ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast

Gunfire Breakfast was the name given to the breakfast taken by soldiers prior to a morning battle. During World War One, this may have included biscuits and jam or tinned Bully Beef served with coffee laced with rum or condensed milk. It was prepared and eaten in darkness to the likely sound of exploding munitions and served cold as any fires or smoke would have given away their position to the enemy. The breakfast has since evolved into a more recognisable hot meal – and on this morning it will be a bacon and egg roll (vegetarian option available).

This free breakfast will be available to the first 800 visitors from 8.00am until meals exhausted or it reaches 9.30am and picnic tables will be arranged in the Square where you can enjoy your meal with family, friends and the Fremantle community. Juice, water, coffee and tea will also be available.

Please note, registering for this event represents an expression of interest only. While it will help with our numbers and planning for the event, it won't guarantee you a place in line. Make sure you are one of the first 800 visitors to Kings Square to receive your free gunfire breakfast.  


For relatives of the 849: The City of Fremantle would like to accommodate as many relatives of the 849 and special guests as possible inside the Fremantle Town Hall for a private gunfire breakfast (only 200 places available). If you would like to attend, we ask that you register your attendance so that we can reserve a place for you. Please register here and indicate that you are a relative of the 849. If you are unable, for any reason, to register via the website please email or call our ANZAC Centenary Events and Program Officer on 9432 9728.



See for more information on the availability of trains to Fremantle or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 (TIS: 13 14 50). Hearing or speech impaired? Call via NRS 133 677 and ask for 13 62 13.

Public transport will be FREE for ALL passengers travelling on ANZAC Day. 


If you attended the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and wish to also attend the Gunfire Breakfast, a private shuttle bus service will be collecting passengers from the High Street bus stop at the base of Monument Hill following the service and stopping once at Queen Street (best stop to visit Kings Square or the Fremantle Town Hall) before continuing on to the Fremantle Train Station.  

It must be noted that the private shuttle bus service does not offer disability access - the bus does not lower like a CAT bus and one must be able to traverse stairs. Please see below regarding drop off for disabled and elderly.

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The City of Fremantle will be participating in, supporting, and hosting a number of events over the commemorative period. The people of Fremantle (including the greater Fremantle area) are proud to be part of the ANZAC Centenary commemorations and to have the opportunity to honour and pay respect to those who have and are serving our nation as part of the Armed Forces. ANZAC Centenary events will embrace the themes: 'Commemorate, Contemplate and Educate'.
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The 849

The 849

Eight hundred and forty-nine is the number of servicemen who lived in the greater Fremantle area, embarked in Fremantle on transport ships that would take them to far away fields, and they are the ones that never returned. You can view the list here. If you would like to make comment about the list please contact 9432 9999 or email
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