Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Melbourne

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The Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia.Described by its operators as "the Southern Hemisphere's only giant observation wheel", it is 120m tall and has seven spokes, reflecting the seven-pointed star of the Australian flag.It opened two years behind schedule in December 2008, but closed 40 days later due to structural defects, and was subsequently dismantled for major repairs. The wheel itself was scrapped and replaced, but the original support structure and passenger cabins were retained. It was originally thought that reconstruction might be completed in late 2010, but repeated delays meant it did not reopen until 23 December 2013.A ride takes 30 minutes and, according to the Star's website, provides uninterrupted 360-degree views of up to "encompassing the Docklands precinct, Melbourne’s CBD, Port Phillip Bay and as far as Mount Macedon, Arthur’s Seat and the Dandenong Range."2006-2009ConstructionThe project was undertaken by ING Real Estate and the construction consultant was Hansen Yuncken. The wheel was designed and built by Sanoyas Rides Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese ship and amusement park ride builder Sanoyas Holdings Corporation, and the steel builder was Alfasi Steel Constructions.Construction began in 2006. By 1 March 2008 the outer rim had been completed, and by 21 October air-conditioned enclosed passenger cabins, built in Osaka, Japan, were receiving their fit out. Each cabin weighs 13 tonnes, is 5.7m long and 3.7m high, has floor to ceiling glass walls, and can accommodate up to 20 passengers.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is a very good thing to do, great way to see the city and a fraction of the cost of hiring a plane  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Visited here on our fist day in Melbourne. Was empty when we got there. Staff were friendly and helpful.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Good to know: discount coupons are available at the information center of the shopping centre located next to the observation wheel – thus, the entrance fee is 20% less! We have namely first hesitated because of the relatively high price, whether we should go with. With the coupons we drove with then - and it was worth it anyway. Beautiful views and plenty of time to shoot beautiful photos. We were there in the evening and had a gondola for us alone. Great! The ride is also not in 5 minutes past, but a whopping half hour. It was just annoying that you once again had to Poznań before boarding for souvenir photos, which you can later buy as often happens in Australia. No one really needs this.
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  • Try to get a voucher online, otherwise it's quite expensive. Helpful, friendly staff. A great experience! We loved our flight and I hope to go again soon. The view of Melbourne is amazing and the cabins are clean, comfortable and modern. They take your photo, which is a good idea, but they're too expensive. If they were $5 or $10, they'd sell so many more, even if we only got online photos.
  • Went to Artvo and took a tonne of 3D photos, with amazing paintings, had some yummy lunch and then played 18 holes of glow in the dark mini golf. My wife, 2 children (10 years old and 4 years old) and myself, all had a fun filled, great experience and will definitely be back. I also found the car parking fees at Harbour Town Car Parking, to be very reasonable (up to six hours car parking was only $10).
  • A very nice experience from one of the few big observation wheels all over the world! The ride takes a while and you'll get fed up with interesting facts about the landmarks across Melbourne and the surrounding area. Tip: For a very little extra fee you can add a second spin on the wheel. And: Your experience will be remembered a long time with nice pictures of you and your friends/partner/... (which is a bit pricier though).
  • Wonderful view of the city and Yarra river. Commentary inside the cabin was very helpful. Latest price per adult is $36 and $17 for child. You can buy online coupon for $20. Lucky I boarded around 4pm when it sunny and bright, I could take many beautiful pics of the city.
  • Great way to see the city I've visited the star both during the day and also the evening , I'd recommend visiting at dusk or night. It's a far more interesting experience and our already amazing city looks even better ! If you want a deal for tickets check out daily deal sites! We only paid $20 per ticket, I believe the full price is $30?

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