City Circle Tram#8 in Best Things To Do in Melbourne
The City Circle Tram is a must-do. For one, it gives you a nice overview of Melbourne's top tourist attractions. More importantly, it's free. Just look for a burgundy and cream tram and hop right on. When you want to get off, push a red button (near the handrails) or pull down on the cord above your head.
Trams can get crowded, especially during the peak tourist season. However, many recent travelers said the trams are extremely convenient and efficient. If you don't feel like standing on a crowded tram, consider waiting for the next one. They depart every 12 minutes from the Flinders Street Station.
The City Circle Tram makes 28 stops within Melbourne's central business district. Though the tram's main stop is at the Flinders Street Station, you can jump on and off at any point along the route. Several stops sit within walking distance of Melbourne attractions like the State Library Victoria and the Melbourne Museum. Trams operate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, consult the Public Transport Victoria website or download the $0.99 City Circle Tram app on your smartphone.
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#1 Shrine of Remembrance
To commemorate the 19,000 Victorians killed during World War I, the city of Melbourne built the Shrine of Remembrance in 1924. The monument, which was inspired by famous Greek sights like the Parthenon and the Acropolis, features several memorials, including the bronze Gallipoli Memorial, The Forecourt (a World War II memorial that houses the Eternal Flame) and the Remembrance Garden (where fallen soldiers from post-World War II conflicts are honored). Several military-themed exhibits are also available inside the shrine.
According to many recent travelers, the Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne's best attractions. Though a sobering experience, you'll walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation of Australia's participation in major conflicts. Past visitors recommended joining one of the free property tours, which are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last about an hour. And for incredible views of the grounds and the Melbourne skyline, check out the second-floor balcony.
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