Tuross Head Memorial Gardens
at Plantation Point

The Tuross Head Memorial Gardens were built and are maintained by the Tuross community

The Garden and commemorative walls are dedicated to the community as a whole enabling those who wish to have a plaque placed on the wall in the memory of a loved one.

Located witin a plantaion of majestic Norfolk pines planted by the town's founding father, Hector McWilliam the gardens have an incredible peace against a backdrop of stunning coastline.

The memorial cairn was dedicated by Vice Admiral Sir James Willis on the 25th of April 1990.
The Gardens host the annual Anzac Day dawn service and this event is considered one of te best in Australia as the sun rises from the sea against a silhouette of riders sitting astride their horses in memory of the Light Horse

Plantation Point and Memorial Garden Photos

Phone 4473 8205 or 4473 9255 if you would like to make a booking for an upcoming event.. and click here if you wish to get married in the gardens and want some more info on getting married in Tuross Head

The Official Memorial Garden details and register

see this link for Memorial Garden contacts if you would like to to organise a plaque on the memorial wall

Plaques are available from:

Australian Cemetery Supplies - Batemans Bay

Phoenix Foundry


For more info contact the Memorial Garden Committee
Phone 4473 8205 or 4473 9255

- they will then advise which bricks are available
- they will assist you to obtain a plaque via Phoenix Foundary
- Once the plaque arrives they will install
- a cheque or cash is then paid to the Committee
- they then bank this with Council (NOTE there is no need for anyone but the Management Committee to contact Council)

estimated time from start to completion is four weeks
estimated cost for a typical plaque is $400


Click here for the Video of ANZAC Day 2015

Click here for photos of Anzac Day 2015


Click here for photos of Anzac Day 2013



Click here for Anzac Day 2009


The Dawn Service Anzac Day 2008 attracted record crowds with an estimated 1200 people attending the service. Despite overnight and very early morning rain the weather smiled and it was fine throughout the day.

The Eurobodalla Lighthorse Renactment Group once again turned out in force and added that extra special touch to the service as did the students from various local schools particularly Carroll College and Bodalla Primary.

The sunrise was spectacular and added the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful service. The Memorial Gardens Management Committee would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the organisation of the event-far too many people to mention in this article-but their help and contributions are all acknowledged as vital to the success of the Service.

The Tuross Head Dawn Service continues to grow so quickly in popularity and is one of the most well attended Dawn Services in the South Coast Region. As the crowds grow, so does the need for a more efficient sound system for the Memorial Gardens. The Committee has decided to launch a fund raising appeal to purchase a modern and effective wireless sound system. Over the next few months a series of fund raising events will take place and part of this is a public appeal for donations. People wishing to help to this appeal may do so by sending their donations to:

Tuross Head Memorial Gardens Committee
C/- Secretary 43 Evans Road, Tuross Head, NSW 2537


ANZAC Day - 2004


Mr NAIRN (Eden-Monaro) (10.22 a.m.)—I thank the previous speaker, the member for McPherson, who made some vital final comments in her contribution on this very important topic, the Veterans’ Entitlements (Clarke Review) Bill 2004. I am sure all members of parliament attended Anzac Day services recently. I went to three Anzac Day services.

The first was the dawn service at Tuross Head on the Far South Coast. It is probably the closest thing you could get to Gallipoli, as far as its geography is concerned. With waves breaking on the cliffs below and the sun coming up over the sea, it was quite a spectacular location for a dawn service.

I then attended a very small service at a place called Bergalia, which is between Narooma and Moruya. There is a memorial there that was only found a few years ago. It had been totally overgrown, but some locals found it and upgraded it with some assistance from the federal government under our memorials program.

The third service was just before lunch at Batemans Bay. Attending those sorts of functions, you understand exactly what is occurring within the veteran community. You get to meet some quite amazing people at those sorts of ceremonies, including those who had war service in the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam and various other confrontations, and peacekeepers—you find the lot. It is terrific that those people and their families, particularly young children, are out there each Anzac Day. We had 500 or 600 people at the dawn service at Tuross Head, which is quite amazing.


The Bergalia War Memorial

With plaques naming those who served during World War I and II from the Bergalia, Coila, Tuross and Turlinjah districts.

The Monument was dedicated and unveiled at a service conducted on ANZAC Day in 1925


In the news:
Light Horse and Camels Parade in Tuross 17/11/2000

Bay Post 2013 Big crowd at Tuross Head for Anzac Day


In Memory of Ted Aust

Mr Charles Edward AUST, Order of Australia - Medal (OAM) in the General Division - January 26, 2007 With effect from September 23rd 2005 Late of Tuross Head NSW

For service to ex-service personnel and their families, and to the community of the Eurobodalla Shire.
Vice-President, Tuross Head ANZAC Day Dawn Service and Memorial Gardens Committee;
Member, for 18 years.
Foundation Member, Eurobodalla Sub-Section of the Naval Association, 1990; served in several committee positions.
Deputy Chairman, Narooma Legacy Group; Chairman, until 1995; Treasurer, 1995-2005.
Long-term Member, Moruya Sub-Branch, Returned Services League of Australia.
Member, Tuross Head Bowling Club; served on Committee for many years, and held positions of Chief Chairman, Senior Vice-Chairman and Secretary.

Mr Aust died on 11 September 2006.

Above: Cairn ANZAC Day 1992

Above Ross Ramsden 1995

Above- Building the 3rd wall

R to L - Ted Bryant, (committee)
Jim Howden (comm)
Wayne Rookes (comm)
Neil Alexander (brickie)
Shane Gschwend (brickie)
Ted Aust (fearless leader)
Trevor Jones (front) (comm)