A war memorial built as a token of profound gratitude for all the men and women who served Australia in wars and conflicts, the Shrine of Remembrance was built in 1934 and features permanent and special exhibitions. The monument sits on a grassy knoll with its design inspired by ancient Greek architecture. Every year, on November 11th, celebrated as Remembrance Day, a ray of natural light shines through the roof onto the Stone of Remembrance at 11a, illuminating the word "love" in the inscription on the stone. Two guided tours of the peaceful yet sobering landmark are offered daily. The Galleries of Remembrance showcases artworks, artifacts and medals of soldiers.
This huge, Victorian-era building is World Heritage-listed for its architectural and historical significance. Situated among the tree-lined avenues of Carlton Gardens, it stands as a Melbourne landmark. The scale and grandeur of the building reflect the wealth of Victoria's gold rush era, so does its richly painted interior. The Exhibition Building was constructed in 1880 to host Melbourne's first Centennial Exhibition, a display of inventions and arts from around the globe. It went on to become the seat of Australia's first parliament in 1901. Daily tours provide an insight into the building's history.
Situated on the outskirts of the city, Carlton Gardens surround the magnificent Royal Exhibition Building and new Melbourne Museum. Featuring colorful flower beds, vintage carved fountains and glistening lakes, this is a great spot for a quick escape from the bustling city surrounding it. Housed within the garden is the famous Hochgurtel Fountain, which is a landmark by itself. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Carlton Garden is certainly the pride of the city and is surely a must visit attraction.
Established in the 19th Century, the Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria's oldest surviving prison. The gaol, now operating as a heritage museum, is stationed within a bluestone building that opened in 1842. During its tenure, it housed thousands of inmates, most notably the infamous Ned Kelly, who was held here until his execution in 1880, after standing trial for crimes including murder, bank robbery, and resisting arrest. It functioned as a prison until 1924. Today, the site is well-preserved and its architecture untouched, save modern conveniences later added for visitors. The museum spans three stories of the prison building, with displays ranging from historical accounts, to personal belongings of former inmates. The gaol also features a 40-minute interactive Watch House experience complete with staged arrests. Brave souls can explore the erstwhile prison by candlelight via a Night Tour.
Built in 1868, Rippon Lea House and Gardens is a Two-storey house surrounded by a luscious garden with a pond on its premises. As majestic as the exteriors, the interiors are elegantly decorated with vintage furniture lending a classic appeal to the house. The estate that was once occupied as a private residence by a politician in the 19th Century is now rented out for spaces for various exhibitions. The house and gardens are open for all to visit so you can transport yourself back in time and learn about the history of the estate.
Part of Melbourne's cultural heritage, St. Patricks Cathedral bespeaks of faith and belief in almighty. With daily worship and weekly masses, the church exudes an environment of peace and harmony. The cathedral is also a center for exhibitions and concerts of sacred music.
Take a trip down transport history by booking a tour for your family and yourself at Steamrail Victoria. It is a non-profit organization that has been restoring historic locomotives from 1965 and providing tours for adventurous explorations. Travel in the steam and diesel trains that were once considered a great mode of transport back in the day from different boarding points. You can travel from one town to another and treat yourself to delicious dishes and drinks onboard. Visitors usually praise the volunteers for the informative and kind service they provide.
Horticultural Hall, the classic 19th-century castle marvels visitors with its brilliant architecture. The castle designed by William Ellerker, provides a unique spectacle with its brilliant and original architectural pattern where brilliant spatial experimentation is visible. The Horti Hall gallery hosts exhibitions which display a range of contemporary artists.
Our Lady of Victories Basilica is one of the few churches in the country that have been awarded the status of a minor basilica. It is an imposing structure built in early 20th Century and has a heavy Roman influence in its architecture. Regular masses and cultural events are held here.
The St Francis' Church is the oldest Catholic church in Melbourne, the central structure of which dates back to the period before the Gold Rush. A national heritage site, this church was commissioned by the first Catholic priest of Port Philip Some noteworthy features of this church include the Renaissance style Ladye Chapel which was constructed in the 1850s, the new Church tower which was gifted to the church by the Grollo family and the extensive archives which can be found in the adjoining monastery building.
Fitzroy Gardens, with their leafy corridors of trees, ferns and flower beds, are one of Melbourne's favorite places. Another attraction is Captain Cook's Cottage (Cook's former home that was transported from Yorkshire, England, and rebuilt here), which displays the history of the famous explorer's life. Children will be delighted by the Fairy Tree, with its cute carvings of fairies and other "wee folk" and the model Tudor village. Evening visitors can even meet the locals, who come out to feed at night.