Anzac day march moves to Elizabeth street

6 April 2016

Sydney’s traditional Anzac Day March through the CBD will for the first time run down Elizabeth Street this year, leading those who take part directly to the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.

The Anzac Day March will divert from its historical route down George Street to accommodate construction and future operation of the CBD and South East Light Rail.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the change of route would not adversely affect the service, with the wide footpaths of Elizabeth Street and open spaces of Hyde Park to allow all members of the public to view the march – particularly special groups including senior veterans, widows and the disabled.

“This year, Sydney will mark 100 years since the first commemoration of the ANZACs and this tradition will continue to be honoured in the CBD with a march and the Act of Remembrance observed as units pass along Elizabeth Street,” Ms Prendergast said.

“George Street is changing and we have to cater for that, so we’ve worked closely with the RSL to ensure we prepare for change and make available the best possible location for the march, one that’s easy for participants to access and allows for the growing crowds we’re seeing each and every year. 

“With the open space of Hyde Park flanking the second half of the new march route, those paying their respects this year will be better catered for and the march will now take participants directly to the Anzac Memorial.”

Ms Prendergast also reinforced the need to plan ahead and use public transport if heading to the city for Anzac Day. 

“It’s important for those attending the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph and the march in the CBD to remember that we’re expecting over 100,000 people and with road closures and clearways in place, it’s best to leave the car at home,” Ms Prendergast said.

“There will be additional train and bus services and participants and observers are reminded that the best access to the Dawn Service and Sunset Service is via St James, Wynyard and Martin Place stations, while the best access to Hyde Park is via St James, Town Hall and Museum stations.

“Travel on public transport to and from Anzac Day events is free for current and ex-Australian Defence Force personnel in uniform, wearing their medals or have proof of military service. Veteran’s families, carers, widows and widowers also travel free.

“Those travelling via bus should be prepared that there will be some diversions due to road closures and temporary stops may be used while roads are closed.” 

* Photo: Yupeng Wu