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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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  • If you like looking at car parks, large areas of disused railway sidings, the roof of Costco and construction sites, then the Melbourne Star is for you. The location of the wheel is appalling - why di...  more »
  • Our purchase of tickets was a nightmare. We were directed to line up, waited in line for 30 minutes to get the tickets,when directed to the booth, the girl on there told us we had to line up you know,...  more »
  • The air conditioned glass rooms move slowly around the wheel giving plenty of opportunity to look out in all directions. A great experience - takes 30 minutes to go around the wheel.  more »
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  • Go here. Take your other half, do a romantic thing. Take some mates even and see the view. It's a wonderful time and I still have the best memories. I was lucky to go when there was not other people but my mate to share the cabin with. The staff are really nice and good for a short chat. I to a booklet at the end for me and my friend so we could recall with ease the epic awesomeness of the Melbourne Star. I also thought the "guides voice over" and history was a nice touch as well as the history given was different if you go in the day and different again if you go at night. I suggest going 2 times in the one day. One time in the day light and then again during the night.
  • The stuff of Melbourne star have racism against Asian!!! I went to there at 10th of November night and queuing for the wheel with my mum. She is going to oversea the next day. We arrive there around 9pm (the last ride is 9:30). when we reach the counter the stuff told us there are closed but the people I front of us were able take the ride. And we were the last group of that day. I have explained that my mum is going back to china and she really crave to experience the wheel. But the stuff refused us with arrogan attitude. If they are closing they should tell us 30mins before the wait and I will understand. How does it feel if everyone else were able to go on and only you and you family was treated different! This shouldn't happen in the Australia most popular tourist spots. Such a stuff who have moral problem should not work there.
  • Beautiful scenery of the city & the water! Everyone who works there is nice. Great gift shop for tourist. Worth every penny and I love the ride for a 2nd time for only 2bucks a person!👌👏❤
  • Please come here, it is an amazing experience! Boarding is very seamless, also includes a photo pack! When inside the cabin, a voiceover of the history and attractions of Melbourne adds a very nice touch to the whole experience. Pricing is very reasonable. You can get here by the city circle tourist tram or just a normal tram or car. Very scenic, and would love to come back for the night experience.
  • Purchased tickets for 4 families for a special occasion. Waited 20 minutes to board with no one ahead of us. They weren't permitting boarding but couldn't tell us why. Went to get our money refunded and was finally advised of some unscheduled maintenance. Although they were still selling tickets! Not a great experience since this was to be our second time on the Melbourne Star. Our first flight was the day before they closed it due to faulty manufacturing. Looks like nothing changed.