ANZAC Day commemorations around Australia are steeped in solemn traditions to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who have fought at Gallipoli during World War I and those who have died and served their countries.
On April 25, Dawn Services are observed around the country, the ANZAC Day Ceremony takes place at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, and veterans, soldiers and their families march in parades in the major cities.
Australian War Memorial Canberra
There is a lesser known tradition started by Coogee’s surfing community. Every year in commemoration of ANZAC day, surfers load up their surfboards and backpacks with cartons of beer and drink, and paddle out on their boards from Coogee Beach to Wedding Cake Island.
Surfers paddling out to Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island is a bunch of jagged edged rocks that lie about one kilometre from Coogee Beach. The white washed island bears the name due to the surrounding lapping waves that make it resemble a wedding cake. There is another belief that bird droppings on the island give it the appearance of icing on a cake. Incidentally, Wedding Cake Island is also a song by Australian rock band Midnight Oil.
Wedding Cake Island
Coogee Surfers on Wedding Cake Island
Flag and surfboards on Wedding Cake Island
Lest We Forget.
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