Australia remembers 100 years

Saturday 25th April 2015 commemorates 100 years since the first landing at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli. While many Australian’s are headed to Turkey to experience this firsthand, the rest of the nation will stop and remember those who served in one of the bloodiest campaigns in ANZAC history.

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra hosts an enlightening Dawn Service experience attracting large crowds each year – the next best place to be if you can’t make it to Turkey.

Camping at Exhibition Park for the ANZAC Day weekend makes the trip to the capital affordable and convenient. With caravan and camping facilities that operate year round and additional camping areas available for this busy weekend, Exhibition Park is ideal for those wanting to participate in the ceremonies of national significance, without the high price tag.

We have taken the stress out of getting to the Dawn Service through chartered express bus services leaving from Exhibition Park exclusively for those staying on-site. For $5 per per (returned service personnel travel free) you can avoid the extensive road closures and limited parking around the event area. Tickets must be booked in advance through our camping office. Buses depart Exhibition Park at the following times:

  • 3.45am
  • 4.00am
  • 4.25am
  • 4.40am

Times must be pre-selected as there is limited availability. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to ensure on time departures. Failure to turn up at the allocated time voids your ticket.

After the Dawn Service concludes Action Buses going to Gungahlin will stop at Exhibition Park, making this your most convenient way of getting to and from the Australian War Memorial this ANZAC Day.

Camping rates start from $28 per night (unpowered). Spaces are limited so ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Call us on 02 6205 4976 or email campingepic@act.gov.au to reserve your spot. View detailed information about Camping at Exhibition Park.

Exhibition Park is the only pet friendly caravan park in the ACT.

 

The Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial order of proceedings:

4.30am Three 15 minute excerpts will be read from letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war firsthand in all its facets
5.15am All will be quiet before the Dawn Service commences in darkness
5.30am Dawn Service commences
6.00am (approx) Dawn Service concludes
6.15am Commemorative area opens
8.00am Commemorative area and Hall of Memory closes