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With a long military history, we commemorate all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. On ANZAC Day we commemorate those who have served their country with a special dawn service, followed by a free Breakfast, Anzac-themed activities for kids, Oliver Hill Guns & Tunnel tours and more.

Dawn Service
Presided over by officers from The ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIRFORCE NUMBER TWO FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL (2FTS), RAAF PEARCE, the beautiful dawn service commences at 6am on the grassed area outside Dome Cafe & Thomsons Restaurant.

Free Breakfast
The dawn service will be followed by our free ANZAC Day Breakfast cooked by the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association in the Settlement Mall. 'The Southern Cross Bush Band' will also be performing in the Settlement Mall between 8:30am to 10:30am. 

Free Salt Store Exhibition 
"Call to Arms" focusing on the Rottnest Island Military sites during WW2. 

Free kids activities from 8:30am
There will be a bundle of free kids activities for families to enjoy for the rest of the morning, including:

  • Military themed kids activities
  • Activity booklets (collect from the Visitor Centre)
  • ANZAC biscuit decorating
  • Cricket (serving soldiers used to play this to keep their mind off the war)
  • Sand art 
  • Send postcards to serving soldiers
  • View full programme here 

Getting to the Dawn Service on Anzac Day
Early morning shuttle buses will be running for those accommodated on Rottnest Island. There will be a special shuttle bus to collect visitors from Kingstown Barracks at 5:20am and Geordie Bay bus stop at 5:30am.

Early Morning Ferry Travel

From Fremantle with Rottnest Express
Departing BShed - 5:00am 
Departing Rottnest: 
10:45am (to BShed) or 2:15pm (to Bshed, Via Northport)

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From Fremantle with SeaLink Rottnest 

Departing BShed - 5:00am
Departing Rottnest:
8am, 10:10am or 3:30pm
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From Hillarys with Rottnest Fast Ferries
Departing from Hillarys Boat Harbour - 4.45am
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