parking spaces provide the closest access to the Myer Music Bowl when a
concert is held, otherwise there is poor access to Kings Domain. The grade up to
the Bowl is steep and as the Bowl is fenced off, there is no access to other paths,
except by crossing a large gutter to a very poorly maintained and steeply sloping
path. The majority of paths in Kings Domain are surfaced with a sand and crushed
rock mixture which is stable but can be soft when wet.
Best access to KD is to the King George V Monument from Birdwood Ave or from
the Shrine by crossing Birdwood Ave and Government House Drive. The King
George V Memorial (1937 52) is of bronze and sandstone, representing Britannia
and her Dominions and Colonies, guarded by two lions. An accessible unisex toilet
is available in the block adjacent to the Bowl but cannot be accessed from other
parts of Kings Domain. The nearest accessible unisex toilet is near the Shrine or in
the Observatory Gate Visitors Centre.
It is probably best to enjoy Kings Domain by ignoring the north east edge which is
too steep (and possibly dangerous if unaccompanied) and just enjoy the grassy
spaces, shady trees and gardens. You can cross Government House Drive,
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crossovers are available to a path leading to Birdwood Ave and the Shrine.
The Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial (1960) owes its existence to the efforts of
officers who served under Australia's first Field Marshall, renowned for standing up
to Churchill and MacArthur during WWII. The South African War Memorial (1904)
is a sandstone memorial honouring Australians who fell in the Boer War (1899
1902). The Walker Fountain (1981) was donated to the people of Victoria by
former Lord Mayor of Melbourne Ron Walker there are 46 underwater lights and
144 separate streams of water. The Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Statue (1995) is
made from bronze, granite and metal spikes from the Burma Thailand railway.
Weary Dunlop was known for his humanitarian acts while a prisoner of war in
Changi prison. The names of other doctors who were also POW's at Changi are
listed on the steps leading to the sculpture.
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance, which stands on lush green lawns between St
Kilda Road and Birdwood Avenue is a magnificent monument inscribed in large
letters high up on the east side with the words: This monument was erected by
a grateful people to the honoured memory of the men and women of Victoria
who served the empire in the Great War of 1914 18.