What are the details of the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service in 2020?

3am Park and Ride commences from Currumbin RSL and The Pines Shopping Centre (Gold Coin donation for non veterans)
3.30am Gates to march assembly area will be open (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Village Green at 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin)
4am March Assembly and wristband check
4:35am March Off commences from Tomewin St, Currumbin
5am Dawn Service commences at Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach

Are there any road closures for the event?

There will be road closures around Currumbin Beach from 2am on Saturday 25 April, which includes Pacific Parade (north and south of Elephant Rock), Woodgee Street, Tomewin Street and Murraba Street. These roads reopen after the service concludes at around 8am.

Please be patient for crowds to disperse. For full road closures in Currumbin and the wider Gold Coast visit the Gold Coast City Council website.

Is there a ‘Park and Ride’ Service?

Yes. Park and Ride options are available for people to be transported to the event.

It is encouraged for you to arrive as early as possible and utilise the gold coin donation Shuttle Service (buses) for your convenience and safety, as there will be significant road closures. Please note, Veterans are not required to make a donation.

The Shuttle Service pick up points are from Currumbin RSL and The Pines Shopping Centre at 3am and will be running continuously until the commencement of the Dawn Service.

A dedicated Veterans bus for incapacitated veterans not wishing to march will depart Currumbin RSL at 3:45am, dropping off at Elephant Rock Ceremonial Area.

The Park and Ride service is free for all Veterans and currently serving persons and a gold coin donation for others.

On completion of the Dawn Service the buses will return patrons from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary back to these locations for a gold coin donation.

Due to high demand for this service, we encourage those that are able to, to walk. There is a ‘Bike and Walk‘ option with a bike rack located opposite Murraba Street on the beach.

Where does the Veteran March start?

The Veteran March will form up on Teemangum Street, turning right towards the ocean and head north to Elephant Rock.

The meeting point for the Veteran March is The Village Green at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and is open from 3:30am.

Gold Coast Dawn Service March Route Currumbin

 

Can anyone sit in the seated ceremonial area at the Dawn Service?

The Currumbin RSL ANZAC Dawn Service attracts large crowds and measures have been put in place to enable efficient and safe crowd control.

Seating for the ceremonial area is for veterans and their families as well as those participating in the service. Although seating for veterans and their families is guaranteed they are still required to register.

Registration for the dedicated ceremonial seated area will remain open until 31 March 2020.

Once registered, your information pack will be ready for collection from the Currumbin RSL Reception Team from Monday 6 April 2020 until Friday 19 April 2020.

Photographic identification is required to collect your registration pack (e.g. a license or passport).

The seating for this area is priority reserved for Serving Military, Returned Service Men and Women and family plus dignitaries and members of the Currumbin RSL Sub-Branch.

Only those who have been pre-approved via the pre-registration process, collected the appropriate identification prior to event day and then wearing the identification on the day can gain access.

So remember to:

  1. Register
  2. Pick up your seating pack
  3. Wear your wrist band on the morning of the event

Please note the above is only for the seated area in front of the main stage.

The general public are invited to observe in the surrounding areas and on the beach. We will also have in place large screens so all in attendance can see the Dawn Service.

Where are the best places to stay to attend the event?

If you are visiting Currumbin for the service the following accommodation houses work closely with Currumbin RSL and provide a range of accommodation options.

Short walking distance to assembly point and Elephant Rock for Dawn Service:

Approximately 1km walking distance east to Elephant Rock and 1km west to Currumbin RSL:

Short walk to catch The Pines Shopping Centre courtesy bus for the Dawn Service:

Other close by accommodation – you will need to find your own way to Currumbin RSL or The Pines Shopping Centre to catch a bus to the beachfront for the Dawn Service:

Further Accommodation:

  • Regency on the Beach Palm Beach
  • 19th Ave on the Beach Palm Beach
  • Currumbin Sands Palm Beach
  • Golden Riviera Tugun
  • La Costa Motel Bilinga
  • San Chelsea Apartments Bilinga
  • Kirra Surf Apartments

For other options visit www.southergoldcoast.com.au

What are the details for the Currumbin RSL Mid Morning ANZAC Day Service?

