City Sights Kids Activities Melbourne
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel began twirling at Docklands at the end of 2013. Not only has it fundamentally altered the skyline but, standing 135m tall in a fairly flat city, it is visible from many surprising parts of the city. A ride – or 'flight', as it is called here – in one of the wheel's 32 glass-enclosed eye pods holding up to 28 people. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will thrill the youngest to the eldest member of your family. It certainly wows our family.
The Melbourne Star circles around slowly (approximately half an hour), offering a birds-eye perspective of Melbourne. If you don't wish to stand by the glass you can sit in the middle on bench seating and still have a 360 degree view of Melbourne. The views are quite something and the capsules move so slowly that you barely realise they are moving. Inside, it is really spacious and you don't feel claustrophobic at all. It was great to be able to point out different landmarks in our capital to the kids. We tuned in and out of the audio and you're given a map when you board so you can easily spot our Melbourne landmarks.
To a child this 'flight' might feel like a big ferris-wheel except you're fully enclosed and can walk around. Our children loved the experience and the height of the wheel didn't phase them one little bit.
The exit is through the shop which houses an incredible LEGO model scale of the Melbourne Star. You can purchase all sorts of things here and we ended up with some postcards to send overseas. At the start of your flight staff will take a photo of you and it's here at the shop waiting if you're wanting to purchase it.
There is a wide entrance to each capsule but do ask for help if you are concerned about boarding while carrying small children.
Prams are not allowed on board the Melbourne Star. We used an ergo carrier for our baby.
Ground floor 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008
Open daily from 10am - 10pm with the last flight departure at 9.30pm.
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