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Media Release The Hon Danna Vale MP   Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence Federal Member for Hughes

VA28 Saturday 6 April 2002

SURFING THE BEST WAY TO REACH GALLIPOLI FOR ANZAC DAY

Australians going to Gallipoli for Anzac Day 2002 should first surf the Internet to make sure they get the most from the experience, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Danna Vale, said today.

"Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders make the trip each year to see the place where the Anzac legend was created," Minister Vale said.

"However, the Gallipoli Peninsula is a quite remote part of Turkey and access is strictly controlled because of the historical importance of the area.

"The Federal Government has a number of online resources available to help Australians get to the Anzac Day services and I would encourage travellers to visit our websites before they visit Gallipoli."

The Minister said the Department of Veterans' Affairs website at www.dva.gov.au and a special Gallipoli website, www.anzacsite.gov.au, included information about access to the Gallipoli Peninsula, accommodation, the timing of Anzac Day services and advice on appropriate behaviour when moving around the battlefields and war cemeteries.

Travellers could also visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, www.dfat.gov.au, for the latest advice on travel to Turkey.

Minister Vale said the 2002 Dawn Service would again be held at the Anzac Commemorative Site on North Beach, followed at midday by the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine.

"Other services are conducted during the day by Turkey, New Zealand, Britain and France and it is not possible to attend all of them," she said.

"However, it is possible to attend both the Anzac Dawn Service and the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine. Many visitors walk the 2-3km from the Anzac Commemorative Site to Lone Pine, taking in the Beach, Ari Burnu, Shrapnel Valley and Shell Green Cemeteries along the way.

"While there is limited seating for veterans at Lone Pine, the large number of people who attend the service mean that it is best to arrive by mid-morning to obtain the best possible view."

The Minister said many people also attended the New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair, an hour after the Lone Pine service. The only access from Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair on

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Anzac Day is on foot, along a 3.3 kilometre route which takes a reasonably fit person about an hour to complete.

"Travellers to Gallipoli also need to be aware of the difficult traffic conditions on the peninsula on Anzac Day. Some advance online planning will certainly assist those making the trip," Minister Vale said.

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