ANZAC Day is held annually on April 25 and includes commemorations across the country at dedicated war memorials and RSL sub-branches.

RSL SA/NT is responsible for the delivery of ANZAC Day activities in the city in partnership with the City of Adelaide and the South Australian Government.

ANZAC Day 2016 will continue the commemoration of the Centenary of World War One and includes the following activities:

  • Youth Vigil
  • Dawn Service
  • ANZAC Day March
  • Cross of Sacrifice Service
  • ANZAC Day Hub at Torrens Parade Ground

ANZAC Day March

The ANZAC Day March will commence at 9.30am from North Terrace, Adelaide, from the SA National War Memorial, and turns right onto King William Road.    The march concludes at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide.  Spectators are invited to line both North Terrace and King William Road (between North Terrace and the Adelaide Bridge).   ABC Television will also provide a live telecast of the March

ANZAC Day March Statement of Principles

It is important to note that the ANZAC Day March in Adelaide is in fact a commemorative march and not a parade.    The principles of the march are outlined here and include information for descendants of deceased former members of Australian, New Zealand and allied/coalition forces.

Order of the March

Up to 6,000 people are expected to participate in the ANZAC Day March and the event is televised live on ABC Television.    It is important that all participants are aware of their allocated Group Number and Assembly Areas.

Cross of Sacrifice Service

A Remembrance Service is held at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide, from 12 noon, immediately after the ANZAC Day March concludes.   This activity provides a significant finale to the commemorations, with the Dawn Service representing a funeral, the March representing the walk to the grave site and the service at the Cross of Sacrifice representing the burial.

The Cross of Sacrifice Memorial stands in gardens opposite St Peters Cathedral.  The gardens contain the Cross of Sacrifice, a memorial to the men who died during the Great War (WWI) of 1914 – 1920.  The foundation stone for the cross memorial was laid on August 4 1920.  The memorial is 11.6m high, made of Tea tree Gully stone, and on the face is the Crusader’s Sword.  At the far end of the garden is the Stone of Remembrance with engraving that states ‘Their Name Liveth For Evermore’.  This stone was laid in 1923 and is made of Palmer marble.

The general public are welcome to attend this service.

ANZAC Day Hub at Torrens Parade Ground

The Torrens Training Ground, on the corner of Victoria Drive and King William Road, Adelaide, is the home of RSL SA and will be the hub of all activity on ANZAC Day.

From 7.00am the Parade Ground will be open for business with the following available to the public:

  • Public Toilets
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Food and Drink
  • Displays and Merchandise
  • Bouncy Castle and face-painting
  • Live Entertainment (following the March)
  • Two-Up (following the March)

Everyone is welcome at the ANZAC Day Hub which will remain open until 2.00pm.

Secure Parking

We will be offering FREE parking for RSL members, their family and affiliates at the State Centre Car Park, 172 Gawler Place, Adelaide, from 7am to 7pm.

We will also be offering $5 ALL DAY parking via our web based pre booking system, Secure a Sport, at both The Terrace Car Park , which can be entered from Hindley Street and North Terrace between the Oaks Embassy and Oaks Horizon hotels, and The Plaza Car Park, Soloman Street, Adelaide, which also 2 entries, one from Clubhouse lane, and the other off Soloman Street.

U Park

For those attending the Youth Vigil  on Sunday night , UPark provide a $7 flat fee at all UParks apart from Central Market  on Sundays.  Details of location and opening hours can be found at

Most UPark’s close at midnight, so for those attendees staying ,or entering, after this time they should park at Rundle UPark.

Rundle UPark will be open over night from Sunday 24 April to Monday 25 April. Free parking will be provided to anyone entering before 11am on 25 April , accommodating Vigil, Dawn Service and March participants.

Passenger Transport

Some passenger transport companies have offered special services and discounts for the ANZAC period.

Great Southern Rail has made special offers available for travel to Adelaide (or any other of their key stops) in April 2016.

• DVA Pension Concession Card (PCC) or DVA Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card (CSHC) holders are eligible for 55% off Red Service fares and 32% off Gold Service fares

• PCC and CSHC travellers can also purchase a return fare on The Overland (Adelaide-Melbourne and vice versa) for $89.

• TPI and EDA veterans travel for free in Red Service on Commonwealth tracks (this includes sectors such as Darwin- Adelaide, Bordertown-Adelaide, Kalgoorlie-Adelaide, Broken Hill-Adelaide). Travel in Gold Service on these sectors remains free but meals/beverages/tours are paid by the guest (overall this is an 88% discount).

Bookings are to be made through the Great Southern Rail Helpdesk on (08) 8213 4400. The PCC or CSHC number must be provided at the time of booking and the entitlement card must be carried for travel.

Premier Stateliner Coach Group offers concessions on Premier Stateliner services to veterans of WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan & recent Peacekeeping operations travelling to Adelaide for ANZAC Day this year. Please produce either your RSL Badge or Ex- Service Organisation Membership Card when requesting a concession.

Adelaide Metropolitan Public Transport

Details of the ANZAC Day metropolitan bus, train and tram timetables will be publicised in local newspapers by the Passenger Transport Board in the lead up weeks to ANZAC Day. Normally, veterans wearing medals receive a concession.

Retail Trading Regulations 


Anzac Day (Monday 25 April 2016) Trading Arrangements

Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers, can trade from 12 noon until 5 pm on Anzac Day.

All shops within the ambit of section 13(5e) of the Act (which are shops specialising in the retail sale of hardware and building materials, furniture, floor covering and motor vehicle spare parts and accessories) that are located within the Greater Adelaide Shopping District and any other Proclaimed District must remain closed until 12 noon. These shops can resume trading after 12 noon on Anzac Day, if they choose to do so, and trade until the normal closing time of 5 pm.

All non-exempt shops outside the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct are not able to trade in accordance with section 13(6)(b) of the Act.

Exempt shops (i.e. smaller shops, certain specialty stores and all shops that are not within a Shopping District) are also requested to remain closed until 12 noon as a mark of respect for Anzac Day commemorations.

Please note that these trading arrangements are unique to Anzac Day. On other public holidays (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) non-exempt shops in the CBD Tourist Precinct can trade from 11am until 5pm and shops within the ambit of section 13(5e) can trade from 9am until 5pm.

2016 Anzac Day Media Style Guide - Centenary Edition