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ANZAC Day Blue Mountains Events and Ideas – Sadly, Anzac Day in the Blue Mountains will not go ahead as we expect this year due to Anzac Day organisers deciding that State Government COVID-19 requirements were too restrictive for marches and services to proceed. However, there are a few special ways that we can pay tribute to honour our service men and women on this important day with our family, friends and our community.

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains
Light Up The Dawn

Australians can commemorate and show their support by staying local and participating in the national ‘Light up the Dawn’ service at dawn. The RSL encourages you to rally your neighbours to participate and share your service on your social media platforms.

‘Light Up The Dawn’ on Sunday with a small service in driveways, at front gates or on verandahs, to honour our veterans from home at 6am. https://lightupthedawn.com.au/

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains
Commemoration Service

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains Lower Mountains Anglican Parish

A COVID safe ANZAC Day Commemoration Service in the Blue Mountains this year will be held at Lower Mountains Anglican Parish, Glenbrook. They will host an ANZAC Day Commemoration service, in partnership with the Blaxland/Glenbrook RSL and the Anglican Defence Academy, at 10.30am @ 1 Wascoe Street, Glenbrook. It will also be live streamed.

Lay A Wreath

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains lay a wreath

Wreaths can be laid at any memorial or cenotaph at any time before or on ANZAC Day.

Breakfast at the Country Club

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains Lower Mountains Anglican Parish wentworth falls country club

Wentworth Falls Country Club are hosting an ANZAC Day breakfast in the Hideaway Bistro from 7am. Book your table in advance on 4757 1202 – Walk ins on the day are also welcome.

Community Events

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Most events and marches for ANZAC Day in the Blue Mountains have been cancelled. ‘Light Up The Dawn’ is strongly encouraged, however, three sub branches in the Blue Mountains region still have COVID-safe events going ahead, with strictly limited numbers:

Blackheath/Mount Victoria Sub Branch

Penrith Sub Branch

Richmond Sub Branch

Watch ANZAC Day
Marches Across Australia

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains watch a march

An exemption to the Public Health Order issued to RSL NSW on 24 March 2021 stipulates that a maximum of 10,000 people can participate in the Sydney CBD March.

Watch the ANZAC Day Sydney March from 9am on the ABC. Visit https://ab.co/2Ph7hPN for more details on all ANZAC Day marches being held across the country and when you can view them on the ABC.

Watch the Live
ANZAC Day
Dawn Service

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains dawn service

The NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Martin Place Cenotaph will be held for invited guests and the general public who have a ticket. View it live on YouTube at 4.15am. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96z4vHXoH4

Talk About
ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains and children

Talk about the significance of ANZAC DAY as a family:


What is ANZAC Day?

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance that honours people who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

Originally the day marked the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces in Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915 during the First World War. The acronym stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The first ANZAC Day ceremonies were held in 1916.

Read ‘The Ode’ Together

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains read the ode

The Ode is a section from a poem called “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Make ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC Day Blue Mountains make ANZAC biscuits

The ingredients originally used in ANZAC were rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. All these items did not readily spoil. At first, the biscuits were called Soldiers’ Biscuits, but after the landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed ANZAC Biscuits.

A favourite ANZAC biscuit recipe can be found here.

anzac biscuits pre-1920s recipe

Donate to the
ANZAC Appeal

anzac day blue mountains 2021 donate to the appeal

If you are in a position to provide financial support, you can donate to the ANZAC Appeal to help the RSL to continue delivering ongoing services and support to veterans across Australia. Any donation made from NSW is returned to RSL NSW and goes directly to the partner charity, RSL DefenceCareClick here to donate or find out more.

  • Remember, that as Anzac Day falls on the weekend, there is no public holiday. Retailers will not until 1pm on Anzac Day, unless they have been granted an exemption.
  • If you have any questions about 2021 ANZAC Day commemorations in NSW please contact support@rslnsw.org.au
  • We make all attempts to include correct and up to date details but please note that circumstances out of our control may arise that mean that some details may change.

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