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Published June 29th 2016
A Wheely Good Deal
I have walked past the wheel of Brisbane countless times, but have never really wanted to go on it till a recent trip to Brisbane. Perhaps it was because we were having a "tourist" day, and it felt like another tick on the list. If I'm honest though I have always been put off due to the cost, as it isn't cheap for a family.
It was fairly quiet and whilst we were looking at the prices, a sales rep came over and offered us a discounted rate. So instead of the $19 per adult we got them for $13.50 and the kids rate for $8 rather than $13.50. My 2 year old went on for free which was great, I am never sure as for different attractions, it can be either 2 and under or 3 and under.
This was the incentive we needed to book tickets and go on as we saved around $20 which makes a huge difference especially when you have young children and they want, want want.
The four of us went to the entrance to get on, and we didn't have to queue, which was even better. Both of the girls were very excited and not put off by the height at all - I wasn't sure and once you are up there, there isn't much you can do. But all good.
The ride lasts for around 15 minutes so not that long, however you don't really need anymore time. The views over the Brisbane skyline and Brisbane river are wonderful and on a clear day you can see for miles. It was really fun people, things and place spotting with the kids and it was something they both really enjoyed, especially my 2 year old who has asked many times to go "back on the big wheel again".
You go around around 6-8 times I would guess, and we all made sure to look in a different direction each time to see what things we could see. It's pretty relaxing slowly going round and round and the carriages are very secure and sturdy complete with air-con and lights.
They do rides at night which I think would be great seeing Brisbane all lit up. There is a VIP carriage too and you can buy food and drink to have on there. It would certainly make a romantic night with some bubbles and those views. A nice place to put a ring on it!
I'm so thankful to the lady and for the cheaper tickets - it really made a difference as it's not often you pay less than you were expecting - usually it's the other way around.
I would certainly recommend it as a tourist attraction tick. Of course a discount isn't certain, and I am pretty sure during peak times it's usually the standard price - although if you book online you do get a 10% discount so that is worth doing.