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Eureka Skydeck 88 & The Edge

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Published July 22nd 2018
Can you handle the dizzying heights?
With one of the most spectacular floor-to-ceiling 360-degree views in Australia, the Eureka Skydeck 88 offers undisputed views of Melbourne and beyond as well as it being the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and the tallest building in Melbourne, making this attraction quite impressive!

Eureka Skydeck 88 Can be seen from the Yarra River.

Standing at 285-metres above ground and with 38 seconds to get to the viewing platform (the fastest elevator trip in the Southern Hemisphere), the Eureka Skydeck 88 consistently impresses and it is certainly Melbourne's finest sightseeing attraction ever built!

Located on the southern banks of the Yarra River with views encompassing Melbourne's CBD, sports precinct, Docklands and everything in between, it certainly provides a different perspective on how to see Melbourne & Victoria.

The views are absolutely breathtaking.

Eureka Skydeck 88 is also home to a world first- The Edge, which is a glass cube that projects from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and suspends visitors almost 300 metres high above Melbourne.

The Edge moves out over the edge of the building once you are inside and when fully extended over the edge the glass becomes clear and breathtaking views can be experienced here. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited inside The Edge.

To enter The Edge, depending on the time of your visit, you will receive a buzzer and it will go off when the 'cube room' is empty and ready for its next visitors.

When it is time, you will receive black cotton socks to put over your shoes (so you do not scratch or damage the glass) and then...

I will not ruin it for you, but let's just say the experience will thrill you and it is definitely not suited for people who have acrophobia (fear of heights).

You certainly will see Melbourne like you have never seen it before with this attraction (even if you do not do The Edge experience) as it is breathtaking by day and spectacularly sparkling by night making it a must experience for all ages and interests.

The Arts Centre and the famous MCG can be seen from the Skydeck.

Eureka Tower was named after the Eureka Stockade, a rebellion during the Victorian gold rush in 1854. This has been incorporated into the design, with the building's crown representing the gold rush and the red stripe representing the blood spilt during the revolt.

The blue glass cladding that covers most of the building and the white lines both represent the Eureka Stockade flag, while the white horizontal stripes represent markings on a surveyor's measuring staff.

An art installation containing bees inside a white box can be found at the base of the tower and this resembles a man-made beehive. There are two regular sized bees outside the box and one queen bee on the top. The gold colour of the bees complements the gold at the top of the tower.

Albert Park Lake, Port Philip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges and beyond all can be seen from here and with 30-viewfinders around the Skydeck, some of Melbourne's favourite attractions and landmarks, such as the MCG, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station can also be seen.

No matter what time of the day or evening you visit, the views are truly awe-inspiring and offer unforgettable panorama views too.

Eureka Skydeck 88 is a must add to your list of 'things to do'!

There is free Wi-Fi and a small kiosk selling sandwiches and hot drinks as well as casual seating options.

Interesting Facts about the Eureka Tower:

- The top of the tower can flex up to 30cm in each direction in high winds
- The Edge glass floor is 4.5cm thick and can hold up to 10 tonnes
- Top 10 levels are made from 24-carat gold plated glass windows
- Two 300,000 litre water tanks on levels 90 & 91 prevent any excess building sway
- Eureka Tower is home to 3,680 stairs, 52,000 sq metres of glass windows and is 92 storeys.
- Eureka Skydeck is the only observation deck in the world that can thrill you with 'The Edge' experience (glass cube which projects 3 metres out of the building and 285 metres up with you in it!)

- Eureka is an ancient Greek term meaning 'I found it', that was used in the Victorian goldfields whenever gold was found.
- When completed Eureka Tower was the tallest residential building in the world.
- Eureka Tower is currently the only building in the world with the most floors available for residential occupancy.
- It is the tallest building in Melbourne and the second-tallest building in Australia (Tallest building in Australia is the Q1 in the Gold Coast, Queensland).

- It is one of only seven buildings in the world with 90 or more storeys and is equal 77th tallest building in the world.
Since 2012 there has been the Eureka Climb event (held annually) where participants climb 1642 steps to the observation deck. The current record is 7 minutes to climb up 88 floors.
- There is a 'Vertigo Experience' available at the Eureka Skydeck and this takes vertigo to the next level. Vertigo is a specially constructed set presenting guests with the illusion they've fallen off the top of the building and hold on for dear life 285-metres above the ground.

You will receive a 9" x 6" printed photo and a digital copy ready for upload to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The experience is $15.00 per photo.

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Why? See a different perspective of Melbourne city & beyond
When: Daily: 10am-10pm
Phone: (03) 9693 8888
Where: Riverside Quay, Southbank
Cost: Adults: $22pp, Concession: $19pp, Children (4-16yrs): $15pp & The Edge Tickets: Adults: $12pp, Concession: $10pp & Children: $8pp
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