend both.

Seating style: Anzac Commemorative Site: No public stands or chairs. You will be required to sit or stand on the grassed areas
Lone Pine: Limited seating and standing on grassed areas
Chunuk Bair: Limited seating and standing on grassed areas
Venue: Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, Turkey
Weather: The weather at Gallipoli is highly variable. The site is exposed to the elements and there is no permanent shelter. Severe wind-chill can result in temperatures being below freezing overnight on 24 to 25 April. During the day the temperature can be very hot. Strong winds and heavy rain has been experienced on site in previous years. Visitors should ensure they come prepared for these conditions.
Attendance pass: Attendance pass required — Register your attendance
Visa requirements: Yes — obtain your visa on the e-Visa website
Security: Airport-style screening including restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels.
Important Notes: An Australian Memorial Service will be held at Lone Pine Cemetery and a New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair on the morning of 25 April after the Dawn Service. Visitors should be prepared to walk a minimum of 8km during your time at the commemorations, mostly up steep hills.


About 60,000 Australians served on Gallipoli between 25 April and 20 December 1915. More than 8,000 lost their lives, half in the two most intense periods of fighting during the week of the landing and in August during an offensive launched to break the deadlock that had prevailed since the first day. Gallipoli was the Australian Imperial Force’s introduction to war and though the campaign ended in failure and defeat, the anniversary of its beginning quickly became, and has remained, Australia's principle day of commemoration. Later in the war veterans of the campaign were distinguished by the Anzac 'A' chevron worn over their battalion colour patch. To have served on Gallipoli remained a singular honour for the rest of the survivor's lives. The Gallipoli and the Anzacs section of the Anzac Portal explores some of the campaign’s most important aspects, addressing significant themes and offering visitors a virtual tour of the key Allied battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.

Attendance passes — ezyTicket

Attendance passes have now been emailed as ezyTickets. If you have not received your ezyTicket from the Ticketek please email: Alternatively you can collect a copy from the Ticketek Box Office on arrival, with your proof of identification ready.

Descendants of soldiers

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has received requests from Australian media outlets for interviews with descendants* of soldiers who served during the Gallipoli campaign, and more broadly during the First World War.

As you have registered to attend the Anzac Day service in Turkey on 25 April 2019, and may be a descendant of an Australian service man or woman who served on in Gallipoli, there may be an opportunity for you to share your family’s story.

If you would like to take part, please email with a brief description of your story and those travelling in your party. In addition, we require your State of residence in Australia and your contact details for the period you are in Europe, preferably a mobile number.

We will then approach some senior, responsible media reporters who will be keen to cover your story in the days leading up to the commemorative service. A staff member will be at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli, to coordinate media activities and to help you in those interviews, if you wish.

In our experience, the media will be keen to tell your story and this will be positive coverage, particularly given Australia’s centenary commemorations throughout the year.

Should you have any queries or concerns, please contact Cedric Szigeti at

*'Descendant' refers to someone in your family ancestry and not just a direct relation — for example, it may be your great uncle who served.

Security measures for visitors

Please take note of the security measures in place for those visitors who have registered to attend the Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 2019. Several checkpoints will be located across the Gallipoli Peninsula prior to accessing the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair where you will be required to produce your attendance pass as well as photographic identification, such as your passport or driver’s licence. 

Airport-style screening will also occur, with no liquids, aerosols or gels permitted onto the sites. These will be confiscated by Turkish authorities and will not be returned to you. Please note that any suspicious behaviour or references to illegal activities will not be tolerated and you may be refused entry to the sites.

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  • Exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey, including Ankara and Istanbul, because of the high threat of terrorist attack. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor media for the latest information about  safety or security risks. See Safety and security
  • Do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria or to the city of Diyarbakir. See Safety and security​
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  • Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq kidnap and murder westerners. These groups can launch violent attacks and kidnapping operations across the border, in Turkey. See Safety and security
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  • In mid-2018, Turkey lifted the state of emergency that had been in place since 2016. However it remains unclear what impact this will have, authorities may still have increased powers and detained suspects may still have fewer rights. See Safety and security
  • Females travelling alone or in small groups are at risk of violent sexual assault. Be cautious especially in Istanbul, coastal resort areas such as Antalya and other tourist areas. See Safety and security
  • The Turkish Government recognises dual nationality but treats Turkish-Australian dual nationals as Turkish citizens for legal matters. This limits the ability of the Australian Government to provide consular assistance to Turkish-Australian dual nationals detained in Turkey. See Laws

Getting to the Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli

On 25 April each year, we commemorate the landings of the Anzacs at Gallipoli.

