Each year on 25 April, an Anzac Day Dawn Service is held at the Australian National Memorial, near Villers-Bretonneux in northern France. You can now register to attend the service.
Visitors planning to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, France must book their free attendance passes online from the Anzac Day Services ticketing website.
Those planning to travel from Australia to attend the Anzac Day service should make sure they are familiar with entry requirements for France and should monitor smartraveller.gov.au for the latest travel advice.
Timing of the service
The official service will start at 5.30am and end at 6.30am.
It will be preceded by a pre-service from 4.00am, including musical performances, short films and readings.
The service will take place at the Australian National Memorial, Route de Villers-Bretonneux, in Fouilloy, France. There will be several ways to access the site.
Shuttle service from Villers-Bretonneux
Free shuttle buses will be available for attendees to the service between Villers-Bretonneux and the Australian National Memorial site, departing from the public carpark located at 1 Rue de la Gare in Villers-Bretonneux. The last shuttle departure is scheduled at 4.45am. After the service, shuttle buses will return patrons to the public carpark in Villers-Bretonneux.
These shuttles will also be accessible to people with disabilities and reduced mobility.
Somme Tourisme shuttles from Amiens
Somme Tourisme is offering a shuttle service, departing from Amiens train station, in Amiens town centre, to the Australian National Memorial. Two types of paid shuttle service are available, at the price of 20€:
- Short itinerary: departs Amiens station (in front of the Tour Perret) at 2.30am – returning around 8:00am
- Long itinerary: departs Amiens station (in front of the Tour Perret) at 2.30am, then transport to the Villers-Bretonneux War Memorial for the 9am Town Service. Return to Amiens around 11.30am
Each shuttle will include a ‘coach captain’ to facilitate the organisation and management of participants and assist passengers as required.
Bookings for the shuttle service can be made through the Somme Tourisme website.
Pedestrian paths from nearby towns
Two well-lit pedestrian paths running from the neighbouring towns will enable participants to reach the service on foot.
- From Villers-Bretonneux (45 minutes walk)
- From Fouilloy (30 minutes walk)
There will be no public parking at the Australian National Memorial. We encourage participants to take the free shuttle buses provided, or to walk along the pedestrian paths.
Tour operator coaches
Patrons travelling with a tour operator by coach will be dropped off and picked up directly at the Australian National Memorial.