·       The Dawn Service will be simulcast live at three locations: Albany Entertainment Centre, Anzac Peace Park and Anzac Albany Festival at the National Anzac Centre grounds.


·       The traditional Dawn Service will be at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Like previous years this is a non-ticketed event with free buses available from the Albany Entertainment Centre and Middleton Beach between 3:00-5:00am (or while there is capacity at the Memorial). Capacity at the Memorial is limited. Patrons are advised to get a bus early, or consider attending one of the live sites instead.


·       The traditional Gunfire Breakfast will be held outside the Albany Entertainment Centre.

·       Gold coin donation

10:00am-10:30am ANZAC DAY PARADE

·       Albany Light Horse, Military Vehicles, Defence Forces and Ex-service personnel from various contingents assemble outside Albany Town Hall and parade down historic York Street into Anzac Peace Park.

10:30am-noon ANZAC DAY SERVICE

·       The traditional Anzac Day Memorial Service at Anzac Peace Park.

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Convoy Campout a unique Dawn Service experience

Convoy Campout

Following on from the Anzac Albany Festival grab your swag or tent and join us for the exclusive Convoy Campout within the ground surrounding the National Anzac Centre for a unique Dawn Service experience.

Once the Anzac Albany Festival closes to the public the exclusive Convoy Campout will commence and continue into the night leading into the Dawn Service on Wednesday 25 April.

Campers will get a WW1 themed experience with campfires, live performances, WW1 themed movie screenings as well as a space for your swag or tent (Maximum size: 2 Man tent)


$55 Swag space per person
$115 Tent space (2-person)
BYO Swag & Tent

Contribution to The War Widows’ Guild Of Australia.

For every ticket purchased a contribution will be made to The War Widows’ Guild Of Australia.

Booking your space is essential. Visit to purchase tickets before you miss out!

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Anzac Albany Festival
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Join your community to commemorate and remember the Anzacs at the Anzac Albany Festival on April 24-25, 2018.

The Anzac Albany Festival will be a free event welcoming locals and visitors to WW1 Australian themed activities, live music and live screening of the Anzac Albany Dawn Service.

Close collaboration with RSL will provide an expanded program of events across the community in addition to the traditional RSL Anzac Day commemorative events.

Tuesday, April 24 3pm – 6pm

• WW1 Australian themed activities and performances on stage

• Food and beverages available for purchase

• 6pm onwards closed to public, ticket holders to Convoy Campout only

Wednesday, April 25 5:30am – 4pm

• Anzac Albany Dawn Service Live Screening

• WW1 Australian themed activities and performances on stage

• Poppy Memorial Field & Remembrance

For more information please click here

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The Lighthouse Girl - Encore Performance
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Based on the novels by Dianne Wolfer

Thursday 19 April at 7.30pm and Friday 20 April at 11.30am

Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre and Black Swan State Theatre Company

The Lighthouse Girl enjoyed a sell out World Premiere season in both Albany and Perth in 2017, and now has returned for an encore performance this April.

Featuring Albany resident Benj D'Addario in a lead role, The Lighthouse Girl is a unique Western Australian ANZAC story, adapted by WA writer Hellie Turner, from the novels Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy by Albany author, Dianne Wolfer. It is an evocatively written play, which embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.

This tour will form part of commemorations in the final year of The Centenary of Anzac (2014 to 2018), marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

The Lighthouse Girl is about Fay Howe, who was in real life, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper on Breaksea Island in King George Sound. She transcribed morse code messages from soldiers stationed off shore, becoming their last hope of getting word to their loved ones before heading to the front line.

Charlie is a young jackeroo from rural Victoria, who enlists in the Lighthorse Brigade along with his best mate, Jim, with the hope of seeing the world. The threads of their friendship reach all the way across the world from Albany to Egypt and the ill-feted sands of Gallipoli Cove. And so grows a story of universal love and mateship in a perilous time.

For further information and to book tickets

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Albany Airport Open Day

Come see a static display featuring aircrafts from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Royal Australian Air Force, and local clubs and flying schools.

You can also try a discounted scenic flight (available all day), or find out how you can learn to fly out of Albany Airport with one of the local flight schools.

The Albany Airport Open Day is free Entry and will feature a talk by Chief Flying Instructor, Julie Biser from 1pm.

Food and drinks will be available at the Airport Café, which is open from 12.30pm to 5.00pm.

Price: Free Entry

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Graze Mt Barker

From Saturday 04 March 2017
To Monday 06 March 2017
11:00am - 04:30pm

Choose from these wineries:

  • Galafrey Wines
  • Gilberts Wines
  • West Cape Howe (11.30 - 2.30 only)
  • Arcadia Wines
  • Plantagenet Wines
  • Windrush Wines

Graze your way around the Wineries of the Mount Barker Region offering a graze plate of regional produce and glass of award winning wine, at your own leisure. 
"Select your itinerary...visit all five cellars or just visit one..."


Penny Benson