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Published April 4th 2016
Above all else
My kids enjoying The Walk experience at Eureka Skydeck
88 floors above the Yarra River, a small glass cube room awaits to offer you an adrenaline rush. Don't let the sounds of cracking and smashing glass make you nervous (I thought the guest with us was going to faint); it's all part of The EDGE experience.
The Edge is a switchable glass cube that slides you out from the building's 88th floor for unsurpassed views of Melbourne and far beyond. Scary music and the sound of cracking and smashing glass "enhance" your experience as your glass cube extends from the side of the tower to look through the glass floor to the ground below. The sounds then ease up and you have some time to look around; photos are taken of each party as well, so other guests are ask to stand against the back wall so as not to appear in the photos (optional purchase of hard copy and digital images available for an additional cost).
A fun little activity and souvenir for the kids for $2, press a "penny" with one of four scenes, with options from the Melbourne skyline to the Eureka Tower; there is even a hole punch option so that it can be turned into a necklace, charm, or keychain. Various events and other experiences also await.
You may be tempted to think you're as high as you can be in Melbourne, but you'd be wrong. One more floor above you boasts one of Melbourne's most unique fine dining experiences, at Eureka 89.
The EDGE experience, The Vertigo and The Walk experiences are among the fun you can have with friends, family, or even on your own at the Eureka Tower. Be aware that with The EDGE experience, you will likely be in the 6-meter-squared cube with other participants; I was there with my two kids and an additional three visitors were in with us. It was a bit cosy, but not uncomfortable; I think she said they put up to twelve guests in on busy days. The Vertigo and The Walk are green-screen photo experiences that cost $15 for a hard copy photo (in folder) as well as a digital code to access your photos up to 60 days later. Digital photos may not be available immediately (but ours were, within a few minutes).
Adult tickets for the Skydeck range from $15.50-$20 with children over four years old at $11.50; various package deals are available, with savings up to $17 at time of publication. The "Sun & Stars" give you two visits on the same day or within two days, to experience both day and night, for only $5.50 extra per person. The EDGE experience is $12 for adults and $8 for children at time of publication (photos not included).
Don't forget to ask for your free iPhone audio tour, and don't be afraid to browse the gift shop, as prices were surprisingly very reasonable.
Wilson Parking "Eureka Car Park" is the preferred partner of the Eureka Tower, located right beneath the Eureka Tower on the corner of City Road and Southgate Avenue (enter via Southgate Avenue), flat rate prices from $6; ticket validation required (do not park at the nearby Wilson carpark by the Langham, as you will not qualify for ticket validation, and you may pay end up paying over $60.