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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Museums Docklands
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel sunset
Photograph: Craig Miles

Grounded for five years due to technical difficulties, the long-suffering wonder wheel of the west is rotating on its giant steel bearing once more

The stats: 120m high: the equivalent of 40 storeys. 1736 tonnes of solid steel held together by 21,000 bolts.

A soothing pre-recorded voice guides you through your half-hour ride over the Docklands. Over to the east, you're introduced to Chinatown ("wait, where?") the MCG ("I can’t see it!") and the Botanical Gardens ("behind all the buildings?"). You can’t actually see many of these landmarks, but if industrial-chic is your thing (or if you’re an eight-year-old boy), you’ll clap your hands with glee as Thomas, Henry, Percy and all their friends chug their way into Southern Cross Station. Once you’ve accepted that first-rate attractions come at a premium here, enjoying the city, silent and serene, from afar does put things into perspective.

Best time to visit: It’s party central here every night when the Star’s rave-tastic coloured lights swing into action.


Venue name: Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Address: Ground Fl
101 Waterfront Way
Opening hours: 10am-10pm (last ride 9.30pm)
Price: $19-$32
Static map showing venue location

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  • Pop-up locations Until Thursday February 28 2019