Anzac Day

anzac day

Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the  anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during  the First World War.

Liverpool City Council in partner with Liverpool RSL Subbranch will be hosting the annual Dawn  Service at Bigge Park to honour all our

Australian servicemen and women, past and present who  have fought for Australia in the Defence Force.

DATE: 25th April 2024

TIME: 5:30am Dawn Service

VENUE: Bigge Park Liverpool (Bigge Street Liverpool NSW 2170)

What time does the ceremony start and finish?


  • 5:15am March from Club Liverpool, George Street to Bigge Park
  • 5:30am Dawn Service

The march is organised by the City of Liverpool RSL sub-Branch. For any enquiries please contact

Where does the ceremony take place?

MARCH: Meeting and starting point is Club Liverpool (185 George St, Liverpool NSW 2170)

CEREMONY: Bigge Park Liverpool (Bigge Street Liverpool NSW 2170)

Site Map and March Route


Can schools attend and participate in the ceremony?

Schools wishing to attend or lay a wreath at the ANZAC Day Ceremony please send your request to However, please be aware, due to limited capacity in the Commemorative area, a request does not guarantee attendance.

What is the format of the ceremony?

The Ceremony follows the following format:

  • March commences from Club Liverpool and makes way to Bigge Park
  • The Memorial's Master of Ceremonies starts with a brief introduction
  • Mounting of the Catafalque Party
  • Acknowledgment to Country
  • Mayoral Speech
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Prayer for the Nation
  • A piper plays a lament, during which invited guests can lay wreaths and floral tributes at the base of the memorial
  • The Ode
  • A bugler plays the Last Post
  • Sacred moment of silence
  • Reveille
  • Benediction
  • The New Zealand and Australian National Anthem is played and sung
  • Dismount of the catafalque party
  • The Master of Ceremonies ends the ceremony with a final reflection.

A program will be provided on the day and available on our website shortly.

Can children march on ANZAC Day?

Yes. Liverpool City Council and the City of Liverpool RSL sub-Branch invites veterans marching on ANZAC Day to include their children to better impart the Spirit of ANZAC Day to future generations. Children do not need to register, but must be with a parent or guardian at all times.

Can I lay a wreath at the ceremony?

Yes, but only after the formal service has concluded, from 7 am. Wreath laying during the Dawn Service is by invitation only.

Why do people wear Rosemary on ANZAC Day?

It is traditional on ANZAC Day to wear a sprig of rosemary. Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula. We use Poppies as a symbol on Remembrance Day, 11 November.

Liverpool City Council will be providing Rosemary Sprigs to be warn at the event, please see our staff on the floor to receive one.

What are the flag and commemorative protocols for ANZAC Day Services?

Flags are required to be flown at half-mast till noon on ANZAC Day, then raised to the masthead until sunset. It is appropriate to fly the flags of New Zealand, the United Kingdom and other allied nations alongside the national flag. It is also considered appropriate to wave small Australian flags during marches.

‍When flown with the flags of other sovereign nations, all flags should be flown on separate staffs and in equal position, no flag being flown higher than any other and all being the same size if possible.

‍International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another in time of peace. The Australian National Flag should, however, be hoisted first and lowered last unless the number of flags permits their being hoisted and lowered simultaneously.

‍For more information, visit Defence Ceremonial Protocols and the ANZAC Portal.

Can I wear a combination of medals such as military and public service honour medals?

Yes. The term medals covers:

‍The Member of the Order of Australia and the Medal of the Order of Australia and badges of the 4th and 5th classes of orders and decorations which are worn as medals as well as for campaigns and long service.

A veteran may wear their own medals on the left and those of a relative on the right. For more information, view the list of Australian honours.

Is this an 18+ event?

This is an all-ages event.

Is the event ticketed and cost money?

The event is free to attend and no ticket is required.

Is there parking? / How do I get there?

Parking Station - Warren Service way Carpark – Entry via Dewsbury Service way off Bigge Street or George Street.

Bus Routes - Transdev Bus Routes – 901, 903, M90, 902 & 904

Closest Train Station - Liverpool Train Station – then walk to Bigge Park

Is there disabled access / parking at this event?  

Accessible parking is available onsite please follow the staff and show your accessibility sticker upon arrival.

Email to discuss your requirements with one of the event staff.

Will there be road closures in place for this ceremony?

Road closures will be in place for the march from Club Liverpool to Bigge Park from 4.45am to 5.30am. Please follow the directions of Police and Security, contact City of Liverpool RSL sub-Branch for further information at

Road closures will cease once the ceremony commences at 5:30am.

What amenities are available?

Toilets are available at the Water Park, located next to the Memorial in Bigge Park.

St Johns First Aid will be available during the event.

Where can I purchase food or rinks at the Liverpool event?

Please note as this is public holiday, Council cannot confirm vendors will be open around this event site. We recommend that if you wish to attend please research places around the area before arriving to see their operating hours.

Will I be searched upon entry?

For safety reasons, Council staff, event crew and security reserve the right to check your bags upon entry. Please check our ‘prohibited items’ list below to ensure you are aware of what not to bring to the event.

Can we bring our own alcohol?

This is an alcoholic free event any alcohol brought onto site will be confiscated and authorities can be notified.

Can I smoke at the event?

No smoking will be permitted at the event.

What items are prohibited?  

Items prohibited at Bigge BBQ include:

  • Alcohol and illicit substances of any kind;
  • Glass bottles, glassware or breakable containers;
  • Eskies, barbeques or shade structures;
  • Weapons of any kind, including any item that can be used as a projectile;
  • Knives or Scissors;
  • Fireworks, sparklers or flares;
  • Laser pointers;
  • Drones or any other remote-controlled device;
  • Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards or skates;
  • Animals (excluding service animals);
  • Cameras and recording devices for commercial use (unless approved by Council); and
  • Other items deemed by security, police or event coordinators as having potential to cause injury or public nuisance.

Can I take photos / film at the event? 

Photos can be taken for personal use. We encourage attendees to submit a photo at the event to Council’s Instagram using the hashtag #Liverpoolremembers.

Professional photography (including the use of tripods for safety reasons) will not be permitted on the night without prior consent from Liverpool City Council’s Communications team.

What happens if it rains?

The show must go on! If weather conditions become extreme and pose risk to attendees, performers and crew, the event may be cancelled. Notification will be provided via Council’s social media channels.

Who can I contact if I have any further questions?

You can drop a line to the Civic Events team at