ANZAC Day 2023, Villers-Bretonneux
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Anzac Day 2023

  • 25April
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  • 5:30am

Anzac Day

25 April 2023

Australians and New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) in remembrance of their servicemen and women who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

This year on 25 April 2023  the Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held at 5:30 am at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Northern France. In addition to the Anzac Day Dawn Service, a week of commemorative events will take place in Villers-Bretonneux including sportive events, concerts, walks of remembrance.

A shuttle service will operate between Amiens and Villers-Bretonneux for the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

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The Somme Tourisme shuttles are now full!

We invite you to go to the taxis* :

  • Philippe VASSEUR, AT7 compagny. Contact :

*Somme Tourisme does not manage the reservations or the price set by the taxis

For Anzac Day 2023, Somme Tourisme has set up shuttles from Amiens to the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, in order to attend the Dawn Service ceremony at 5:30 a.m.

With the shuttles, a part of ticket purchases will be donated to the Somme Battlefields for Peace fund. To learn more, click here

Set behind the Australian National Memorial and just next to Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Sir John Monash Centre is a key site on the Australian Remembrance Trail on the Western Front.
Villers Bretonneux Anzac Day, Somme©ADRT80-Céline François
Centre Sir John Monash, Somme©SommeTourisme

Useful Information

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday 25 April 2023, at the Australian National Memorial just north of the village of Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France.

3:00am: Australian National Memorial site opens
4:00am: Pre-service program commences
5:30am: Official Anzac Day Dawn Service commences
6.30am : Conclusion of the service
8.30am : Villers-Bretonneux Town Service (French Service)
3.00pm : Bullecourt Town Service (French Service) in the village centre - Square du Souvenir Français
4.00pm : Australian Service at the Digger Memorial - on the outskirts of Bullecourt

Check your visa requirements and register to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Mandatory registrations. Please bring your ID upon arrival.

Please note: The Anzac Day ceremony takes place at dawn and outdoors, so please be prepared to face the climatic conditions (cold, rain) of April.

Other events on the territory :

  • 07/04 to 07/05: Exhibition "The Australians on the Western Front" at the Amiens Tourist Office
  • 14/04 to October : Exhibition about the evolution of sport with portraits of Australians at the Albert Tourist Office.
  • 21/04 - 8 pm: Australian concert at the church of Vignacourt
  • 22/04 - 9.45 am: James Dillon tribute ceremony at Crouy-Saint-Pierre cemetery
  • 22/04 - 9.45am: Thematic walk "On the battlefield of Villers-Bretonneux",
  • 22 and 23 April: Introduction to Australian football for children (April 22) and team walk and match (April 23) at the Timmerman Stadium in Villers-Bretonneux
  • 22/04- 2pm: Thematic walk about Australia, in Dernancourt (for more information, contact the Pays du Coquelicot Tourist Office on 03 22 75 16 42)
  • 22/04 to 30/04: "Anzac Week" at the Cité souterraine - Naours: Guided tours about the Australian soldiers' graffiti (a percentage of the tickets will be donated to Somme Battlefields for Peace)
  • 23/04: "AnzacRun" at Vignacourt, 5 and 10 km race (a percentage will be also donated to Somme Battlefields for Peace)
  • 25/04- 9.30am, Puldeney Grammar School concert in Villers-Bretonneux
  • 25/04 - 8.30am - Ceremony at the war memorial of Villers-Bretonneux
  • 28, 29, 30/04 - 5.30pm: Concert by the Pipers at the Australian Memorial Tower of Villers-Bretonneux
  • 29/04 - 11am : Guided tour of the Australian National Memorial in Villers Bretonneux (for more information, contact the Val de Somme Tourist Office on
  • 29/04 - 3pm : Guided tour of the Australian Corps Memorial Park in Le Hamel (for more information, contact the Val de Somme Tourist Office on

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited at the commemorative services :

  • Dangerous or hazardous items of any kind including fireworks, flares, lasers and smoke canisters
  • Advertising or marketing messages
  • Large backpacks or luggage (day-packs, e.g. aircraft cabin bag sized are acceptable)
  • Furniture or camping equipment including tents, folding chairs and stretchers
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Opened bottles of liquid
  • Glass containers and cans of any kind
  • Flammable liquids
  • Weapons or sharp objects, including umbrellas (a poncho will be issued if required)
  • Large objects
  • Musical instruments of any kind and any other object that may be used to cause a disturbance including air horns and vuvuzelas
  • Hiking poles (medical aids, such as walkers and walking sticks will be permitted subject to medical need)
  • Large flags or banners
  • Professional photographic equipment (e.g. large zoom lenses, audio visual or cinematographic devices apart from accredited media)
  • ‘Selfie’ sticks and large camera tripods
  • Drones and remote-control devices
  • Any other item that might compromise public safety or enjoyment of the Commemoration or that is illegal under the laws of Australia or the host country.
  • Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is prohibited within the Commemoration site.
  • No animals are permitted to the Commemoration(s), other than guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf or assistance dogs for attendees requiring accessible assistance.

In order to preserve the solemnity of the commemoration, and as this service will be broadcast live, roaming by the general public to take photos during the service is not permitted. Accredited media will also be restricted to a media zone area.
These items must be left on your coach or vehicle. Visitors to the commemorative services are screened by security personnel upon entry to the sites and bags are scanned or checked. Prohibited items will be confiscated upon entry to the site and may be destroyed.

In the Digger's footsteps

On the Western Front

The Somme Battlefields will forever hold an important place in Australian and New Zealand memory. A poignant Anzac Day Service is held every year at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France.

After their baptism of fire in Galipolli, 1915, the Anzacs were deployed to the Western Front, where they played an important role in the Somme in 1918.

A century ago, these quiet towns, villages and fields of Northern France witnessed the triumphs, tragedy and unimaginable loss of Australia's forces.

Today, reminders of their great sacrifice can be seen across the Western Front. No family was left untouched by the devastation this war caused, and today a journey to the battlefields of the Somme is always a very poignant experience.

Information about the


  1. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 25 April 2023
  2. 3:00am: Australian National Memorial site opens
    4:00am: Pre-service program commences
    5:30am: Official Anzac Day Dawn Service commences
  3. Register your attendance to attend the ceremony
  4. Check your visa requirements
  5. Learn more about this Anzac Day Dawn Service

How to get to


  1. By bus/shuttle
    A shuttle service will be organized by the Somme Tourist Board between the train station of Amiens and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
  2. By train
    Trains operate between Amiens and Villers-Bretonneux. Check out tickets and dates on the French National Railway Company website.
  3. By car
    Villers-Bretonneux is 30 min away from Amiens.



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