Hear the Last Post

Australian War Memorial


The Australian War Memorial tells the story of Australia’s role in international conflict from a uniquely and unapologetically Australian perspective: a young nation that has repeatedly fought on the side of its allies, and paid a tremendously heavy price. Historical exhibits are immaculately presented, from weaponry, planes and equipment to documents, imagery and uniforms. The Last Post Ceremony is held daily in the shadows of the hallowed Hall of Memory, honouring the story and life of one name on the Roll of Honour. Learning about, understanding and respecting Australia’s military sacrifices at this outstanding facility is vital for all generations of visitors. Lest we forget.

Length of Trip : At least a full day.

Cost :
Entry to the Memorial is free. Maps, brochures, and tour information are available at the Front Desk inside the main entrance

Best time to go : Open 10am to 5pm, except Christmas Day. The Last Post Ceremony begins each day at 4:55pm.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
The Memorial has two cafes: Poppy's cafe (located in the Memorial grounds) is open 8.30 am – 4.30 pm daily. The Landing Place (located in Anzac Hall) is open 10:30 am – 4.30 pm daily.

Official Site :
Australian War Memorial 

Where to Stay :
We recommend the excellent East Hotel when staying in Canberra.

Getting There :
The Memorial is located at the top of Anzac Parade, just minutes drive from Canberra's city centre.

Note from Robin :
There is a lot to see across the galleries, and the extensive, often personal nature of the exhibits creates an understandably sombre tone throughout.   Definitely join one of the free tours, led by volunteers and running 30, 60 or ninety minutes each. They shed valuable insight into the exhibits and help you navigate the Memorial.