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Published November 2nd 2009
It may no longer be the highest observation deck in Melbourne, but don't discount Melbourne 360 at the Rialto just because it's No. 2. Sure, compared to that other place, the wall art and carpet might be a bit “retro,” but the Rialto is still a good choice for an easy family day trip or romantic drinks at twilight. And just think, with that other place drawing the masses, the Rialto is blessedly spacious and free of crowds. That means shorter queues for the shops, cafe, toilet and lifts, and no one's head blocking your view of the MCG.

There's even something rather kitschy and nostalgic about the whole Rialto experience. From the neon marquee for the RialtoVision Theatre on the ground floor, to the yellowing panorama photo of the skyline displayed on the observation deck, you'll feel not only like you're traveling up, but also back in time. Now that's value for money! Admission fees range from $8.50 for children to $15.50 for adults. The Rialto also offers family, pensioner and concession tickets,and speaking of value, a 25-percent-off discount voucher can be downloaded here.

Seriously though, Melbourne 360's location within the historic Rialto Building can't be compared, and even if it's no longer the highest deck around, 253 metres above ground is still a spectacle to behold.
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Why? Melbourne Observation Deck takes you high above the heart of the City.
When: Open 365 days
Where: 525 Collins St., CBD
Cost: Varies by age and group
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