I’m sure there’s that one tourist attraction or city icon that you’ve never visited, despite living so close by. For me it was the Melbourne Star. It has been staring me in the face for over a year — I can literally see it from our living room window.
As an engineer and closet Megastructures fan, the Melbourne Star had me worried. The Melbourne Star’s infamous past includes structural issues and almost five years of reconstructive downtime.
Thankfully the Melbourne Star is now open again and better than ever. The repair period included work by some of the world’s best engineers, working tirelessly to bring the iconic structure back to fruition.
As you venture up to the entry platform you walk through walls of photographs and interesting facts about Melbourne and the Melbourne Star. The walk eventually leads you to the landing ramp where you walk on to one of the Star’s cabins.
It’s not long before the doors close and you are met with silence and a feeling of slow and steady motion. It takes around 30 minutes to perform a full rotation of the wheel and every single minute offers a new and exciting view of Melbourne.
We toured the wheel on a rainy winter’s night and even then the view was incredible. If you have been on the London Eye, the Melbourne Star will feel familiar. The cabins offer standing and sitting room within a full glass cabin.
As the wheel rotates, you get views of the bay, Docklands and sweeping city views. In fact, I found the views on the Melbourne Star far better than the views on offer in London, thanks to our city’s vast and varying skyline.
Ticket prices start at $19 for children and $32 for adults. For those more adventurous, you can now also book a Melbourne Star high-tea package for groups of up to 14.
The Melbourne Star offers both an epic journey and views of Melbourne right in the heart of vibrant Docklands. If you haven’t been yet, you must climb on board and check it out.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is without doubt one of the best vantage points in Melbourne. Whether you're a tourist or a long time local, it's a must see.
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