Anzac Day - Gallipoli, Türkiye

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Snapshot

Services:

Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site;
Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine Cemetery; and
New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair.

Date:

Wednesday 24 April – Thursday 25 April 2024

Time:

24 April 2024
10:30 pm: The Anzac Commemorative Site opens to the public.
25 April 2024*
1:30 am: Pre-service program commences 
5:00 am: Spirit of Place commences
5:30 am: Official Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service commences 
10:00 am: Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine Cemetery
11:30 am: New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair
1:00 pm: Coach loading commences from Chunuk Bair
*Due to the timing of the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine Cemetery, and the New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair, you will only be able to attend one of these services.

Venue:

Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, Türkiye 

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 have been experienced on site in previous years. Attendees should ensure they come dressed appropriately and prepared for these conditions. Please note, umbrellas are not permitted on site.

Attendance passes:

Access to the Anzac Day Services is only permitted with a valid attendance pass. Register here for your free attendance pass.

Visa requirements:

Passport holders  - Check your visa requirements

Security:

Attendees must pass through airport-style screening to access the site. Please note, restrictions will be in place on liquids and other prohibited items as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

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 Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service. To access these sites, attendees should be prepared to do a lot of walking, up to 10km up steep terrain, along paved and unpaved dirt roads. A moderate level of fitness is recommended.
  • Accessibility shuttles are available for attendees with accessibility requirements or who do not believe they can walk the 10km.
  • In preparation for the Anzac Day commemorative services, infrastructure and technical equipment will be progressively installed at the commemorative sites in the period leading up to 25 April.
  • For further information on travelling to Türkiye please refer to the latest advice from Smartraveller.
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Introduction

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

Over 75,000 Australians and New Zealanders served at Gallipoli between 25 April and 20 December 1915. Over 10,000 lost their lives. Many of these men were killed during the two most intense periods of fighting, in the week of the landing and in the August offensive that was launched to break the deadlock that had prevailed. Gallipoli was the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ introduction to war and though the campaign ended in defeat, the anniversary of its beginning quickly became, and has remained, Australia's and New Zealand’s principal day of commemoration. 

Later in the war, veterans of the campaign were distinguished by a brass Anzac 'A' badge worn over their battalion colour patch. To have served at Gallipoli remained a singular honour for the rest of the survivor's lives. Some of the campaign’s most important aspects, addressing significant themes and offering a virtual tour of the key Allied battlefields, cemeteries and memorials is available on the Anzac Portal

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Planning your attendance

Register your attendance – attendance passes 

All attendees and tour guides planning to attend the Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site on 25 April 2024 are required to register for an attendance pass. Entry to the service will not be permitted without an attendance pass. Register here for your attendance pass.

Tour operator coach registration – accreditation passes 

Separately, all tour operators will need to register their coaches in advance for an accreditation pass through the online tour coach registration system. Each attendee over the age of two arriving on the coaches will need an individual attendance pass.

See ‘Transport Arrangements’ below for detailed information.

Turkish and international media – accreditation passes 

The Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will require all media representatives to register for official media accreditation. Two media accreditation passes are required to attend Anzac Day services:

  • Anzac Day event accreditation; and
  • Turkish international media accreditation.

See ‘Important information for Media’ below for detailed information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember to bring your photographic ID in the form of current passport (or a copy), driver’s licence, or national identity card with your attendance pass for validation (note: Turkish citizens can only use identity card).

Overview of the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site

The Gallipoli Peninsula is 5 hour drive from Istanbul. The nearest towns to the commemorative sites are Eceabat (20km), Çanakkale town centre (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, which is an isolated, remote and exposed location with no permanent infrastructure, facilities or shelter.

Most attendees travel to the commemorations as part of a guided bus tour. Numerous tour providers in Australia and Türkiye offer tours that incorporate the Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service. It is recommended that attendees travel to the commemorations as part of an organised tour arriving by coach. See ‘Transport Arrangements’ below for further information. 

Attendees will be exposed to the elements in all weather conditions for the entire duration on site. The terrain includes reasonably 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. Attendees will often need to stand and queue, for long periods at times, for security screening to enter the site, as well as for the limited public amenities. If the site is nearing the safe capacity, attendees on the grassed areas will be asked to stand. Please note that while umbrellas are not permitted on site, in cases of wet weather ponchos will be available.

Very basic and limited facilities, including limited temporary seating (at Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair), lighting and portable toilets are available on site for the period of the commemorations. Complimentary bottled water is available on site after security screening. 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, attendees 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. Attendees should ensure they bring their own prescription medication and basic first aid supplies such as 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.

