Be Inspired - ANZAC Day abroad

Published April 24th, 2012

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance. A day that marks the anniversary of Australia and New Zealand’s action in World War I and a time to remember all casualties of war. An emotional day for all Australians and New Zealanders, and one filled with silences, stories and games of two-up.



While Dawn Services and celebrations take place through-out Australia and New Zealand, few can compare to spending ANZAC DAY on the soil of Gallipoli. The atmosphere, the emotions, the camaraderie – there’s nothing quite like it.


Each year on the 25th of April, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders make the popular pilgrimage to Turkey to pay their respects and experience the moving Dawn Service. Imagine hearing the emotional Last Post while at the Dawn Service on North Beach, Gallipoli. Walking through the battlefields, hearing the stories of war and whispering into the night ‘lest we forget’ – it’s enough to send shivers up your spine.


Here are a few ways to experience a memorable ANZAC Day at Gallipoli


  • Attend the Dawn Service at the ANZAC Memorial at North Beach
  • Visit the War Cemetery at ANZAC Cove
  • Explore the trenches and battlefields
  • Enjoy the full ANZAC experience with a tour. Most ANZAC tours usually take around 4 days while some can last up to as long as 8 days.
  • Play two-up in Istanbul
  • Backpack through Turkey and make your way to Istanbul and Gallipoli

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.