Anzac Day in the Southern Highlands

There are few phrases that evoke such feelings as “Lest we forget”. Three simple words that pack a mighty punch and remind us how very lucky we are to call this wide, brown land our home. Anzac Day is a day for remembrance - of lives lost and sacrifices made. It is an opportunity to show indebtedness for our freedom and to celebrate our pride in the servicemen and women of Australia, past and present. April 25th 2018 is particularly significant as it marks the final year in the ‘100 Years of Anzac’ commemorations. From the solemn Dawn Service to street parades and the traditional game of two-up, The Fold have compiled a list of happenings across the Southern Highlands this Anzac Day. 


Dawn Service


Dawn Services::

Gather at one of these locations for a peaceful, first-light service. 


Berrima:: 5:45am at the Berrima War Memorial, Market Place.


Bowral:: 5:45am Marching from Cameron’s Newsagency with ceremony beginning at 6am at the Bowral War Memorial.


Bundanoon:: 6:00am at Southern Villages Memorial


Hill Top:: 6:00am at Hill Top War Memorial


Mittagong:: 5:15am March begins from Church Lane followed by 5:30am service at the Cenotaph. The Mittagong RSL is hosting a breakfast following the Dawn Service. Tickets are $10 and need to be pre-booked through the club. $5 from each ticket will be donated to Berrima District Legacy.


Main Service


Main Services and Parades::

There are a number of wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the day - a great option for families of young kids and just a lovely opportunity to connect with your community.


Bargo:: 11:00am Commemoration service at the Bargo Sports Club.  Bargo Sports Club is also hosting a lunch from 12:00pm, with proceeds going to Bargo Anzac Ladies charities.


Berrima:: 10:30am Berrima War Memorial, Market Place.


Bowral:: 10:00am Marchers gather in the carpark near Gloria Jeans Bowral. 10:35 Parade heads down Bong Bong Street toward Bowral War Memorial where service and wreath-laying begin at 11:00am. 


Bundanoon:: 10:00am Marchers meet opposite CWA Hall. 10:30am parade proceeds to Soldiers Memorial Hall where the service begins at 10:50am.


Burrawang:: 11:00am Wreath-laying and service at Burrawang School of Arts.


Colo Vale:: 8:00am Wreath-laying at War Memorial.


Exeter:: 9:00am Wreath-laying and service at Exeter Park.


Mittagong:: 10:15am March forms and begins from Southern Highlands Welcome Centre (Main Street) and continues through to the Cenotaph for service and wreath-laying at 10:45am. Mittagong RSL are hosting a lunch from 12:00pm. Tickets can be purchased through the club.


Moss Vale:: 10:30am Marchers assemble behind the tennis courts in the Queen Street carpark. Parade heads down to Moss Vale Services Club  where wreath-laying and service begin on the lawn at 11:00am.


Robertson:: 10:15am Wreath laying at Robertson School of Arts.


Sutton Forest:: 7:50am Marchers gather outside the All Saints Church  8:00am Wreath-laying and service begin at the National Service & Reserve Forces Memorial .





Yikes! For a game involving two coins and a small wooden paddle, there sure are a lot of rules! Let’s get the low-down on all things two-up, shall we?


The Why?:: The origins of two-up date back to the 18th Century. Aussie soldiers played it extensively during WWI and is known to have been a popular game amongst Irish and English convicts as early as 1798. It is traditionally played on Anzac day each year in commemoration of, and to share a bond with our diggers. Two-up is illegal at all other times of the year (aside from a handful of casinos and appropriately licensed venues). 


The How?:: Two coins, usually pennies, are thrown into the air by way of a paddle which is called a “kip”. Bets are placed on whether the coins will land heads or tails or a combination of the two. There is a variation of the game known as “swy” or sudden death which uses three coins and, according to a short survey conducted by The Fold, it seems that the three-coin game is pretty common place nowadays - probably because this version always yields a result (meaning you will always get two heads or two tails). This all sounds simple enough… but there are a few things you’ll need to know before you get started.

  1. The ringkeeper or the “ringy” is the person in-charge of the two-up ring. They look after the coins and judge the validity of a spin. The ringie is running the show and their decision is final. 
  2. The person tossing the coins is called the “spinner” – hence the term “Come in Spinner!”
  3. The “boxer” manages the betting.
  4. A group of gamblers playing two-up is called a “school”.
  5. The “ring” is the area designated for playing the game.


As for the betting side of things, best we leave that part to the experts. Let’s just say there are more than a few rules and the laws of probability are a little outside of our realm of knowledge!


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The Where?::

Whether you’re an old hand or you’re going to give it a bash for the first time, here are our local venues offering two-up this Anzac Day;

Bargo Hotel, Bargo:: 12:00 - 3:00pm

Bargo Sports Club, Bargo:: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Bowral Hotel, Bowral:: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Briars, Bowral:: 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Burrawang Village Hotel, Burrawang:: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Imperial Hotel, Bowral:: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Jemmy Moss Inn, Moss Vale:: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Mittagong RSL, Mittagong:: 3:00pm - 6.30pm

Robertson Bowling Club:: From 2:00pm

Scottish Arms, East Bowral:: 2:00pm - 6:00pm 

Sutton Forest Inn, Sutton Forest:: From 2:00pm


For all other Anzac Day Events check out our Anzac Day calendar.

That about covers it! May you spend this Anzac Day just the way you want to, whatever that may look like. Have a good one, Highlanders!


Jaime Woolley