Anzac Day Services Gallipoli, Turkey – 2014

Important Notices

DFAT have advised that ALL Australians visiting Turkey for tourism or business purposes, including for Anzac Day, will no longer be able to apply for a visa on arrival at airports and seaports from 10 April 2014. Visitors will need to apply for an e-Visa from the Turkish Government.

In 2014 traffic arrangements for entry to the Anzac Commemorative Site will change. There will be no visitor access through the northern entry point. All visitors and coaches will be required to register at Kabetepe coach holding point and disembark at Beach Cemetery for entry via the southern entry point. After dropping off visitors at the set-down point at Beach Cemetery, coaches should then proceed to the parking area north of the Anzac Commemorative Site via the northern loop road. Please note that Anzac Commemorative Site does not open to visitors until 6:00PM on 24 April and the southern road from Kabetepe to ACS is closed from 3:00AM on 25 April.

Although access to the Anzac Day Dawn Service site is not restricted by ballot in 2014 as it will be in 2015, restrictions on numbers who can safely access the site do apply and will be imposed. The safe capacity of Anzac Commemorative Site is 10,500 visitors. Should the number of visitors on-site approach this figure then visitor access will be progressively limited and, if necessary, prohibited by the Turkish authorities to ensure that the safe site capacity is not exceeded.

The delivery of the Australian and New Zealand Anzac Day services is only possible with the assistance of the Australian and New Zealand embassies in Turkey, and through the considerable cooperation of the Government of the Republic of Turkey.

The information contained in this webpage will be updated in the lead up to the Gallipoli services.  It is a good idea to check this website regularly for the latest information.

The Australian Commemorative Site at Gallipoli, as seen from the water.
View of the Anzac Commemorative Site where the Dawn Service is held.

Going to Gallipoli for Anzac Day 2014?

Visitors are encouraged to register their intention to travel to Gallipoli in 2014 to receive updates via email and SMS on the arrangement for the commemorations.  It is important for visitors to register the mobile number they will be using while travelling to receive updates.

Tour Operators are also encouraged to register their intention to travel to Gallipoli in 2014 to receive the latest important updates to assist with leading their tour group.

Potential travellers to Turkey should also refer to the latest travel advice on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) “Smart Traveller” website.  Australian travellers are encouraged to register their itinerary on Smart Traveller as well, as registration on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) registration site does not transfer details to Smart Traveller.

It is important to note that just prior to Anzac Day, DVA plans to share the name and mobile phone and contact details of those who have registered on the DVA registration site with the DFAT consular team.  This information will only be used by DFAT in case of an emergency.

A purple tree surrounded by grave markers in Shrapnel Valley.
Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.

Please read the following information to help you prepare for your visit to Gallipoli to attend the Anzac Day services in 2014.

Gallipoli Commemorative Services

Commemorative services on the Gallipoli peninsula are conducted by Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France.

Please note that the below service times may change in the lead up to the day and it is a good idea to regularly check this website for updates.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

10.00 – 12.00 Turkish International Service, Mehmetçik Abidesi
12.20 – 12.50 French Memorial Service, Morto Bay
13.10 – 13.50 Commonwealth Memorial Service, Cape Helles
15.10 – 15.55 Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service, Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial

Friday, 25 April 2014

05.30 – 06.30 Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site, North Beach
10.00 – 11.00 Australian Service, Lone Pine
11.45 – 12.30 – New Zealand Service, Chunuk Bair

The Anzac Commemorative Site is expected to be closed to visitor entry from approximately late morning to early evening on Thursday 24 April.  The road leading to the Anzac Commemorative Site will be closed from 3am on Friday 25 April until the start of the Dawn Service.

A map of the commemorative sites on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Preparing to attend the Anzac Day Commemorations

The Anzac Day commemorative services are held within the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park.  There are limited facilities available at the commemorative sites.  There is no permanent infrastructure, so all seating, lighting, and toilet facilities must be brought in from outside the park.

There is no shelter at any of the commemorative sites and visitors will be exposed to the weather for the entire period they are on site, which can be up to 30 hours.  Large crowds, limited public amenities and traffic and security arrangements can result in long waiting periods, for entry and exit of the site.

You should have a moderate level of fitness if you plan to attend the Anzac Day commemorations.  To attend the services you can expect to walk up to 8kms on uneven surfaces.  These walks are uphill including on very steep, graded dirt surfaces.

Visitors should also come prepared for the weather conditions.  The weather during the day can get very hot and overnight very cold, with temperatures sometimes falling below 0 degrees Celsius.

What to pack

  • Wet weather and windproof jacket and pants
  • Warm, thermal clothing, jacket, beanie, hat or cap, gloves, scarf
  • Warm blanket and/or sleeping bag
  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • Prescription medications (if required)
  • Food/snacks
  • Drinking water (opened bottles will not be allowed into the site)
  • Sunscreen
  • Torch
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • A small daypack to carry these items in

Prohibited items

The following items are PROHIBITED in the commemorative areas:

  • Large backpacks (e.g. luggage sized)
  • Camping equipment (e.g. tents)
  • Opened bottles of liquid
  • Flammable liquids
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Large objects (e.g. musical instruments)
  • Alcohol - Intoxicated persons will be refused entry

These items MUST be left on your coach/minibus.  All visitors to the commemorative services are screened upon entry to the sites and all bags are searched.  Prohibited items will be confiscated upon entry to the site.

