Port Campbell National Park#2 in Best Things To Do in Melbourne
One of Australia's most stunning natural wonders is the Twelve Apostles rock formation found in Port Campbell National Park. Seven stacked rock structures constitute the Twelve Apostles, six of which can be seen from the attraction's main viewing platform. Other landmarks situated in the park include The Arch, London Bridge and a grotto.
Whether you love the great outdoors or just want to snap some jaw-dropping photos, you should consider making the 144-mile trek to Port Campbell National Park. If you decide to drive here, take some time to travel along the Great Ocean Road, which offers terrific views of the park. Another way to see the site is by helicopter. And if you're lucky, you may spot wild koalas and kangaroos during your visit.
To get to Port Campbell National Park, you'll need to drive or sign up for a Great Ocean Road bus tour. Several one-day tours – with prices ranging between AU$85 and AU$130 (or $65 and $99) – depart daily from Melbourne, including those offered by Melbourne Australia Tours and Sightseeing Tours Australia. Helicopter tours cost about AU$145 ($111) and are available through 12 Apostles Helicopters. The journey to and from the park will take several hours, so allot a full day for this activity. The property is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free to visit, but charges apply for snacks and drinks purchased at the visitor center. Picnic tables, restrooms and a parking lot are also available on-site. For more information, visit the Parks Victoria website.
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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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