The courageous Anzac spirit born in the face of catastrophic strategic errors and insurmountable odds on the Gallipoli shore forms an integral part of Australia’s national identity.
The gallantry, resilience and larrikin humour of the Gallipoli servicemen and servicewomen birthed an enduring Anzac legend which has come to define our country as one instilled with the values of mateship and a fair go for all, tenets Australian’s still aspire to, fight for and hold dear.
Round up the family, pack the kids into the car and flock to Moreton Bay Region’s bayside this year for the biggest and best Anzac Day Brisbane North events to be found in South-East Queensland on Thursday, 25th April.
The young ones will be riveted by the sights, sounds and excitement of Australia’s Anzac Day traditions, so come and pay your tributes to the returned and fallen servicemen and servicewomen, as well as current military personnel serving overseas by the waterside.
On Sunday 14th April, the weekend before Anzac Day, Redcliffe RSL will be coordinating a Poppy Service at the Redcliffe Cemetery from 10am in remembrance of the fallen diggers.
The Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch is pulling out all the stops this Anzac Day with the backing of Moreton Bay Regional Council. The RSL encourages all Moreton Bay Region locals from far and wide to heed the bugle call, embrace the Anzac spirit and come together as a community along the Redcliffe peninsula.
As the official host of the peninsula’s Anzac Parades and Services, the Redcliffe RSL will be hosting one of Queensland’s largest and most poignant Anzac Day Brisbane North Services. The annual Redcliffe Dawn Service and Anzac Parade Brisbane North procession is a unique event taking place by the waterfront along Redcliffe’s peninsula at Anzac Park.
Rise early and fall-in at the intersection of Redcliffe Parade and Baker St at 5:00 am to march-off at 5:15 am. The Anzac Day Parade will be separated into 3 groups: veterans accompanied by their families, cadets and others including those marching in remembrance of a loved one.
The March will be followed by a touching Service at Anzac Place beginning at 5:30 am.
Latecomers and those struggling for a live-view of proceedings on the day will be able to breathe easy. Massive outdoor screens along with high-quality speakers will be erected to broadcast the service to the crowds gathered by the waterfront.
After the Anzac Day Brisbane North March all current and ex-servicemen and women along with their families will be invited to a FREE breakfast in the Redcliffe RSL’s Gallipoli Grill between 6:00 am and 8:00 am. Members of the public will be welcome to dig in alongside returned diggers and their relatives for a gold coin donation, the proceeds of which will go to the Legacy charity organisation.
After the Redcliffe RSL’s Gunfire Breakfast comes to an end, another service will be held in the Woody Point Community Centre starting at 8:30 am.
The main event of the day will have Redcliffe practically bursting at the seams with swelling crowd numbers. An influx of visitors is expected to take over the peninsula to witness and join in the 9:30 am Anzac Parade and Service.
The bayside Anzac Day March Brisbane North commences at the Redcliffe Parade and Anzac Avenue roundabout. This march is the centrepiece of Redcliffe RSL’s Anzac Day events.
Last year, crowds close to 24,000 strong poured into Redcliffe from all over the Moreton Bay Region for the Dawn Service, with numbers dropping to around 15,000 for the Main Service. The Redcliffe community needs your help to eclipse the record of 30,000 attendees, so come to the peninsula this Anzac Day to help make 2019’s commemorations the largest Redcliffe has ever seen.
Salute the Anzac diggers over a cold one at the Outdoor Two-Up Bar scheduled to open-up in Redcliffe RSL’s loading dock/car park after the main Anzac Parade and Anzac Service comes to a close. The Redcliffe RSL QLD sub-branch will welcome all Anzac event attendees onto the premises to mingle until late.
Enter via Bowling Green Lane.
From 12:30 am on the day, Marine Parade, Redcliffe Parade and Prince Edward Parade (from Dix Street to Klinger Road) will be closed to traffic to accommodate the main Anzac Service. Humpybong Esplanade to Klingner Rd will also be shut.
