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Key Info

Birdwood Avenue

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Founded in the mid-1800s, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne encompass 94 acres of greenery. Some of the gardens' highlights include region-specific plant collections, the Rare and Threatened Species Collection, the Gardens House and the Perennial Border. There are also pathways, shaded benches and statues situated throughout the property.

Though you can wander through this attraction within a couple of hours, past visitors recommended taking your time to truly appreciate all of the plants housed here. It's a great spot to read or enjoy an afternoon picnic as well. If you're traveling with kids, check out the childrens garden, which offers a variety of hands-on activities.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are located just south of the CBD by the Yarra River and within walking distance of the Shrine of Remembrance and the National Gallery of Victoria. Additionally, several No. 8 tram stops are situated nearby. Parking is offered for a fee on weekdays and for free after 5 p.m. and on weekends. On the property grounds, travelers will find restrooms, two cafes, outdoor pavilions, a visitor center and a gift shop. Admission to the gardens is free, and complimentary group tours are offered daily. Specialty tours, such as tours that include golf cart transportation and those led by Aboriginal guides, cost extra. The gardens are open daily from 7:30 a.m. until sunset. Additional information about the gardens' tours, plant collections and amenities can be found on the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne 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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