Anzac Day Tour

Anzac Day Tour
ANZAC DAY TOUR INFORMATION
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In order to commemerate anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Government officials from Australia and New Zealand as well as most of the last surviving Gallipoli veterans, and many Australian and New Zealand tourists travelled to Turkey for a special Dawn Service at Gallipoli. The service at dawn in Gallipoli has since become popular to attend on ANZAC Day. Upwards of 15,000 people have attended services in Gallipoli. Until 1999, the Gallipoli Dawn Service was held at the Ari Burnu War Cemetery at ANZAC Cove, but the growing numbers of people attending resulted in the construction of a more spacious site on North Beach, known as the "ANZAC Commemorative Site".

ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS 
The below programme is for reference only.  Please visit http://www.dva.gov.au 
Anzac Day commemorations 2013
Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula are conducted by Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and France. In 2013 services will be held on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 April.

The service times listed below are based on 2012 start times and may change closer to the service period. It is a good idea to refresh your browser each time you look at this page.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
  • 09:05-11:10 Turkish International Service, Mehmetçik Abidesi
  • 11:30-12:00 French Memorial Service, Morto Bay
  • 12:20-13:00 Commonwealth Memorial Service, Cape Helles
  • 14:55-15:40 Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service, Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial
  • Thursday, 25 April 2013
  • 05:30-06:30 Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site, North Beach
  • 10:00-11:00 Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine
  • 11:30-12:15 New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair

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

ATTENDING MORE THAN ONE SERVICE ON ANZAC DAY
All the commemorative services are open to the public. However, due to the walking distances between the commemorative sites, it is generally not possible to attend all services on 25 April. Those attending the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site can go on to attend the Australian service at Lone Pine, the Turkish 57th Regiment service or the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair.

Dawn Service to Lone Pine
After completion of the Dawn Service at approximately 06:15 hours, visitors are encouraged to walk along the coast and up to Lone Pine Cemetery. This 2.5 kilometre walk takes visitors past the Ari Burnu, Beach, Shrapnel Valley and Shell Green Cemeteries. The route is well sign posted.

Lone Pine to Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial
After the conclusion of the service at Lone Pine there is only limited time to walk from Lone Pine to the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial service. The Turkish service starts approximately fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the Lone Pine service. The walk between these two services is approximately thirty minutes.

Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair
The walking time between Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. The route slopes uphill past the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial and is approximately 3.3 kilometres. As you walk to Chunuk Bair, please respect the fact that a Turkish service is in progress at the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial.

TRAFFIC AND CROWD MANAGEMENT
Management of traffic at the commemorations is the sole responsibility of the Turkish Jandarma. The number of large vehicles on narrow roads with limited turning facilities means that traffic control remains a major challenge. Travel by passenger car to these services is not permitted. Those attending Anzac Day services on the Peninsula should note these limitations and expected delays and plan their visit accordingly.
Coaches will not be permitted to travel through the Anzac Commemorative Site from the afternoon of 24 April. It is anticipated that coaches will be stopped short of the site and visitors will be required to walk from the drop off point to the Anzac Commemorative Site, under 1.5 kilometres. Further information about traffic arrangements will be provided by the announcer on site.

SITE INFORMATION
Seating
Temporary tiered seating is installed at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair for the Anzac Day services. Reserved seating is only available for the official party and people requiring special assistance. Seating is not reserved for tour groups. There are tiered seating and ground areas where groups and individuals may sit.
Toilets
Toilets are available at the Kabatepe Museum but few other places in the Anzac area. Temporary toilets and hand washing facilities are installed from 22-25 April inclusive at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. There is no running water and no power or lighting except that provided by generators for the services.
Refreshments
Local Turkish food and drink vendors sell limited quantities of their products within the Gallipoli Park. Rubbish disposal is provided and visitors are asked to dispose of rubbish thoughtfully or, where possible, take their rubbish with them.
The consumption of alcohol within the National Park is not permitted. Please do not bring alcohol to the commemorative sites as it will be confiscated on entry.
Lost Property
If you lose or find property during the commemorations, please notify a member of the Visitor Services Team (identifiable by their orange vests). Following the commemorations, enquiries can be directed to [email protected]
The infomation above was taken from the official website of Australian Government Department of Veterans Affairs

Preparing to attend Anzac Day commemorations
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 8 kms on uneven surfaces. The walk from the Dawn Service to Lone Pine where the Australian service is held is approximately 3 kms and includes a section of 1.5 kms of uneven dirt surface with a very steep incline. The walk from Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair where the New Zealand service is held is 3.2kms up a steep bitumen surfaced road.