22 April 2024

Where to mark Anzac Day in Canberra this year

| Morgan Kenyon
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This year marks 109 years since Anzacs landed at Gallipoli. Photo: Australian War Memorial.

On 25 April, 1915, Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on Gallipoli Peninsula; 109 years later, Anzac Day is still commemorated with great respect nationwide.

In Canberra, the Australian War Memorial will conduct its annual dawn service and veterans’ march as usual, but there are also plenty of local venues marking Anzac Day in their own way, with special commemorations, games of two-up and more.

For Canberrans looking to honour the lives of Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in military operations, here’s where to go this Anzac Day, 2024.

People standing at a dawn service for Anzac Day

2024 will be The Dock’s fifth year holding a dawn service on Kingston Foreshore. Photo: The Dock.

The Dock

When: 5:30 am until late.

Where: 7/81 Giles Street, Kingston.

The Dock will once again hold its popular annual dawn service in 2024, for its “proudest day of the year”.

Beginning at 5:30 am sharp, the dawn service will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at 6 am alongside Local Press cafe. Community group Running For Resilience will then kick off its Anzac Day lake run at 6:15 am.

After lunch, it’s time for two-up in the beer garden in support of national defence lifeline, Soldier On. Live music with Marty K begins from 5 pm onwards, continuing into the evening.

Bookings available via The Dock, walk-ins also welcome.

Co-owner of The Durham Adrian behind the bar

The Durham has been around for more than three decades, opening its own microbrewery, Ale Mary Brewing Co, in 2023. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

The Durham Castle Arms

When: Midday until 9 pm.

Where: 52-54 Jardine Street, Kingston.

The Durham Castle Arms pub will open its doors in Green Square this 25 April for lunch and dinner.

Featuring a commemorative Anzac Day beer by Ale Mary Brewing, plenty of live footy to watch and games of two up from noon, The Durham promises an easygoing, friendly atmosphere and plenty of fun.

Bookings available online, walk-ins welcome where possible.

King O'Malleys entry

Affectionately nicknamed ‘Kingos’, the Irish pub is known for its genuine, family-friendly vibe. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

King O’Malleys

When: 10 am until late.

Where: 131 City Walk, Canberra City.

King O’Malleys is doing something a little different for Anzac Day this year. Offering a quiet retreat away from the city crowds from 10 am until late, the traditional Irish pub will have $10 pints of Kingo’s pilsner on tap and live music by acoustic artist Aslan from 12 to 3 pm.

“With the cost of living on everyone’s minds, we thought we’d pass on the public holiday surcharge and offer a tasty, affordable and locally made beer for our patrons to enjoy,” managing director Peter Barclay says.

Walk-ins always welcome, or book online at King O’Malleys.

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The Jetty will be back up and running for Anzac Day on 25 April offering lakeside dining, music and drinks. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

The Jetty

When: 7 am until late.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes.

Despite closing its doors for the season earlier this month, The Jetty will be back up and running for Anzac Day on 25 April.

Coffee is on the cards from 7 am, with the beer garden opening at 10 am. Fricken fried chicken will have sensational burgers, fries and more from 11 am – perfect fuel for games of two-up from noon.

Book online to avoid missing out.

People sitting outdoors at a a pub

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Assembly is one of Braddon’s most popular pubs. Photo: Assembly.

Assembly: The People’s Pub

When: 6 am until late.

Where: 11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Opening an hour earlier than usual this Anzac Day for coffee and breakfast, Assembly is the perfect venue to settle in for the morning following dawn service.

Come midday it’ll be time to kick back in the sports bar to watch some footy, or hit the beer garden for a lively game of two-up. Live music starts from 6:30 pm and continues into the night.

Find out more at Assembly.

front shot of The George Harcourt Inn.

Built in 1980, The George Harcourt Inn has spent 40 years curating the perfect pub atmosphere. Photo: The George Harcourt Inn.

The George Harcourt Inn

When: Open 11 am to 10 pm.

Where: 3 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls.

This Anzac Day, the George Harcourt Inn will further brighten the heart of Gold Creek with live music, two-up, and Canberra’s biggest range of craft and international beers on tap.

For the two-up players, games start at midday in the front courtyard and run until 5 pm.

Bookings encouraged, secure your spot online.

casino cbr signage

Casino Canberra combines entertainment, sporting and gaming with fantastic food and service, right in the heart of the city centre. Two-up starts at 3 pm in the Lotus Room. Photo: Casino Canberra.

Casino Canberra

When: 12 to 9 pm.

Where: Onyx Lounge at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City.

Casino Canberra has plenty of value on offer this Anzac Day, with $15 Aussie burgers all day, and happy hour prices from 4 to 6 pm.

Live sport will be on every screen in the luxurious Onyx Lounge, and two-up players can start tossing their coins in the Lotus Room from 3 pm onwards.

Find out more at Casino Canberra.

canberra services club site

The Canberra Services Club is the only club of its kind in the region, proudly supporting defence, police and emergency service personnel. Photo: Canberra Services Club.

Canberra Services Club

When: 6:30 am onwards.

Where: 51 Blackall Street, Barton.

Meeting in Manuka for the 6:30 am dawn service (14 Manuka Circle) and 7 am gunfire brekky, Canberra Services Club will host the Royal Australian Signals Association, Certa Cito Foundation, Australian Commando Association and more this Anzac Day.

The club looks forward to providing a safe, secure and friendly environment for all those who serve and have served, also offering free bus transport to and from the Australian War Memorial for the 9:30 am veterans’ march.

Then it’s back to the clubhouse in Barton, for games of two-up from 1 pm.

Bookings recommended for bus transport. For more information, visit Canberra Services Club.

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