Download our guides Your Next Career Accommodation Money and banking Cost of living Visas Employment Health and safety Language Life in Australia Studying Getting around Travel Advertise

What’s Open on Anzac Day in Australia 2024

One of Australia’s annual public holidays, Anzac Day, is fast approaching. On Thursday 25 April 2024, services will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of Australia and New Zealand’s Armed Forces, both past and present. Observed for over 100 years, the day is now one of the most important in Australia’s history. 

Whether you’re planning to attend a Dawn Service or exercising remembrance differently, it’s important to remember that certain public venues will be closed.

So, what’s open on Anzac Day in Australia in 2024? Let’s take a look.

Are shops open on Anzac Day?

The answer to this will depend largely on which state or territory you live in.

Many grocery stores around the nation will be open on Anzac Day but with reduced operating hours. Many Coles and Woolworths locations will be opening later in the day (typically around 12pm or 1pm) to honour the Dawn Services that take place around the country. You can use the store locator for both Coles and Woolworths to see if the shops near you will be open on Anzac Day.

Similarly, major retailers like Big W, Kmart and Liquorland will be operating on reduced trading hours (if they are open at all). Read more via 9News to see what will be open near you.

Are cafés open on Anzac Day?

Many café chains, such as The Coffee Club and Gloria Jean’s, will be open on Anzac Day; however, certain locations may have reduced trading hours. Be sure to use the store locator for both The Coffee Club and Gloria Jean’s to see what the hours of operation will be at cafés near you.

Independently owned cafés may be closed entirely. If you’re hoping to head to your favourite local café, it’s best to call ahead or check their social media accounts to see if they will be open.

Are pubs open on Anzac Day?

Many pubs and restaurants will be open on Anzac Day, so you can grab a group of friends and enjoy a feed together.

However, it’s crucial to note that there are certain restrictions on the sale of alcohol on Anzac Day. Every state and territory handles this slightly differently. In Queensland, the cut-off for alcohol service stops at midnight, while it is between 3am and noon in Victoria.

In many places, any alcohol served from 10am until 12pm or 1pm (depending on the state or territory) must be served with a meal.