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Anzac Day 2018 - Newcastle

Nobby's Beach, Newcastle East

Dawn Service start
Service concludes
March on King St start

Free travel for veterans and families

Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force, this also includes their carers; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans.

Free travel recipients are required to wear the Australian Defence Uniform; or display service medals; or carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of a branch of the RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation; or present a war widow’s gold card.

This entitlement allows free travel on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations) are entitled to free travel on Wednesday 25 April 2018 only.
  • For NSW TrainLink Regional services and booked Intercity services - Customers will receive discounted travel between Sunday 22 April and Saturday 28 April 2018 inclusive. The entitlement is only available for return travel to the Anzac Day march and commemorative services in Sydney; it is not available for single journeys. Customers are not required to wear their uniform or medals to purchase a ticket. Customers must provide documentation of their status on official letterhead from their local Returned and Services League (RSL) Branch at time of booking and whilst travelling. The fare charged is half the ordinary adult/child return fare. Pensioners using your PTV will not be charged a booking fee for first class fares.
  • Sydney metro, outer metro, Newcastle Transport and rural & regional bus services.
  • Sydney Ferries and Newcastle Ferries.
  • Light rail services.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to and from Domestic and International Airport stations. The entitlement does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

The closest station to the Dawn Service at Nobby's Beach is Newcastle Interchange on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line.

Extra early morning trains will run to Newcastle from Gosford at 03:00, arriving at 04:25 and from Telarah at 03:49, arriving at 04:27.

After the Dawn Service, additional services will leave Newcastle Interchange running to Gosford at 07:04 and to Telarah at 06:37.


There is no trackwork scheduled to take place on Anzac Day. However, unplanned trackwork may be needed depending on operational requirements. For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner.

Newcastle Transport buses

To help you get to the Dawn Service at Nobby's Beach, additional early morning Newcastle Transport bus services will run from 03:15, depending on the route. Additional return services will start running from 06:10, depending on the route. 

Please note that due to the Anzac Day march later in the morning, buses that usually travel down King St will use alternate routes and temporary stops until the roads have reopened. To see if your bus is affected make sure to use the Trip planner to plan your trip before heading out on the day.

Additional early-morning bus services:

  • Route 13:
    • To Newcastle from Glendale at 03:30, 03:40, 03:45 and 03:50.
    • From Queens Wharf at 06:15, 06:20, 06:25 and 06:35.
  • Route 11:
    • To Newcastle from Jesmond at 03:40, 03:45, 03:50 and 06:35.
  • Route 23 
    • Departures from Wallsend continues to Queens Wharf 3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am and 4am
    • Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am, 6.35am
  • Route 14S - special Anzac Day event services to and from Swansea Heads. This service will operate via Belmont, Jewells, Charlestown then Adamstown to Queens Wharf.
    • To Newcastle from Swansea at 03:20, 03:30, 03;40 and 06:25
    • From Queens Wharf at 06:15, 06:20, 06:25 and 06:35.

Use the Trip Planner to plan your bus journey. Other Newcastle Buses services will run to a regular Sunday timetable.

Park and Ride

Park and Ride shuttle buses will also operate from McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow. You can park your car at the stadium and catch a shuttle bus to Wharf Rd at Queens Wharf which is a short walking distance from the beach. Return services will leave from the same location. 

Shuttle buses run every 5 to 10 minutes between 03:30 and 12:30.

Additional early morning ferries between Stockton and Queens Wharf will run every 15 minutes from 03:30 to 07:30 to get you to the Dawn Service.

Newcastle Ferries services will run to a Sunday timetable for the remainder of the day. Use the Trip Planner to plan your ferry trip.

Road closures will be in place around Nobbys Beach and Newcastle CBD for the following Anzac Day events:

Dawn Service, Nobbys Beach from 05:00

Monday 23 April 06:00 to Wednesday 25 April 14:00: Nobbys Beach car park No.2 and Pasha Way

Wednesday 25 April from 04:00 to 07:00: Horseshoe Beach Road and Horseshoe Beach car park

Wednesday 25 April 04:00 to 06:00: Wharf Road between Watt Street roundabout and Nobbys Road roundabout

Wednesday 25 April from 06:00 to 07:00

  • Fort Drive at Parnell Place, no through road into Fort Drive (residents only)
  • Scott Street at Watt Street, Police directed control point
  • Scott Street at Pacific Street, detour into Pacific Street
  • Zaara Street at The Esplanade, no left turn into Zaara Street from The Esplanade
  • Watt Street at King Street, no left turn into Watt from King Street
  • Watt Street at Church Street and The Esplanade, left turn only into Watt Street (south bound) from The Esplanade.

Anzac Day March, King Street from 09:15

Under Police control the March will step-off at 09:15 and proceed west along King Street from Perkins Street, finishing in Civic Park. Road closures will be in place along the route to ensure the safe passage of the parade. Vehicle access to and from properties along the March route will not be permitted during the road closures. Residents or businesses are advised to move their vehicles before the closures take effect.

Wednesday 25 April from 06:00 to 10:00

  • King St from Newcomen Street to Auckland Street
  • Perkins Street and Brown Street at King
  • Crown and Wolfe Street at King.

Wednesday 25 April from 09:00 to 10:00

  • Hunter Street (already closed for light rail construction)
  • Brown Street between King Street and Hunter Street
  • Scott Street west of Newcomen Street
  • Darby Street at Laman Street, detour left into Laman Street from Darby Street
  • Darby Street at Tyrrell Street, left turn only into Darby Street.

United Commemoration Service, Civic Park Cenotaph from 10:00.

Wednesday 25 April from 06:00 to 12:00

  • King Street at intersections of Darby Street and Auckland Street
  • King Street at Union Street.
  • Auckland Street between Hunter and Laman.

For more details visit Anzac Day – Road closures. For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Free parking for the Anzac Day commemorations events will be available at the Bolton Street parking station, King Street parking station and Pitt Street Reserve, Stockton.

Park and Ride from McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow, shuttle buses run to and from Newcastle between 03:30 and 12:30.

Parking locations are likely to fill quickly, so consider the available public transport options.

Newcastle Taxis operate services in the area, visit Newcastle Taxis for more information and to book.

Veterans can book free taxis for the march by calling 4940 5955 before 14:00 on Monday 23 April 2018.


Limited disabled parking will be available in Horseshoe Beach car park and Tug Berth Lane until 04:00.


Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).