If you’re planning a visit to Melbourne, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, a giant Ferris wheel in the Docklands area reopened for tourists after a gap of nearly five years on December 23.
The reconstructed seven-spoke wheel retains the cabins of the original “Southern Star” wheel and is 120 meters (394 feet) tall.
The Melbourne Star has 21 enclosed air-conditioned glass cabins, each with a capacity for 20 occupants. It offers 30-minute rides with spectacular views of up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) away, including Melbourne’s skyline, the Docklands precinct, Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Range.
The new Melbourne Star also features three-and-a-half kilometres of LED lighting enabling more than 15 million different light combinations.
The Star Piazza at the base of the new wheel has the capacity to host a cocktail reception for up to 1,500 people and is one of Melbourne’s largest open-air event venues.
Anyone holding purchased tickets for the original Southern Star Observation Wheel can have them replaced for a ride on the new observation wheel.