Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Time Out says
Get up high and see Melbourne from a different vantage point during a 30-minute rotation of the giant wheel
The stats: 120m high: the equivalent of 40 storeys. 1,736 tonnes of solid steel held together by 22,000 bolts.
A soothing 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 the trains 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.
101 Waterfront Way
|Price:||$46 (child $32)|
|Opening hours:||May-Aug 11am-6.30pm, Sep-Apr 11am-9.30pm|