Gallipoli and the Anzacs

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Special Features

  • North Beach: the other Anzac Cove

    The North Beach and Sari Bair Range feature

    For most Australians, the landing on 25 April 1915 is forever associated with a short stretch of beach known as Anzac Cove. However, some of the first waves landed at North Beach beyond Ari Burnu point beneath the Sphinx, a weathered pinnacle from which the ground falls steeply away into narrow gullies. This is their story.
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  • Anzac Day at Gallipoli

    Information about Anzac Day Services at Gallipoli

    The largest Anzac Day commemoration outside Australia is held at Gallipoli on 25 April. Each year Australia and New Zealand conduct three commemorative services at Gallipoli: a joint Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site, followed by an Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine, and a New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair.
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  • A walk around 14 battlefield sites

    Explore the 1 day Anzac walk feature

    The Anzac Walk is designed for the visitor who has little time but can devote one day to explore the main area the Anzacs held on Gallipoli. These short accounts of daily life and death at Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu, Lone Pine and other locations can also be downloaded as audio files.
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  • Cemeteries at Anzac

    Explore each of the 25 Anzac grave sites

    On the Gallipoli Peninsula today are many war cemeteries and memorials to the missing, such as the Lone Pine Memorial. Some, such as Beach Cemetery and Ari Burnu, are visited by many, others such as 4th Battalion Parade Ground, Baby 700, and No. 2 Outpost are off the beaten track. View them here.
    Visit 25 war cemeteries...

  • Cemeteries at Helles

    Explore each of the 9 Helles grave sites

    The Helles Memorial is both the memorial to men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters. Nearby are Twelve Tree Copse and N.Z. Memorial, French Cemetery, Lancashire Landing, Pink Farm, V Beach, Wylie Grove, Redoubt and Skew Bridge.
    Visit 9 southern war cemeteries...

  • Turkish memorials

    The Turkish memorials feature

    The Battle of Çanakkale, the Turkish struggle to retain control of the Gallipoli peninsula and the Dardanelles, was a defining moment in their history. Take a tour of the Turkish memorials at Gallipoli including those at Kilitbahir and Çanakkale, the Kanlisirt and Atatürk Memorials, Seddülbahir Fort and Atatürk’s house at Bigali.
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  • Exploring the Gallipoli landscape

    The Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey J H A S feature

    The Joint Historical Archaeological Survey (JHAS) including experts from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey has explored and mapped the current state of trenches and ridges, gullies and ravines in the landscape at Gallipoli for several years. Some of their interesting findings are outlined here.
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North Beach Anzac Commemorative Site

Overview: Interpretive panels at the North Beach Anzac Commemorative Site

Anzac Commemorative site
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The Anzac Commemorative site, 300 metres north of Ari Burnu at North Beach, has ten large pictorial panels with text in English and Turkish that tell the story of Gallipoli.

Anzac Day at Gallipoli

The Anzac Day services on Gallipoli Peninsula commemorate the Allied landings there and the tragic loss of so many young Australian and New Zealand lives, as well as those who suffered and died in all wars.

The British Empire, Dominion and French forces suffered severely on Gallipoli. More than 21,200 British, 10,000 French, 8,700 Australians, 2,700 New Zealanders, 1,350 Indians and 49 Newfoundlanders were killed. The Allied wounded totalled over 97,000.

The Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach

To relieve the pressure on the traditional Dawn Service site at Ari Burnu War Cemetery caused by increasing numbers of visitors, the Australian and New Zealand Governments, with the cooperation of the Government of the Republic of Turkey built the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach.

The Sphinx, a prominent outcrop so-named by the Anzacs on that first day, overlooks this site. At this site on North Beach, Australian troops of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division AIF came ashore some minutes after the first landings at Ari Burnu and Anzac Cove to the south. They were followed by the 1st and 2nd Brigades and then by the New Zealand & Australian Division. North Beach was also a major casualty clearing station and resupply area during the campaign and the surviving Anzacs were evacuated from there during December 1915.

The Gallipoli Peninsula Peace Park

This joint development was the first project undertaken within the Gallipoli Peninsula Peace Park. An initiative of President Demirel of Turkey, the Peace Park is dedicated to peace in its widest sense - not just the cessation of hostilities but the active pursuit of harmony, understanding, tolerance and freedom. It is an ideal that the Australian and New Zealand peoples share with Turkey and with all other democratic nations.

The Commemorative Site, with its informal low stone walls, paths to the beach and information panels has become a focal point for visitors to this heritage area of special significance to Australians and New Zealanders.

Much of the visitation that the area is experiencing is in the nature of a pilgrimage, which on Australia and New Zealand's behalf started immediately after World War One. Veterans' organisations were originally responsible for commemorating their lost comrades, but the pilgrimage to Gallipoli has grown in significance to encompass people from all walks of life.

While the primary purpose of the visitation is to learn of the war experience, the reality is that the theme is of universal suffering, including the losses suffered by the Turkish military in what is referred to by the Turkish people as the Battle of Çannakale. For Australian and New Zealand visitors, the international dimension of this campaign and particularly the full extent of war casualties, provide an experience which broadens their understanding.

Selecting and writing the ten panels

An overview of the Gallipoli campaign from an Australian perspective in ten pictures is difficult to write. All that can be achieved is an introduction to the main events such as the landing and the major battles such as Krithia, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Some attempt, also, had to be made to convey the physical hardships - apart from the ever-present possibility of death and wounds that the soldiers of both sides endured during the campaign.

Each panel consists of an illustration, a contemporary quotation, and about 170 words of narrative text. By comparison with today’s museum panels, this is rather long. However, as many Australians and New Zealanders who visit Anzac have made a big personal commitment to get there, it was thought that they would be willing to give time to understanding what happened at Gallipoli.