Best Road Trips to Take on ANZAC Day​

places to visit on anzac day

Held each year on April 25, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)​ Day is observed as a day of national remembrance. In major cities, many ceremonies, parades and other activities are held to commemorate this significant event.​ If you haven't made any plans yet or are going on a last-minute road trip, VroomVroomVroom has put together a few ideas to help you explore some of the best places in Australia​.

Visit the picturesque seaside town of Manly​

view of manly beach, sydney

Whether you are a shopaholic, beach bum or nature lover, you will find your bliss by exploring some of the spectacular places in Sydney. The city uncovers wonderful sights of the Sydney Harbour all the way to Bondi Beach in the east. From epic adventures in the west to Palm Beach in the north,​ and a day trip to Royal National Park in the south, there are endless locations to explore.

Where to stay? There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in Sydney - ranging from hostels to mid-range motels and even luxury hotels.​

Highlights:

  • Manly is a relaxed beachside suburb perfect for water activities like surfing, scuba-diving, and kayaking. Plenty of guided walking tours are also available here.
  • Visitors flock to the iconic Paddy's Market to shop for souvenir items to take home. Other must-see markets are Glebe, Kirribilli and Rozelle markets.
  • Get in touch with nature at Garigal National Park​. Just a short drive from the CBD, ​the park is popular with walkers, hikers and cyclists.​

Getting there: Find a great car rental deal in​ Sydney. Driving time from Sydney to the world heritage-listed Blue Mountains takes about an hour via M2 and M4.


Explore the Australian War Memorial in Canberra​

view from australian war memorial museum to parliament house

Celebrate this special day by heading to the capital of Canberra​. The Australian War Memorial holds one of the biggest ANZAC Day events. Note that there is no allocated seating for the Dawn Service. Those who want to join are encouraged to occupy the seating put in place for the National Ceremony, or simply stand on the Parade Ground.

Where to stay: The city offers something for all budgets and needs. Top places to stay are QT Canberra, East Hotel, Avenue Hotel Canberra and Hotel Kurrajong.

Highlights:

  • Explore the stunning views of the city from the top of Mount Ainslie.​
  • Explore the Australian War Memorial and experience the Last Post rites.
  • Visit the Parliamentary Triangle, National Institutions and embassies.​
  • Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Getting there: You can pick up a rental car from the airport or from one of the city depots in Canberra. You will see the Australian War Memorial at the end of ANZAC ​Parade, at the roundabout where Limestone Avenue meets Fairburn Avenue. Access to car parking is via Treloar Cresent.


Embark on a culinary adventure in Brisbane​

anzac square and central railway station, brisbane

The city centre is home to a number of restaurants and cafés. Must-try places include Urbane, Gauge, Eleven and Cobbler. On ANZAC ​Day, Brisbane holds a silent service at midnight followed by a Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

Where to stay? Some of the recommended hotels are Calile Hotel, TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel, Next Hotel,  ​Emporium Hotel South Bank and W Brisbane.

Highlights:

  • Eat and drink in Brisbane's hippest neighbourhoods. For a relaxed fine dining, book a table at the award-winning Allium in New Farm​. If you're a fan of Greek food, pop by at Little Greek Taverna or Lefkas in West End.
  • Experience the city's vibrant and eclectic arts scene. The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Fortitude Valley is worth a visit.
  • Discover a handful of great boutiques and shops along James Street.
  • Don't miss out on ANZAC Square War Memorial located between Ann and Adelaide Streets ​when you travel to the city.

Getting there: If you are coming from Brisbane Airport (BNE), you can also rent a car at the airport and go on a 27-minute drive via Airport Link and M3 to reach the city.



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