Anzac Day opening hours: When Coles, Woolworths, Westfield and pubs will be open

Anzac Day is set to affect trading hours for supermarkets, bottle shops, department stores and pubs meaning anyone who needs to buy anything for Thursday might need to plan ahead.

Coles and Woolworths

Anzac Day on Thursday will see most Coles supermarkets open at either 1pm or shut for the day. Shoppers are encouraged to check local store details before heading out.

Most NSW, ACT and Victoria stores will open from 1pm, in the Northern Territory from midday, and 12.30pm for those in Tasmania.

Only a select number of Coles supermarkets in Western Australia will open. These include stores in Albany and Busselton which open at 12pm and 1pm respectively. Dunsborough and Eaton Fair stores also open at 12pm.

Most NSW, ACT and Victoria Coles stores will open from 1pm. Source: AAP (file pic)

Most Woolworths supermarkets in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne will be open from 1pm.

In Brisbane, most Woolworths will be closed. The Skygate store near Brisbane airport is an exception and will be open from 1pm.

Woolworths stores attached to a Caltex service station will also be open in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Northern Territory Woolies will have normal trading hours while stores in Tasmania open at 12.30pm.

Pedestrians walk pass a Woolworths store in Sydney. Source: AAP

Aldi supermarkets

Anyone heading to Aldi in Queensland and Western Australia will need to change their plans because stores will be shut.

Most stores in NSW will open from 1.15pm except for Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west which will be closed. Armidale and Casino stores open their doors at 1.30pm.

ACT stores open at 1.15pm.

Most South Australian Aldi’s won’t trade at all on Thursday except for Kadina, Victor Harbor, Berri and a few others. All these shops begin the day’s trade from 12pm.

All of Victoria’s Aldi stores open at 1pm except for Albury which opens at 1.30pm.

Aldi in Queensland and Western Australia will be closed. Source: AAP (file pic)

Bottle shops

BWS in NSW, Tasmania and the ACT will open its doors at 1.15pm

Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia stores from 1pm.

It’s largely the same for Liquorland stores too with opening hours between 1-1.15pm.

Ikea, Bunnings and Westfield

Ikea at Tempe in Sydney will open from 1-9pm as will Melbourne’s store in Richmond. It’s the same with Bunnings stores in NSW, the ACT and Victoria.

Canberra’s Ikea at Majura opens at 1pm.

Adelaide’s Ikea and Bunnings stores will be open from 12-5pm.

Southeast Queensland’s Logan store and Ikea at Innaloo in Perth won’t be trading.

Bunnings in Perth and Brisbane open at 1pm.

General view during the Anzac Day dawn service at Elephant Rock in Currumbin on the Gold Coast in 2018. Source: AAP

Westfield in Sydney’s Pitt Street will open at 1pm but Brisbane’s Westfield centres will remain closed.

Rundle Mall shops in Adelaide will open from 12pm but the city’s Westfield stores will remain closed.

In Melbourne, Westfield at Doncaster, Fountain Gate and Watirna South begin trading at 1pm. Melbourne Central is open from 1pm and Chadstone shopping centre is open from

Westfield Carousel at Cannington, Perth, won’t be open on Thursday.

In the ACT, Westfield at Phillip and Belconnen open from 1pm.

While your local Westfield might be open certain stores inside might not be trading or have different hours to the rest of the mall. It’s best to double-check.

Pubs in Queensland can open and serve before 1pm if they coincide with Anzac Day services. Some Queensland RSLs will be open at 5am. Source: Getty Images (file pic)


In Queensland, the sale of alcohol will cease at midnight on April 24 and pubs won’t open until 1pm on Thursday. However, some licensed venues will be serving before 10am but alcohol has to be provided with a meal.

RSLs in Queensland are permitted to open from 5am to coincide with dawn services.

In Victoria, some pubs will open from midday although a number of RSLs may open earlier if permitted.

Western Australia and NSW are similar to Victoria and Queensland with pubs opening earlier if their operation coincides with Anzac Day services.

South Australia, the ACT and NT will more or less have normal operating hours.

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