The Australian and New Zealand Governments jointly conduct the Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service on 25 April each year at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Turkey. This service takes place with the permission and support of the host nation, the Republic of Turkey. The commemorative sites at Gallipoli are the sovereign territory of the Turkish people and holding the annual Anzac Day commemorations is only possible with the cooperation and generous assistance of the Turkish Government.

The Gallipoli Peninsula is a 5-hour drive from Istanbul. The nearest towns to the commemorative sites are Eceabat (20km), Canakkale (30km) and Gelibolu (45km), but there is no public transport available from these towns to the national park. The services take place in the Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site, a protected area in a national park. The services take place in an isolated, remote and exposed location with no permanent infrastructure, facilities or shelter.

Most visitors attend the commemorations as part of a guided bus tour. Numerous tour providers in Australia and Turkey offer tours that incorporate the Dawn Service. DVA recommends that visitors travel to the commemorations as part of an organised tour arriving by coach.

All visitors will undergo airport-style security screening on arrival at each of the sites and will pass through multiple security screening points. For cultural reasons, visitors may be separated into male and female lines to undergo screening. Security at the site is the responsibility of the Turkish authorities, who provide considerable military, Jandarma, police and medical assistance to the commemorations. In addition, private security contractors also assist with visitor safety and security screening. The directions of the Turkish authorities and service officials must be adhered to at all times. Conditions of entry apply to entering the commemorative sites. View the Prohibited Items list.

After passing through security visitors will then be wrist-banded to enter into the seating area.

Transport arrangements

Road closures

Temporary road closures and traffic restrictions are likely to be in effect at various times on 24 to 25 April around the Gallipoli peninsula at the discretion of the Turkish authorities. These may restrict access to commemorative sites, cemeteries and other locations in the Helles and Anzac areas.

Access to the Anzac Commemorative Site is expected to commence at 9:00 pm on 24 April and cease at 3:00 am on 25 April. We encourage visitors to be at the Anzac Commemorative Site well before the road closure to ensure you can gain access to the site.

Private vehicles

DVA strongly encourages visitors to travel to Gallipoli as part of an organised tour. No private vehicle parking is permitted near the Anzac Commemorative Site.

Arrangements for private vehicles are at the discretion of the Turkish Jandarma and are subject to change without prior notice.

After the opening of coach registration (subject to any changes at the direction of the authorities), private vehicles will need to register and receive important messages at Kilye Cove (approximately 12km south of the Anzac Commemorative Site), and then proceed to park. They should then return to the waiting area (TBC) to obtain transport into the Beach Cemetery. After the service on 25 April, a shuttle will transfer visitors back to Kilye Parking area to be reunited with their vehicles.



From 8.30 pm on 24 April coach registration will open at the Coach Registration point at Mimoza Park Otopark. Coach details will be recorded and important information provided to visitors about the arrival process and what to expect overnight. An identifying coach number will be provided to each passenger with a matching card.

Security measures require all passengers to disembark at the coach registration point and then to move through a bag and pat-down search, while the coach is screened. After visitors have been searched they then re-embark their coach for registration. Identity cards will also be checked at this point.

Following registration, coaches will proceed 4km further north to Beach Cemetery where passengers will disembark, and walk the remaining 1km to the southern entry of the Anzac Commemorative Site. A shuttle is available for visitors requiring mobility assistance.

Please note that coaches will depart the area immediately after passengers disembark. Visitors should ensure that all prohibited items remain on their coach and that they take everything they will need overnight and the following day with them in their day pack when leaving the coach (including any medication required). Visitors will not have access to their coaches until after the conclusion of the services on 25 April.


All visitors will be collected by their coaches. Visitors will hold in a waiting area at Hill 261 until their coach arrives in the loading zone and their coach number is called. Please note that coaches will not arrive in the order in which they were registered and it is impossible to predict when an individual coach will arrive. Please follow the directions of service officials.

Coaches will not commence loading until released by the Turkish Jandarma. It is advisable not to make any onward travel arrangements on 25 April, as coach departure times cannot be guaranteed.


Please refer to information below regarding seating at each of the Gallipoli commemorative sites.

Dawn Service Anzac Commemorative Site

The Anzac Commemorative Site (ACS) is a custom designed site which provides for amphitheatre style viewing of the Dawn Service. Visitors will be located on the grassed area and it is advisable to bring a plastic sheet or similar to protect individuals from the condensation overnight. Please note, no folding chairs or temporary seating will be allowed to be brought into the site. There will be limited accessible seating for those who require it. Please see information regarding accessing this below. Some areas may have restricted views, however a large screen is available to view the service.

Australian National Service, Lone Pine

There will be limited temporary seating available at the Lone Pine Service. This will be available on a first come, first in basis. Please note that the Lone Pine service is held within the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lone Pine Cemetery and Australian and New Zealand National Memorials, and as such, visitors are asked to not sit on the grassed areas around the graves, and to locate themselves in the vacant areas and along the sides out of respect for those buried within the cemetery.

