Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is a day in photos so I thought I’d share my photos from my visit to Docklands and a ride on the Melbourne Star.
My brother and sister out-law gave my partner Theo and I tickets to the Melbourne Star for our birthdays. The Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area of Melbourne. It opened in December 2008, but closed 40 days later due to structural defects, and was subsequently dismantled for major repairs. It reopened just last December. You could imagine all the jokes and warnings we received about the safety of the Melbourne Star, but we are fearless adventurers.
We took the train into the CBD because we thought parking in Waterfront City would be difficult, but to my surprise the area is practically a ghost town. I thought, if this were Miami, it would be booming. It’s a lovely, waterfront area, and it’s dead. There is the outdoor Harbor Town Shopping Centre, but it closes at 6pm. There are a couple of restaurants, but eateries along the lines of KFC, Nando’s, and Subway aren’t exactly draws for a big night on the town. Then there’s the Melbourne Star, one of only three of its kind in the entire world.
There were hardly any people there and we walked right in. A ride on the Melbourne Star takes about 30 minutes and it doesn’t stop. It moves very slowly and you enter a cabin as it approaches. It was air-conditioned, clean, and comfortable, and Theo and I had it all to ourselves.
The views are wonderful and what’s even better is that Eva and David gifted us with encore tickets, which means we can return for another ride within 30 days. Next time, we’ll do it later so we can catch the sunset and city lights. Thank you, Eva and David for such a cool gift!
After riding the wheel, we walked around Docklands enjoying the pretty sunset and nice weather.
Have you been on the Melbourne Star yet?