• 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Gallipoli

  • Menin Gate Last Post, Ypres

  • Rhododendron Ridge, Gallipoli

  • Tyne Cot, Belgium

  • Villers-Bretonneux, France

Next Steps For Gallipoli 2015 Ballot

42,582 applications were received from Australians planning to attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, marking 100 years since the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops during the First World War.

The Australian Government's contracted ticket provider, Ticketek will now begin the process of confirming applications, and will review and remove any duplicate, incomplete or incorrect applications before the ballot is drawn. The ballot draw is automated and comprises of four cascades, providing some preference for direct descendants and veterans with qualifying or overseas service.

All ballot applicants, successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome before Anzac Day 2014.

Successful applicants are encouraged to make and pay for all travel arrangements as soon as they receive confirmation of their success in the ballot. This needs to include flights, accommodation, transport and travel insurance. Proof of travel such as an airline ticket or tour package must be provided to the Department of Veterans' Affairs by 25 October 2014 in order to receive attendance passes.

Those who are unsuccessful, and who elected to be on the waitlist, will be notified of any passes that may become available from those who can no longer attend, up until 31 March 2015.

Alternatively, unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to visit Gallipoli at another time in 2015, attend another Anzac Day service overseas such as Villers-Bretonneux in France, or watch the broadcast of the Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux services live on the ABC on Anzac Day.

For more information on Gallipoli 2015 visit www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au, or the Anzac Centenary visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

For travel in April 2015, we currently have places available on several tours with premium accommodation in the very best waterfront hotel in Canakkale. The Four star Truva Hotel has undergone a multi-million Euro refurbishment and has a great location, close to the ferry terminal with views across the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli Peninsula. We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this hotel over this period.

Should you have any queries or require further information on our Gallipoli 2015 - Anzac Day Centenary Tour, please do not hesitate to contact us. We wish everyone who enters the ballot the best of luck and look forward to sharing a wonderful experience with you.

Article Source: Minister for Veterans' Affairs

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