Remembering the Anzacs at Mount Macedon Memorial Cross
Monday 23 April, 2012
Parks Victoria is inviting people to put some nature into their Anzac spirit this year by visiting one of the special sites in its parks and reserves such as the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross.
Around 2500 people are expected to attend the ANZAC Day dawn service which starts at 6am on 25 April.
Ranger in Charge Leeza Wishart said that Macedon Regional Park offers spectacular views all year round but Anzac Day really puts the spotlight on the majestic war memorial located within the park.
“The Mount Macedon Memorial Cross is a special place where people can remember, acknowledge and connect with the Anzacs,” said Leeza.
“The memorial also provides the experience of being among the peace and natural beauty of the park.”
According to Leeza, much work goes into maintaining the beautiful gardens and landscape views around the Memorial Cross for the Anzac Day Dawn Service and visitors all year round.
“Parks Victoria actively manages the site with the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve Committee of Management to ensure the environmental and heritage values of the site are protected and enhanced.
“Significant viewscape works have been completed to provide an enhanced viewing experience from south and western aspects of the park and protect the Memorial Cross and nearby tearooms from fire.”
“The team has been busy preparing the gardens with valuable assistance from the Friends of Macedon Ranges who weeded, mulched and worked on the final touches over the weekend.”
The outstanding scenic value and the 21 metre high Memorial Cross have helped define Macedon Regional Park as a major tourism destination attracting more than 200,000 visitors each year.
The National Trust has also classified the reserve as Victoria’s second most notable War Memorial to that of the Shrine of Remembrance.
“The panoramic views from the Memorial Cross and nearby tearooms are spectacular. You can see the cityscape of Melbourne and the Dandenongs from the south side,” said Leeza.
“This is a very special time to visit as visitors can breathe in the crisp autumn air as they take a leisurely stroll and the array of red and golden leaves is amazing.”
Dawn service participants are encouraged to be at the cross by 5.30am with a rug and torch. Car parking and a free bus service from Woodend are available. The tearooms at the top will open early on Anzac Day.
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