Travellers to Gallipoli Should Plan Early
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE AUSTRALIA
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.