There is no way you can miss this structure when you drive into Melbourne from the west. It dominates the skyline.
The night time view is spectacular as all the spokes and the wheel itself is lit up.
The giant observation wheel situated in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands in the Docklands area of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia, is an incredible visual attraction for the city.
Seen from miles around this is a 40 storey high solid steel structure that provides the user a 360 degree view high above the city and surrounding areas.
From Port Phillip Bay and down to the peninsular, over to the You Yangs and out to Mt. Macedon then around to the Dandenong Mountains, the Melbourne giant Observation Wheel offers a truly unique experience for locals and tourists alike.
Known to be the largest solid steel construction in the world, the observation wheel has to be truly an engineering wonder.
The construction is a one-of-its-kind in the world being a seven pointed star design. This design signifies the seven stars on the Australian flag.
One complete rotation takes 30 minutes providing uninterrupted 360 degree views of up to 40 kilometres. The weight of each cabin is 13 tons and is encased with floor to ceiling glass walls.
Each cabin can accommodate up to 20 passengers and because the cabins are self-stabilizing this allows the passengers to stand and move about freely.
The cabins are air conditioned for comfort and an audio commentary gives the passenger a brief introduction to the history and significance of the landmarks below.
For those who would prefer to sit as they ride there is a central bench in the cabin to do so. Personally I'm afraid of heights so this was quite comforting for me and my wobbly legs.
Click onto the map and then on the Directions prompt for exact directions on how to drive to the Melbourne Star. Parking is available at Pearl River Road West Car Park and Waterfront Way East Car Park. A daily fee applies.
- Ride the FREE City Circle Tram or board any of the following trams:
- If coming into the city by rail catch the train to Southern Cross Station and walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge to Harbour Esplanade. Follow the Promenade to Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
For visitors from Regional Victoria, please visit V-Line for current timetables.
- Catch the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle from any of the stops in and around the city. The tourist shuttle stops at Harbour Town Shopping Centre. A daily fee will apply.
- For enthusiastic bike riders the Yarra Trail, the Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and the Maribyrnong Trail all converge at Docklands.
7 days a week, 365 days a year
Spring/Summer Trading Hours *
Operating daily: 11:00am – 10:00pm (last flight 9:30pm)*
*Until April 30th 2017
At night the Melb' Star is transformed into a giant, magical wheel full of colour provided by a spectacular LED display. The display is synchronised to music adding to the viewing pleasure.
There are only four giant Observation Wheels in the world of which this is one and it is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.
The ride is wheelchair friendly or suitable for those with mobility restrictions. For those in wheelchairs or those who require extra time to step into the carriage the Wheel is able to pause briefly to allow the passenger/s to board. There is also a lift access up to the boarding deck and ramps are available making it easy to get in and out of the cabin.
Guide dogs are welcomed on board the observation wheel at all times.
It is advisable to contact the Melbourne Star for more explicit details if you are concerned.
Please note that :
Whilst you are in the Dockland precinct take advantage of the shopping and other exciting things to do and see in the area.