2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service

On April 25, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service held at Elephant Rock, Currumbin and hosted by Currumbin RSL will once again be a major Australian Event. We extend an invitation to all to attend this NATIONAL day of remembrance. 

Important Changes to 2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service Ceremonial Seated Area

Due to improved security for the 2018 ANZAC Dawn Service members and their family wishing to be part of the seated ceremonial area are required to register their details.


You will NOT be able to enter the seated ceremonial area unless you have registered and have a wrist band.

REGISTRATION PACKS, including the wrist bands required for access to the ceremonial seated area MUST be collected on or BEFORE 23 APRIL and worn on the morning on 25 April.

The seated ceremonial area will be a secure area and no exceptions can be made.

Please note the above is only for the seated area in front of the main stage. Members, guests and attendees are welcome March and to view the service from surrounding vantage points as in previous years.

Being the 2014-2018 100 years of ANZAC anniversary, we are expecting large attendance numbers for the Dawn Service and as such we have measures in place to enable efficient and safe crowd control.

  • Pre-registration for those wishing to be seated in the ceremonial area require to complete the above registration form. This area is reserved for veterans and serving military first and foremost and we ask the public to be respectful of this.
  • Park and Ride Park and Ride options are available for people to be transported to the beachfront from our Club and The Pines Elanora Shopping Centre for a Gold Coin donation (no charge for Veterans or currently serving personnel). Due to high demand there are limited buses so we encourage those that are able to walk.
  • There is a Bike and Walk option this year with a bike rack located opposite Murraba Street on the beach. This is to assist in making the Dawn Service a more sustainable event. Please note bike rack does not include locks therefore owners should bring their own. Bikes utilizing the bike rack are done so at the owners own risk.
  • All return buses depart from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – please be advised there will be considerable wait times.
  • No backpacks are permitted if you are marching or entering the main car park.


Important Changes to 2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service VETERAN MARCH

The location and direction of the Veteran March for the 2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be changed in 2018. The Veteran March will now form up on Teemangum Street, turning right towards the ocean and heading north to Elephant Rock (please see map below). The meeting point for the march is The village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, open from 3.30am.

As noted at the top of this page, in 2018 there will be a requirement for all those entering the ceremonial area to pre-register to gain access. ALL THOSE REQUESTING SEATING WITHIN THE CEREMONIAL SEATED AREA WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRE-REGISTER AND BE WEARING APPROVED IDENTIFICATION AS PROVIDED BY CURRUMBIN RSL IN ORDER TO MARCH THROUGH TO THE CEREMONIAL AREA. All registration details are at the top of this page.

Dawn Service Timetable:

3:00am Park and Ride commencement (via Gold Coin donation)
3.30am Gates to assembly area will be open (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Village Green (28, Tomewin Street, Currumbin)
4:00am March Assembly
4:35am March off
5:00am Dawn Service commences at Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach


We encourage you to arrive as early as possible and utilise the Gold Coin donation ‘Shuttle Service’ for your convenience and safety, as there will be significant road closures around Currumbin Beach from 2 am on Wednesday April 25. The ‘Shuttle Service’ options are from Currumbin RSL and The Pines Shopping Centre at 3am and running continuously until the commencement of the Dawn Service. World War II Veterans will be picked up at Currumbin RSL from 3.30am and transported to the march assembly point at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Tomewin Street. Park and Ride is free for all Veterans and currently serving persons.

On completion of the Dawn Service the buses will return patrons from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary back to these locations via Gold Coin donation. Anyone wishing to attend the $5 Gunfire Breakfast should take the Currumbin RSL Park and Ride.

Please note: return buses will leave from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and there will be considerable wait periods


There will be significant road closures around Currumbin Beach from 2 am on Wednesday April 25. No parking will be allowed in the Currumbin Surf Club and along with Elephant Rock foreshore from Midnight Monday 23rd April.

Pacific Parade, Woodgee Street, Tomewin Street and Murraba Street. These roads reopen after service concludes.  Please be patient for crowds to disperse. Please visit our dedicated ANZAC Day facebook page for a map of road closures


Radio Station 92.5 Gold FM is broadcasting the ANZAC Day Dawn Service LIVE. You can download their app for free, just in case your position at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service is too far away from a speaker. Simply click on this link 92.5 Gold FM app, select your device (iphone, ipad, Android, Windowsphone or Blackberry) and you will be able to listen to the Dawn Service live. Remember to bring your headphones so you can hear it loud and clear.  It is advised to download the app before the morning of April 25 to save possible line congestion.

Channel 7 Sunrise program will be televising our service live right around Australia from 5.00am. If you are unable to join us at the rock for this special Dawn Service, you may wish to watch it on television.


The mid morning service at the Currumbin RSL Cenotaph is to allow those who are unable to attend the Dawn Service an opportunity to participate.

Currumbin RSL will offer Two Up and live entertainment by Dave Gray Duo. Lunch bookings are available at Alleys Restaurant. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please note for the safety of our patrons it is club policy that children will not be allowed on the foreshore of the club and not in the kids playground at the completion of the mid morning service at 12.30pm. Any children on the premises after 1pm should only be in the restaurant accompanied by an adult, must remain in the restaurant at all times and vacate the premises before 3pm.

Gunfire Breakfast and Mid Morning Timetable:

 6:15am    Gunfire Breakfast at Currumbin RSL – $5 (free for current and ex-serving personnel)
10:00am    Club closes in preparation of Mid Morning Service
10:40am    Parade assembly at Winders Park
10:55am    March off
11:15am    Mid Morning Service commences at the Cenotaph at Currumbin RSL
1:00pm     Club operating as usual however 18yrs and over only allowed entry from this time with the exception of Alleys Restaurant bookings
1:00pm     Live entertainment commences by Dave Gray duo
1:00pm     Two Up begins
3:00pm     For the safety of our patrons all persons under 18yrs must vacate the premises
5.30pm     Club closes.
For the entertainment line up at Currumbin RSL on ANZAC Day please visit www.currumbinrsl.com.au 
Intoxicated persons will not be permitted to enter the club and responsible service of alcohol practice will apply. Dress regulations apply and Management reserves the right to refuse entry to the Club.

This information may be subject to change. Please visit the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service Facebook Page for up to date changes which will be updated in real time. Those who are incapacitated or need assistance, please advise our staff who are happy to assist with your needs.

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Thank you to Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club for the continuous support of this event. They have allowed Currumbin RSL to hold the event in their car park year after year, organise the boaties for the release of Ashes to sea and are supportive in all that we do.

We would like to thank City of Gold Coast for their in-kind and financial contribution to the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

We would like to thank Connecting Southern Gold Coast for their in-kind and financial contribution to the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

The Pines Elanora have always graciously offer their car park for our park and ride and greatly assist with the logistics for this.  We would also like to thank them for their continued assistance in promoting all things relating to our ANZAC Day activities

Also a big thank you to our media partners, Gold FM and Channel 7 Sunrise 

Visit our BLOG to listen to Veteran Stories and find out more about the significance of ANZAC Day and the centenary of WWI. This blog aims to preserve history and offer an informative insight into the personal lives of those that have and do serve this country. We have complied stories, images and video footage of both current and ex-servicing men and women. Please take the time to view their touching stories and even share your own.