What's open on Anzac Day?

With Anzac Day on Wednesday, many Australians are preparing for dawn services and perhaps a beer and game of two-up at pubs around the country.

While making plans for the public holiday, it’s easy to forget half of Wednesday is a restricted trading day.

Most supermarkets, shopping centres, bottle shops and bars will remain closed from midnight on Tuesday until 1pm on Wednesday.

With many making plans for the public holiday, it’s easy to forget half of Wednesday is a restricted trading day. Source: AAP

Here’s a guide to what’s open and when on Anzac Day across the country.


The majority of Woolworths stores in NSW, Victoria and the ACT will be open from 1pm on Anzac Day.

This does not include Sydney’s Met Centre and 333 George Street, Melbourne’s Bourke Street, Collins Square and Melbourne Central – which will remain closed all day.

In Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, all Woolworths supermarkets will be shut, besides a handful in each state that will open in the early afternoon.

In Brisbane, only Brisbane Airport’s Woolworths at the Skygate will be open. It will open at 1pm. No Woolworths stores will open their doors on the Gold Coast, Townsville or Cairns.

Northern NSW stores in Tweed City, Tweed Heads, Ballina Fair, Ballina River Street, Byron Bay, Casino, Goonellabah, Kingscliff, Grafton, Lismore Central, Lismore Square, and Mullumbimby will be open from 1pm.

In Western Australia, Bunbury, Albany Bayonet Head, Albany Dog Rock, Albany Brooks Garden, Karratha, Margaret River, Carnarvon, Derby, Wickham and Karratha stores will be open from midday.

Supermarkets generally won’t be open until 1pm on Anzac Day. Source: AAP

All Woolworths stores in Tasmania will be open from 12.30pm and for those shopping in the Northern Territory shops will have regular trading hours.

Coles have similar Anzac Day trading times, with stores in Victoria, NSW, the ACT and Northern Territory opening from 1pm. All stores in Tasmania will also open at 12.30pm.

All stores in Queensland will be closed and South Australia will have city centre and regional stores open from 12pm. WA shoppers should check their the Coles website for revised hours as some regional stores will be open.

For those keen to get urgent supplies before the afternoon, Coles Express stores will have normal trading hours.

Most Aldi stores in NSW and Victoria will be open after 1pm with the exception of Sydney’s Leichhardt store, which will be shut.

All Aldi stores in Queensland and WA will be closed the entire day.

Aldi stores in SA are closed with the exception of Berri, Mt Barker, Nuriootpa and Victor Harbor, which are open from midday to 5pm.

Bottle shops

The majority of Liquorland, First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Liquor Market will be open from midday in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia on Wednesday.

Defence forces veterans and active servicemen and women take part in an Anzac Day march through central Brisbane, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Source: AAP

Most NSW, ACT, Queensland and NT stores will be open from 1pm.

Dan Murphy’s and BWS will have the same hours with stores open nationwide from 1pm.

Shopping centres

Most main shopping centres will open on Anzac Day, but with restricted hours.

Victoria’s Chadstone shopping centre will be open from 1pm until 6pm as will Melbourne Central, with dining and entertainment retailing open until late. Hoyts cinema and Strike Bowling will be open at Melbourne Central for those after a family activity.

Westfield centres in NSW including Sydney’s Bondi Junction and city centre will be open from 1pm.

Westfield stores in Queensland, SA and WA will be closed.

Pubs and bars

The rules at licensed venues across the country on Anzac Day differ from state to state.

In Victoria, late-night trading venues such as nightclubs, pubs and bars are required to stop serving alcohol from 3am until midday on Anzac Day.

Patrons take part in a traditional game of two-up on Anzac Day, at the Australian Hotel in Sydney. Source: AAP

However, wineries are allowed to sell alcohol from 10am if they are authorised to begin trading then, according to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

In NSW, pubs and bars can open before midday and many do in the city centre for two-up.

The Glenmore at The Rocks will be open from 8am until 12am and the Coogee Bay Hotel will open its doors from 5.30am.

In Queensland, pubs are allowed to serve alcohol from 10am if it’s with a meal.