Weather

The weather in April can be very hot during the day and bitterly cold overnight (temperatures may fall below 0 degrees Celsius).  Rain and very cold winds are possible.  Visitors should ensure they are adequately equipped for these extremes by ensuring that they take appropriate warm and protective clothing.  It is important to remember that there is no shelter at any of the commemorative sites and visitors will be exposed to the elements for the duration of their stay.

A grave site by the shore at Gallipoli.
Beach Cemetery.

Getting to the site

Travelling independently

People generally travel to the Gallipoli peninsula to attend the commemorative services as part of a tour group.  For visitors who are travelling independently, the following information is particularly important:

  • People may travel to the commemorations by private motor vehicles.  However, there is no designated parking area for private vehicles and visitors who have travelled in a private vehicle may have to walk several kilometres along unlit or poorly lit roads before reaching the Anzac Commemorative Site.
  • Private vehicles are prohibited from travelling to the Lone Pine, 57th Regiment Memorial and Chunuk Bair commemorative sites.
  • At the conclusion of the commemorative services, visitors who have travelled by coach will be collected from Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.  This along with possible road closures may result in a significant delay for visitors travelling by private vehicle to leave the site.
  • Visitors arriving onsite by taxi or other drop off type arrangements will need to arrange with a taxi company to be collected after the services.  There are no taxi ranks or any other form of public transport available to get visitors off the peninsula.  There are no phones at any of the commemorative sites from which to arrange independent transport pick up, once onsite.

Arriving at the site

Several kilometres from the Anzac Commemorative Site coaches and their passengers are welcomed by a member of the visitor services team who issues each coach with a coach identification number.  Each passenger will also receive an individual tag with their coach number on it.  This will help visitors to indentify their coach at the end of the services.

Coaches set down their passengers at Beach Cemetery, which is about one kilometre (15 minute walk) to the Anzac Commemorative Site where the Dawn Service is held.  All visitors will pass through a security screening point before entering the site, then walk approximately half a kilometre to the ceremonial area.  Please note that the Anzac Commemorative Site does not open to the public until the evening of 24 April (usually 6pm).  Visitors who arrive before the site opening time can visit cemeteries located nearby or can queue at the entry points until site opening.

When you disembark from your coach you must ensure that you have everything you will need for that evening and the following day, including food and medication, as you will not be reunited with your coach until the end of all of the commemorative services on the afternoon of 25 April.  You will not be able to return to your coach if you have forgotten something or need to return items that are prohibited on site.

Getting about on 25 April 2014

All services are open to the public.  Those attending the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site can also attend the Australian Service at Lone Pine and/or the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair.  However, due to the walking distance between the commemorative sites, and the timing of these services, it may not be possible to attend all services on 25 April.

All visitors are provided with an information kit which includes the program and other information on entry to the site.

Dawn Service to Lone Pine

After the Dawn Service concludes, at approximately 6.30am, visitors walk along Anzac Cove Road and up Artillery Road to the Lone Pine Cemetery for the 10am Australian Memorial Service.  This walk takes visitors past Ari Burnu, Shrapnel Valley and Beach Cemeteries.  Shortly after Beach Cemetery, the route follows Artillery Road inland and slopes uphill past Shell Green Cemetery to Lone Pine.

Artillery Road.
Entry to Artillery Road from Anzac Cove Road.

Visitors walking up Artillery Road.
Visitors walking up Artillery Road to Lone Pine.

If you are elderly, have a disability or any other condition, which may prevent you from doing this walk, you may be eligible for Assisted Mobility (see below).

The walk from Anzac Commemorative Site to Lone Pine is approximately 3.1 kms.  It takes approximately 45 minutes to walk.  The walk to Lone Pine is very steep, on graded dirt and uneven surfaces, and can be challenging to walk.

Lone Pine Cemetery.
Lone Pine Cemetery.

Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair

The New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair commences at 11.30am.  The route from Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair slopes uphill past the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial.

Aerial view of Chunuk Bair.
Chunuk Bair Cemetery.

The walk from Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair is approximately 3.2 kms and takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes to walk.  The walk to Chunuk Bair is uphill on a bitumen road and can be challenging to walk.

Leaving the peninsula after the services on 25 April 2014

Following the conclusion of the Chunuk Bair Service at 12.15pm, coaches will begin arriving at Lone Pine Cemetery and will then proceed to Chunuk Bair to collect visitors, and visitors can expect to leave the site by mid to late afternoon on 25 April.  It can take several hours for all coaches to collect visitors.  Coaches will not arrive in the order in which they are registered.

