Want to have a romantic day or night out with your other half? Want to experience something easy and unforgettable with your whole family? Want to see the unparalleled panoramic views of the city from high above and spend as less as possible? A Ferris wheel ride would be the perfect option for you!
The Melbourne Star brings the whole of Melbourne together with spectacular 360 degree views from above. By day or night, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as it glides on its gentle arc through the sky. And if one ride isn’t enough, you can always come back in the evening by choosing the Sights and Lights package.
Believe me, a Melbourne evening is a sight to behold, and this is the best way to do it. Witness the city’s lights twinkling and all landmarks illuminated beneath you as you take to the sky on a second 30 minute ride.
Rising 60 metres above the ground you can enjoy the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed, air-conditioned gondola that seats up to 8 people and is fun for everyone. Visitors can choose to experience the sights by day, a romantic sunset ride or the sparkling city lights at night with all rides including an engaging audio tour of the Brisbane landscape.
Come explore the Melbourne or Brisbane metropolis from one of the best vantage points in the city!
Things you need to know
- The peak height of the Melbourne Star is 120 metres. The Wheel of Brisbane is 60 metres tall.
- Each Melbourne Star rotation takes approximately 30 minutes. A ride on the Wheel of Brisbane lasts between 10 and 15 minutes including around four rotations. (The flight time may be reduced slightly during peak periods.)
- Pets and animals are not allowed on the ride with the exception of assistance dogs.
- No large bags are allowed on board. Due to space restrictions in the gondola you will be asked to remove your backpack and store it under the seat.
- A complimentary audio tour is available for both Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the Wheel of Brisbane.
- There is wheelchair access on both Ferris wheels. Please notify us or the tour operator in advance to ensure availability of these. Mobile scooters are not permitted inside the cabins.
How to get there
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
- Address: 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands, Victoria 3008
- Car: Direct access is from Footscray Road, turning onto Pearl River Road or Waterfront Way. Parking is available at Pearl River Road West Car Park and Waterfront Way East Car Park. Limited street parking is also available.
- Tram: Docklands is part of the city’s Free Tram Zone, so you can catch a tram to the Melbourne Star from anywhere within the Free Tram Zone at no cost! Board any of the following trams: The City Circle tram, Tram 86 (via Bourke Street), Tram 70 (via Flinders Street). Disembark at The District Docklands (Stop D11), an easy walking distance to the Melbourne Star.
- Train: Take the train to Southern Cross Station and walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge to Harbour Esplanade. Follow the Promenade to The District Docklands.
- Coach: Drop-off areas for coaches are available in Pearl River Road. Parking is available in Observation Drive.
- Bikes: The Yarra Trail, the Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and the Maribyrnong Trail all converge at Docklands.
The Wheel of Brisbane
- Address: The Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands off Russell Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Parking: South Bank has its own underground car park, which offers more than 800 spaces (including eight disabled bays) with lift and stair accessibility from both its north and south entrances. The car park is located at Little Stanley Street, South Bank. Entry is via Tribune or Glenelg Street.
- If the South Bank car park is ever full, parking is also available at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre; Queensland Performing Arts Centre; Queensland Art Gallery | GOMA; Queensland Museum; State Library of Queensland; SW1; and Southpoint.
- CityCat and Ferries: Take a ride on a CityCat down the Brisbane River and you’ll enjoy some of the city’s best views. CityCats operate every day and stop at the South Bank River Terminal on the Clem Jones Promenade. The inner-city ferry travels between the CBD, North Quay and Kangaroo Point, stopping at South Bank Terminal 1 and 2 on the Clem Jones Promenade. If you’re looking to save some cash, make sure you take advantage of the free City Hopper, which visits South Bank daily.
- Train: South Bank has two train stations, both conveniently located on Grey Street, South Bank. Trains run regularly from the South Bank and South Brisbane Stations. South Bank Station is only a short stroll to the Wheel of Brisbane.
- Bus: South Bank is connected to Brisbane’s Busway with buses departing regularly from South Bank and Cultural Centre Stations. The Cultural Centre Station provides for closest access to the Wheel of Brisbane.