Update! April 23 2017: 2018: Villers-Bretonneux Centenary Anzac Day Tours:
Deluxe Upgrade Option (**Stop Sold- Apply only!)
Value Tour Option (Last seats!)
Day Tours from Paris & London (Space still available)
NEW! Exclusive Platinum small group tour staying in luxury accommodation in Arras:
(*Ideal for extended family or discerning small group of friends.)
Click here for advance registration & full Tour details
IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE: 02 February 2017
Revised Security Arrangements France & Belgium: Pre-Registration is now MANDATORY for ALL Australian DVA (Dept of Veteran Affairs) WW1 Centenary events for 2017 AND 2018.
These security arrangements are ONLY for official DVA events: Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux 2017 (25 April), Bullecourt Centenary 2017 (25 April), Polygon Wood Centenary 2017 (26 September), Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Centenary 2018, (25 April) Le Hamel Centenary 2018 (4 July) and the 2018 Armistice Centenary ceremony (11/11) Further DVA details below:
Dawn Service Villers-Bretonneux 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Powerpoint Briefing: 2017/2018 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day/Polygon Wood/Le Hamel (Maps)
Please NOTE that you MUST register DIRECTLY with DVA for SECURITY CLEARANCE if you are attending ANY of the 2017 events. Registration for 2017 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day, Bullecourt Anzac Day and the Polygon Wood centenary is now open for registration HERE:
URGENT! Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day 2018 (*01 March 2017)
(Current advice from DVA is that the Dawn Service is LIMITED to 8000 people only!)
We have now been currently advised that an attendance cap of only 8000 people in total can attend the 2018 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Centenary service due to security constraints. This will be probably be the most "in demand" ceremony of all the 2018 Centenary events, and we are already VERY heavily booked. Further to this, registration is not open yet (at 23 April 2017) and we expect it once opened in EARLY May to fill within a day or so. We strongly suggest that if you wish to to attend this 'once in a lifetime' ceremony that you register on one of our 2018 VB Anzac Day tours so the moment we are advised registration is open for the event we can submit your details to DVA for approval to attend the ceremony. DON'T miss out!
The new Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre Villers-Bretonneux: Opening Anzac Day 2018
(* Please note it is highly unlikely that you will be able to tour this facility on Anzac Day itself, due to the number of people that will be present at the ceremony itself)
ANZAC Day 2018 (25th April 2018 ) marks the exact date of the 100 year anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux which took place on 25th April, 1918 on Anzac Day, the exact date of the third anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli in 1915.
Our Booking Form to advance register your booking is here:
A Good Read from the Australian...
The Australian newspaper says of this historic anniversary: "The 2018 Anzac Day commemoration at Villers-Bretonneux will witness probably the largest influx of Australians into France for a century. (Read the full article here)
The Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre : Opens Anzac Day Villers Bretonneux 2018 "The engines of war memory are fuelled by family history, patriotism and the modern fascination with trauma and victimhood. A total of 1.41 million people visited the Australian War Memorial in 2015. As the Great War further recedes Australians are becoming more mature about war commemoration - any glorification is gone; respect, grief and awe are the dominant emotions.
(Read the full article here)
News Update Feb 2016: Construction of the new Sir John Monash Centre commences at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France (12 February 2016)
Minister Stuart Robert MP (Minister for Veteran Affairs) performed a ground-breaking ceremony alongside French Secretary of State for Commemorations and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, at the memorial on on 18 January 2016. The ceremony marked the beginning of an ambitious construction programme that will see the A$100M Sir John Monash Centre open to visitors by April 2018.
Tony Abbott when originally announcing the news in May 2015 said: "About 290,000 Australians fought on the Western Front, ten per cent of the total Allied forces. The story of Gallipoli is very well known indeed, but the story of Australia on the Western Front should be much better known and that's what the Monash Centre will be all about."
This inspirational centre is to cater for tens of thousands of Australians and other visitors to the Western Front by elevating its place in historical memory in comparison to Gallipoli and curing the national amnesia about the location of the nations highest war casualties and finest military victories.
Central to the mission is the elevation in historical memory of Australia's greatest General, Sir John Monash as an innovative military leader who attracted attention from British and French leaders at the time.
* Here's a link to an animated video for the new Sir John Monash Centre
Villers-Bretonneux Australian War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Departing Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day service