Scheduled to open in late December, the new Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will offer far more than a ride on a giant wheel, according to Melbourne Star Management Group CEO Chris Kelly.
Mr Kelly said when the Melbourne Star opens it will be a significant tourism landmark that will offer visitors a new introduction to Melbourne and a new perspective on the city.
“Melbourne Star is a completely new product in terms of its design, construction and the range of features that have been incorporated,” he said. “This is reflected in its new name. Melbourne Star will indeed showcase Melbourne and present a new way to engage with the city.”
Visitors to Melbourne Star will enjoy a wealth of information about Melbourne, including its history, culture and eccentricities, through a pre-boarding display area and via specially researched in-cabin audio, to the ‘Star’ qualities of modern Melbourne. There will also be a new retail area, with some special and unusual highlights of the Melbourne Star experience.
“A day or night visit to Melbourne Star will be the perfect introduction to Melbourne. This experience will encapsulate everything that makes Melbourne the unique and special city that Melburnians are so proud of,” Mr Kelly said. “As the opening approaches, we’ll be announcing details of the many features and attractions that will ensure Melbourne Star is swiftly regarded as a “must-do” experience.”
Melbourne Star will also provide an important new ‘Venue with a Difference’ for Melbourne and the Docklands precinct. It offers dedicated function space capable of hosting large and small gatherings, from cocktails for 400 guests to a sit-down dinner for up to 250 people. The Star Piazza, at the base of the Star, will have the capacity to host a cocktail reception for up to 1500 people, making it one of Melbourne’s largest open-air event venues.
Melbourne Star will deliver one of Melbourne’s most unique viewing experiences – enjoying exclusive use of your own cabin whilst your guests relax sipping champagne, indulging in wandering deserts or dining from speciality hamper, provided to you by Melbourne Star’s exclusive caterer, Peter Rowland’s.
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will be the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel and the first, solid steel wheel design to be built in the world to this size.
Melbourne Star is owned by Sanoyas Rides Australia Pty Ltd and is managed by the Melbourne Star Management Group.