ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.

ANZAC Day is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Local ANZAC Day events

Events will be held across the Cairns region to recognise the spirit of Anzac and remember those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

A number of temporary road closures will be in effect to allow for these Anzac Day services to take place.

For more information contact Raine Davies, Coordinator Event Delivery on 07 4044 3261 or

Please note

Busy events can be quite stressful for your animal. Please consider the wellbeing of your pet and other event attendees and please keep your pet at home during busy events.


Dawn Service
The Dawn Service will commence at the Cenotaph on the Cairns Esplanade at 5.30 am.

Ecumenical Church Service
Cairns Ecumenical Service will be held in St Monica's Cathedral commencing at 8.15am.

Services Parade 
The March will step off at Fogarty Park at 10.00 am.
* NOTE: the parade will travel north along the Esplanade to Minnie Street and along Grafton Street to enter Munro Martin Parklands. This is the opposite direction to last year’s march.

Commemoration Service
The Commemoration Service will begin after the arrival of the March (approx. 10.30am) at Munro Martin Parklands.

Road closures

  • Esplanade from Spence Street to Florence streets - 3am to noon
  • Grafton Street from Minnie Street to Florence Street - 9am to noon parking reserved by Council 2.30am - noon
  • Florence Street from the Esplanade to Grafton Street - 9am to noon

Munro Martin Parklands will be closed on Tuesday 24 April for ANZAC Day preparations.


Official timings

  • 4:25am Dawn parade from RSL Memorial Hall to ANZAC Park (cenotaph) followed by service/ wreath laying (assemble at 4:00am at RSL Memorial Hall)
  • 10:00am Commemorative march (assemble at 9:50am RSL Memorial Hall) to ANZAC Park, followed by service/ wreath laying

Road closures - 9:45am to 10:30am

  • School Street from Church Street to Munro Street
  • Munro Street from School Street to Knowles Street

Edge Hill

Official timings

  • 4:10am Commemorative March (assemble on Anderson Street entrance)
  • 4:28am Service begins at the War graves, Martyn Street Cemetery


Official timings

  • 5:15am Dawn parade at Fuller Park (cenotaph) followed by service/wreath laying
  • 5:28am Bugler sounds long "G"
  • 7:45am Parade assembles
  • 8:15am Commemorative march (assemble outside Hambledon Hotel) with service/ wreath laying to follow at Fuller Park (cenotaph)

Road closures - 7:30am to 10:30am

  • Bruce Highway from Service Road, Stoke Street to Cattle Street
  • Cattle Street from Stoke Street to Wolff Street
  • Wolff Street from Cattle Street to Fuller Park
  • Part closure of Stoke St


Official timings

  • 3:30am Gunfire breakfast at Gordonvale RSL Annex (next to tennis court in Norman Park)
  • 4:27am Dawn Service begins at Norman Park cenotaph followed by service/ wreath laying
  • 6:00am Breakfast at Norman Park
  • 9:00am Commemorative march from Gordonvale Primary School to Norman Park (cenotaph) followed by service/ wreath laying

Road closures - 9am to 11am

  • Gordon Street from Mills Street to Norman Street
  • Norman Street from Gordon Street to Cannon Street
  • Cannon Street from Norman Street to George Street
  • George Street from Cannon Street to Sheppards Street


Official timings

  • 6:50am Parade assembles at Stratford Post Office
  • 7:00am Commemorative march to Stratford Cenotaph, followed by service and wreath laying

Road closures - 6:30am to 7:30am

  • Stratford Parade to Greenbank Road

Trinity Beach

Official timings

  • 5:30am Dawn parade (assemble adjacent to Memorial) followed by commemorative address and wreath laying

Road closures - 5am to 8am

  • Vasey Esplanade from Trinity Beach Road to Possum Street

Catering available

A Rotary Club Van will be serving breakfast on the Esplanade from 5:00am

Yorkeys Knob

  • 8:30am Commemorative service at the Boat Club Marina
Last updated: 27 June 2018