Each year, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli to pay their respects to the troops who fell in battle during World War I.
It's time to kick that travel goal and travel to Gallipoli to experience the once-in-a-lifetime Anzac Day dawn services.
Here are the top 5 reasons (counting down from 5) why you should do it now rather than later.
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5. It’s part of Australian history
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4. You might have missed the 100-year anniversary, but we’re still in the Anzac Centenary
3. It’s more than just an Anzac Day dawn service
A fundamental part of the worldwide services held for Anzac Day is the dawn service, a time that is especially memorable, as it was the time of the original landing.
Held in Anzac Cove (Gallipoli), there are two services available to attend: an Australian/New Zealand service and a Turkey service to commemorate the fallen on both sides of battle. Services begin at 5:30am and conclude at 6:30am, however there’s so much more to the service than this waking hour. The site itself is open to visitors from 6pm on 24 April, and an overnight reflective program will commence at 8pm. This program includes documentaries and interviews detailing the Gallipoli campaign as well as musical performances and runs into the early morning.
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2. You can still visit Lone Pine… but for how long?
It was announced early in 2016 that the Lone Pine service, which was held to commemorate the Battle of Lone Pine from 6-10 August 1915, will no longer be held as part of the Anzac Day celebrations. According to the federal government, this was due to safety concerns, as the terrain is rough and high, and the trek from Anzac Cove to Long Pine to make an 11am service was long and difficult.
Despite this, the site will be open from 24-25 April, and many tour companies will include a visit to it as part of their Anzac Day tours. Now more than ever is the time to visit before the government changes its rules and regulations again.
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1. There’s no more ballot registration
Travel advise for Turkey and the Western Front 2016
The Australian Government has issued a warning to Australians travelling to Turkey, France or Belgium for the Anzac Day commemorations, advising that they are to exercise a high degree of caution due to the high threat of terrorist attack in each nation. Those planning to travel to Turkey or the Western Front can keep up to date with the travel advised issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs by signing up here.
When you arrive, Australians are advised to remain vigilant about their personal security at all times.
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