Here's a few tips to help you get the most out of your visit to Gallipoli and Turkey over ANZAC Day:
- In previous years ANZAC Cove including the sights along Second Ridge Road were open for sightseeing all day. Though in 2013 the Cove and Second Ridge Road were closed until 5pm. The most up to date information for 2014 arrangements provided by the DVA is as follows:
- 'In 2014 the ANZAC Commemorative Services Site (Dawn Service Site) will open at 6pm on 24 April. While sites along Second Ridge Road will be accessible to tours, the ANZAC Commemorative Site will not be open till the designated time.'
As such we are unable to confirm our exact touring arrangements on 24 April 2014 at this time. This information is normally released on 23 April and at this time we will be able to plan our arrival to the Cove accordingly.
- En route to the Gallipoli we stop at a supermarket. This is the ideal time to pick up snacks and drinks for the days ahead. Whilst there are local venders set up around the Dawn Service Site, prices are relatively high and the portions get smaller as time drags on!
- Buy a foam cushion for the time you’ll spend sitting in the grandstand or on the grass at ANZAC Cove and the National Services.
- Your main luggage will be stored securely in the coach hold.
- Evening temperatures are low at this time of year. Pack very warm clothes! Fill a small day pack with everything you’ll need for the evening. Consider - a torch, snacks and water, hat/beanie, scarf, gloves, comfortable walking shoes, WC paper, wet wipes, camera and a sleeping bag. Camping equipment (such as tents etc) is not allowed.
- Alcohol is not permitted in the Dawn Service Site.
- Toilet facilities are provided at the Dawn service site, and in 2012 and 2013 they were clean and plentiful.
- If you have a special need or restricted mobility and require additional assistance to attend the services at Anzac Cove, the Australian Department of Veterans' affairs can offer some assistance to those who require it . An application must be submitted to the Department of Veterans' Affairs for consideration. For more information please follow this link to the 'Assisted Mobility' section of the DVA website or alternatively contact: firstname.lastname@example.org by e-mail or call +61 (02) 6289 6124.
- For guidence and very useful information on 'How to prepare and what to expect on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli in 2014', please view the following page on the DVA website: http://www.dva.gov.au/commems_oawg/commemorations/commemorative_events/
- In 2013 approximately 8000 people attended the Dawn Service Ceremony. The site is situated south of ANZAC Cove overlooking the Aegean coastline. It has a small grassed area seating approx 1500 and the remainder of the attendees enjoy views from the tiered grandstand. Although the grandstand can be a little uncomfortable, as dawn breaks the advantage is clear as you enjoy spectacular views across the coast and uninterrupted views as the ceremonies take place.
- As soon as the Dawn Service concludes, start making your way to the Shell Beach turn-off to make the sometimes steep walk up to Lone Pine (Aust.). Chunuk Bair (NZ) sits at the top of the service road that Lone Pine sits upon. Chunuk Bair is a further 60-70 mins uphill. You’ll only have time to attend one National service, so head to the service for your country and take your place in readiness.
- Please carry all your rubbish with you. Don't leave it at Gallipoli.
- Whilst drop-offs and pick ups at ANZAC Cove usually run smoothly, be PATIENT and be PREPARED for a long walk to ANZAC Cove, as coaches may be ordered to stop at any point along the road to the Cove.
- Security is always high during ANZAC commemoration at Gallipoli. The Turkish government works closely with the Australian and New Zealand governments to ensure that security is tight. Turkish Gendarmes are present in large numbers at the event. They are there to keep order, ensure traffic runs smoothly and carry out spot checks on persons and baggage being taken into the site.
- Register for Anzac Day 2014 in Gallipoli. You can assist the Australian and New Zealand Governments who coordinate Anzac Day services at Gallipoli by registering your intention to attend. By registering you will receive helpful information and tips on what to expect and important updates relating to the schedule of services closer to 25 April. To register, follow this link: http://www.gallipoliregistration.com
In order that we show the best of Turkey in a non-hurried fashion to you, it is imperative you are ready for departure each day. Please do not delay and inconvenience fellow travellers. It is your responsibility to be at the proposed meeting point for the group in time. We will depart at our specified times.
We wish you all the very best in preparing for ANZAC Day in 2014!