This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli shores to fight in World War I. A special program was inbound for such an iconic day for all Aussie and Kiwis friends. Due to huge demand, only the ones lucky enough to get a ticket from the ballot could participate. If you were not one of those, do not worry still. Through my wonderful ANZAC experience with Travel Talk on 2014, I had the chance to discover the surroundings, monuments and museums, and most importantly pay my respects.
If you are among the many who were disappointed to miss the 100th anniversary, you still have a chance. There are centenary ANZAC tours for the commemoration the August Offensive on the 6th of August at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Nonetheless, if you are unable to make it for August, 2016 ANZAC commemoration is also considered a very important date as the 101st anniversary of the landing, and 100th of the commemorative service. Besides the touching dawn service, Gallipoli has several significant sites, that make up the ANZAC route, you cannot miss.
One of the toughest clashes of the battle had occurred at Lone Pine, with thousands of casualties on both sides. Currently, Lone Pine Memorial stands at the site, one of the five memorials on the peninsula, commemorating the fallen ANZAC soldiers.
The site of primary landing on the shores of Gallipoli, and the base for the troops for about eight months. The cove was a popular swimming beach for the soldiers as well, despite the surrounding atmosphere. Until 2000, the commemorative service was held here, at Ariburnu cemetery until the capacity became an issue.
The unpaved road climbing up to Lone Pine from the ANZAC Cove. The Artillery Road had many dugouts on sides to cover troops, and hide the incoming new troops preparing for the August Offensive. Also on the sides ANZAC artilleries were stationed.
Gaba Tepe (or KabaTepe) is a headland overlooking the Gallipoli Peninsula, where Turkish artillery was stationed. With all the surroundings, it is now a part of the Gallipoli Peninsula National Park, and hosts a museum where many relics from the campaign including weapons, uniforms, photos, letters written by soldiers, shaving tools and more.
Around the national park you can also see the old trenches and artillery sites.