RESIDENTS from the Fraser Coast's smaller towns have gathered in large numbers to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

As the sun woke the birds at the Toogoom RSL, sub-branch president Ken Higgins led the dawn service.

He estimated there was more than 500 people.

"It grows every year - It's just fantastic," he said.

Residents from the Fraser Coast's smaller towns have gathered in large numbers to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
Residents from the Fraser Coast's smaller towns have gathered in large numbers to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Hayden Johnson

In Howard the smaller service still drew a good number of people.

Veterans and the community gathered at the cenotaph before marching to the Country Women's Association hall for breakfast and a beer.

A mountain of colourful wreaths and crosses also sits below the rock memorial in Burrum Heads.

Lee Kernaghan's song, spirit of the Anzacs was sung by the Village Voices choir.