Other road closures in place include:
A shuttle bus loop service will be running on the day from 4:00 am to 1:00 pm stopping at: Kippa-Ring Rail Station, Redcliffe Showgrounds, corner of Sutton St and Creek St, and the rear of the Ambassador Hotel.
Please visit the Redcliffe RSL website for road closure info and a detailed map depicting the shuttle bus route and parking options.
The RSL QLD Bribie Island Sub-Branch has big plans for Anzac Day.
Rouse the family early and head over before first light to stand at attention awaiting the bugle call at the Bribie Island RSL Sub-Branch’s Dawn Service. Participants and onlookers should flock to the Brennan Park at Bongaree for a 4:28 am start on the day.
Once the Dawn Service finishes, all attendees will be invited to come along to the Bribie Island RSL for an early bird Gunfire Breakfast commencing immediately after the Dawn Service at about 5:00 am. $5 entry will be required to dig in. The bar will open at 6:30 am on this special day only.
The main event of the Bribie Island Anzac Day programme is set to kick-off after breakfast. Bring the family down to Apex Park on Toorbul St, next to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum to watch, or join-in the Anzac Parade. Marchers must be ready at 8:30 am sharp. Participants will march-off at 8:45 am along Toorbul Street to Korea Place within the Bribie Island RSL grounds.
The Service in Korea Place will commence after all marchers have arrived, at approximately 9:00 am.
Everyone including school children, ex-service and service organisations and the general public are encouraged to participate in the Anzac Service by placing an Anzac wreath, or appropriate book on the memorial when the time comes.
Toorbul Street will be shut-down between South Esplanade and Bribie Island RSL Club from 7:30 am until 9:00 am – the time the island’s Anzac Parade Brisbane North is expected to conclude.
After the main Anzac Day Brisbane North events have concluded everyone in attendance (including the general public) will be welcome back to the RSL for drinks, fun social activities and entertainment. Games of ‘2 Up’ will commence from 1:00 pm.
RSL members wearing their medals will receive FREE drink tickets and children will also be provided with FREE refreshments.
Why not fan out with the family later in the day to discover a variety of fun things to do on Bribie Island. From Bribie beaches to the national park, this unique slice of Moreton Bay Region paradise has something to interest everyone.
Get out of the city and head to Deception Bay for the Dawn Service and local Anzac Day March Brisbane North hosted by the QLD RSL Deception Bay Sub-Branch, plus a Gunfire Breakfast.
The Dawn Service will take place at the War Memorial on Ewart Street commencing from 6:00 am. You can park your car at the Community Hall Carpark, or curb-side along Rainbow Terrace.
After the Service concludes the general public can attend the RSL’s traditional breakfast in the Deception Bay Community Hall in exchange for a $5 donation.
The Anzac Day Brisbane North Deception Bay Parade will step-off from the local library on Bayview Terrace at 5:40 am, venturing up Bayview Terrace to the Community Hall. A salute will be conducted on the podium in front of the RSL Deception Bay Barracks Retirement Units.
Bayview Terrace (between Captain Cook Parade and Leandi Drive) will be closed from 5:30 am until 7:00 am.
The Beachmere RSL will hold a Parade, Community Commemorative Service, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast.
Turn up at 6:30 am to assemble for the local Anzac Parade Brisbane North procession to the Beachmere Remembrance Memorial Park at the RSL. Marchers will head off at 6:50 am from the Uniting Church at the corner of Moreton Terrace and Second Avenue.
All attendees are expected to be seated by 6:50 am upon arrival in Clayton Park next to the RSL for the Anzac Service:
At 6:55 am catafalque party to mount will take place, followed by the 7:00 am formal welcome, a hymn, wreath laying, speeches by special guests, last post ode, rause, NZ National Anthem, Australian National Anthem, party march off, guard march, flags half mast, benediction. The Service will be brought to a close by the MC.
After the ceremony is over, all attendees including the general public will be welcome to move into the Beachmere RSL Club to enjoy a Gunfire Breakfast amongst comrades, family and old and new friends.
Moreton Terrace will be closed to traffic between Main Street and Sandpiper Street from 6:00 am until approximately 7:30 am.