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by Michelle Keller (subscribe)
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Published April 22nd 2015
We all know that the Eureka Tower is Melbourne's tallest building. And we all know that perched at the top is the Skydeck where you can grab a bird's eye view of Melbourne on a clear day.

But do you know the facts?

Cause there's plenty of them.

The Skydeck is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere, which makes a must do on your Melbourne holiday bucket list. When you step inside the lift on the ground floor, you will travel at more than 9 metres per second up to the 88th floor. Once at the top, a clear day lays out an impressive view of Melbourne for you.

But there's more to Eureka than facts and an amazing view.

The tower was built as a reminder of the Eureka Stockade rebellion.

Miners coming to Victoria to try their luck in the goldfields had to pay high fees for mining licences and were ill-treated and given a hard time by the authorities. Their complaints were dismissed as they were considered an itinerant population without any rights - even that to vote.

By 1854, they had had enough. They declared they would stop buying licences to search for gold. They raised the Southern Cross flag and declared:

"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties!"

Government troops stormed the stockade at dawn on 3 December 1854 and in a short fiery battle, 30 men were killed. The bloodshed was worth it though because within a year, the diggers won the right to vote and the gold licence was abolished.

The Eureka Tower building cleverly incorporates the story of Eureka into its design. Starting with the name - 'Eureka' was the call of Victoria's gold miners when they found their precious nuggets of gold and meaning 'I've found it!'

The glass on Eureka's top 10 levels is 24 carat plated gold, representing the gold itself, with the red stripe representing the blood spilt in the battle.

The horizontal lines on the building represent the linear line markings on a surveyors measuring staff, whilst the blue fašade represents the blue and white flag of the stockade.

View from Eureka
View from Eureka

Once you arrive a the top, you can also visit the Edge if you are game, or have special effects photo taken. There's also a short film showcasing the buildings special features and how it came to be.

And don't forget to send a post card while you are up here from the highest post box in Australia!

Highest post box in Australia
Highest post box in Australia
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highly recommend to go up at sunset, amazing views if its a clear night
by mgils (score: 0|2) 1903 days ago
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