Sleeping out at ANZAC Cove
The Dawn Service site is situated south of ANZAC Cove overlooking the Aegean coastline. It has a small grassed area seating approx 1000 and the remainder of the attendees enjoy views from the tiered grandstand.
Our groups will arrive to the Dawn Service site generally before 5pm. The site offically opens at 6pm, though in the past attendees have been allowed to enter as early as 5pm, so we will arrive to the site early, even if it does involve a little waiting around. This has always ensured that we get a good spot and although we’ll spend the evening outdoors awaiting dawn, it gives time for us to take in the charged atmosphere and promises good viewing of the evocative service in the morning.
Sleeping at the Cove for most is all part of the ANZAC experience but a word to the wary, it is not a walk in the park. Temperatures can plummet and the wind coming off the water can pick up during the night. Previous years have remained clear and cold and thankfully the rain has remained at bay. Your main luggage will be stored securely in the coach hold and only day bags are permitted into the cove, make sure to pack very warm clothes as well as a torch, snacks and water, hat/beanie, scarf, gloves, comfortable walking shoes, WC paper, wet wipes, sleeping bag (a must) and of course, your camera.