Experience Anzac Day in Gallipoli

22 April 2015
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Spending Anzac Day in Gallipoli is a event that every Australian should experience.  Not only to learn about our history and fellow countrymen's contribution to World War I, but it has become part of our Australia culture to comprehend what the term Anzac truly means to each and every one of us.

A hassle-free way to access Gallipoli for the Anzac Day service is through a tour operator.  Anzac Cove is a relatively restricted space and there are a limited number of places available. This commemoration is becoming more popular ever year with Australians travelling across the globe to pay their respects, and therefore it is best to book your journey well in advance to guarantee that you won't miss out.

Most tours begin from Istanbul and travel west along the coast and down to the Gallipoli coast.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

When you arrive on the Gallipoli Peninsula you will have time to explore the memorial sites of Anzac Cove.

Walk through of Gallipoli memorial sites Walk through of Gallipoli memorial sites

It's a long day waiting to be ushered into Anzac Cove before you are permitted to hustle in and find a cosy spot on grass for the night.  I recommend packing a sleeping bag, plastic or tarp to put down over the grass, tasty snacks, and some warm clothing as it gets cold throughout the evening.  No alcohol is allowed into Anzac Cove.

Throughout the evening there are incredible presentations about the history of the Anzacs and their landing on the Gallipoli Penisula in World War I on the 25th April 1915.

Aussie huddled together for the dawn service on Anzac Cove Aussies and Kiwis huddled together for the dawn service on Anzac Cove

As dawn begins to break and the crowds crawl out of their sleeping bags, and it's time for the Anzac Day service to begin.

Sunrise on Anzac Cove Sunrise on Anzac Cove

After the Anzac Day dawn service there is the opportunity to attend the Australian service in Lone Pine or the New Zealand service in Chunuk Bair which are a short walk up from Anzac Cove.

Australian service at Lone Pine and New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair Australian service at Lone Pine and New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair

The Australian service at Lone Pine is a moving event as Aussies pay respects to the Anzacs.

Lone Pine Australian Anzac service Lone Pine Australian Anzac service

Anzac Day is a special day for all Australians, but to be present where our Anzacs fought for our country and to hear their stories, is something you will remember for your lifetime.  Lest we forget.

 We shall never forget

Joanne Heggie

Social media manager at Flight Centre Australia and lover of travel, fitness, vino and good company. 2014 London Marathon finisher.