For those who registered for accessible seating at the ACS, there will be a designated accessible seating area.

New Zealand National Service, Chunuk Bair

The Chunuk Bair site is small and seating and standing room is limited, and it may mean that not all visitors to Chunuk Bair will be able to view the service. Similar to the Lone Pine service, the Chunuk Bair service includes official New Zealand and Turkish National memorials and cemeteries and visitors are asked to refrain from sitting amongst the graves and significant surface manifestations. There will be an overflow site at Hill 261 for those who cannot access the official Chunuk Bair site.

Accessible seating

Limited assistance will be available for visitors at the commemoration who have a health or accessibility requirement. Those requesting accessible seating are able to have one carer or companion with them to provide assistance. Unfortunately due to limited accessible seating, it is not possible to extend this service to others travelling with their groups. Visitors with an accessibility requirement will need to alert staff on arrival to the service.

To register your accessible seating request, please register online or email: or register at the information tent on the day of the service.

Accessible seating inclusions

  • Shuttle transfer from Anzac Commemorative Site to Lone Pine Cemetery of Chunuk Bair after the Dawn Service.
  • After the Lone Pine Service there will be a shuttle to Chunuk Bair for coach loading.
  • Access to a limited number of dedicated accessible toilets.

Accessible seating exclusions

  • Personalised or dedicated one-to-one assistance.
  • The provision of carers, wheelchair pushers, or physical assistance with seating or embarking and disembarking from vehicles.
  • Wheelchairs, walkers or mobility aids — any visitor requiring this assistance must bring their own.
  • Oxygen or personalised medications.
  • Specialised support for 'high care' individuals.
  • Support travelling to, or from, your accommodation.

You should consult with your doctor regarding the conditions you are likely to experience on site to ensure you can safely travel to Gallipoli.

What to expect

Attending the Gallipoli Anzac Day commemorations is a rewarding, but challenging experience. Visitors will be exposed to the elements in all weather conditions for the entire duration on-site. Visitors should prepare for these conditions and ensure of being fit to travel.

The terrain includes reasonable flat sealed roads, cobblestone paths, sloped and uneven gravel tracks and grassed areas (which can become slippery or muddy when wet) as well as very steep ungraded paths. Visitors will often need to stand and queue for long periods at times, for security screening to enter the commemorative site, as well as for the limited public amenities. If the site is nearing the safe capacity, visitors on the grassed areas will be asked to stand.

There is a minimum walk of 8km at the commemorations, mostly up steep hills. Moving between Anzac Commemorative Site and Lone Pine involves a walk of approximately 3.1km, including walking up the very steep Artillery Road from sea-level to the Lone Pine Cemetery on the ridge line. Artillery Road is unpaved and can be challenging (the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs or climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge). From Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair is a further 3.3km uphill, past numerous cemeteries and historic sites, which visitors will have an opportunity to view-en-route.

Coach loading will occur at Hill 261, adjacent to Chunuk Bair. Details will be provided throughout the night to prepare attendees for this and staff will be on hand to assist at the conclusion of the services.

Very basic and limited facilities including limited temporary seating (at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair), lighting and portable toilets are available on-site for the period of the commemorations. It is recommended that attendees bring adequate supplies of non-perishable food – there are no cooking facilities on-site for the period of the commemorations. Limited rubbish disposal facilities are available and where possible, visitors are asked to take their rubbish with them. There is no running water or power on-site, except for those in use for the services.

Mobile phone coverage is available at the commemorative sites, but there are no recharging facilities.

Limited medical support is provided by local Turkish health authorities from the evening of 24 April to the afternoon of 25 April. If required visitors will need to bring their own prescription medication and basic first aid supplies, including non-prescription pain relief medication and Band-Aids. The medical support provided is equipped for medical emergencies and is not designed to treat minor ailments. Individuals requiring medical equipment, including medications, wheelchairs or mobility aids, will need to bring these items with them.

See also general information on what to expect and before you depart.

Wreath laying

Wreath laying, by invited official representatives, will occur during the official part of the services.

Members of the public who wish to lay a wreath will have the opportunity to do so at the conclusion of the service. Contrary to previous services during the centenary period, it is no longer a requirement to pre-register the intention to lay a wreath. Individuals are to supply their own wreaths and it is their responsibility to carry it with them, care for it and transport it to the Memorial. There are no facilities or arrangements for storage or transport of personal wreaths at the Memorial. Please note that taking any historical artefacts and items from the Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site is strictly prohibited and carries severe penalties under Turkish law.

Further reading

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has developed the The Anzac Portal website — a major award-winning educational website containing text, documents, graphics, timelines, video and audio about Australians in the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. 

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