Anzac Centenary Commemorations
On 1 November 1914, the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops departed for the First World War from King George Sound in Albany, Western Australia. For many, Albany was their last sight of Australian soil. These brave soldiers became known as our ANZACs. To honour the first ANZACs, a state-of-the-art museum – the National Anzac Centre – has been built in Albany.
Today Albany is known as the birthplace of the Anzac story and the home of the National Anzac Centre.
As we commemorate 100 years of ANZAC and the 100th anniversary of the Dardanelles Campaign, immerse yourself in the Anzac Albany story and walk in the footsteps of our ANZACs as they gathered in Albany prior to their departure to Gallipoli.
Discover your own sense of national pride when you visit the 1914 departure point where over 41,000 servicemen and women left for Gallipoli. Experience the legend that shaped a nation at the National Anzac Centre – Australia’s foremost museum honouring the ANZACs.
Albany’s special place in the remembrance of the First World War is recognised the world over. Each year on Anzac Day thousands of locals and visitors solemnly gather atop Mount Clarence for the dawn service at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, looking out over King George Sound to commemorate the diggers who perished in the Great War. Wreaths are laid upon the waters of the Sound, as they have been since 25 April 1930.
Albany and the National Anzac Centre is destined to be a pilgrimage destination for many generations to come.