After our drive around the F1 track in Albert Park, we made our way down to the district of St Kilda to renew our acquaintance with the beach closest to the city, before visiting Acland Street, where they have the most amazing cakes! Of course, we had to try a sample or two!
Then it was back on the tram to the Shrine of Remembrance, Victoria’s largest and most visited war memorial and one of Melbourne’s most recognised landmarks. It is a permanent and lasting memorial to the ANZAC spirit which is confirmed by the number of visitors to the Shrine throughout the year and the many people who attend the more than 120 ceremonies held there, annually. The Shrine is located on Melbourne’s most recognised boulevard, St Kilda Road, just south of the Melbourne central business district.
In one of the photographs you can see the Shrine of Remembrance viewed through the Eternal flame, burning outside since 1954, when it was lit by Queen Elizabeth II.
A very special feature of the Shrine of Remembrance is the Ray of Light. A ray of light falls on the word Love on the Sacred Stone of Remembrance every 11th day in November at 11:00am. This time and date mark the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the Great War, termed The Armistice. We were fortunate enough to witness a very touching ceremony that takes place every hour, for visitors, to simulate this happening.
From the top of the Shrine we were afforded fabulous views of the city.
The final outing of the day was to Her Majesty’s Theatre on Exhibition Street to see Mamma Mia…the musical.