ANZAC Day Services 2020


ANZAC Day is a solemn day of remembrance, held on the anniversary of the landing of the First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops, at Gallipoli in 1915.

ANZAC Day is set aside to remember all Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have served their country and to pay respect to those who lost their lives in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

On Saturday 25 April 2020, the Townsville City Council, in partnership with the Townsville RSL Sub-Branch and the Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branch, will present ANZAC Day commemorations at Townsville City and Thuringowa Central.

Registrations are now open for schools and organisations who wish to participate in either or both of the TOWNSVILLE CITY and/or the THURINGOWA ANZAC Day parades.

Schools or Organisations wishing to participate in these Parades MUST register online. Please follow the links below to register. Registrations close midnight Friday 20 March.

Organisations register online here!
Schools register online here!

Townsville City

A Townsville City Dawn Service will be held at the ANZAC Park Cenotaph on the morning of the event, followed later by the ANZAC Day parade in which veterans and returned service organisations, active military units, local schools, and eligible community groups and service organisations will participate.
5.30am Townsville City Dawn Service (form up 5.20am), ANZAC Park, The Strand.
6.20am Gun Fire Breakfast, Townsville RSL
7.30am Belgian Gardens War Cemetery Service (form up 7.20am)
8.15am Townsville City Parade form up, Strand Park, The Strand
9AM Townsville City Parade from Strand Park to ANZAC Park along The Strand

*PLEASE NOTE: There is no longer a formal ANZAC Day Mid-Morning Service immediately following the Townsville City parade. All parade participants and others wishing to lay a wreath at the cenotaph are invited to do so at the conclusion of the parade.


A dawn service will be held at the Thuringowa Cenotaph on the Village Green, Riverway Precinct, Riverway Drive, early on the morning of ANZAC Day. The commemorations in Thuringowa will then continue, later that morning, with the ANZAC Day Parade followed by the Thuringowa Morning Service.

5.40am Thuringowa Dawn Service, Thuringowa Cenotaph, Riverway Precinct, Riverway Drive
8.30am Thuringowa Parade form up, Weir State School car park
9am Thuringowa Parade steps off from the Weir State School
9.30am Thuringowa Morning Service, Thuringowa Cenotaph, Riverway Precinct, Riverway Drive

*PLEASE NOTE:  The Thuringowa Cenotaph was relocated to the Riverway Precinct, on Thuringowa Drive, in 2017.  The Thuringowa Parade steps off from the Weir State School, proceeding along Ross River Road for approx. 400m before entering the Riverway Precinct at the Riverway Stadium side gate (opp. Rolfe St).

Other ANZAC Day commemorations across the Townsville Region:

Further information will follow for all other commemorations around Townsville. Please check this What’s On page, closer to the event, for all confirmed times and locations.