We hold a Mid Morning service at our cenotaph area on ANZAC Day. The March Off commences at 10:30am from Winders Park and the Mid Morning Service starts at 11am.

Can I make a donation to support Veterans?

Yes. The Veterans’ Support Centre is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission and donations can be made in person at Reception or over the phone by calling 5534 7999. Alternatively, you can tap your card on a special EFTPOS machine located in Currumbin RSL which will automatically deduct $2 from your account and goes straight to the Veterans’ Support Centre.

What time will Currumbin RSL be open and closed on ANZAC Day?

6:15am Gunfire Breakfast at Currumbin RSL – $5 (free for current and ex-serving personnel)
10am Club closes in preparation for Mid Morning service, Parade Assembly at Winders Park
10:30am March off from Winders Park
11am Mid Morning service commences at the Cenotaph at Currumbin RSL
12pm Club opens
1pm Live entertainment with Hammer & Thongs
1pm Two Up begins
4pm All people under 18 years must vacate the premises
5pm Club closes

What are the dress regulations to enter Currumbin RSL?

Currumbin RSL maintains a high standard of service, dress and behaviour. All patrons must be clean, neat and tidy in smart casual appearance and obscene or offensive language or clothing will not be tolerated. Persons with intimidating tattoos or appearance may be refused entry.

As a mark of respect to the RSL tradition no headwear is to be worn (except for medical or religious reasons). No industrial, soiled or torn clothing, no swimwear, no provocative clothing, no clothing with obscene or offensive language and no leather vest, patches or colours associated with gangs is allowed. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Dress Regulations are at the absolute discretion of Management.

What identification do I need to enter Currumbin RSL?

Currumbin RSL is a licensed venue and therefore current photographic identification must be shown at entry.

To ensure smooth entry on the day, please ensure your membership card is up to date and renew your expired membership. If you are not yet a member, membership can be purchased from as little as $2 from Reception. Please note because of the volume of people in the Club on ANZAC Day memberships will not be available for purchase on the day. Please become a member BEFORE 25 April to avoid entry delays on ANZAC Day.

Members are given priority to enter the Club on ANZAC Day.

Are children permitted at Currumbin RSL on ANZAC Day?

Yes, people under 18 years of age are permitted at Currumbin RSL on ANZAC Day but must be supervised and with a responsible adult at all times. Under 18’s must remain inside at all times (not on grass or deck area) and must vacate the premises by 4pm.

What entertainment will be on at Currumbin RSL on ANZAC Day?

The Main Bar will feature a live band – Hammer & Thongs from 1pm in the Club. There will also be Two Up at the rear of the Club.

What time does Two Up start at Currumbin RSL on ANZAC Day?

Two Up begins at 1pm and is located outside at the rear of the Club.

Will the Courtesy Bus be operating on ANZAC Day?

There will be no Pick Up service on ANZAC Day. However the Courtesy Bus will begin a Drop Off service from 3:30pm until the Club closes. No bookings will be taken – ‘first in, first served’ on the day.

Who is supporting Currumbin RSL in 2020?

In 2020 is Currumbin RSL receiving support from the following organisations:

  • The Pines Shopping Centre

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Trust

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary National Trust

  • Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club 

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club

  • Councillors Gail O’Neill Division 14 and Councilor Daphne McDonald Division 13 Gold Coast City Council

  • Channel 7 and Sunrise

Channel 7 Sunrise

  • Bidfood Gold Coast
  • TFH Hire Services

Important reminder:

Please remember why we are here today. To pay respects to the warrior class of men and women who sacrificed so much so that we can all enjoy all that we have today. Take the time to shake the hand of our wonderful veterans and currently serving servicemen and women and say “thank you”.