The new Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has confirmed it will open in late December, 2013.

“We are working to the earliest possible opening date,” Melbourne Star Management Group CEO Chris Kelly said. “We are now well into the commissioning process, which is the final stage before opening, but some activities do remain weather dependent.

“The message at the moment is ‘watch this space’.”

The Melbourne Star Management Group has also announced family ticket options will be offered on opening.

A family ticket for one adult and two children will be available for $56 and a family ticket for two adults and two children will be available for $82. Single adults will be able to experience the Melbourne Star for $32 and a single ticket for a child aged between five and 15 will cost $19.

Mr Kelly said Melbourne’s newest tourism landmark would offer a unique experience of the city at affordable prices for families.

“The family ticket is just one component of a range of ticket options and Melbourne Star experiences that will be offered,” Melbourne Star Management Group said. “The 30-minute Melbourne Star ride, during which our guests will enjoy views of up to 40 kilometres, will be complemented by information and stories about Melbourne that will inform and surprise locals and visitors alike.”

Upon opening, guests on the Melbourne Star will enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree views encompassing the Docklands precinct, Melbourne’s CBD, Port Phillip Bay and as far as Mount Macedon, Arthur’s Seat and the Dandenong Ranges. 

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will be the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel and the first, more complex, solid steel wheel design to be built in the world to this size.  

At 120 metres high, the Melbourne Star is double the height of the West Gate Bridge carriage way and equivalent to a 40-storey building.

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