Excursion information

Before you arrive

For information on the Anzac Memorial, our exhibitions and special events,  please view all pages of our website. You can also access educational resources and venue and safety information on the site.   

Arrival time

It would be appreciated if you arrange to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled starting time to allow time for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive at the Memorial more than 15 minutes late, we may not be able to guarantee your workshop’s duration. In the event of unexpected delays, please call en route to advise the team on 02 8262 2904.  Please enter the Anzac Memorial from the Liverpool Street entrance. We ask that the teacher in charge of the excursion enter the Memorial initially and sign in at the Reception Desk. Students and other staff/adults are requested to wait outside the main entry. Memorial staff will then assist the teacher in charge to organise student entry. (see map for entrance point) 


The Anzac Memorial has wheelchair accessibility via the ground floor and the Liverpool Street entrance. There is lift access to the Hall of Memory on the first floor. 


The Anzac Memorial is a place of commemoration and remembrance of the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping activities since 1914. Students should be respectful at all times. Classroom teachers are responsible for the behaviour and engagement of their students at all times.Please emphasise the following to your students:

  • If you are at the Memorial at 11am during the ceremony of remembrance, you must be both silent and still. This is a sign of respect and allows all visitors to reflect on the importance of service and sacrifice.
  • Take hats off inside the Memorial.
  • No food or drink should be brought in to the Memorial.
  • Mobile phones are to be switched off or placed on silent.


Adult Supervision

Teachers and parent helpers are welcome and have an important role to play. We rely on your support to keep students together during the tour and to solve any discipline problems that may arise. 

What to wear

Students should follow the dress code for their school. If out of uniform, teachers are asked to ensure that students wear appropriate clothing. As the students will be on tour inside and outside the Memorial building, appropriate clothing and protection are required.  

What to bring  

The Anzac Memorial has limited storage space available. We request that students where possible leave their bags on buses or bring excursion bags. Medication however, may be carried. 

Where can we eat our lunch?

The Anzac Memorial is designated by law as a sacred and commemorative site. Within this area the regulations are strictly enforced. This means there is no area available for eating within the Memorial. However, Hyde Park offers many shaded grassed areas which can be used for picnic lunches. There is also a new café at Museum Station. 


Cheques should be made payable to the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial Building Fund or by EFT. Details for processing will be made available on your receipt. 

Other places to visit in the Memorial precinct

The Memorial's Learning Team works in close partnership with our colleagues in the following organisations who would be delighted to plan a shared day of education activities at both venues – particularly helpful with larger groups! 

State Library of NSW

The State Library holds one of the best collections of diaries and letters written by Australian men and women who served in the First World War. Discover digitised diaries and letters from the collection, as well as maps, newspapers, posters, artworks and photographs related to the First World War.

Parliament of NSW

During a visit to Parliament, students engage in civics and citizenship education, learniNG about the procedures of parliament, the growth and processes of democracy in NSW and within the Australian federal system. 

Sydney Living Museums

With Sydney Living Museums, students discover past lives, events and stories in the places where they actually unfolded.

Australia Museum

Students have the opportunity to touch real artefacts, discover museum treasures and go behind the scenes of the Australian Museum

The Reserve Bank of Australia

The Reserve Bank recognises the importance of education and is committed to supporting people who want to learn more about the Bank’s activities and the Australian economy.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Students at all levels take part in practical gardening experiences, outdoor learning activities and the exciting, immersive exhibitions at the new living art gallery, The Calyx. 

Art Gallery of NSW

Through direct experience with art and artists, the AGNSW fosters creative and critical thinking skills; creates experimental opportunities to actively explore complex ideas in engaging ways; sparks curiosity and discovery; and provides space to create, make and play.








On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor