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 2017 includes the following activities:
- Youth Vigil
- Dawn Service
- ANZAC Day March
- Cross of Sacrifice Service
- ANZAC Day Hub at Torrens Parade Ground
On the Day
The Dawn Service is a tradition on ANZAC Day across Australia and beyond.
In central Adelaide is held at the National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace.
The service begins at 6.00am, but it is a good idea to get there a bit earlier to find yourself a spot.
Dawn services are conducted by RSL Sub-branches around South Australia and the Northern Territory.
A number of RSL Sub-branches hold services later in the day, and some hold services before ANZAC Day. Click the links below for current lists of services around South Australia and the Northern Territory.
ANZAC Eve Youth Vigils
Click here for more information about ANZAC Eve Youth Vigils held around South Australia.
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
It is important to note that the ANZAC Day March in Adelaide is in fact a commemorative march and not a parade. A Statement of the principles of the ANZAC Day March can be found here and includes information for descendants of deceased former members of Australian, New Zealand and allied/coalition forces.
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 11.30am, 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 5.00am the Parade Ground will be open for business with the following available to the public:
- Public Toilets
- Tea and Coffee
- Food and Drink
- Live Entertainment
- Two-Up 12noon - 2.00pm
Everyone is welcome at the ANZAC Day Hub which will remain open until 2.00pm.
Getting Here on ANZAC Day
If you are planning to drive to attend any of the events on ANZAC Day, there are a few things you should take into consideration.
There will be no parking on the Torrens Parade Ground or on the western end of Victoria Drive. There is parking on the eastern end of Victoria Drive (from Frome Road), however, this fills up very quickly, so be prepared to walk.
Alternatively, plan to park in one of the multi-storey car parks around the CBD.