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ANZAC Day on the Gold Coast

Poppies for ANZAC Day (image supplied)
Poppies for ANZAC Day (image supplied)

Commemorating our fallen servicemen is something Gold Coasters take to with much passion. Had it not been for the ultimate sacrifice of these men and women, we mightn’t have the beautiful lifestyle and bountiful freedoms we more than often take for granted every single day.

Falling on a Sunday this year, Anzac Day presents an opportunity for us to unite as a nation and show our respects to those who gave their lives and serving Australian forces service men and women around the world.

Once the most emotional part is done, there’s ample opportunity to socialise and share a drink or two with friends and family — and of course, an obligatory game of two-up!

ANZAC Day Services

Burleigh Heads Dawn Service 4.15am
Held at War Memorial Park, Burleigh Heads Cenotaph, corner of Connor Street and Gold Coast Highway. March at 9am.

Nerang Dawn Service 4.45am
Held at the Cenotaph in front of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, 69 Nerang Street, Nerang. Service only (march held at 9.45am) commencing at 4.45am.

Currumbin / Palm Beach 5.00am
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Currumbin Dawn service will be relocated to the Currumbin RSL Cenotaph for this year’s Anzac Day. For the members of the general public, Currumbin RSL will be broadcasting and live streaming the Dawn Service.

Anzac Day Dawn Service (image supplied)
Anzac Day Dawn Service (image supplied)

Runaway Bay Dawn Service 5am
Dawn Service will be held at ANZAC Place Cenotaph, Runaway Bay RSL Sub Branch, off Lae Drive, Runaway Bay. March and Main Service held at 9.30am.

Southport RSL Dawn Service 5am
Service commences at 5am at ANZAC Park in the Broadwater Parklands, Southport. A Citizens Service will be held at 9am.

Helensvale Dawn Service 5.20am
Service commences at 5.20am at Remembrance Park, 20 Discovery Drive, Helensvale.

Mudgeeraba Dawn Service 5.45am
Dawn service to be held at The Cenotaph, Elsie Laver Park, Railway Street, Mudgeeraba at 5am (sausage sizzle between 4.45am – 6am at Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall), followed by a gunfire breakfast at Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Railway Street at 7am.

Surfers Paradise RSL Dawn Service 6am
The dawn service will be held at the ANZAC Memorial on The Esplanade. From 7am – 9am a gunfire breakfast will be served at the Diggers and Sports Club for $5pp.

Flowers at the base of the ANZAC war memorial (image supplied)
Flowers at the base of the ANZAC war memorial (image supplied)

ANZAC Day Events

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club
Open after the 1st dawn service and again after the middle Burleigh service, Burleigh Bowls will be tossing 2UP from 12pm on the greens with barefoot bowls and DJ Jayden James playing throughout the day.
Where: Cnr Connor Street & Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

The Cavill Hotel
The newly opened Cavill Hotel will be hosting an ANZAC Day afternoon that promises to be worth a look in. Drop in for some LIVE entertainment from 2pm til late + Anzac Day Footy LIVE on the biggest screen in Surfers Paradise! This is the perfect opportunity to get together with your nearest & dearest after showing your respects to our cherished diggers.
Where: 46 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

The Star Gold Coast
Gather the crew to see the ANZAC Day Footy on the big screen at the Sports Bar on Sunday 25th April! There are also ANZAC Biscuits being served at M&G Cafe on both Sunday and Monday.
Where: 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Words by Alex Mitchenson.

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