Both as a moving memorial to Australians who served their country in wartime and as a military museum, this is a shrine of great national importance and the most popular attraction in the capital. The museum explores Australian military involvement from the late 19th century through the 1970s and Vietnam up to Iraq and Afghanistan today. Displays include a Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire, tanks, landing barges, and sections of two of the Japanese midget submarines that infiltrated
Sydney Harbour during World War II, as well as more interactive displays in the Anzac Hall. One of the most moving places is the domed Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that stands above the Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour, which are two walls of names honoring the thousands of Australians who have died in all military confllicts. There are free 45-minute and 90-meeting tours, led by volunteers. You can best appreciate the impressive facade of the War Memorial from the broad avenue of Anzac Parade. Anzac is an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, formed during World War I. The avenue is flanked by several memorials commemorating the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Nursing Corps, as well as some of the campaigns in which Australian troops have fought, including the Vietnam War.At closing time a bugler or bagpiper plays the emotive Last Post outside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Nov 23, 2009
Very moving and educational. Every country learns history from their own point of view, so a tour teaches visitors about the wars and battles that have special significance to Australians. Lunch in cafe was very good--fresh salads and the like.