The Melbourne star has become an icon in Melbourne. It can be seen from many different spots around the city and at night it lights up against the skyline. It is beautiful from afar and makes an awesome backdrop for pictures. But it’s even better up close. If you have just arrived, riding in the Melbourne Star is such a great way to get to know Melbourne and orient yourself in the relatively spread out metropolis. Even if you live there, though, you will probably learn something, though, and it’s a fun outing that the whole family can do. It is also at unique experience and an awesome way to see Melbourne’s skyline.
What is the Melbourne Star?
The Melbourne Star is an observation wheel comparable to the London Eye or the Singapore Flyer. It is the only one of its kind in Australia. It is NOT a ferris wheel (as I was rather haughtily corrected by an employee the first time I went on the Melbourne Star). What this means is it is a moving wheel of mini observation booths which anyone can ride in! If you’re a person who likes good views (like me), you will love this because you get to see the city from so many different angles.
How is the experience?
The ride takes half an hour. During this time you will be slowly moved around the wheel, stopping at regular intervals. When it stops, a voice comes over the speaker to give you information and point out certain points of interest and landmarks that can be seen from where you are. I found this really cool because as well as having a beautiful and unique view of Melbourne, you also get the chance to learn a lot. It’s one thing that makes it really worth the ticket to go up.
You will get your photo taken with your group when you first arrive, and these are then made into souvenir pictures which you can opt to purchase if you like them. These can also be made into other souvenirs like magnets or key chains. This is a pretty cool memory to take away with you, along with the other amazing photos that you will no doubt take while you are in the air.
How much does it cost?
Tickets start at $16.50 per person. Prices also vary depending on the kind of experience you want. For example, if you want a private cabin without sharing with anyone, if you want to enjoy a drink or go around more than once, or listen to music in your cabin, there are different prices and packages for every option.
There are always different deals and a variety of packages on offer so I would recommend you to check out the current prices here. You can get a discounted price as well if you book online.
How do you get there?
The Melbourne Star is located in Docklands, which is just west of the city centre. Wherever in Melbourne you are staying, it is really nearby and easy to access.
It only about 5 minutes to get to by tram. Because it’s in the free tram zone, it’s completely free. You can take the city circle, tram 86 or tram 70 and get off at stop D11. From the tram stop it is just a five-minute walk to the ticket booth.
There is also parking in Docklands shopping centre for $5 an hour (unless you spend $20 or more at the shops, which will give you two hours free). You can also find nearby street parking which is free or cheap at certain times.
When is the best time to visit Melbourne Star?
The Melbourne star can be visited any time of year, but it is a great option for a way to get out and see the city on a cold winter’s day (see more things to do in winter in Melbourne).
You want to go on a clear day if possible, so you can get the most out of your ride and see more of the city. The best time of day to go is just before the sunset. This is the best of both worlds because you can see the city in daylight, watch the sunset from the air and then see how the city lights up at night. In saying that, any time of the day is still worth it to go on the Melbourne Star.
In my opinion, the Melbourne Star is a hugely underrated attraction in Melbourne and deserves more attention. It should definitely be on your bucket list when you visit Melbourne as I think it is a must-do experience and such a cool and easy way to get to know the whole city. I have already been on it twice and would definitely do it again if I got the chance.
*This flight was hosted by the Melbourne Star. All opinions are my own.
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