There is a minimum walk of 8km at the commemorations, mostly up steep hills. Moving from the Anzac Commemorative Site to the Lone Pine Cemetery 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 Cemetery to Chunuk Bair is a further 3.3km uphill, past numerous cemeteries and historic sites, which attendees will have an opportunity to view-en-route. A moderate level of fitness is recommended.

Children and infants

Please consider how well your child or infant would cope with the travel and environmental conditions appropriate to the service you are attending. It is important to remember that there are only limited toilet facilities, with no infant changing or parenting facilities on site.

Security and safety measures for attendees 

Please take note of the security measures in place for those attendees who register to attend the Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 2024. 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, driver’s licence or national identity card. 

Security at the site is the responsibility of the Turkish authorities, who provide considerable Military, Jandarma, Police and Medical assistance to the commemorations. Airport-style screening will also occur and any prohibited items as outlined in the Terms and Conditions will not be permitted into the site. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, liquids (+100ml), aerosols or gels.

All prohibited items will be confiscated by officials at security screening entry points and will not be returned to you. All attendees will be wrist banded after passing through security. Please note that any suspicious behaviour or references to illegal activities will not be tolerated and you may be refused entry to the sites. The directions of the Turkish authorities and service officials must be adhered to at all times. Please note, that removal of historical artefacts and items from the Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site is strictly prohibited and carries severe penalties under Turkish law.

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Transport arrangements

Traffic management is the responsibility of, and managed by, the Turkish authorities. Please follow all directions provided by them.

Traffic restrictions

Temporary traffic restrictions are likely to be in effect at various times on 24 and 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 sectors.

Access to the Anzac Commemorative Site is expected to commence at TBC on 24 April and cease at 3:30 am on 25 April. We encourage attendees to be at the Anzac Commemorative Site well before the road closure to ensure you can gain access to the site.

Private vehicles

Attendees are strongly encouraged to travel to Gallipoli as part of an organised tour. Private vehicle parking is not permitted on, or near, the Anzac Commemorative Site.

Private vehicle car parking will be available only at Kilye Cove from 10:30 pm. Shuttles will be available to transport attendees from Kilye Cove to Beach Cemetery. Attendees will walk approximately 1km from Beach Cemetery to the Southern Entry of the Anzac Commemorative Site.

Tour operator coach

Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive at the service by tour operator coach.

Tour operators must register their coach for an accreditation pass to allow the coach access to drop off and pick up patrons attending the service. Tour operators who register their coach will receive their accreditation pass, to display in the windscreen of the coach, when passing through the Tour Coach Checkpoint.

Tour operators are encouraged to register coaches for accreditation in advance using the online registration system. Registering in advance will assist in transitioning coaches through the Tour Coach Checkpoint in a timely manner.  Tour operators are to register their coaches online by 10 April 2024 at Tour Coach Registration.

Tour coach registration does not replace individual registrations; an attendance pass is still required for all attendees to the service.

Accessibility arrangements

Limited assistance will be available for attendees at the commemorations who have health or accessibility requirements. Attendees with an accessibility requirement should pre-register their requirements and will need to alert staff on arrival at the Anzac Commemorative Site. 

Accessible seating

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.

Accessible seating inclusions: 

  • Shuttle transfer from the Anzac Commemorative Site to Lone Pine Cemetery or Chunuk Bair after the Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service 
  • 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 attendee 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 the services. 

Accessibility shuttles

As part of the Gallipoli Experience, you should expect to do a lot of walking, up to 10km uphill along paved and unpaved roads. A moderate level of fitness is recommended.

A shuttle service is available for those with accessibility requirements, or who believe they are unable to walk the 10km trail between commemorative sites.

Please ensure you pre-register for this service when registering for your attendance pass. The shuttle service is limited, and those who have pre-registered will have priority on the day.

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Seating 

Please refer to information below regarding seating at each of the commemorative sites. Please note, large groups might be unable to sit together. You should make sure that you have your guide's details in case you are separated. 

Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site 

The Anzac Commemorative Site is a custom designed site which provides for amphitheatre style viewing of the Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service. Limited seating is provided. Attendees will be located on the grassed area and it is advisable to bring a plastic sheet or similar to protect individuals from the damp ground overnight. No folding chairs or temporary seating will be allowed to be brought in to the site. There will also be limited accessible seating for those who require it. Some areas may have restricted views, however a large screen is available to view the service. 

Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine Cemetery

There will be limited temporary seating available at the Australian Memorial Service. This will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees should 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 Anzac Commemorative Site, there will be a designated accessible seating area. It is requested that attendees do not rest on the graves. 

New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair 

The Chunuk Bair site is small with limited seating and standing room. It may mean that not all attendees to Chunuk Bair will be able to directly view the service. There will be an overflow site at Hill 261 for those who cannot access the official Chunuk Bair site. It is requested that attendees do not rest on the graves.

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Wreath laying 

Wreath laying, by invited official representatives, will occur during the official part of the services. Please note official public wreath laying will not occur at the Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service.

Members of the public who wish to lay a wreath will have the opportunity to do so at the conclusion of the official program and official wreath laying at the Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair commemorative service sites. Individuals are to supply their own wreaths and it is their responsibility to carry, care and transport any private wreaths to the service. There are no facilities or arrangements for storage or transport of personal wreaths at the sites.

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Important information for media

The Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will require all media representatives to register for official media accreditation. Accreditation extends across the Gallipoli Peninsula, including three commemorative sites:

  • Anzac Commemorative Site
  • Lone Pine Cemetery
  • Chunuk Bair Memorial.

Two media accreditation passes are required to attend Anzac Day services:

  • Anzac Day event accreditation; and
  • Turkish international media accreditation.

The accreditation for working media on the Gallipoli Peninsula includes: journalists, presenters, reporters, camera operators, production crew, videographers, photographers, as well as individuals performing official photographer roles for VIPs.

Space at the commemorative sites is strictly limited based on the safe, secure and comfortable carrying capacities agreed with the Turkish Government. Specific accreditation caps will apply for each of the commemorative sites, based on the space available in designated media areas.

Entry to the services will not be permitted without accreditation and monitoring of media accreditation passes will be strictly enforced.

Anzac Day media accreditation

Media accreditation is required for all media personnel planning to attend the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site.

To register for official media accreditation:

  1. Download, and complete the Anzac Day media accreditation form (DOCX 116 KB).
  2. Email your completed form with a recent passport-style photo (JPEG. or PNG.) to: commemorations.media [at] dva.gov.au with the following subject line: “Media accreditation registration Türkiye 2024”

You should apply for event accreditation by 11.59 pm AEST 19 April 2024.

Media accreditation passes will be available for collection in Türkiye from the DVA Media Team at a media briefing, and media representatives must sign for their accreditation (or have an agreed representative from their media organisation sign on their behalf) and produce a passport or other form of photo identification.

If a representative collects passes for other accredited members of their team, they will need to sign an agreement to provide any absent accredited personnel with the full details of the media briefing and pass holder requirements.

For media enquiries, contact commemorations.media [at] dva.gov.au

Turkish international media accreditation

All international journalists working in Türkiye are required to have international press accreditation. You can apply for accreditation from the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye, Directorate of Communications (DoC) at the following link:

https://www.iletisim.gov.tr/english/international-press

Your Turkish media accreditation will provide you with access to visit other Commemorative services being conducted on 24 and 25 April 2024 by the Gallipoli Historical Site Directorate on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.

You should apply for this accreditation by 11.59 pm AEST 19 April 2024.

All media representatives should liaise with the DoC to arrange pick up of their Turkish international media accreditation pass.

Media passes from the DoC Office can be collected upon arrival in Gallipoli at the DoC Provincial Office, Canakkale Regional Directorate (Kemal Paşa Mahallesi, Dibek Sokak, Elbir Apartmanı, No: 17/1, Çanakkale, 17100, Türkiye , Phone: +90 286 213 3387)

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Guides, apps and other information 

Gallipoli 

The Anzac Portal contains a range of historical information and walking tours for visitors travelling to Gallipoli. MP3 audio guides are able to be downloaded of walking tours on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) War Graves app provides information about the cemeteries around the world and allows you to search for the location of an individual's war grave. Visit the CWGC website to download the app. 

Visitors wishing to locate a particular grave or name on a memorial to the missing should consult the CWGC website to identify the exact location of the grave or name on a memorial to the missing prior to travelling to Türkiye. Limited assistance may be available on the day. 

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Contact Information

Australian Consulate, Çanakkale Türkiye 
Tel: +90 286 218 1724 
Email: Canakkale.Consulate [at] dfat.gov.au 

Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra Australia
Tel: 1800 838 372 within Australia
Tel: +61 2 6289 1133 outside Australia
Email: commemorations [at] dva.gov.au

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Emergency helpline 
Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service: 
Tel: 1300 555 135 within Australia  
Tel: +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia 

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