See & Do

The Melbourne Star encore

Last month, we went on the Melbourne Star. This week, we went again.

For our birthdays (mine is in November and Theo’s in December), his sister and brother-in-law gave us encore tickets on the Melbourne Star. That means you can go twice within 30 days. The first time, we went at sunset. The second time we wanted to see the night lights.

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star

As it turns out, it’s not that impressive. It should be because Melbourne is a beautiful city and the Melbourne Star is interesting and fun. But the location of the Star doesn’t offer beautiful views of the city. With its impressive historical buildings, funky laneways, and quirky street art, Melbourne is awesome on the ground, but from up high, it’s not much to look at from Waterfront City. That’s why Sydney, with its lovely and iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, gets all the skyline attention.

I was thinking about what offers the better bird’s eye view, the Melbourne Star or the Eureka Skydeck.

  • The Melbourne Star is fun. After all, it’s a giant, air-conditioned Ferris wheel and it’s likely you’ll have a cabin all to yourself. In contrast, the Eureka Skydeck attracts a lot more people and they’re all around you.
  • A flight on the Melbourne Star lasts 30 minutes. You can be on the Eureka Skydeck as long as you want.
  • The Eureka Skydeck is cheaper. Adult encore tickets on the Melbourne Star are $40. The Sun & Star package on the Eureka Skydeck is $22. The Edge experience is an additional $12. The caveat is that the two Sun & Star visits to the Eureka Tower must be done on the same day. On the Melbourne Star, you have 30 days.
  • With view of the CBD and the Yarra River, I think the Eureka Skydeck offers the better views.
  • Waterfront City is a ghost town. The Eureka Skydeck is in the heart of the city, a short walk to some other fun activity or a nice meal.

Of course, you don’t have to choose one or the other; you can do both!