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December 21, 2008
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Southern Star opens in Melbourne




One of the most unusual places to hold an event was opened recently in Melbourne, Australia.

The Southern Star observation wheel welcomed visitors on 20 December, with hundreds clamouring to be among the first to take a ‘flight’ on the new iconic attraction and experience, which offers spectacular views of Melbourne’s central business district, Victoria Harbour and beyond.




Star quality: Melbourne's new observation wheel and venue

As well as offering tourists a 30-minute flight for $29 per adult and $17 per child, cabins are also available for special events. Meanwhile, at the base of the wheel, the Star Building’s Star Room holds up to 400 for cocktails or over 200 for sit-down functions, along with two private boardrooms. Star Room guests receive special VIP access to their Southern Star flight.

The Southern Star is the first giant observation wheel to be built in Australia and is the anchor attraction of the ING Real Estate’s Waterfront City development in Melbourne’s Docklands.

Key features of the iconic observation wheel include:
–  A unique star design formed in the shape of the seven-pointed Federation Star
– 120 metres in height (equal to a 40-storey building)
– 21 cabins capable of holding up to 20 people each
–  A 30-minute flight experience
– Open 365 days a year


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