When we were discussing going, my thoughts always led back to “Do I REALLY want to be stuck with two kids for 30 minutes with no way of getting out?” My answer to that question is always Um, NO!! Ever the optimist, I thought “How bad can it be?” and off we went.
Driving to the Melbourne Star we crossed our fingers that the rain held off, although we really shouldn’t have worried as the cabins are heated and air-conditioned. On our approach, we were excitedly pointing out the “Big Wheel” when Alegría states matter-of-factly “I don’t like heights, remember.” With little more than a “You’ll be right” we didn’t give that statement much more thought…
We arrived, and of course “Andrea” Georgina’s childhood doll (who is enjoying a second chance at life through Alegría) had to come too. We parked both Isaac and Andrea’s prams in the pram bay and made our way through the interesting facts about Melbourne and onto our cabin.
The cabin’s don’t actually stop as you step on board (although they can if need be) and we were surprised as to how big the cabins are. 20 adults can fit comfortably and there is a bench seat in the middle for resting or little girls who don’t like heights. Yes, it turns out Alegría doesn’t like heights after all. Parents. Of. The Year.
Isaac loved it and was free to move around – and as we were in the cabin by ourselves we weren’t worried about the kids at all. I get notoriously motion sick and the movement was so smooth that I didn’t get sick! Woo Hoo!
The 21 Melbourne Star cabins effortlessly glide through the air reaching a height of 120 metres – or the equivalent of a 40 story building. From our cabin, we had a 360-degree view and could see all of Melbourne’s landmarks and the surrounding areas.
With on board commentary, we did our best pointing out all of the interesting places and when we were stumped we used the map provided (with a clever compass that you line up with the ceiling of cabin) to identify points of interest.
The Melbourne Star is close to Docklands and Harbour Town’s restaurants, public toilets and is easily accessible with a pram. Make sure you take your valuables with you on board though as you do have to leave your pram at the entrance.
We are so glad that we went, and you’ll be pleased to know that Alegría got brave towards the end of the flight!
And was it as bad as I had imagined? No. It was not bad, not bad at all!
Why not treat the family to a nice day out on Father’s Day, 2015 and head to Melbourne Star where Dads will fly for $1! For more details click HERE
*We were guests of Melbourne Star, however our opinion’s are authentically our own.
Days and Times:
10am – 10pm daily. Last flight departs at 9.30pm, ticket purchases for the final flight of the evening must be made by 9.15pm.
1pm – 10pm Christmas Day (December 25) and Anzac Day (April 25).
Operational hours are subject to weather conditions and may be changed without notice.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
101 Waterfront Way
Docklands, Melbourne Vic. 3008
T: 61 3 8688 9688 (please press 5 to speak with a member of our Guest Relations Team)
|Day & Night Flight*
(Previously known as the Encore Ticket)
|Child (5 – 15 Years)||$20.00||$29.00|
|Children (up to 4 Years)||Free||Free|
|Family (1 Adult & 2 Children)||$60.00||$90.00|
|Family (2 Adults & 1 Child)||$72.00||$99.00|
|Family – Additional Children||$16.00||$24.00|
|Seniors / Concession||$30.00||$41.00|
|Adult Groups (Min. of 10)||$28.00||$36.00|
|Child Groups (Min. of 10)||$16.00||$27.00|
|Annual Pass||$79.00 per person|
Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.