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Giant Observation Wheels

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is only one of four giant observation wheels in the world, and the only one within the Southern Hemisphere.

Melbourne Star offers a different sensational experience, dramatically evolving the original 19th century ferris wheel with the application of significantly enhanced 21st century engineering and design advancements.

The Star’s fully enclosed  ‘floor to ceiling’, air-conditioned, glass cabins provide unimpeded 360-degree views of the city and surrounding areas and are large enough to allow up to 20 guests to walk comfortably around without the feeling of movement or vibration.

The world's other giant observation wheels include the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Las Vegas High Roller

What are the differences?

  Giant Observation Wheel Ferris Wheel
General Definition  A large, slowly rotating and vertically orientated non-building structure carrying enclosed guest cabins along its circumference. A smaller, non building consisting of an upright wheel with passenger gondolas or carriages suspended from the rim.
Height  120 metres or higher.  Usually below 100 metres.
View Provides a 360-degree, unobstructed view of up to 40 kilometres. Offers an obstructed view by the side when the wheel is on the descent.  The lower height restricts the surrounding view to approximately 20 kilometres.
Capacity Allows for up to 20 guests to move un-impeded around the cabin.  Generally has a capacity of approximately six-eight passengers seated in each gondola. 
Rim Melbourne Star uses a 3-dimensional triangular rim.  Massive steel structures are used to support the gondolas. 
Cabin Stability Powered cabins are self-stabilising allowing guests to stand and move around freely.  Gondolas hang within the wheel’s frame and are usually kept level by gravity.