Eureka! I did it !
After months of planning my visit to Melbourne, I finally made it. The city is one of the most interesting and exciting places to explore in Australia, and The Eureka Skydeck, is definitely the best place to start.
The Skydeck, located on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, provides an unparalleled view of the city. Recommended by every city guide, I could see why. Melbourne looks so magical from the soaring heights of the tallest tower in the city.
Why You Should Visit the Eureka Skydeck
This is simple. The view! The view! The view!
Witness the Melbourne skyline from the best seat in the house. At an incredible vantage point of 295 meters above ground level, and large floor to ceiling windows, this is Melbourne sightseeing at its finest. On a clear day, you can even see up to 75kms in every direction.
If you're one for lists, here are some fun things you can tick off.
- A visit to the highest public viewing platform in the southern hemisphere
- A ride in the fastest elevator in the southern hemisphere, travelling at the speed of 9m/s
- Send a postcard from Australia’s highest letterbox, located on the 88th floor
Eureka Skydeck Tickets
Tickets to the Eureka skydeck are sold onsite for $25 AUD, however, I found that it was much cheaper to buy them online. If you go at a busy time, there can be a bit of a queue, so booking online can also save you some time. This is the best offer I could find online, for AUD $18.
The Eureka Skydeck Experience
The experience began from the moment I boarded the elevator. The doors closed and I shot 285 meters upwards at a dizzying speed. 88 floors in 38 seconds! I had just taken a ride in the fastest elevator in the southern hemisphere.
Once I got to the skydeck, I was treated to a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. As I had just landed in Melbourne a few days prior, this was a great way for me to get my bearings.
Some of my favorite sights from the tower included the Yarra River, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne’s Arts Centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Flinders street train station, and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, commonly known as the MCG.
By each window, there are high definition viewfinders and binoculars from which you can get a closer look at all of Melbourne's sights. The viewfinders are super helpful as they are pin-pointed towards specific attractions around melbourne.
I spent about half an hour here looking around and taking several panoramic pictures of the city. After this, I made my way to the Terrace.
The Eureka Terrace
This is a small area outside the glass panelled rooms, accessible with your regular ticket. It is pressure locked by chain link fencing to prevent you from falling. Due to the fencing, this is not the best place to take pictures from, however, you can view the Edge from here.
If you are unsure about whether or not you want to try the edge experience, this is a great place to view others experience it first before you make a decision.
Do check the weather before you go as the terrace is closed off in high wind weather.
The Eureka Edge
The Edge is a glass cube enclosure that projects 3 meters out of the 88th floor. With nothing below you but a glass, it is both an exhilarating and terrifying experience. Cameras are not allowed here, however, two pictures are taken for you by cameras inside the eclosure. This can be purchased after the experience.
The Edge experience requires an additional ticket which can be purchased on the 88th floor.
What is the Best Time to Visit the Eureka Skydeck?
The skydeck is open between 10am-10pm everyday. I timed my visit to get there half an hour before sunset to get to see Melbourne in natural light, watch the sunset and view the skyline lit up after dark.
Personally, I would suggest also timing your visit accordingly so you can also view the city in all three settings. Watching the sunset over melbourne is a spectacular sight. My favorite view is at night. Melbourne looks so magical all lit up.
Eureka Tower- History and Fun Facts
- The Eureka tower is the world's tallest residential tower and the Skydeck is the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The Eureka Tower is named after the Eureka Stockade rebellion that took place in 1854 during the gold rush. This was also incorporated into the building’s design.
The building's gold crown represents the gold rush while the red stripe is for the blood spilt during the revolt. The blue glass and white horizontal lines is also said to represent the blue and white flag of the stockade. Seen horizontally, the white lines resemble a ruler.
- Construction for the building began in 2002 and it took 4 years and 2 months to build. It weighs 200,000 tonnes and cost an estimated $0.5 billion to build, including the 24-carat gold plating at the top. The tower officially opened in October 2006.
- The tower consists of 92 floors, of which 84 floors are residential apartments. The first few floors include retail, a swimming pool, car parking spaces and one underground floor. The Eureka observation sky deck is on floor 88 and the 89th floor is a restaurant. The building’s developers live on the top two floors.
- Eureka tower has a total of 3,680 stairs. An annual fundraising event called the Eureka Climb sees participants challenge themselves to climb up 1642 stairs!
How to get to the Eureka Tower
Located in Melbourne’s CBD, there are plenty of public transport options.
By Train You can take any train to Flinders Street Train Station and walk five minutes across the bridge to the other side of the yarra river.
By Tram You can take tram 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, or 72 to the Arts Precinct/St Kilda Road. The Eureka Tower is a short 8-minute walk from here.
By Bus Take bus 234, 236, or 605 to Casino East Station. The Skydeck is a short 5-minute walk from here.
You can plan your route using Public Transport Victoria
By Car You can also choose to drive. The Eureka Tower is very easily accessible by car and there are several car park stations around the tower. However, parking fees apply.
Insider Tips for Visiting the Eureka Skydeck
- Purchase your tickets online to get a discounted entry price and save time.
- Although there are multiple modes of transport available to get to the tower, the quickest route is to walk from flinders street station.
- It can get really windy when you step out to the terrace. Carry something warm with you on your visit.
- Check the weather before you go access to the terrace is closed off in high wind weather
- Take advantage of the smartphone charging station located at the skydeck and ensure your phone is fully charged to capture the stunning views.
- Dont forget to mail a postcard to family and friends from Australia's highest postbox, located on level 88.
- There is free Wifi available at the skydeck for you to connect to