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Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
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Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where...

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and


Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment.

Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine.

Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served.

The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it.

The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.

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Lovely setting well worth a visit

We did`nt have long enough there so make sure plenty of time. Very interesting. Botanical gardens across the road lovely walks and good food places. Makes a nice day out

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We did`nt have long enough there so make sure plenty of time. Very interesting. Botanical gardens across the road lovely walks and good food places. Makes a nice day out

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I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in history, the military or is patriotic, no matter what country you reside in. A lot more to see than I expected. Even a book signed by Queen Elizabeth II.

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We had been briefed that this would be an evocative visit and it truly was. Whilst one of us thought they knew their history of the World Wars, even so there were aspects of Australian Defence Forces that continued to amaze. You cannot fail to be humbled by the reverence given by this nation to the loss off its men... More 

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It is very conveniently located near the city , and is under the free tram zone , good place to visit if you plan to kill an hour. i really liked the gardens , sit and unwind on a beautiful and breezy day.

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A truly spectacular monument to the fallen, this sacred shrine should be on every visitor's list, offering the opportunity to pay quiet homage to those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

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We visited the Shrine Of Remembrance and were impressed by the prominent position where it stands commanding spectacular views over the city. There is no doubt that this monument provides lasting memories of those it represents. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This iconic and impressive building has everything to ensure a memorable visit. Please walk the outside as well as visit the displays and bookshop inside. If you are lucky, attend one of their many free lectures and presentations (check out their website). Easy to get to from Flinders Street Station. You'll get more out of your visit if you take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Certainly worth a visit, and it links in extremely well with a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens which are only 500 metres away. Much larger than many similar shrines around the world and, of course, a hugely impressive, interesting and important memorial.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must for all Victorians. I spent three hours there and only covered WW1. Very informative if you have any interest in our war history. Will return another day to do WW2. It is a quiet place and everyone treated it with due respect. There is so much information and all well presented and easy to see, but better done... More 

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Look out for a garden tour of the Shrine of Melbourne and you will learn of the men and women in who's honour the plantings were made. More revealing, however, is where each plant and tree came from and why they were chosen. Many came from the same battlefields where the men and women were deployed and serve as a... More 

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