Anzac day is an important day for all Australians & Queenscliff with its rich military history prides itself on commemorating the day with a number of services and events. The dawn service held upon the clifftop and at the rear of the fort is a most solemn but memorable experience, and one that all are welcome to.
So why not spend the night on your boat and take part in the services and commemorations on ANZAC day
Queenscliff Harbour will be involved in the wreath laying during the dawn service laying a wreath at sea, and Scully’s Bar and Grill will be providing a Gunfire breakfast directly after the dawn service.
Full details on all the service and events across the weekend are covered below
Dawn Service: 5.45am Queenscliff Lighthouse – Ocean View Car Park, Hesse St (Sth End approx. 15 min walk from Harbour.) Held Upon the Clifftop overlooking the Heads, only the shadowy outlines of Point Lonsdale & Point Nepean can be made out through the darkness & dim light of dawn. With the sound of rolling waves & the stillness of the morning, you can only imagine how those waiting for the gun fire to begin on that fateful day must have felt.
Gunfire Breakfast @ Scullys, Queenscliff Harbour: 7:00 – 10:00am Join us for a modern day Gunfire breakfast following the Dawn service or prior to the Fort service at Scullys Oyster Bar & Grill, Queenscliff Harbour. Bookings preferred please call 5258 1333 The Gunfire Breakfast was the name given to the breakfast taken by soldiers prior to a morning battle. During World War One, this may have included biscuits and jam or tinned Bully Beef served with coffee laced with rum or condensed milk. It was prepared and eaten in darkness to the likely sound of exploding munitions and served cold as any fires or smoke would have given away their position to the enemy. The breakfast has since evolved into a more recognisable hot meal with lashings of bacon, sausages, eggs, beans, tomatoes, damper and tea. Rum is often added to coffee or cold milk as an accompanying drink …
Fort Queenscliff Anzac Day Service: 10:15am Parade assembly 10:15am at Queenscliff Post Office Form Up 10:30am Step Off 10:40am Geelong Highland Pipe band leading up Hesse St & left into King st to Fort Queenscliff. Spectators are invited to follow marchers into Fort Service 11:00am On Green inside Fort Queenscliff To honor the service of a deceased veteran a family member or a descendant of a deceased verteran of any war, conflict or peacekeeping mission is encouraged to be in attendance “Wearing their Medals” or “Marching their Medals” It is customary for thise wearing medals of their forebears to wear them on the right breast.
Weaving the Threads of Remembrance: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Queenscliffe Historical Society – Hesse St, Queenscliff (Next to Post Office). The “Weaving the Threads of Remembrance” project team will display gum leaf artwork created by Queenscliff & Pt Lonsdale students for Anzac Day. In September 2015, some of the decorated leaves were placed on the graves in Turkey & France of WW1 soldiers from Queenscliff who did not return. The display curated by the students will feature their artwork, research on these local soldiers & photographs of the leaves on the graves
Other things to do over the Anzac weekend
Queenscliffe Community Market: Sunday 24th April 2016 9am till 2pm Experience the true laid-back atmosphere at one of the hidden gems in Queenscliff! Situated in picturesque Princess Park which is only a stone’s throw from the water’s edge in Queenscliff, this boutique market is the ideal place to come and meet your friends while wandering through a wonderful range of fresh produce, hand crafts, plants and lots more. Your senses will be assailed at every turn.
Jazz & Blues at the Boatshed: Sunday 24th April 2016 2:30 till 4:30pm Queenscliff Maritime Museum – 2 Wharf St, Queenscliff P: 5258 3440 Live jazz and blues music featuring the talents of Wayne Jury on vocals, Steve Murphy on sax and clarinet, Ashley Ward on guitar, Rob Gador on bass and Rohan Heddle with the drums. Great line-up in the unique surrounds of the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum’s Boatshed. $20 pp & cash bar available. Book on 5258 3440