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The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

 

Melbourne’s newest attraction is the Melbourne Star observation wheel in Docklands.

The Melbourne Star is one of only four giant observation wheels in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere (the others being the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Las Vegas High Roller).  Melbourne’s observation wheel is 120 metres high which is equivalent to a 40 story building.   The Melbourne Star has fully enclosed floor to ceiling glass cabins which are fully air conditioned.  Each cabin can accommodate up to 20 passengers.  The wheel provides a 360 degree views of Melbourne including the Docklands, Victoria Harbour, Etihad Stadium, the city skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the Port of Melbourne along with the northern, western and eastern suburbs.

While waiting to board your cabin the Melbourne Star has cleverly designed a number of display rooms that depict some of the things that make Melbourne so special.   Giant poster boards are displayed showing some of the ‘first for Australia’ along with a feature on our sporting fanaticism as well as a tally board depicting the enormous volume of venues on offer in Melbourne which keep our locals and visitors entertained.

Each ‘flight’ takes 30 minutes to complete a full rotation and there is little sense of movement while in flight.  The ride is very comfortable affording all passengers an excellent opportunity to view Melbourne and its surrounds.  There is plenty of opportunity to take lots of photos and to get a great look at the city and its surrounds.

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the experience and am keen to go again and enjoy an evening flight!  The flight gave me a different perspective on Melbourne and I loved the views of the city from the Docklands perspective which highlight the Bolte Bridge, Victoria Harbour and Port Phillip Bay.  You really do get a full perspective of our city from the industrial to the working port, the bay, our weaving highway system and the splendour of our amazing city centre.   I must also comment on the staff who were welcoming and friendly and helped to make the experience even more enjoyable.

The Melbourne Star now offers catering so you can now enjoy your flight with everything from champagne to a high tea or you can even host a cocktail event. Cabins can even be reserved for private use so all you romantics out there can now propose or celebrate special events such as weddings or anniversaries in privacy and style.

The Melbourne Star is located at 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands and can be contacted on 03 8688 9688.   The Melbourne Star is fully accessible for guests with mobility impairments.  A single shared cabin flight costs $32 however my tip is to book the encore package for $40 which allows you a second flight for you use for up to 30 days after your initial flight.  You can then enjoy one flight during the day and one at night!  Private cabins and catering can be arranged for that special event by contacting the team at the Melbourne Star.

Melbourne we have a new Star!

 

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