You’ve never seen Melbourne like this

Come fly on the Melbourne Star, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel, for a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget. Day or night, you’ll feel on top of the world as the Melbourne Star glides on its gentle arc through the sky. No spin is the same, as you watch the constantly changing drama of the busy port, scenic gardens, bustling streets and bright lights of the city below. The Melbourne Star brings the whole of Melbourne together – the sophisticated, the grungy and the downright quirky – in spectacular views reaching up to 40km from Melbourne’s CBD and Port Phillip Bay through to Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance. Our 21 spacious, air-conditioned cabins give you an unparalleled, 360-degree view of the city. Walk around and take in the sights from all angles, while our audio commentary gives you a brief introduction to the history and significance of the landmarks below. With its striking scale and innovative design, the Melbourne Star is an iconic feature of Melbourne’s waterfront precinct, Docklands. A spectacular LED display transforms the wheel into a giant, glittering kaleidoscope of colour, with over five million different combinations which can be synchronised with music, giving you a complete sensory experience unlike any other.

Giant Observation Wheels

The Melbourne Star is one of only four Giant Observation Wheels in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Its design dramatically evolves the original 19th century ferris wheel with the application of significantly enhanced 21st century engineering and design advancements. The Melbourne Star’s fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass cabins provide unimpeded “floor-to-ceiling” views and are large enough to allow up to 20 guests to walk comfortably around without the feeling of cabin movement or vibration. What are the differences between ferris wheels and Giant Observation Wheels?

  GIANT OBSERVATION WHEEL FERRIS WHEEL
General Definition A large structure consisting of a slowly rotating wheel carrying motorised fully-enclosed guest cabins along its circumference. A smaller structure consisting of an wheel with passenger gondolas suspended from the rim.
Height 120 metres or higher. Usually below 100 metres.
View 360-degree, unobstructed view of up to 40 kilometres. View obstructed when the gondola is on the descent. The wheel’s lower height also restricts views to approximately 20 kilometres.
Capacity Allows for up to 20 guests to move unimpeded around the cabin. Capacity of approximately 6 – 8 passengers seated in each gondola.
Rim Melbourne Star uses a sleek 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.

 

Industry accreditations

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is accredited by and/or a member of the following organisations:

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Member of the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association Inc.
Accredited by the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program
Member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council
Member of the Australian Tourism Export Council
Member of Melbourne Convention Bureau
Accredited by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Member of the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association Inc.
Member of the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association Inc.
Accredited by the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program
Accredited by the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program
Member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council
Member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council
Member of the Australian Tourism Export Council
Member of the Australian Tourism Export Council
Member of Melbourne Convention Bureau
Member of Melbourne Convention Bureau
Accredited by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Accredited by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

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