ANZAC Day 2016

As one of Australia’s most important National Holidays, ANZAC Day commemorates the lives of Australians who died and participated in military and peacekeeping operations reaching back to 1915 (World War I). And this year, we are honouring the hundredth anniversary of the first time ANZAC Day commemorations were held. In remembrance of the brave men and women, we share with you some of the events and ceremonies happening on the Gold Coast this ANZAC Day weekend.

So break out the milk, rum and biccies, two-ups is going down at all the local SLSC’s as we toast the day away to our military heroes.  

1. Mateship Run:

When: Sunday 24 April 2016, 7am

Where: Currumbin RSL, Currumbin

The 2016 Mateship Run is held on Anzac Eve, 24 April, to commemorate and recognize the Australian Defence Force in a healthy fun activity while raising funds as a community to support ‘Soldier On’. This year’s aim is to raise $30,000 to assist with building the first Reintegration and Recovery Centre in Queensland.

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2. Symbolic Sleepout:

When: Sunday 24 April 2016, 2pm

Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin

The 2016 Symbolic Sleep Out is a huge community fundraiser giving you the opportunity to sleep overnight at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy exclusive access to Currumbin’s Dawn Service at a reserved area on the beach with direct view of the stage and ceremonial area. 100% of profits raised from ticket sales go directly to Veterans’ welfare. Tickets include a night time sanctuary tour, a Blinky Bill Show and craft area for the kids, interviews with veterans and an outdoor cinema showing ‘Gallipoli’.

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3. Currumbin RSL Dawn Service/Morning Service:

 When: Monday 25 April 2016, 4.20am

Where: Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach

Free shuttle service available from 3:30am from Currumbin RSL, The Pines Shopping Centre, Currumbin Fair Shopping Centre (Currumbin Waters) and the Tugun Community Hall, running continuously until the commencement of the Dawn Service. After the dawn service, return buses will depart from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The march assembles at 4.20am at Murraba Street, Currumbin and commences at 4.35am followed by the dawn service at 5am at Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach. Gunfire breakfast is served at Currumbin RSL from 6.30am (veterans free, other patrons $5).

March assembles at 10.40am at Winders Park, Duringan Street, Currumbin and leaves at 10.55am with the mid-morning service commencing at 11.15am at the Cenotaph at Currumbin RSL.


4. Burleigh Heads Dawn Service/Citizens Service:

When: Monday 25 April, 4.15am

Where: War Memorial Park, Burleigh Heads

A family-friendly ceremony with a traditional service in Connor Street. The dawn service starts at 4.28am sharp with the march assembling at 4am in front of the newsagent in Connor Street, departing at 4.15am. A Gunfire Breakfast follows at Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, $10.95 per head. Veterans are free.

The Citizens’ Service starts with the march assembling at the western end of James Street at 9.00am for a 9.30am departure for the 10.00am (approximate) service at Burleigh Heads War Memorial Park.


5. Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Dawn Service/Citizen Service:

When: Monday 25 April 2016, 5.45am

Where: Chris Cunningham Park, Tweed Heads

The march assembles on the pathway behind Chris Cunningham Park at 5.45am with the march off at 5.55am. A gunfire breakfast will be available from Twin Towns Services Club after the service. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance from the Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL Sub Branch Office.

From 10am the march assembles in Jack Evans Boat Harbour with the march off at 10.35am and Children’s Parade at 10.25 (next to Children’s playground). Service will be held at approximately 11am.


6. Surfers Paradise RSL Dawn Service/Citizen Service:

Fall-in outside the Surfers Paradise RSL on Beach Road at 5.15am to march to The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise Beach (opposite Trickett Street) for the dawn service at 5.30am. Following the service, a gunfire breakfast will be served at the RSL.

The noon parade will fall-in on The Esplanade, from Soul to Elkhorn Avenue from 11.30am. The march will commence at noon and continue along The Esplanade, turn right in Cavil Mall and continue through Surfers Paradise to the Cenotaph in Cavill Park, Cavill Avenue (at rear of Surfers Paradise RSL) for the Civic Service at 12.30pm.

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7. Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra – Heroes ANZAC Day Matinee

When: Monday 25 April 2016, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Where: Robina Community Centre Auditorium, Robina

Cost: Adult $25, Child $5 (5-15 yrs.) 

Following on from the morning ANZAC ceremonies, celebrate and join the Gold Coast’s own orchestra in an afternoon of orchestral classics including Summon the Heroes and Raiders March by John Williams, second movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and many more. 

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We’ll see you all bright and early! 

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By Louisa Ingelheim