Before we start talking about the Melbourne Star and taking the journey on the Giant Wheel in Melbourne, the biggest hot tip we can give is to purchase your tickets ONLINE! If you want to save over $10 per person, then take the time to book online through their website and find cheaper options through bargain websites Groupon or Scoopon. We found that we actually paid more when you just rock up on the day.
Now you know what to do, let’s tell you more about The Melbourne Star. It is a Giant Observation Wheel that is over 100 metres in height and it can reach views up to 40km in distance! The Melbourne Star is one of only 4 Giant Observation Wheels in the World and is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Stacey has been lucky enough to go on the High Roller LINQ Observation Wheel in Las Vegas and in her opinion, the one in Vegas is better!
But from our point of view, if you’re looking for a great way to see the size of Melbourne City and beyond, the Melbourne Star is a great way to capture this and in comfort. The fully enclosed air-conditioned glass cabins are large enough to allow 20 people to walk comfortably in the cabin. On our visit to the Melbourne Star we had 7 people in our Cabin. Sometimes you can be lucky enough to have the cabin to yourself or you have to share with others.
Each of the cabins gives you, 360 views of the city and surrounds, you can walk around each cabin and take many spectacular photos. There is Audio Commentary that gives you information on the history and landmarks in the area. To do a full rotation, it does take about 30minutes, so you do get your money’s worth.
The Melbourne Star is situated in the Docklands precinct, surrounded by a shopping complex and family friendly carnival. It’s ideal if you’re visiting Melbourne and want to do a spot of shopping but to also keep the family entertained.
We did our ‘flight’ around lunch time on an overcast day. Would suggest try and opt for a sunny day and go at dusk to capture the colours of the wheel and city lights.
Its all about sharing our travel experiences and encouraging others to do more travel themselves. Whether is on a budget or lashing out, we do it all 🙂