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ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps .

ANZAC Day is celebrated every year on the 25th of April.

Anzac day represents the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during World War One.

The landing occurred on April 25th, 1915 at dawn. There was a tragic loss of lives of our young and brave servicemen and women on this day and during the 8 months stationed at this battleground.

Anzac Day Services in Sydney

There are many services taking place in Sydney and around Australia.

Three Sydney City Centre traditional Services that take place on Anzac day are:

1. Anzac Day Dawn Service Sydney

ANZAC Day Sydney begins with a Dawn Service starting 4.30am at Sydney Cenotaph in Martin Place. Despite the early start time, many servicemen and women (both serving and retired) and Sydney locals flock to Martin Place in Sydney CBD to pay their respect and take part in what is a highly emotive service.

Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel recommends that all backpackers in Sydney on April 25th each year make the effort to attend this service too.

The ANZAC tradition incorporates the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship that the ANZAC service people showed during World War 1.

2. ANZAC Day Parade in Sydney and Commemorative Service

After the Dawn Service, most people will attend a special ANZAC day breakfast (often in an RSL Club) followed by the Sydney ANZAC Day Parade. The parade commences at 9am with current and retired servicemen marching down Pitt Street, Martin Place and along George Street, left down Bathurst Street, right along Elizabeth street and left into Liverpool Street to arrive at the War Memorial in Hyde Park for a Commemoration Service starting at 12.30pm.

3. ANZAC Day Sunset Service

At 5pm at the Cenotaph in Martin Place a sunset service takes place.


Two up is a SIMPLE gambling game, traditionally associated with hard times – like during war time.

Anzac Day is about remembrance and commemoration of those who served for Australia and New Zealand at war (and all other military personnel around the world).

However, some people prefer to “pay their respects” by gambling as much as possible, having barbeques and sinking numerous beers.

The game of TWO UP is illegal in all of Australia throughout the year except for Anzac Day on the 25th April each year (and Armistice Day – 11 November).

How to Play TWO UP on ANZAC DAY:
  • Players stand in a circle around a small pitch or ring and a “spinner” (coin tosser) is chosen.
  • The spinner holds a small wooden paddle called a ‘kip’, which holds two coins – they should be placed on the kip with one head up and one tail up.
  • The game and the betting are overseen by a “boxer”.  A ringkeeper, or ‘ringy’, oversees the coin tosses.
  • Punters in the ring bet with each other for Heads (2 heads) or Tails (2 tails) – If, when the coins fall its one of each, the spinner throws again until 2 heads or 2 tails are spun.
  • Money is exchanged.
  • Then it all starts again.

A very simple game, but when played in a vibrant atmosphere can be tremendously exciting to take part in or just observe.

The best places to play TWO Up on Anzac Day are RSL clubs, Pubs and bars around the city and the suburbs.

We recommend that all backpackers and those taking part in the various fun activities of the day, exercise responsible alcohol and gambling habits during ANZAC DAY.

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Here are a few words of advice from a retired serviceman on ANZAC DAY