24 April 2023

Dawn Service attendees encouraged to rug up and use public transport for Anzac Day commemorations

| Claire Fenwicke
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A Dawn Service and Veterans’ March will be held at the Australian War Memorial. Photo: File.

Extra layers will be a must for those wishing to show their respects this Anzac Day (25 April), with fog forecast for the city during the Dawn Service.

The Territory will be underneath a high-pressure system, but light winds and lingering moisture could see a misty blanket form over Canberra.

While the forecast minimum of 7 degrees is technically 1.5 degrees warmer than average, that can make little difference when there’s moisture in the air.

This will make way for a predicted sunny top of 22 degrees.

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If you’re attending either the Dawn Service or Veterans’ March at the Australian War Memorial, free transport is available if you wish to leave your car at home.

“Anzac Day is important for a lot of people, which is why we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to rethink their routine and leave the car at home with ‘Register to Ride’, which is completely free,” Transport Canberra deputy director-general Ben McHugh said.

“Registering to ride is easy to sign up for on the Transport Canberra website and provides Canberrans with peace of mind knowing that bus travel to both the Dawn Service and Veterans’ March has been arranged without the hassle of trying to find a park around the Australian War Memorial.”

Registering for the service will also make it easier for Transport Canberra to better monitor and manage demands for the bus services.

“Knowing how many buses are required is important for special events and commemorative ceremonies like Anzac Day where we know there is a high demand,” Mr McHugh said.

“With limited parking and road closures in place throughout the day, it’s a good opportunity to rethink how you can get to the Anzac Day ceremonies.”

Register to Ride pick-up locations for the Dawn Service include:

  • Gungahlin Bus Station
  • Westfield Belconnen
  • Woden Bus Station
  • Tuggeranong Bus Station
  • Continuous loop shuttles from City Bus Station, Russell Offices and the Canberra Centre.

Continuous loop shuttle buses for the Veterans’ March will pick up from Russell Offices and Canberra Centre via the City Bus Station.

Return services for both the Dawn Service and Veterans’ March will depart 20 minutes after each ceremony.

Passengers do not need to register for return travel.

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Passengers who wear or display their war service medals can ride for free on any Transport Canberra bus or light rail service on Anzac Day.

Buses and light rail will be running to a Sunday timetable.

It’s important to note light rail services won’t begin until 7 am, which means only buses can be used to attend the Dawn Service from one of the listed pick-up locations.

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