International defence personnel were among more than 3,000 people at the Anzac Day dawn service in Cairns in far north Queensland.
Sailors from Spanish, French and Papua New Guinean naval ships docked in Cairns have joined the Anzac Day commemorations in the far north for the first time.
They stood alongside personnel from HMAS Cairns and the 51st Battalion Far North Queensland Regiment at the cenotaph on the esplanade to mark 98 years since Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli.
Dawn services have been held across the far north from the Torres Strait to Cardwell.
The visiting naval crews will join an Anzac Day march in Cairns later this morning.
The commander of a visiting French Naval Ship says Anzac Day is a reminder of the strong bond his country has with Australia in peactime and at war.
Lieutenant Commander Amaury de Bellaing of French ship Jacques Cartier says it was a special experience to join the service.
"One-million-and-a-half people died in France during this conflict, so this is important for us to be here today," he said.
Doves were released from the balcony of the Cairns RSL to mark the end of the service.
Meanwhile, a far north Queensland school will today pay tribute to a local soldier who died in Afghanistan.
Former Atherton High School student Ben Chuck was killed in a helicopter crash in Kandahar Province in 2010.
Soldiers from his regiment have brought back rocks from Afghanistan that will form part of a new war memorial at Yungaburra.
Year 9 student Jessica Honan says students will join the ANZAC Day march today to honour Private Chuck.
"It's really important that I acknowledge the sacrifices that were made so I can continue living the lifestyle I have today," she said.
"It's a very sad thing that this has happened but I think he did a very courageous thing and although it's regrettable I think that it's very brave to fight in Afghanistan."
The western Cape York community of Aurukun will today unveil a memorial to Indigenous war veterans.
It focuses on 11 men from the Indigenous community, who were part of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion during World War II.
The coordinator of Aurukun's Anzac Day service, Linda Sivyer, says families have previously laid wreaths at the community's only war grave.
"It's quite a common story from the older people, that a Japanese submarine actually - and I don't know what year - tried to come into the mouth of the Archer River," he said.
"The Royal Australian Air Force had a radar station at Wutan, which is at the mouth of the Archer River in 1943.
"They had that there for 12 months, so it was an important area."