Where to see the best views of Melbourne
People adore looking at landscapes. They love to climb up high and look out over cities and spot the landmarks that make each place unique. London has the Wheel that enables visitors to see the way the Thames River snakes through the city, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and New York has the Empire State Building.
In Melbourne we have the Melbourne Star, an observation wheel that has taken over two million guests high up in the sky to give them sweeping views of the docks, the city skyline, and the Westgate Bridge. On a good day you can see all the way to the Dandenong Ranges one way and across to Port Phillip Bay the other.
Are there cheap tickets for Melbourne Star?
There’s something very special about having a bird’s eye view of a city. Around and About Travel has a fantastic partnership with Melbourne Star at the moment. You can get more ‘twinkle’ from your Melbourne Star experience, as you sip on a refreshing sparkling beverage 120 metres above the city streets below.
Whether you’re warming up for a fun evening in the city with friends, trying to make date night super special or wanting to see the sights of Melbourne in a unique environment, the Melbourne Star is a sensational experience.
The special deal entitles you to add a drink (sparkling wine, wine, beer or soft drink/water) to your flight to help you celebrate the Melbourne Star experience.
The only catch is that this ticket must be redeemed within 30 days of your Around and About Travel tour date. At only $20 for each Melbourne Star ticket purchased, this deal gives you 50% off the usual price of $42. Please check the Melbourne Star website for up to date opening hours.
How long is a ride on the Melbourne Star?
The Melbourne Star really allows you to savour the experience of seeing Melbourne from above. Each circulation of the ride takes about 30 minutes. Every stop offers a different perspective, so take your camera!
What to do in the Docklands
The Docklands shopping and dining district is packed with options. You can do your bulk grocery shopping at Costco then pop over to the wheel for a ride, or ride first and shop later.
There are dozens of drinking and dining options at Docklands so plan to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your ride. From pancakes to pub meals, hot chips to noodles, you won’t go hungry. Book a meal or grab some takeaway and eat it down by the water.
The Docklands District is also known for having great designer clothing for those on a budget. Discount and outlet stores enable everyone to find high quality garments at discount prices.
For arts lovers and instagrammers, you can’t beat ArtVo. The stunning interactive 3D artworks allow visitors to immerse themselves in the frame. It’s fun for kids and adults alike.
Kids will also love the mini golf course at GlowGolf. It’s mini golf in the dark, for something different. If they’re into ice skating, the Docklands is also home to the O’Brien Group Skating Rink.
How to get to the Melbourne Star
From the city you can catch the free City Circle tram which goes to Harbourside Esplanade seven days a week or you can catch a train to Southern cross Station and follow the overhead signs which direct you over the Bourke Street footbridge.
If you have a car, there are over 1000 car parking spaces. You can get your ticket validated at restaurants in the complex for a discount on parking.
You can also catch a ferry from Southbank. If you’re in Geelong or Port Arlington on the Bellarine Peninsula, there are twice daily ferries departing from Victoria Harbour.
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