Anzac Day events in the Northern Rivers

Anzac Day events in the Northern Rivers
Anzac Day events in the Northern Rivers
A veteran remembers a fallen mate at Ballina Anzac ceremony, 2023. Photo David Lowe.

Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations since 25 April 1915, Anzac Day, the day Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on Gallipoli in 1915 as part of the Allies’ invasion. 

Around Australia, people will come together tomorrow to pay their respects and remember those who have served, and continue to serve, the nation during times of conflict.

Remembering the animals who have supported Australia’s service men and women in times of conflict at Pottsville Beach Cenotaph, Anzac Day 2023. Photo supplied

Tweed Shire

On Thursday, RSL branches and sub-branches will hold ANZAC Day services across the Tweed, including at the following locations:

Burringbar – Assemble adjacent to Memorial Reserve, Masterson Park at 9.50am for march to memorial. Service to commence at 10am.

Cudgen – Dawn service at Cudgen War Memorial starting at 4.28am sharp.

Kingscliff – Dawn service at Rowan Robinson Park starting at 6am. March – assemble on Marine Parade at the front of Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club at 10.15am. March heads south towards Rowan Robinson Park. Main service – assemble at Rowan Robinson Park at around 10.30am. The service will commence following completion of the march.

Murwillumbah – Dawn service at the cenotaph commencing at 5.30am (assemble at 5.15am). March – assemble on Brisbane Street at 10.10am. Schools and other organisations assemble on Main Street opposite the Post Office at 10.10am. March begins at 10.30am, followed by the cenotaph service at 10.45am.

Pottsville – March: assemble at Pottsville Beach Chemist at the intersection of Berkley’s Lane and Coronation Avenue at 7.30am for a 7.45am start. The march will depart along Coronation Avenue then head along Tweed Coast Road to the cenotaph at ANZAC Park, Pottsville. The main service will be held at the cenotaph at 8am.

Tumbulgum – Dawn service at the Memorial Gates in Bawden Street commencing at 4.28am.

Tweed Heads – Dawn service at Chris Cunningham Park commencing at 5.55 am. March: assemble at Chris Cunningham Park for a 10.30am start. Main service also at Chris Cunningham Park at 11am. There will be a livestream of the service at Twin Towns Showroom from 10.30am.

Tyalgum – Dawn service at Tyalgum Memorial Park commencing at 5.30am (assemble at 5.15am).

Uki – Dawn service at memorial opposite the school, 4.15 am for 4.28 am start, followed by Gun Fire Breakfast at the community hall.

Piper Raleigh Kent plays at the Ballina Anzac ceremony 2023. Photo David Lowe.

Ballina Shire

The main order of service for Ballina ANZAC Day is as follows. Public wreath laying will be conducted at both services.

0530hrs Dawn Service, RSL Memorial Park, 1 Grant Street Ballina

0600hrs – $5 Breakfast for General Public

1030hrs – ANZAC Day March, River Street Ballina

1055hrs – ANZAC Day Commemorative Service, RSL Memorial Park, 1 Grant Street Ballina

For more information on how to participate in the ANZAC Poppy Commemoration, please contact the Ballina RSL Club.

Anzac Day Lismore 2022. Photo Tree Faerie.

Lismore Shire

At 5am the traditional Dawn Service will be held at the Lismore Cenotaph, following the March from the ‘Old Post Office Corner’ on the corner of Magellan and Molesworth Streets.

The main March will commence at 9am and will depart Browns Creek Carpark, proceeding along Molesworth Street to the Lismore Memorial Baths. Followed by the ANZAC Day commemorative service at the Lismore Cenotaph.

The Lismore City Bowling Club will host a breakfast for veterans, families and community members.

ANZAC Day, Mullumbimby.

Byron Shire

Anzac Day services will be held across the Byron Shire on Thursday 25 April.

Bangalow:10.30am – March from the Bangalow Hotel to the Cenotaph. March starts at 10.40am from Bangalow Hotel, Byron Street to Station Street, Bangalow, for a short outdoor service at the RSL memorial.     

Road Closures from 10.40am – 11.45pm.

  • Station Street north of Byron Street
  • Byron Street west of Station Street
  • Byron Street at the east bound leg of the Granuaille Road and Lismore Road roundabout.

Brunswick Heads: 4.30am – March from the RSL Hall to the Cenotaph in Memorial Park, Fawcett Street, Brunswick Heads.

Road Closures on Fawcett Street between 4.30am and 6.30am.

Byron BayByron Bay RSL Sub-Branch will be holding their ANZAC Day Service this year starting with the Dawn Service at the Memorial Gates at 5.30am to 6am. After the Dawn Service there will be breakfast at the Byron Bay Services Club at a nominal cost.The March will start at 10.30 am at Apex Park and March to the Memorial Gates where the service will commence at 10.50 am to 11.40 am.

Road Closures on Tennyson Street and Marvell Street intersection between 4.30am and 5.30am. Then again at approximately 11am, when the parade reaches the gates to conduct the main service.

MullumbimbyThe Dawn Service is held at 4.30am at the Cenotaph opposite the Ex-Services Club. This will be followed by breakfast at the Club. Free to veterans and $10 for non veterans. The mid-morning march will leave at 10.50am from Apex Park. A civic service follows directly after the march.

Road Closures on Dalley Street to traffic between Burringbar Street and Tincogan Street between 8am and 12noon.


Kyogle Shire

ANZAC Day services will be held across the Kyogle local government area on Thursday, 25 April.

Kyogle: 5.30am: Dawn Service at the Cenotaph (gunfire breakfast will be held after the Dawn Service at Kyogle Bowling Club). 9.15am: Assemble for March, in Geneva Street (opposite Exchange Hotel). 9.30am: March through town centre to Cenotaph. 10am: Service and wreath laying at Cenotaph

Woodenbong: 10.30am: Assemble for March opposite Foodworks. 10.45am: March begins. 11am: Formal Anzac Memorial Service at Woodenbong Public Hall, MC David Hannant, guest speakers Donna and Greg Gulliver. 11.45am: March to the Lest We Forget Sign for wreath laying ceremony. 12.30pm: Diggers luncheon at RSL Hall ($25 a person, numbers limited phone Roslyn 6635 1393 or Mekella 0407 493 901 to book). 4-8pm: The Woodenbong War Memorial Trust and Woodenbong RSL sub-Branch will conduct two-up at the Woodenbong Hotel – there will be a minute’s silence at 6pm.

West of the Range

Bonalbo: 6am: Dawn Service at Patrick McNamee Anzac Memorial Park. 10.45am: Gather at corner of Sandiland and Peacock streets to march to the Bonalbo Community Hall. 11am: Service at Bonalbo Community Hall hosted by Bonalbo CWA.

Old Bonalbo9.30am: Service at Old Bonalbo Soldiers’ Memorial Hall hosted by Old Bonalbo CWA.

Tabulam10.30am: Assemble in Clarence Street for march to new Light Horse Memorial. 11am: Service and wreath laying at Memorial. 12pm: Refreshments at Tabulam Hotel.

Mallanganee11am: Service and wreath laying at Memorial Park


Richmond Valley 

The following services are being held in the Richmond Valley:

  • Casino – Dawn Service begins at 5:30am at the Mafeking Lamp and Day Service begins at 10am on Walker Street.
  • Broadwater – To be advised.
  • Coraki – To be advised.
  • Evans Head – To be advised.
  • Rappville – Dawn Service begins at 5:30am on Nandabah Street and Day Service at 10:30am.
  • Woodburn – To be advised.


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