Yarra Valley#4 in Best Things To Do in Melbourne
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Though you'll find five wine regions near Melbourne, the area's most well-known is the Yarra Valley. More than 70 wineries are located in this region. Two of the Yarra Valley's most popular vineyards include Domaine Chandon, which specializes in sparkling wine, and Giant Steps, where you'll find several kinds of chardonnays and pinot noirs.
Several wine tours throughout the Yarra Valley are available. Tour operators recommended by past visitors include Wild Wombat Winery Tours, Yarra Valley Winery Tours and Yarra Valley Private Winery Tours. If you're traveling without a car, consider choosing a tour operator that offers pick-ups and drop-offs from the CBD.
The Yarra Valley is situated about 40 miles northeast of central Melbourne. The easiest way to get to the area is by car or by taking a wine tour with transfer service. Most wineries offer daily tastings (a small fee may apply), though hours vary depending on the winery. To learn more about the Yarra Valley's wineries and other things to do in the area, check out the Yarra Ranges Tourism 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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