Melbourne – Day 4 – Part 1
It’s not the tallest building in the world, it’s not the tallest building in Australia either but it is the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern Hemisphere at 285 m (935 ft). Eureka Tower in Melbourne yields amazing views of Melbourne (at least it really is the tallest building in Melbourne)!
I find myself often making it a point to go to the observation deck of tall buildings, so of course I had to make my way to Eureka Tower.
AU$19.50 for each adult you are taken to the 88th floor of Eureka Tower. The 89th floor is a restaurant, and I think there are a couple more floors above us for mechanical stuff. And below us Melbourne! This is a residential tower, so I guess you will also have lots of people living inside the tower.
Since we were staying at an apartment in the Southbank / Casino area (good Airbnb option), it was a short walk to Eureka Tower.
It was hard to miss the actual building. It is one of the tallest buildings in the area and it actually has a few unique features.
The tall blue building is capped with a gold rectangle (or a crown) and a red stripe. This is dedicated to its name sake Eureka Stockade (a rebellion during the gold rush). So the gold for gold rush and the red for the blood shed during this rebellion. Awesome quick Australian history lesson!
Oh, and you really can’t miss the awesome “Queen Bee” art installation on the lower side of Eureka Tower.
We got our tickets. No line! We went at about 11am after having breakfast/brunch. I told that it’s busiest in the evening around sunset time. I’m sure that would be beautiful to see.
Once on the 88th floor, you will get 360 degree views of Melbourne.
Throughout the observation deck are little view lenses of some sort that point out exactly what you can see. They’re not telescopes or anything just little hexagon things that help you focus on the exact landmark.
I successfully found Federation Square! Haha, It really wasn’t very hard to spot. But then again, If I’ve never been their I wouldn’t be able to spot it.
Plus Federation Square really doesn’t look like much from here.
We found the building we are staying out. Recognizable from the balconies.
We actually spent a lot of time at the Observation deck. I think it was good thing that we chose to go after exploring parts of Melbourne allowing us to have an idea to what we are seeing for the most part.
There are a few ways you can enjoy the views of Melbourne. 1: inside through the big drop down windows or scopes, 2: outside in the terrace, 3: the edge through a glass bottom box. We explored all 3!
The Terrace takes up a corner of Eureka Tower Observation Deck which really gives you the experience of the high winds on the 88th floor. The outdoor covered deck has mesh/netting/chicken wire stuff all around which makes the whole thing enclosed. But the wind! It could get a bit scary.
And I guess if you can brave that, you can brave The Edge. It’s basically a glass box, that juts out of the building 10 feet. So when in the box, you are kind of hanging off the side of the building with nothing below you (the only thing holding you up is that glass flooring).
It’s an additions AU$12/person, and they don’t recommend for you to get the ticket until you have decided that the 88th floor is not too scary (if you’re afraid of heights). They don’t allow you to bring your own camera or bags, but they take the picture for you. Above is what they took for us from the camera that is mounted on the wall.
It’s an interesting experience. Put on the shoe socks (to protect the glass floor), walk into the box. You don’t see anything and the windows/glass stays frosted. They warn you that the box is going to move, then they make some tacky cracky scary noises…and then you stop. Moments later the frosted glass becomes clear. Then they let you hang out in the box for a few minutes, then gather groups of people for their group picture. The other group is standing against the wall under the camera.
People can actually see you from the Terrace. If only we had someone over their taking pictures of us. Was it worth it? Sort of. It’s part of the experience and being a tourist.
And finally before leaving, and as tradition. Yuntiha and I bought a few postcards and stamps and sent the home to ourselves, Auntie, and friends. Plus, it just makes it so easy to be able send post cards when traveling. I tried looking for a post office in the CBD area and found that it was a bit out of the way (and closed! on Sunday…of course)
And if these pictures are not enough, you can take an interesting one of yourself hanging off the side of Eureka Tower from this green screen.