A guide to all the services and marches on ANZAC Day across the Geelong region
23.04.2022

A guide to all the services and marches on ANZAC Day across the Geelong region

Pay your respects at these ANZAC Day Services and Marches

Commemorated on April 25th, ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first key military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, and is a day when Australia comes together to recognise all those who have served our nation and pay tribute to the sacrifice of more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in the service of our country.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here

This year many traditional Anzac Day events are returning after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, giving Australians the opportunity to come together to remember the fallen.

Here we will pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have served in our country’s defence, and those who continue to serve today. If you’re looking to attend an ANZAC Day service or march, we’ve compiled a list of all the ones happening around the region.

A reminder to those attending ANZAC Day services across the region to be COVID safe; stay home if you’re not feeling well and remember to socially distance where you can.

ANZAC Day events across Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast regions:

Local RSL Sub-Branches in the region will run the following services and marches on ANZAC Day:

Geelong

  • Johnstone Park Pre-Dawn Service – 4:15am
    Takes place at the Geelong Peace Memorial. Hosted by the Geelong RSL.
  • Eastern Beach Reserve Dawn Service – 5:50am
    Takes place at Eastern Beach Reserve. Hosted by the Geelong RSL.
  • Geelong March & Service – 11:00am
    Commencing from the corner of Yarra Street and Malop Street. The march travels along Malop Street to conclude in Johnstone Park where a commemorative service follows at approximately 11.45am. Hosted by the Geelong RSL.

South Geelong

  • Boer War Memorial Dawn Service – 6:30am
    Takes place at the Boer War Memorial located on the corner of Kilgour Street and Latrobe Terrace. Hosted by the Kardinia Rotary Club.

Lara

  • Lara Dawn Service – 6:00am
    Takes place at the Lara Cenotaph at 2 Rennie Street. Hosted by the Lara RSL Subbranch.

Ocean Grove

  • Ocean Grove Dawn Service & March – 6:00am
    Takes place at the Ocean Grove Cenotaph in the Ocean Grove Park. At 9:45am the march commences in The Terrace to conclude in Ocean Grove Park. The march concludes with a commemorative and wreath laying ceremony. Hosted by the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads RSL Subbranch.

Portarlington

  • Portarlington Dawn Service & March – 6:30am
    Takes place at the Portarlington Cenotaph on W.G Little Reserve. A march will take place at 11:00am from the club rooms in Harding Street to conclude at the Portarlington Cenotaph for a commemorative and wreath laying service. Hosted by the Portarlington and St Leonards Sub Branch.

Leopold

  • Leopold War Memorial Service – 8:00am
    Takes place at the Leopold War Memorial located on the corner of Stringer Lane and Melaluka Road. Hosted by the Leopold War Memorial Committee and Leopold Lions Club.

Barwon Heads

  • Barwon Heads March & Service – 8:45am
    Commencing from the corner of Hitchcock Avenue and Bridge Road, to proceed along Hitchcock Avenue. A commemorative and wreath laying service follows at the conclusion of the march at the Cenotaph located outside the Barwon Heads Community Hall. Hosted by the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads RSL Subbranch.

St Leonards

  • St Leonards – 9:00am
    A commemorative service takes place inside the St Leonards Memorial Hall at 1342 Murradoc Road.

Newtown

  • Newtown – 9:30am
    The Naval Association Club will hold a commemorative service at their base at 90-92 Skene St, Newtown VIC 3220

Norlane

  • Norlane March & Service – 9:30am
    Commencing in the service lane of Melbourne Road and Sparks Road, the march turns into Rose Avenue to conclude at the Norlane RSL Sub Branch. A wreath laying ceremony follows at approximately 9:50am. Hosted by the Norlane RSL Sub Branch.

Drysdale

  • Drysdale Service & March – 10:30am
    The Drysdale RSL Subbranch will host a restricted ANZAC Day service and march. At approximately 10.15am the participants of the Drysdale will assemble in Princess St near Eversley St, for the march to commence at precisely 10.30am. The march proceeds along Princess Street to conclude around the Drysdale Cenotaph.

Anglesea

  • Anglesea March Step Off & Commemorative service – 9:45am
    March will go ahead at Memorian Hall at McMillan Street, Anglesea, followed by a commemorative service at 10am at 30 Murray Street, Anglesea. Sausage sizzle after service with a gold coin donation.

Lorne

Queenscliff/Pt Lonsdale

  • Queenscliff Dawn Service – 5:45am
    A commemorative dawn service will be held at Ocean View Carpark: Hesse Street, Queenscliff.
  • The Point Lonsdale March step off will be at 8:45am from the front shops, up Kirk Rd to Cenotaph.
  • Queenscliff March Step off at 10:45am up Hesse street to Fort Queenscliff
  • Commemorative Service following both Marches

Torquay

  • Torquay Dawn Service – 5:30am
    A commemorative dawn service will be held at Point Danger, Torquay at 5:30am followed by a memorial service at 7:30am at the rear of Torquay Bowls Club. Breakfast will be available from 7:30am with bacon and egg rolls for a gold coin donation.

Winchelsea

  • Winchelsea Service – 10:30am
    A commemorative service will be held at 10.30am at the Easter Reserve RSL rooms, 70 Hopkins Street, Winchelsea. Wreaths and Flowers are welcome to be laid. Morning tea will be available for all after the service.

Other ways you can participate in ANZAC Day if you not up in the morning:

Buy a badge or support the Appeal

The RSL will be selling badges to raise funds for their members. The Geelong RSL Sub-Branch is also urging people to donate to the ANZAC Appeal.

Donations to the ANZAC Appeal go a long way towards helping our brave servicemen and women who need it most. Make a difference and donate to change a veteran’s life today!

Share your experience

Show how you will mark the day by using #AnzacDay2022 on social media.

Involve the kids

Bake ANZAC biscuits, craft a poppy, make a wreath or read poetry.

Take the kids on a virtual tour through the Australian War Memorial’s Museum.

Support our troops

Send an email to express your support and thoughts to our troops. Emails are very much appreciated by Australian Defence Force members on operations. Use the address supportthetroops@defence.gov.au

Discover our history

Learn more about Australia’s veteran history, take virtual tours and listen to stories from our servicemen and servicewomen.

Visit the Australian War Memorial and Department of Veterans Affairs Anzac Portal.