Anzac Parade Self-Guided Audio Tour

Reid, ACT, Australia; Canberra, ACT, Australia; Campbell, ACT, Australia
Distance: 2 km (Map)

A self-guided walking tour from the steps of the Australian War Memorial along the National Capital’s major commemorative way.

Anzac Parade Self-Guided Audio Tour - Cya On The Road

The term ‘ANZAC’ stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’. The Anzac legend has its roots in Gallipoli and the First World War, when Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 25 April 1915.

Anzac Parade (the Parade) is set along Canberra’s magnificent Land Axis, a key feature of the Griffins’ original 1912 plan of the city. The Land Axis is now bookended by Parliament House at one end and the Australian War Memorial at the other.

The Parade is visually powerful, with a red gravel central strip and dark eucalypt ‘walls’. The red gravel of the central strip was originally made from crushed Canberra house bricks and was chosen in part for the similarity to the ‘crunch’ made by military boots during a parade. The ‘walls’ are created by the Victorian Blue Gum, Eucalyptus bicostata, and the central planter boxes feature the native New Zealand Hebe ‘Autumn Glory’ (symbolising the ANZAC connection).

The Parade was completed in 1965, to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

To gain the optimum effect, the first memorial – the Australian Hellenic Memorial – should be approached from the back as if entering an amphitheatre. All other memorials should be approached from Anzac Parade.

This is a tour based on National Capital Authority's website.

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