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

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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.

Looking for what’s open on the Anzac Day Public Holiday in Geelong? Head here.

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.

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:


  • Johnstone Park Pre-Dawn Service – 4:15am
    Takes place at the Geelong Peace Memorial. Hosted by the Geelong RSL.
  • Eastern Beach Reserve Dawn Service – 6am
    Takes place at Eastern Beach Reserve. Hosted by the Geelong RSL.
  • Geelong RSL Service – 9am
    A service will take place at the Geelong RSL at 50 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont.
  • Geelong March & Service – 11:00am
    Commencing from the corner of Yarra Street and Malop Street at 11.00am. The march travels along Malop Street to conclude in Johnstone Park, a commemorative service follows at approximately 11.45am.


  • Naval Association of Geelong Sub Service – 9.30am
    A commemorative service will take place at the Naval Association of Geelong Sub Section carpark at 90 – 92 Skene Street, Newtown.

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 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 & 9:45am
    The Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads RSL Subbranch will hold two services on the morning of ANZAC Day; a 6.00am dawn service around the Ocean Grove Cenotaph in Ocean Grove Park and a march at 9:45am. The march commences from the RSL club rooms in Harding Street and conclude at the Portarlington Cenotaph for a commemorative and wreath laying service.


  • Portarlington Dawn Service & March – 6:30am & 11am
    The Portarlington and St Leonards RSL Subbranch will hold two services on the morning of ANZAC Day; a 6.30am dawn service around the Portarlington Cenotaph on W.G Little Reserve and a march at 11.00am.The march will commence from the RSL club rooms in Harding Street and conclude at the Portarlington Cenotaph for a commemorative and wreath laying service.


  • 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.


  • Norlane March & Service – 9:30am
    Commencing in the service lane of Melbourne Road and Sparks Road at 9:30am, 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 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 March Step Off & Commemorative service – 9:45am
    March will go ahead at Memorial Hall at McMillan Street, Anglesea, followed by a commemorative service at 10am at 30 Murray Street, Anglesea.There will be a commemorative service, guest speaker and music, followed by refreshments in the Memorial Gardens at the rear of the building. Hosted by the Anglesea RSL. As there is no official dawn service at the new memorial, please still feel welcome to lay your wreath, say a prayer and sit a while in the splendor of the memorial light.



  • Torquay Dawn Service – 5:45am
    5:55am at Point Danger, Torquay. Hosted by the Torquay RSL.


  • 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.

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 Memorial Service – 9.00am at the Cenotaph, Kirk Road Point Lonsdale
  • Fort Queenscliff Service – 11am at Fort Queenscliff


  • Ballarat Cenotaph in Sturt Street at 6am for the Dawn Service followed by Gunfire Breakfast at Ballarat RSL Midlands Golf Club. March to follow from 10.30am from Lyons Street North to Ballarat Cenotaph, followed by a commemorative service. 1pm refreshments and Two-Up at Ballarat Midlands Golf Club
  • Cardigan at 7am
  • The Arch of Victory at 8am
  • Sebastopol at 8.30am
  • Wreath laying service at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial at 9am
  • Miners Rest at 10am
  • Buninyong at 10.15am


  • Soldiers Memorial Institute – 6am dawn service at Pall Mall
  • Soldiers Memorial Institute – 10.20am morning service
  • Brassey Square – 6am dawn service on corner of Peg Leg & Sailors Gully
  • Brassey Square – 8.30am morning service on corner of Peg Leg & Sailors Gully

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 [email protected]

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.