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Published August 6th 2014
A history marred with ups and downs
This giant ferris-wheel began construction in as early as 2006. After a series of faults and thankfully no mishaps, we have a lovely attraction six years on. Opened to the public on 23rd December 2013, it still remains largely undiscovered by many Melbournians. Although it's pretty much hard to miss, considering its towering proportions over the southern-hemisphere skyline above Docklands in Melbourne.
It gained a reputation of being a top Melbourne eyesore of sorts, but I'm sure this opinion would change once you actually get there and step into one of those seemingly dangling cabins.
From the iconic Flinders Street Station, go to Flinders/Elizabeth St tram stop, take route 70 tram towards Waterfront City via Swan St and get off at Stop D10-NewQuay Prom/Docklands Dr. The Star is also pram/wheelchair friendly for which you may need to contact the staff as you get there. It is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
At the ticket window you are faced with many options such as the day-time single trip or an "encore package" which includes two trips, one by day and another by night - and no, it's not necessary to do both on the same day, there is a window period. There are group, senior and family discounts as well. Each flight takes about 30 minutes and I warn you these really go by very quickly while you are savouring the views below.
The experience is truly one-of-a-kind. Friendly staff greet you and direct you to the main queue where you would see cabins roll-by. I was surprised at the size of each cabin. Although you are not allowed to request for individual cabins, here's a little tip - if there are very few people, the team would definitely see to it that you and your special someone get your own private cabin. Hint - you can avoid public holidays or chose such a timing.
Once you do settle in and your cabin is secured airtight, slowly the building below zooms away and stunning vistas emerge. There is something about Melbourne city which is unexplained in anything other than this ride. Viewing the tiny vehicles, freeways and Yarra River from above, the contrasting metallic backdrop of Melbourne CBD on the other side gives you a new perspective on things. Rolling mountain ranges and endless sea form some other peripheries of the beautiful view. You could pace around the cabin to get each view better or just sit comfortably on the centre bench and look around. Bonus is the voice-recording (plays in each cabin) and a rough map (given at the ticketing counter) for people new to Melbourne city.
Even if you have lived in Melbourne all your life, I promise, nothing compares to the way in which you will see your city from the Melbourne Star. Before you know it, the experience ends and you are left thinking of whether you want to see the same view by night with twinkling lights and silent activity.
The Melbourne Star can truly be described as "Starring Melbourne" as they have officially put it. If you have relatives visiting, bring them here first. Give your kids a memorable experience. Move away from constant screen-time and stress of everyday life and visit Melbourne Star to have your own unique experience. I know I did.