MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE AUSTRALIA

D3
17 March 2000

Travellers to Gallipoli Should Plan Early

The growing popularity of the ANZAC Day services in Gallipoli means travellers should make adequate preparations to avoid missing out on accommodation or ferry services.

The Australian and New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Departments have jointly issued travel advice to ensure visitors have a moving and memorable experience at the 25 April ceremonies.

The advice on DFAT's website at www.dfat.gov.au/consular/advice/turkey urges travellers to book early to secure accommodation in the Gallipoli area, particularly for the night of 24 April.

It also advises visitors and tour bus operators to take early ferries from Canakkale to Eceabat because of the likely traffic congestion on the Peninsula on the morning of 25 April.

The Dawn Service will be held at a new site this year. In recent years, the service has been held at the small cemetery at Ari Burnu. This year it will be held at a new and larger ANZAC commemorative site at nearby Anzac Cove. Visitors are reminded that the morning of the Dawn Service can be cold and wet and to take a torch, additional clothing and food and drink. Lack of facilities such as toilets and water taps in the area should also be taken into account.

Other tips cover travel between Anzac Cove and Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair after the Dawn Service, how to obtain a program and the website address of the Australian Embassy in Turkey where further useful information can be found.