Anzac Day originally marked the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli but has become a day to recognise the service of all Australians who serve in war or peacekeeping operations.
Tuesday, April 25, will be a public holiday statewide.
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Here's a list of what's open, what's not, how to get around, where to go in case of an emergency and where to commemorate the day.
Shrine of Remembrance Anzac Day ceremonies:
6am Dawn service. It is recommended to assemble on the Shrine forecourt by 4.30am.
8.15am Official wreath-laying service
9am Anzac Day march: Veterans, their descendants and serving personnel will march down St Kilda Road, starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets and concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Extra trains and trams will be running to help Victorians get to the Shrine of Remembrance for the Dawn Service on Anzac Day.
For a list of added services, go to https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/events/public-transport-for-the-anzac-day-shrine-dawn-service-tuesday-25-april-2017/
There will also be free shuttle bus services to the Shrine of Remembrance, from the following RSLs and locations across Melbourne.
- Chadstone via Ashburton and Camberwell
- Croydon via Ringwood East
- Dandenong via Noble Park, Springvale, Clayton and Oakleigh
- Doncaster via Balwyn North, Kew and Victoria Park (Jock McHale Stadium)
- Essendon Football Ground (Windy Hill)
- Greensborough via Watsonia
- Mitcham via Blackburn, Box Hill and Balwyn
- Mordialloc via Mentone and Sandringham
- Templestowe via West Heidelberg
- Thomastown via Reservoir and Coburg
- Wantirna via Scoresby, Glen Waverley and Mt Waverley
- Williamstown via Yarraville
For more information and how to book a seat on a free bus, go to https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/anzac-day-2017/ptv-free-dawn-service-bus-shuttle/
Veterans and war widows can travel for free on April 24, 25 and 26.
On Anzac Day, free travel is extended to members of the Australian Defence Force, Scouts, Guides and school students.
For other passengers, public transport fares on Anzac Day are capped at $6 (full fare) and $3 (concession) for all-day travel in Melbourne (Zones 1 and 2)
Due to Anzac Day commemoration events, there will be diversions and service alterations to bus routes: 216, 219, 220 and 605.
From 5.45am, no trams will operate along St Kilda Road between Domain Interchange and Southbank Boulevard.
Coles All stores open from 1pm. Find your local Coles store here.
Woolworths All stores are open from 1pm, except Bourke St, Collins Square & Melbourne Central. Find your local Woolworths store here.
Aldi All stores in Victoria will open from 1pm, except Lavington and Albury which will begin trading at 1.30pm. Most stores will trade until 8pm, however a select few will close at 7pm. Find your local Aldi store here.
IGA Boccaccino Supa IGA Balwyn, 1030-1050 Burke Road will be closed
Supa IGA Brunswick, 614 Sydney Road: Open 8am-9pm
Piedimonte's Super IGA, Pascoe Vale, 366 Bell Street: Open 12pm-9pm
Morgans SUPA IGA Glengala, Fitzgerald Road Sunshine West: Open 7am-9pm
Piedimonte's SUPA IGA North Fitzroy, 37 Best Street: Open 1pm-9pm
Boundy's Supa IGA Essendon, 347 Buckley Street: Open 1pm-8pm
Reservoir Supa IGA, 26 Edwardes Street: Closed.
Ritchies SUPA IGA Dromana, Dromana Hub Shopping Centre, Point Nepean Road: Open 7am-10pm
Find your local IGA store here.
