.Attraction : Eureka Tower Skydeck 88.

LOCATION: Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne 3006.  The Eureka Tower, is a 297 metre (975 ft.) gold plated skyscraper by the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct, Melbourne.

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We are going to the “Eureka Skydeck” I announce to the rest of the family. This was met by a myriad of questions such as What is this? Where is this? Is this what I think it is? After a short Q&A session regarding Eureka Tower Skydeck 88, the feeling from the youngest Wyld was one of excitement, the feeling from the oldest Wyld child and her mother was one of concern, horror and pure fear. You see two of the Wyld’s are not so great with heights! I had slowly also announced that besides the tower being 88 floors high AND the tower having the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere, the tower also had the ‘Edge Experience’. This brought on another wave of rapid-fire questions. Constant reassurance from me that it was going to be a brilliant day out!  Not only is it mighty tall, you are whisked up the Eureka Tower Skydeck by the fastest elevators in the Southern Hemisphere. These Elevators move at 9 metres per second, it takes just 38 seconds from ground to the 88th floor!

Facts about Eureka Tower Melbourne Skydeck 88

  • Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere
  • The top of the Tower can flex up to 600mm in high winds
  • There are two 300,000-litre water tanks on level 90 & 91 prevent any excess swaying
  • 3,680 stairs – 92 storeys – 52,000 sq. metres of windows
  • The glass on Eureka’s top 10 levels is 24 carat gold plated
  • Eureka used 110,000 tonnes of concrete and weighs 200,000 tonnes.

Eureka Tower Skydeck 88 Edge Experience

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The Edge Experience is proclaimed to be like no other experience in any other building in the world! The Eureka Tower Skydeck is home to a World First experience that has since been copied all around the world called ‘The Edge’. The Edge slowly slides out from the comfort and safety of Eureka Tower’s 88th floor. Once extended, you are nearly 300 meters over Melbourne in a glass cube. Yes, you heard me right, glass walls, ceiling and floor – you can see through it all! As an extra as the cube slides out the glass is frosted until the cube is all the way out to the edge when it suddenly goes clear and you get the sound effects of cracking glass!

This sent my Bec and Willow a pale shade of white as they clung to the sides of the cube semi-paralysed by fear. The view from up there was absolutely amazing and seeing the tiny people below us was fantastic. After a little while, Bec may have slightly loosened her extremely firm grip on the rails and relaxed a little to enjoy the view! But in all honesty to say they were happy to get out of the cube and back on terra firma is an understatementI It was with the haste of people rushing an open bar or me leaving work! It’s an amazing view, when you are in the cube, gives you a sense of flying high above Melbourne.
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The Eureka Sky deck towers above Melbourne

As you move around the Skydeck you are provided with an unmatched view of Melbourne. You see boats cruising the Yarra, planes coming to land at the airport, people walking and riding bikes (They look like ants you are so far up) There is even an outside viewing platform that you can access through an airlock. The platform lets you see the city skyline and sporting precinct through the naked eye. It can be cold in Melbourne at the best of times let alone when you are 300 meters up. Hence being out in the open really gave us a taste of just how cold it really was. One of the great things about the Skydeck is the complimentary binoculars that are situated all around the Skydeck for you to use.
Eureka Tower Skydeck

The are also at two heights which are fantastic for the kids! Marley was just the right height for the smaller sets and she loved that she could look into them whenever she wanted! There is also a cafe where coffee and light snacks can be bought. The girls enjoyed a cheese and biscuit packet. Mark and I enjoyed a lovely coffee while taking in the views. There are ample and very clean toilets both while you are waiting to go up to the viewing platform and once you are up there which is really important for us as we seem to need them quickly!
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Eureka Tower Skydeck a great family travel Experience

I think it’s fair to say Eureka Tower Skydeck will now be making the list of my top 5 things not to miss in Melbourne. As a family we found the Skydeck to be a great attraction to visit. We have been to Berlin 360, Munich Olympic Tower and Montparnasse in Paris which all offer viewing decks. The thing that stands out about the Skydeck besides the cube experience is the floor to roof windows that give what can only be called an all-encompassing view of Melbourne.

This is an outstanding feature that puts Eureka Tower Skydeck above all other viewing platforms we have visited. The second thing that stood out was the cleanliness of the windows. Therefore I am not sure if we just caught a good day or not but they seemed really clean which sometimes can be a huge issue at this height. We spent 1.5 hours looking, exploring, and viewing all the pro’s and cons of the Skydeck.

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The Skydeck has a range of photo options that capture your experience in the cube and the walk. ‘The Walk’ is a specially constructed green screen set that gives guests the illusion that they are crossing a tightrope high. You are transported onto a tightrope high above the streets of Melbourne.

Also after you have finished your viewing and have taken the lift back down to the ground there is a gift shop on the ground floor. There are great souvenirs that we think were very well priced! Both the girls got a little key chain for their school bags and Mark got a belated Father’s Day gift of two Sky Deck cushions for the couch! We also got some other gifts to take with us on our upcoming trip overseas to give to some friends.

A Note From Bec:

As Mark stated above both myself and Willow don’t deal well with heights especially these heights! In saying this it was still something neither of us wanted to miss out on. The Edge Experience was  the one thing that really frightened me.  I was reassured that if we needed to leave the cube we could knock on the door and we would be taken out immediately. The understanding of the young lady who gave us the instructions before we entered was fantastic.

She could see that we may need to come out. It is probably something they see on a regular basis but knowing that they have recognised your fear is really reassuring. It was a great experience even though I was frightened.  I said to Willow we would be upset if we didn’t at least try and we both SURVIVED!!! As for the rest of the Tower, we had absolutely no worries walking around even with the crystal clear floor to ceiling windows! Consequently, both Willow and I are so glad we did it!

She could see that we may need to come out. It is probably something they see on a regular basis but knowing that they have recognised your fear is really reassuring. It was a great experience even though I was frightened.  I said to Willow we would be upset if we didn’t at least try and we both SURVIVED!!! As for the rest of the Tower, we had absolutely no worries walking around even with the crystal clear floor to ceiling windows! Both Willow and I are so glad we did it!

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Admission Prices:
Family Ticket 2 adults & children $46.00
Family Ticket 1 adult & 2 children $34.00
The Edge Experience:
Adults $12.00 , Children ( 4-16 ) $8.00

Tickets can be bought online here as a stand alone attraction. There is a variety of Melbourne tours that include the Eureka Skydeck.

Eureka Tower Skydeck parking:

Easily accessible by car. Wilson Parking “Eureka Car Park” is the best location. Located right beneath the Eureka Tower on the corner of City Road and Southgate Avenue (enter via Southgate Avenue). We parked here on our visit to The Eureka Tower Skydeck and we can tell its literally 5 minutes away. Very convenient to visit the Skydeck and any attractions on the south side of the Yarra River in Melbourne.


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Disclaimer:The Eureka Skydeck were nice enough to provide us with a free entry. Our views expressed here are our own and are no way influenced by our free entry on the Eureka Skydeck.

 

 

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A full-time worker in Disability support and part time traveller when time, money and kids schooling allow.

Next up for Wyld Family Travel is 10 weeks in Europe from November 2016 till January 2017. We will be visiting Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
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