Assisted Mobility visitors

Limited mobility assistance will be available to visitors unable to walk between commemorative sites.  Assisted Mobility provides limited onsite transport and seating.  People requiring mobility assistance can obtain further information by contacting DVA via email at gallipoli@dva.gov.au or phone (02) 6289 6274.  You can also write to:

Gallipoli and Pacific Section
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
GPO Box 9998
CANBERRA   ACT   2601

Please make contact well ahead of Anzac Day.  You will need to provide information in relation to medical conditions to receive mobility assistance.

Download information for Assisted Mobility Applicants:

Site information

Seating

Temporary tiered seating is installed at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair for the Anzac Day services.  Seating is not reserved for anyone other than those small areas set aside for the official party and people requiring mobility assistance.  Seating will not be reserved for tour groups. 

As well as the tiered seating, there is limited grassed space available for seating.  When the site opens, seating fills up quickly and can become quite crowded.  Visitors should be considerate of others and not lie across seats in the tiered seating area.  If the site reaches capacity, visitors seated in the grassed areas will be asked to stand during the Dawn Service.  Large groups who arrive late may not be able to find room to be seated as a group and should be prepared to split up and stand if there are no more seats available.

Crowds building at the Anzac Commemorative Site.
View of the Dawn Service at Anzac Commemorative Site.

Visitors are asked to be respectful by not leaning against or have items touching any headstones in the commemorative sites.

Toilets

Permanent toilets are only available at the Kabatepe Simulation Centre, which is some distance from the commemorative sites.  Temporary chemical toilets and hand washing facilities are available on 24 and 25 April at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.  The water at these locations is not suitable to be used as drinking water.

Water and power

There is no running water, power or lighting except for that in use for the services.  Bottled water can be purchased from the Turkish food vendors at each of the commemorative service sites, but we encourage you to bring your own.  Opened bottles of liquid will not be allowed onto the site, including open water bottles.  Mobile phone coverage is available across the site.

Refreshments

Local Turkish food and drink vendors sell limited quantities of their products within the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park.  You are encouraged to bring adequate food suitable for the period of 30 hours.

Consuming alcohol within the National Park is not permitted.  The ban on alcohol is strictly enforced and will be confiscated if brought on site.  Intoxicated persons will be denied entry.

Rubbish

Rubbish disposal facilities are provided and visitors are asked to dispose of rubbish thoughtfully or, where possible, take rubbish with them.  All visitors to the Dawn Service are provided with a biodegradable rubbish bag (as part of the information kit that visitors receive).  Additional rubbish bags are available from the visitor services team.

Lost property

If you find lost property during the commemorations, please take it to the Information Tent and notify a member of the visitor services team.  Lost property will be held at the Information Tent.  Following the commemorations, enquiries can be directed to gallipoli@dva.gov.au.

View of the Anzac Commemorative Site from Plugge's Plateau Cemetery.
View of the Anzac Commemorative Site from Plugge's Plateau Cemetery.

Safety and Security

Security and crowd management measures are the responsibility of Turkish security personnel and includes screening of all visitors at the entry points to all commemorative service sites and bag searches.  On passing the security checkpoint, all visitors will be given a security wristband, which must be worn on the wrist until you leave the Gallipoli peninsula.

Visitors are likely to be separated into male and female lines to go through security checkpoints.

You should follow instructions issued by Turkish security personnel.

Security measures may be in place several days in advance of the services (including the beach and ceremonial areas) and will be inaccessible to visitors for extended periods on 24 and 25 April.

Please remember:

  • Intoxicated persons will be denied entry.
  • Visitors are reminded of the very strict penalties for the possession of drugs.
  • Swimming in the waters off the Anzac area is prohibited.
  • The lighting of fires on the Gallipoli peninsula is prohibited.
  • Basic first aid facilities are available from the early evening on 24 April and during the day on 25 April.

Emergency contact details

In Turkey, you can obtain consular assistance from:

Australian Embassy
88 Ugur Mumcu Caddesi
Gaziosmanpasa
Ankara TURKEY
Telephone: (+90 312) 459 9500
Facsimile: (+90 312) 446 4827
Website: http://www.turkey.embassy.gov.au/

Australian Consulate-General
16th Floor, Süzer Plaza (Ritz Carlton Hotel),
Askerocagi Caddesi No. 15, Elmadag
Istanbul TURKEY
Telephone: (+90 212) 393 8542
Facsimile: (+90 212) 243 1332

Australian Consulate
Kolin Hotel
Kepez 17100
Canakkale TURKEY
Telephone: (+90 286) 218 1721
Facsimile: (+90 286) 218 1724

In Turkey, the nationwide 24-hour emergency number is 155 (for police) or 112 (for ambulance).  Foreigners can also contact the Istanbul Tourist Police on +90 212 527 4503 during office hours.

In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the Embassy, Consulate-General or Consulate, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia) or 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or SMS at +61 421 269 080.

Videos

Safety and security at Gallipoli

Coach loading at the conclusion of the services

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