Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings this year, Gallipoli is truly unforgettable.

Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey

Ranked by Lonely Planet as the number one top region to visit in 2015, we can’t help but agree. With our very own Kaye and David ticking this incredible experience off their bucket list, here’s why you should also make the trip.

With the most recent invasion of the peninsula being the allied naval attack on the Dardanelles in March 1915, followed by the landing of Allied troops at multiple locations on 25 April 1915, Gallipoli is well and truly entrenched in Australian history.

An experience you will never forget, Gallipoli is hauntingly beautiful. Exploring the battlefields allows you a rare opportunity to retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers and Turks who fought and died on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings this year, don’t be fooled into thinking the best time to visit is ANZAC Day. Visitor numbers to the battlefields have skyrocketed, and access to the official site this year is limited to 10,500, with the ballot for 2015 closed.

Avoid the crowds by out with this time and on a weekday. It is also well worth investing in a guide as their knowledge is essential to the overall experience and will save you from getting lost, something that is not as uncommon as you may think. With so much to take in, staying in nearby Canakkale is a good way to make sure you give this touching experience the time it deserves.

With some trenches intact, and pieces of shrapnel still littering the ground, it is impossible not to be moved by the many memorial sites scattered around the peninsula. A bucket list experience, Gallipoli will force you to reflect and remember those who died protecting our way of life.

For more information visit Go Turkey.


    To make a comment, please register or login

    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles