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4 things to do on ANZAC Day with your family

April 23, 2012
"Anzac Day - Lest We Forget"

For me, ANZAC Day is one of the most special days of the year. It is a true National day accompanied by intense feelings of both pride and sadness. I have been lucky enough to travel to Gallipoli twice to attend the ANZAC Day dawn services and hope to return when my kids are old enough to appreciate it. Having said that there is still a lot you can do locally and in the Sutherland Shire to commemorate the day.

Attend a Dawn Service

There is nothing more moving than listening to the hauntingly beautiful Last Post as dawn breaks. The emotion in the air as the fallen are remembered is palpable.

Soldier - ANZAC Day dawn service

The main Sydney Dawn Service is held at The Cenotaph in Martin Place with proceedings kicking off at 4:15am. City Rail has some special services to get you there.

Living in the Sutherland Shire I would need to catch a train at around 2:30am which is just not an option with three young kids. The Local RSL clubs all have their own services. Here’s a few to choose from:

  • Bundeena RSL: 6:00am at the War Memorial, behind the RSL Club
  • Caringbah RSL: 4:30m at the War Memorial, cnr Kingsway and Port Hacking Road
  • Cronulla RSL: 5:30am Monro Park, cnr Cronulla Street and Laycock Ave
  • Engadine RSL: 5:30am Engadine Town Square, Old Princes Highway
  • Miranda RSL: 5:40am at the War Memorial, Seymour Shaw Park (end of Central Road)
  • Sutherand: 5:30am Peace Park, Eton Street
  • Woronora River RSL: 6:00am 118 Prince Edward Park Road

Make ANZAC Biscuits

"ANZAC Biscuits"

Here’s a simple recipe for chewy ANZAC biscuits that the kids can help out with (my almost 3-year-old enjoyed mixing all the dry ingredients in together). It makes around 20 biscuits:


  • DRY MIX: 1 cup plain flour; 1 cup rolled oats; 1 cup desiccated coconut; 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • WET MIX: 125 grams butter; 2 tablespoons golden syrup; 2 tablespoons water plus 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Combine all dry mix ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Stir butter, golden syrup and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted.
  5. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
  6. Pour the ‘wet’ butter mixture into the ‘dry’ mix and stir until combined.
  7. Roll level tablespoons of the mix into balls and place on the trays.
  8. Press each with a fork to flatten slightly.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown for a soft chewy biscuit. Leave in a bit longer for a crunchier biscuit.
  10. Leave on the trays to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Play 2-Up

In a lovely quirk of gaming law, 2-Up can only legally be played in public in NSW on ANZAC Day (except in Broken Hill, Kalgoorlie and casinos). Pubs and clubs aren’t always the best venues for kids, so why not set up your own backyard game of 2-up instead?

My simple rules for playing 2-up with young kids:

Two Up

  • Use matching coins (20 cent pieces work well)
  • Set the coins on something flat – a mini cricket bat, a ruler or even the palm of your hand – with one coin showing heads facing up, the other with tails.
  • One player (the ‘Spinner’) tosses the coins into the air… Come in Spinner!
  • The aim of the game is for the Spinner to spin as many pairs of “HEADS” as possible
  • When two “TAILS” show up, it’s someone else’s turn

To keep it interesting, all the players can bet on possible combinations of how the coins might fall: both heads, both tails or odds. M&Ms, sultanas or even an ANZAC biscuit make a great small reward for those that get it right!

ANZAC Day Craft Idea – Paper Poppies

"ANZAC Day Printables" have created a lovely range of free ANZAC Day Printables which are both meaningful and  educational.  There are instructions for making paper poppies and a paper wreath as well as an explanation of the ANZAC story for the kids. Download your own copy of the printables here: ANZAC Day printables

What are your plans for ANZAC Day this year?

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  1. I would love to get to the main dawn service in Melbourne one year.

    • Attending a dawn service really is a special life moment, even more so when you have a family connection. The pride, the sorrow… So many emotions.

  2. I’ve also had the privilege to attend an ANZAC Service at Gallipoli as well and think all Australians should do so. It remains as my most moving travel moment ever!

    • I totally agree Donna. It is such an important part of Australian history and it’s nice to see that the Dawn Service at Gallipoli is only getting stronger over the years. There is no fear that we will forget! Experiencing the total silence as the Last Post is played and dawn breaks… It’s a truly unforgettable moment.

  3. Some great ideas – thank you!

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