ANZAC Day falls on a Thursday this year, and Gold Coasters certainly love commemorating our service men and women so we’ve complied a list of the major services across the city.
Once the most important part is done, break out the tins and your best shouting voice, two-up is going down at selected venues and we will certainly be getting involved in that.
Dawn Service will be held at ANZAC Memorial, Runaway Bay RSL Sub Branch Cenotaph, off Lae Drive, Runaway Bay. Arrive at 4.45am for a 5am start. Memorial service only (no march). Followed by a gunfire breakfast held at the Seagulls Rugby League Club.
When: Thursday 25 April, 5am
Where: Runaway Bay RSL, off Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
Nerang RSL & Memorial Club
The Dawn Service commences at 4.45am with a traditional gunfire breakfast from 6am. A commemorative service will begin at 9.15am. The Nerang Citizen service commences at 9.40am
When: Thursday 25 April, 4.45am
Where: Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, 69 Nerang Street, Nerang
RSL Club Southport
The march begins at 4.35am from the eastern end of Short St down to Anzac Park, Marine Pde. The Dawn Service will start at 5.00am with the Gunfire Breakfast from 5.30am back at the Club (gold coin Donation for non-service personnel). The Citizens Service will be at 9.00am followed by the Club Reopening at 10.00am. Two-up at 12pm in the Showroom and there’ll be free live entertainment all afternoon.
When: Thursday 25 April, 4.35am
Where: RSL Club Southport, 36 Scarborough St, Southport
Surfers Paradise RSL Dawn Service
Fall in outside the Surfers Paradise RSL on Beach Road at 4.45am to march to The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise Beach (opposite Trickett Street) for the dawn service at 5am. Following the service, a gunfire breakfast will be served at the RSL.
When: Thursday 25 April, 5.15am
Where: Surfers Paradise RSL, Surfers Paradise
The dawn service begins at 5am at Elsie Laver Park, Railway Street followed by a gunfire breakfast.
When: Thursday 25 April, 5am
Where: Elsie Laver Park, Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Burleigh Heads Dawn Service
A family-friendly ceremony with a traditional service in Connor Street, starting at 4.28am. The march assembles at 4am in front of the newsagent in Connor Street, departing at 4.15am.
When: Thursday 25 April, 4.15am
Where: War Memorial Park, Burleigh Heads
ANZAC Day at Miami Tavern
Live music, sport and great Aussie pub food. Get in and check out the AFL on the big screen. Grab their famous $10 parmy and pot or just a nice ice-cold pint. Two Up will start in the early afternoon and live music in the early evening.
When: Thursday 25th April, from 12pm
Where: Miami Tavern, Miami
Currumbin RSL Dawn Service
The biggest service on the Gold Coast takes place at Elephant Rock in Currumbin. A shuttle service is available from 3:30am from Currumbin RSL and The Pines Shopping Centre and runs until the start of the service at 5am. Two-up will take place in the afternoon at Currumbin RSL.
When: Thursday 25 April, 4.35am (march then service at 5am)
Where: Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach
Coolangatta Dawn Service
The march assembles on the pathway behind Chris Cunningham Park at 5.45am with the march itself 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.
When: Thursday 25 April, 5.45am
Where: Chris Cunningham Park, Tweed Heads
Words by Kirra Smith