On 1 November 1914, Albany was the final departure point for the first ANZAC troops on their way to the battlefields of the First World War.
Between 30 October and 2 November 2014, a series of spectacular and moving events were held in Albany to commemorate 100 years since the departure of the first convoy. Attended by 40,000 well-wishers including the Governor General and the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, the events were unanimously praised as a fitting and poignant tribute to the first ANZACs.
Albany was again the focus of a special commemoration event for Anzac Day 2015. Albany lays claim to being the origin of the Dawn Service tradition.
Albany will continue to commemorate the Anzac Centenary during the 2014-2018 commemorative period, but you can visit at any time. This is now one of Australia and New Zealand’s most significant pilgrimage destinations to experience the legend that shaped a nation.
Visit Albany Heritage Park: one of Australia’s most significant cultural and historical precincts. Set amongst the spectacular surroundings of Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence, the Park includes:
- National Anzac Centre
- Princess Royal Fortress
- Desert Mounted Corps Memorial (one of eight Nationally Significant Military Memorials in the country)
- Padre White Lookout
- Convoy Walk and Lookout
- Avenue of Honour
- Ataturk Memorial
- A range of natural and recreational assets, including walk trails and mountain bike tracks
VIDEO: Peter FitzSimons’ Gallipoli: Leaving Albany
Acclaimed storyteller Peter FitzSimons tells the Anzac Albany story. Originally aired on National Geographic Channel Australia and New Zealand 2015.
VIDEO: Peter FitzSimons’ Gallipoli: Into the Inferno
Part 2 of acclaimed storyteller Peter FitzSimons’ take on the Anzac Albany story. Originally aired on National Geographic Channel Australia and New Zealand 2015.
VIDEO: Highlights of Anzac Albany 2014
Relive the magic of the Anzac Centenary commemorations between 30 October and 2 November 2014 in Albany.