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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Melbourne

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3.7/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • A very enjoyable way to see Melbourne City and the surrounds!! We went at dusk which was great to see the sunset and by the time we got to the city side the lights were coming on. 
  • Although we live in Melbourne, we have not visited the Star before tonight. Thought it may be a bit "naff" after going on similar ones in Singapore, Japan and London. I was wrong. We have a beautiful ...  read more »
  • This was the number one activity we wanted to do in Melbourne and it did not disappoint. The weather was cold and overcast but it was warm in our pod. The map explained what we were looking at in ever...  read more »
  • I was there in august, the weather is not so good in Melbourne, cloudy and rainy days...its end of winter The price is a bit too high (34$ an adult), especially in the afternoon its not so intresting to see Melbourne. In the evening it makes more sense to go there....when you see the skyline at night If you have luck you can get a voucher and you only pay 15$ instead of 34$ I would prefer the Eureka Skydeck instead of the Star
  • The rides takes 30 minutes. There is not many in the waiting line. If you go between Monday and Thursday it will be better since you will have a car by yourself. Bring a good camera and a tripod for sick photos.
  • The observation wheel is overpriced, poorly located, and terrible views. You spend half the voyage looking at the dock and factories belching out smoke and the other half looking at skyscrapers blocking the view of Melbournes east. Eureka tower is by far the better viewpoint not only is it close to all the city's other attractions, its view is superior allowing you to see beyond the factories to the west and the parks to the east. The only reason to choose Melbourne Star over other obervation point is you love ferris wheels.
  • Apart from the obviously superbly awesome views in all directions across Melbourne & the running commentary which is broadcast from the cabin as it takes you on your journey - it's not very easy to identify specific buildings if you are not a local resident. This is definitely a great opportunity to get a birds-eye view of the city, & perhaps familiarise yourself with the general layout, before taking a more in-depth exploration of the city by various other transport options :-)
  • I was at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel as part of a famil organised. I must say the experience at the Melbourne Star was fantastic and is highly recommended. The slow moving massive cabins in the giant wheel was so perfect for photography and getting the best view. We also enjoyed the intermittent cues from the audio system. The view at night is spectacular and is quite a different experience to have a high, constantly changing viewing angle. It's safe and good for a relaxed view of the city you call home or when you are visiting Melbourne. Thanks for having Melbourne Star for us! Cheers, Josh
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