back to top

This Is What Anzac Day At Gallipoli Is Actually Like

There are plenty of rules and heaps of walking.

Posted on

Every year, thousands of Aussies flock to Anzac Cove on April 25. But this year things are a little different.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the annual dawn service at Gallipoli, Australians who wanted to attend the Centenary of Anzac Commemorations needed to enter a ballot. This year, 10,500 people will be at Anzac Cove. The crowd will be made up of 8120 Australians, 2030 New Zealanders and 350 official representatives of countries involved in the Gallipoli campaign. Australia gets more places than New Zealand due to the casualty ratio at the Gallipoli campaign - Australia lost 8709 Diggers and the Kiwis lost 2779. Of the 8120 Australians heading to the commemorations, 7600 were lucky enough to be drawn in the ballot.
Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the annual dawn service at Gallipoli, Australians who wanted to attend the Centenary of Anzac Commemorations needed to enter a ballot.

This year, 10,500 people will be at Anzac Cove. The crowd will be made up of 8120 Australians, 2030 New Zealanders and 350 official representatives of countries involved in the Gallipoli campaign.

Australia gets more places than New Zealand due to the casualty ratio at the Gallipoli campaign - Australia lost 8709 Diggers and the Kiwis lost 2779.

Of the 8120 Australians heading to the commemorations, 7600 were lucky enough to be drawn in the ballot.

But getting there won't be so simple and there are some strict rules in place.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has a handy booklet for anyone attending, and it's full of advice. Above is a map of the area. The government is warning that anyone attending the commemorations must have a moderate level of fitness and may need to walk up to 10km over the period.
Department of Veterans' Affairs / Via gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has a handy booklet for anyone attending, and it's full of advice. Above is a map of the area. The government is warning that anyone attending the commemorations must have a moderate level of fitness and may need to walk up to 10km over the period.

Once you've arrived it will be really cold... or really hot.

Australians travelling to Gallipoli will arrive the day before and sleep overnight before the dawn service. They're being told by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to bring warm, thermal clothing including jackets, beanies, hats, gloves and scarves. But that's just for the night time. During the day it could get really hot. So pack sunscreen and bring plenty of water, too.
Getty Images

Australians travelling to Gallipoli will arrive the day before and sleep overnight before the dawn service. They're being told by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to bring warm, thermal clothing including jackets, beanies, hats, gloves and scarves. But that's just for the night time.

During the day it could get really hot. So pack sunscreen and bring plenty of water, too.

And it will be crowded.

Australians are told to bring a blanket, but also warned that once they get there, they "will not be able to lie down."
Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

Australians are told to bring a blanket, but also warned that once they get there, they "will not be able to lie down."

There are also some rules: Like no selfie sticks

Tumblr / Via via tumblr.photojojo.com

Also banned: Professional photographic equipment such as large zoom lenses, audio visual or cinematographic devices and large camera tripods. Because no one likes that guy.

And please, don't bring any large musical instruments.

Giphy / Via giphy.com

Or any other large objects, like chairs, camping equipment, large flags or banners, drones or marketing messages.

And of course: No drinking.

Supplied

Any intoxicated people will be turned away at the gate.