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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

The promise

Experience Melbourne from on high on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

The reality

We are very lucky with the weather and take our first Melbourne Star “flight” on a beautiful, sunny day. The crowds have thinned, so we have one of the 21 carriages all to ourselves. As we begin to slowly ascend, an in-cabin audio tour begins, drawing our attention to the docks in the west, explaining their history and use.

As we hit the top – 40-storeys high – we’re treated to 360-degree views of the city and beyond, with the Yarra, Port Phillip and the ever-expanding city skyline on glittering display.

We drink in the spectacle of the You Yangs in the distance in the west, and the Dandenongs in the east. We begin to descend, pinpointing familiar Melbourne spots such as the sprawling green Royal Park, the North Melbourne Town Hall clock tower and others.

The pay-off

Being a tourist in your own city offers a new perspective on the familiar. Also a little trip in the sky is a romantic way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

The pain factor

Going up into the sky encapsulated in floor-to-ceiling glass sets off a little bit of vertigo but I quickly got used to the height (just don’t look straight down).

Who should try it?

The Star flight is primarily designed for tourists but that shouldn’t stop locals giving it a go. Families would have a great time in their own cabin but be aware that strollers and prams aren’t permitted.

The bill?

Adults $36, concession $28, children aged five to 15, $22.

Would I do it again?
I’d like to see the city light up, so a night flight will be next on my list.