Planning Your Excursion

Bookings

We offer a range of guided education programs adapted to different year levels and areas of interest. Programs are facilitated by trained volunteer and staff educators. All our programs are free but donations are always welcome.

The maximum number of students you can book into any single guided program timeslot is 75 (three groups). If you have more than 75 students you will need to book multiple timeslots.

Select and book your program via our website for instant confirmation. Bookings are essential for all school groups included self-guided visits.

If you have more than 150 students or you wish to book visits across several dates, you may wish to contact us to check availability and receive assistance with your booking. Email [email protected] or phone (03) 9661 8139. Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel a booking.

Safety and venue information for schools

To assist your excursion planning please read the Shrine's Safety and Venue Information. This document includes information about insurance, compliance, and risk management. View our certificate of currency.

How to get to the Shrine

The Shrine of Remembrance is located in the Domain area to the south of Melbourne's CBD. It sits between Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road. The Education Centre entrance is via the courtyard on the south-eastern corner of the building, on the Birdwood Avenue side. If you are running late, please phone (03) 9661 8139 to advise.

Bus: the drop-off zone outside the Shrine is a one-minute walk from the Education Centre. Bus parking is available along Birdwood Avenue. Due to Metro Tunnel works in the area, some road approaches to the Shrine have changed, particularly from the South Yarra/Domain Road area. We recommend you check with your bus driver that they are aware of any route restrictions in force on the day of your visit.

Tram: take any southbound tram along St Kilda Road (except route number 1) to stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance) or 20 (Domain). The walk up to the Shrine from these stops is moderately steep and includes stairs.

Walk: allow 30 minutes to walk a group of students from Federation Square to the Shrine.



What to bring

All our tours include outdoor sites unless it is raining, so ensure your students bring the right clothes for the weather. Students may bring and wear hats inside the Shrine; your guide will invite them to remove sun hats in the Sanctuary as a mark of respect. Students' bags should be left on the bus if possible as this saves significant time in cloaking them inside the building. There is no food or drink for sale at the Shrine, however you are welcome to bring cut lunches and eat them on grassed areas, weather permitting. We also do not allow flash photography or the use of pens or textas inside the Shrine. Pencils are permitted.

Supervision and behaviour

We rely upon teachers and parent helpders to actively supervise students while at the Shrine and to ensure that appropriate standards of behaviour are observed. This means walking, speaking quietly, listening to other speakers, refraining from touching displays, and being considerate of other visitors. Your active participation in discussions and in group management is appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the Shrine.

 

Child Safe Standards

The Victorian Government has introduced child safe standards to improve the way organisations that provide services to children prevent and respond to child abuse that may occur within their organisation.

Child Safe Policy Statement

All children visiting or engaging with the Shrine have a right to feel and be safe, respected, valued and protected from harm.

The Shrine is strongly committed to the safety and well-being of all children on our site and through engagement in our outreach programs. We create and maintain a child safe environment. The welfare of children is a priority and we have zero tolerance for child abuse.

The Shrine will take all necessary steps within its power to prevent and protect children from physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and cultural abuse and neglect. This includes protecting children from other children and visitors.

More information about the Shrine’s policy can be obtained by contacting the Shrine’s Child Safe Officer Sue Burgess 9661 8116.

Working With Children Policy

For Shrine of Remembrance staff and volunteers the Working With Children Check or Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration forms a condition of their employment/engagement.

Equity

The Shrine of Remembrance is committed to ensuring its programs and activities are accessible to all Victorian schools. Schools recognised as having a below average socio-economic profile on the Government School Performance Summary are eligible to apply for subsidised support to visit. Email [email protected] for further information or to learn if you qualify.