On the first day of our Melbourne trip, we don’t want to cramp too much things in our schedule as we were still pretty tired after long hours of night flight. Therefore, we decided to go for sightseeing after our lunch. Since Shrine of Remembrance is located at Birdwood Avenue, right opposite of Royal Botanic Garden, we decided to visit both places on that day.
The Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne’s most crucial and iconic landmarks, as it was build to honour Australians who have served in armed combat and peacekeeping operations during the World War 1. The shrine opens 9am – 5pm daily (closed on Good Friday and Christmas). The admission is free. It also has Shrine Tours which run from the visitor daily at 11am and 12.45pm, and Services of Remembrance are held every half-hour beginning at 10.30a.m. You can also spot Eternal Flame that is always burning is the front of the building and The Man with the Donkey bronze sculpture.
Aside from soaking yourself in the rich history, feast your eyes with the breathtaking view of Melbourne cityscape and the 13 hectares of landscape parkland in Kings Domain as you walk up the stairs. I got to admit this is the first reason that attracts me to pay a visit!
P.S If you want to have some dramatic shots, visit during the sunrise or sunset.
If you’re not in a hurry, take some time and sit on the grass to enjoy the sun and breeze.
Aside from the breathtaking view from the stairs, you could have a panoramic view of Melbourne from the top of the Shrine. Remember to look up to the ceiling when you enter the building. It is absolutely marvelous, isn’t it?!
After visiting Shrine of Remembrance, we walked over to the Royal Botanic Garden. I really enjoy the walk as the time we went was early Spring so we get to see some of the tress are still in their winter mode, which the branches look like reaching arms, while some have started to bloom.
Royal Botanic Garden was established in 1846, the gardens extend over 36 hectares and display an amazingly justify collection of over 50,000 plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species.
Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking a clock made of colourful flowers, the bronze statue of King Edward VII on horseback sits in the Queen Victoria Gardens on a granite and basalt pedestal.
Directions to Shrine of Remembrance -> here
Directions to Royal Botanic Garden -> here
Check out where we stayed -> here
We have nothing to lose, but a world to see.