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Published June 25th 2018
Experience the only Southern Hemisphere 'sky high' attraction
Melbourne- this metropolis was named the world's most liveable city by the Economist Group and this city is filled with plenty of attractions from dining, relaxing, people watching, shopping, coffee of course, as well as boasting a colourful and artistic heritage environment and there's no better way to experience this buzzing city than from a different perspective: sky-high!

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is one exciting attraction to visit that will certainly offer a different Melbourne experience.


The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is one of four Giant Observation Wheels in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere!

Experience the only Southern Hemisphere's largest Observation Wheel.


The Giant Observation Wheel has called Melbourne home since December 2013 (officially it was opened in 2008 but due to a construction issue it was reopened on 23 December 2013) and this point of attraction features a 40-storey high observation wheel giving you breathtaking views of Melbourne and beyond.

Some of the spectacular views that can be seen from the Observation Wheel.


The Observation Wheel is a stunning way to get your bearings, with uninterrupted 360-degree views, including seeing as far as Victoria's regions from Dandenong to the You Yangs, to the Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay.

Here we go!


This giant 'Ferris Wheel' is located in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands region of Melbourne and every evening the Wheel comes alive with a L.E.D light show filled with over five million different combinations (which can be synchronised with music) creating a kaleidoscope colour on Melbourne's skyline and a sensory experience unlike any other!

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel certainly does look impressive at night too!


The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is made from the largest solid construction in the world and features a seven-pointed star design, echoing the seven stars of the Australian flag.

Many spectacular and breathtaking views of Melbourne and beyond can be seen from here.


It is described as the "Southern Hemisphere's only giant observation wheel" and it sits 120-metres tall and with each cabin weighing 13 tonnes, 5.7 metres long and 3.7 metres high with floor to ceiling glass walls, air-conditioned cabins and each cabin accommodating up to 20 passengers. Each ride (one complete rotation) takes 30-minutes and with views of up to 40 kilometres encompassing the Docklands precinct, Melbourne City Centre, Port Phillip Bay, Arthur's Seat, Mount Macedon and beyond.

The cabin is quite spacious and we were lucky to experience the whole cabin & ride just the two of us


Each spin offers a different perspective as you watch the constant changing drama of the city, port, gardens, bustling streets and bright lights below. This experience is certainly one you will not forget.



Whether you experience the ride day or night, the views are unparalleled and this attraction certainly presents a Melbourne like you have never seen! Be sure to 'fly' on the Melbourne Star and take in all the spectacular views of Melbourne and Victoria!

Wow, we were quite high up!


Other activities that you can enjoy at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel include:

Sparkling Flight which includes beer, wine or cider from 1pm-6pm every day and you can choose to enjoy a tipple before you take off or during your flight experience. Click here for more details.

Sky high views.


The Star Departure Lounge will certainly satisfy those taste buds! This activity is a new addition to the Melbourne Star experience and it features light snacks and slices, tea and coffee with family and friends before your flight. Click here for all details.

This attraction offers an impressive different perspective of Melbourne and Victoria.


- Marriage Proposal. If you want to ask the big question with a different experience, the Melbourne Star features three different proposal packages which include private cabin, a glass of wine each, a box of chocolates, own personal playlist, roses, canap├ęs, photo booklet, and more with the different packages available. Click here for more details.



- Temporary Attraction: Spy in the Sky Challenge (School Holiday Activity). This activity is a great way to entertain the little ones during school holidays. It includes clues that the kids need to listen out for and act fast to identify the landmarks from the floating cabins. Kids fly free during school holidays! Click here for all details.



Fun Facts on what is the difference between Ferris Wheels and Giant Observation Wheels:

-Giant Observation Wheels feature a large structure consisting of a slowly rotating wheel carrying motorised fully-enclosed guest cabins along its circumference, while Ferris wheels feature smaller structures consisting of a wheel with passenger gondolas suspended from the rim.



- Ferris Wheels are usually below 100 metres and Giant Observation Wheels are 120 metres or higher.

- The views include 360-degree, unobstructed views of up to 40km for Giant Observation Wheels, while Ferris Wheels lower height restricting views to around 20 kilometres with obstructed views when the gondola is on the descent.

The Gift Store features a wide range of gifts for all ages and interests.


- There is a capacity of up to 20 guests to move unimpeded around the cabin for Giant Observation Wheels and a capacity of approximately 6-8 passengers seated in each gondola for Ferris Wheels.

- The Giant Observation Wheels feature powered cabins that are self-stabilising allowing passengers to stand and move freely and Ferris Wheels gondolas hang within the wheel's frame and are usually kept level by gravity.

A model of Melbourne Star Observation Wheel can be found at the Gift Store.
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Why? See Melbourne from a different perspective
When: All year round: May to August: 11am-7pm, September to April: 11am-10pm & Christmas Day & ANZAC Day: 1pm-10pm
Phone: (03) 8688 9688
Where: The District Docklands, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
Cost: Tickets range from $16.50 to $87.55
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