Melbourne Cricket Ground#9 in Best Things To Do in Melbourne
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Melbourne's main stadium for cricket and the beloved Aussie rules-style of rugby (or footy). The National Sports Museum is also located here, and tours of the property are offered on select days.
The best way to see this sports arena is to come for a footy or cricket match. Recent visitors said all views, including those from the cheap seats, are superb. You'll find that food and refreshments served here are pricey but comparable to those offered at other Aussie stadiums.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground sits across the Yarra River from the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance in East Melbourne. On-site event parking is available for AU$10 (about $8) per vehicle, but only street parking is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for museum visitors and tour participants. The Jolimont train station and multiple tram and bus stops for the Nos. 48 and 75 trams and the No. 246 bus can be found within walking distance of the stadium. If you can't visit during a match, seeing the stadium via a tour will cost you AU$12 ($9). A combined National Sports Museum and stadium tour ticket is also available for AU$16 ($12). Cricket and rugby match ticket prices will vary. The National Sports Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while tours of the MCG are offered between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on non-event days. Check out the Melbourne Cricket Ground's website for more information about scheduled events, tours and museum exhibits.
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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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