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By Jade Le-Moigne
ANZAC Day is the national day of remembrance for all troops who have served or are still currently serving our country. Dawn services and marches are held all around Australia for those who wish to pay their respects.
Fellow Brisbanites are invited to join early risers in the City at the Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square for the commencement of the 4:28am dawn service. Arrive before 4am to secure a good vantage point. Visitors and residents can also attend the annual parade, which commences at 10am promptly and will take place on the corner of George and Queen Streets.
Other services taking place in surrounding suburbs include:
Logan & District:
Logan Diggers 5.30am service, Logan Central.
The Logan and Districts RSL Sub Branch marches at 8.30am at Kmart, Logan Central Plaza Shopping Centre.
Main service at the Logan Cenotaph 9am.
Wynnum RSL dawn service 5am.
March from corner of Cedar St and Bay Terrace to Wynnum RSL at 9am.
Wreath laying ceremony at Wynnum RSL 9.20am
Toowong Memorial Park service at 5am.
Holland Park/Mt Gravatt:
March from the corner of Arnold St and Logan Rd at 7.30am
Service at Memorial Hall, Arnold St 7.50-8.30am.
Dawn Service: Assembly 4am
Service and wreath Laying at War Veteran’s Home 4.24am
March assembly at King Street 8.30am
March commences 9.30am
Main Service and wreath laying at Caboolture Town Square 10am
And for patriarchs continuing on with the post-service tributes, there is a selection of Brisbane’s bars and restaurants open (despite the public holiday) and on stand by for an afternoon of commemoration.
130 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
Everybody’s favourite Queenslander goes off on public holidays. Choose from six individually themed nooks in this heritage home. Treat everyday like a Polynesian holiday at A&C’s White Lightning Tiki Bar for guaranteed relaxation and escapism with an armful of scrumptious fruity cocktails at hand. Or head to the Vanguard Beer Garden where you can feast on a range of wood-fire roasted meats with your mates.
Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St
Prime Location with a view? Check. Mouth-watering menu selection? Yep. 1920s Gatsby-inspired? You bet. Open Anzac Day? We’re there. Saunter into this treasure trove of gastronomic delight along Eagle Street Pier’s fine dining strip for a night of pure indulgence. The restaurants sleek and sexy, black and chrome interior with its dimly lit nooks create an alluring ambience, typified by the 1920s penchant for forbidden mischief and all that jazz.
32a Chester St
Grab a bunch of your nearest and dearest and warm your back against the wood-fired oven, underneath the twinkling fairy lights illuminating this cute, white-picket fenced bakery. This enchanting patisserie oozes character, serving up a selection of pastries, doughnuts and baked good such as pecan scrolls and fruit and walnut sourdough for brekkie and adding heartier grub to the supper menu, such as wood-roasted pork belly in the evenings.
142 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
This swanky and stylish boutique hotel offers patrons one-of-a-kind bar service to complement the trendy interior. Head to the rooftop bar which boasts ample views of the Valley’s skyline. Lime’s is open til late this Anzac Day, so you can mingle with Brisbane’s elite at the bar, star-gaze in the heated baths or get cosy on the cushioned seating area.
36 & 33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
There is no denying us Australians love a good steak. So it only seems natural that Black Hide Steakhouse is high up on our list for an Anzac Day feed. Showcasing the very best in fresh local produce, the Caxton Street steakhouse provides guests with an exclusive selection of world-class Stanbroke Beef cuts, set within a relaxed ranch-inspired atmosphere with a contemporary Australian twist. If fish is more your thing, the iconic Gambaro Restaurant directly opposite Black Hide is also dishing up their famous fresh seafood and first-class fare for dinner on Anzac Day.