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Anzac Day 2019 Newcastle

Nobbys Beach, Newcastle East

Dawn Service start
Service concludes
March - King St to Civic Park
United Commemoration Service

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, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney metro, outer metro, Newcastle Transport and rural & regional bus services.
  • Sydney Ferries and Newcastle Ferries.
  • Sydney and Newcastle 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 Nobbys Beach is Newcastle Interchange on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Hunter Line. From the interchange you can change for a Light rail service to the Newcastle Beach stop to get within walking distance of Nobbys Beach.

Extra early morning trains will run to Newcastle from Gosford at 02:59, arriving at 04:25 and from Telarah at 03:49, arriving at 04:28.

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 Nobbys Beach, additional early morning Newcastle Transport bus services will run from 3:15am, depending on the route. Additional return services will start running from 6:10am, 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 Customs House at 06.15, 06.20, 06.25 and 06.30.
  • Route 11:
    • To Newcastle from Jesmond at 03.40, 03.45, 03.50 and 4.00.
    • From Customs House at 06:15, 06.20, 06.25 and 06:30.
  • Route 23 
    • To Newcastle from Wallsend via Queens Wharf at 03.40, 03.45, 03.50 and 04.00.
    • From Customs House at 06.15, 06.20, 06.25, 06.35.
  • Route 14
    • To Newcastle from Swansea at 03.20, 03.30, 03.35 and 03:40
    • From Customs House at 06.15, 06.20, 06.25 and 06.35.

Bus services will be affected by road closures and use altered routes and temporary stops, use the Trip Planner to plan your bus journey. Other Newcastle Buses services will run to a regular Sunday timetable.

Park and Ride shuttle buses

Park and Ride shuttle buses will 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 Nobbys Beach Dawn Service. Return services will leave from the same location from the Market Street Lawn side.

Shuttle buses run every 5 to 15 minutes between 3.30am and 11am.

This is a free service provided by the City of Newcastle.

Additional early morning ferries between Stockton and Queens Wharf will run every 15 minutes from 3:30am until 7:30am 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.

The closest stop to Nobbys Beach is Newcastle Beach. From there it’s a short walk to the Dawn Service.

Additional early morning light rail services between Newcastle Interchange and Newcastle Beach will run every 7 to 8 minutes from 3:30am to 11am.

Newcastle Light Rail will run to a Saturday timetable for the remainder of the day.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For Light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.


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

Veterans can book free taxis for the dawn service and march by calling 4940 5955 or email

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

Dawn Service

6am, Tuesday 23 April to 2pm, Thursday 25 April

  • Nobbys Beach car park No.2
  • Pasha Way

4am to 7am - Thursday 25 April

  • Horseshoe Beach Road
  • Horseshoe Beach car park

4am to 7am - Thursday 25 April

  • Wharf Road between Watt Street roundabout and Nobbys Road roundabout
  • Hunter Street (east bound) at Darby Street
  • Pacific Street between Hunter and Scott Streets
  • Scott Street (west bound) between Zaara and Watt Streets
  • Nobbys Road (north bound) closed at Fort Drive
  • Fort Drive (east bound) closed at Parnell Place
  • Shortland Esplanade between Nobbys Road and Zaara Street

Anzac Day March and United Commemoration Service

Under Police control the March will step-off at 9.15am and proceed west along King Street from Perkins Street to Auckland 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 as no vehicle movements will be allowable while the march is underway.

4am to 10am - Thursday 25 April

  • Hunter Street Mall from Newcomen to Scott Streets
  • Market Street, full closure
  • Laing Street, full closure
  • Wolfe Street from King to Scott Streets

8am to 10am – Thursday 25 April

  • King Street from Wolfe to Union Streets
  • Perkins Street between Church and Scott Streets
  • Brown Street between Church and Hunter Streets
  • Crown Street, full closure

9am to 10am - Thursday 25 April

  • Darby Street from Hunter to Tyrrell Streets
  • King Street from Darby to Auckland Streets
  • Auckland Street between King and Laman Streets
  • Gibson Street, closed at Auckland Street

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

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 Mall Car Park in King Street, Wright Lane Car Park in Honeysuckle and Pitt Street Reserve, Stockton.

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

Alternatively consider the Park and Ride option from McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow where shuttle buses will run every 5 to 15 minutes between 3.30am and 11am.


Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can be parked at Horseshoe Beach car park which is designated specifically for vehicles with mobility parking scheme permits.  The car park will close for event proceedings from 4am sharp in preparation for the 5am Dawn Service. All vehicles must be parked prior to 4am. Contact City of Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch  for a parking permit by phone 4929 3473 or email


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).