Melbourne Central Open 1-6pm
Melbourne Emporium Open 12-6pm
Chadstone Open 1-6pm
Highpoint Open 1-5pm
Northland Open 1-5.30pm
Eastland Open 1-5pm
Westfield Doncaster Open 1-5.30pm
Westfield Southland Open 1-5pm
Westfield Fountain Gate Open 1-5pm
The Glen, Glen Waverly Open 1-5pm
Myer Bourke Street Mall Open 1-7pm
David Jones Bourke Street Mall Open 1-7pm
Footscray Market Closed
Prahran Market Closed
Preston Market Closed
South Melbourne Market Closed
Queen Victoria Market Closed
Home Doctor Service 137 425 or 9429 5677
Medical at Home 8341 1888
Mill Park Super Clinic Open 24/7 (250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9436 4155)
Medical One, Elwood 9am-6pm (61 Brighton Road, Elwood, 9531 9811)
Medical One, Frankston 9am-2pm (47 Davey Street, Frankston, 9781 3966)
Medical One, Sunshine 9am-2pm (324 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, 9310 2947)
Medical One, Moonee Ponds 8am-1pm (14 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, 8325 1111)
Medical One QV Melbourne 9am-1pm (Level 3, 23 QV Terrace, 292 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 8663 7000)
Kardinia Health Geelong Open 10am-12noon (2-18 Colac Road, Belmont, 5202 9333)
Chelsea Heights Medical Centre Open 8am - midnight (205 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Heights, 8785 9900)
Hastings Family Medical Centre Open 8am - midnight (9 Queen St, Hastings, 5972 8000)
Casey Super Clinic Pharmacy Open 24/7 (50 Kangan Drive, Berwick, 9769 9824)
Mill Park Super Clinic Pharmacy Open 24/7 (250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9436 4155)
Mulqueeny Midnight Pharmacy Open 9am-midnight daily (corner Williams Road and High Street, Prahran, 9510 3977)
Tambassis Pharmacy Open 8am-midnight daily, (corner Sydney and Brunswick roads, Brunswick, 9387 8830)
Chapel Gate Pharmacy Open 9am-9pm daily (corner Carlisle and Chapel streets, Balaclava, 9531 8004)
Slade Pharmacy Open 8am-10pm daily (89 Bridge Road, Richmond South, 8420 0700)
Chemist Warehouse St Albans Open 8.30am-9pm (327 Main Road East, St Albans, 9366 3545)
Footscray Pharmacy Open 11am-5pm (2/76 Nicholson Street, Footscray, 9396 1223)
Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) Open 24 hrs (5 Hood Street, Collingwood, 9417 6417)
Lort Smith Animal Hospital Routine consults and emergencies 8.30am-5pm, emergencies only 5pm-midnight (24 Villiers Street, North Melbourne, 9328 3021)
Lost Dogs Home North Melbourne 9am-12.30pm (2 Gracie Street, North Melbourne, 9329 2755)
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Open 9.30am-6pm daily, 9923 5925
Crown Entertainment Complex open 24/7, 9292 8888
Eureka Skydeck 88 10am-10pm daily, 9693 8888
O'Brien Group Arena 9am-10pm daily, 1300 756 699
Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Melbourne Zoo Open 9am to 5pm, 9285 9300
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, 7.30am-sunset everyday. Cranbourne, 9am-5pm
Wonderland Fun Park Docklands Closed, 9602 1311
IMAX Melbourne Museum Open 1pm until late, 9663 5454, find session times here
Fitzroy gardens visitor centre and Cook's Cottage Open 9am-5pm, 9658 7204
Melbourne Museum Open 10am-5pm, 8341 7777
National Gallery Victoria Open 1pm-5pm, 8620 2222
Puffing Billy Railway First train from Belgrave 10.30am, 9757 0700
Melbourne Airport: Skybus operates to normal schedule (24 hours), 9335 2811; Starbus operates to normal schedule (5am-7pm), 8378 8700
Avalon Airport: Avalon Airport Shuttle operates to normal schedule, 5278 8788
Visitor information services
Melbourne Visitor Centre Open 9am-6pm
Melbourne Visitor Shuttle Closed, 9658 9658
City Ambassadors Open 10am-4pm
Melbourne Greeter Service Open, walks leave from 9.30am, book here
Melbourne Visitor Booth 9am-5pm
Town Hall Tours Closed on Public Holidays