Arrivals & Departures Tours offer insight into Australia's military past

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If you’re not ready for a challenging trek surrounded by Mother Nature, why not take in a city walk that encompasses an important part of Australia’s history?

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne was built for a community grieving the loss of lives in World War I — when loved ones were buried in graves far from home. 

Designed by returned-soldier architects, the shrine was officially opened in November 1934. 

The Shrine Tour takes small groups on a 75-minute guided walk around the landmark and costs from $29. 

Or book a Tour and a Tiffin (from $59 for two hours), which starts with the shrine tour and ends with an exclusive tiffin catered by Jardin Tan. 

You get to select the French-Vietnamese-inspired gourmet treats for the stainless-steel container and then decide where to enjoy them: at Jardin Tan restaurant (a five-minute walk from the shrine), or a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

Not your style? There’s also a Precinct Pass from $48 for three hours. It kicks off with the shrine tour and moves into the Royal Botanic Gardens for a trip on the Garden Explorer bus. 

There’s also Devonshire tea at The Terrace cafe overlooking Ornamental Lake.

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