Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – See Melbourne from Above
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is one of Melbourne’s Iconic tourist destinations and a must on every traveller’s bucket list when visiting Victoria’s capital. However, it is also just as popular for locals. Located at the District Docklands, there is plenty to do nearby as well so you could easily spend the day (or evening) exploring before or after your ride.
Melbourne Star, Docklands
The Melbourne Star is one of only four Giant Observation Wheels in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Day or night, you can take a 30-minute ride in one of it’s 21 cabins to experience a 360-degree view of the city from 120 metres high.
This iconic observation wheel is fully enclosed and are large enough to fit up to 20 guests. The cabins are temperature controlled so they are quite comfortable. There is the option to have your own private cabin, however you will need to pay extra to guarantee it. If you go when it isn’t too busy, you might get lucky though.
The ride itself is relaxing, it’s not like a Ferris Wheel where you have the wind blowing in your face and the cabin rocks. These are power cabins which are self-stabilising, so you can stand up and walk around freely to view each side.
The duration is around 30 minutes, and includes commentary about Melbourne’s past, and present.
We have been during the day and the night, and both are very different experiences. You can actually purchase a double flight for a little extra and experience both.
For us the highlight was definitely the evening where you can see the Melbourne lights lit up. The views are amazing and I can imagine how great the special events must be in the cabins. During the day you still get the panoramic view of the city, but unfortunately you can’t see close views of many of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks. Our kids loved both rides though.
Trips for visiting the Melbourne Start with Kids
- It can get long for little ones so bring things on board to keep them amused so here are a few tips for riding with the family.
- Bring a pair of binoculars. (You can also hire binoculars when you get there if you forget). Our kids were playing I-spy outside the windows most of the time. We also took small books and pens so the kids could write and draw the things they could see. This made the experience interactive for them.
- Make sure the kids (and you) use the bathroom before getting on board. The ride lasts 30-minutes and there is no toilet in the cabins.
- The Melbourne Star is fully accessible and allows prams and wheelchairs so you can bring those on board.
- Make a day of it or even the evening. Have dinner at one of the restaurants nearby, or even go ice-skating at Obrien Icehouse before or after your ride.
- It isn’t a cheap activity, but there are often specials online so look out for them, especially during school holidays. Children under 4 ride free which is great.
- The photo book is a great way for everyone to remember the experience. (Costs extra)
Things to do in Melbourne with Kids
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