What’s open, what’s closed and what’s happening in Melbourne

Tickets and reservations are not required for those wishing to commemorate the event at the Sanctuary Reserve.

The service can also be viewed from the comfort of your home via live broadcasts on the Shrine of Remembrance website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Anzac Day march in Melbourne in 2021.Credit:chris hopkins

Elderly and disabled veterans will travel down St Kilda Road to the Shrine at 8:30pm, before the official group leads the march from Princes Bridge in Melbourne CBD to the Shrine at 9:00am.

Victoria’s health director, Professor Brett Sutton, on Sunday urged anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to refrain from attending Anzac Day services or marches.

“If you have symptoms, stay home and get tested,” he said in his daily COVID-19 update. “As important as the Anzac Day March and our Dawn Services are, there may be older and vulnerable people we need to protect.”

Are the roads closed and public transport in operation?

The section of St Kilda Road between the CBD and Park Street will be closed from 12am to 5:30pm on Monday for the event.

The Department for Transport said other roads around the Shrine may also be closed until 2 p.m.

Public transport will run a Saturday schedule on Anzac Day, with additional early trains into the city and additional trams running along St Kilda Road before dawn service.

Where else are dawn services held?

If you can’t make it to the Shrine this year, many RSL sub-branches are holding local sunrise services and marches.

Some of the locations for dawn services outside Melbourne and the Victoria region this year include Ballarat Sturt Street Cenotaph (starting at 6 a.m.), Pall Mall Bendigo (starting at 5:50 a.m.), Geelong Peace Memorial (starting at 6 a.m.), RSL sunburst (starting at 6:45), Ringwood’s LSR (starting at 5:30 a.m.), Portarlington Cenotaph (starting at 6:30), Oakleigh Cenotaph (starting at 6 a.m.), Cenotaph Moe RSL (starting at 6 a.m.), Mildura Henderson Park (starting at 5:50 a.m.), Melton Cenotaph (starting at 6am) and the Frankston War Memorial (from 6 in the morning).

A full list of sunrise services and Anzac Day marches connected to RSL branches can be found here.

Victorian shoppers will be welcome at major retail centers such as Chadstone from 1pm on Anzac Day.

Victorian shoppers will be welcome at major retail centers such as Chadstone from 1pm on Anzac Day. Credit:chris hopkins

Are supermarkets and other shops open?

Anzac Day is a restricted trading day so most Coles, Woolworths and Aldi stores and bottle shops won’t open until 1pm

Many IGA and Bunnings stores will remain open, but hours may differ. Check with your local store for details.

Major shopping centers Chadstone, Northland, Eastland, Highpoint, Melbourne Central and major Westfield centers (Doncaster, Southland and Fountain Gate) will also be closed until 1 p.m.

Pharmacies, fruit and vegetable stores, and gas stations may remain open. Most banks will be closed all day.

Sean Dry and his friends Tim Reilly, Steve Woodley and Phil Nicol played two last year before Anzac Day.

Sean Dry and his friends Tim Reilly, Steve Woodley and Phil Nicol played two last year before Anzac Day. Credit:Wolter Peters

Do you fancy a duet?

The beloved Anzac Day tradition will return to Victorian and RSL pubs on Monday.

For the uninitiated, the gambling game requires players to guess whether two tossed coins will land and both will show heads, tails, or one of each. Two-up was played in the trenches during the First World War.

Places where you can play two in Melbourne include young and jackson on Flinders Street (two up from 10am), The mail exchange hotel (two upstairs from 12 noon), The Corner Hotel in Richmond (open from 12pm), Orrong Hotel in Armadale (two up from 14:00), Flemington Racecourse and in RSL, including Geelong, Bentleigh, Wangaratta and Cheltenham-Moorabbin.

Do you feel cold?  You can still get a PCR test.

Do you feel cold? You can still get a PCR test.Credit:chris hopkins

Where can you get a PCR test on Anzac Day?

Some Victorian COVID-19 testing centers will be closed on Anzac Day, but the following main testing sites will be open as normal or with reduced hours.

  • Albury Wodonga Health Smythe St Outpatient Clinic
  • Alfred Hospital Outpatient Testing Clinic
  • Ballarat Creswick Road Test Drive Site
  • Bendigo Health Drive Test Site
  • Box Hill Hospital Eastern Health Outpatient Testing Clinic
  • Chadstone Golfers Drive test drive site
  • Geelong Respiratory Clinic Drive Test Site (Kardinia Health)
  • Heidelberg Dorevitch test drive site
  • Hoppers Crossing 4Cyte Pathology Guided Testing Clinic
  • Melbourne Showgrounds test drive site
  • Mildura Deakin Avenue Outpatient Clinic
  • Oakleigh East 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Testing Site
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Drive Test Site
  • Sandringham Hospital Outpatient Testing Clinic
  • Guided Testing Clinic Shepparton Goulburn Valley Health Campus
  • Sunshine 4Cyte Pathology Drive Test Site
  • Werribee LCA Drive Test Site

A full list of open test sites in Victoria can be accessed here.

With Angus Dalton

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