The Eureka Skydeck 88 is located on the Southbank of Melbourne one block back from the Yarra River. It is located on Riverside Quay next to the Travelodge hotel and a 2-minute walk from the Langham. It is the tallest building in Melbourne (2.97.3 metres) therefore one of the first you will see jutting from the impressive skyline as you enter the city by road. The observation deck takes up the whole of the 88th floor of the sky scrapper with floor to ceiling windows allowing for a 360-degree view of Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs. It is the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern Hemisphere at 285 m (935 ft).
I don’t know why but if I visit somewhere and it has a big tall building with an observation deck I’ll be up there in a shot – the Empire State Building, the Effiel Tower etc so when I found out about the Eureka Skydeck 88 in Melbourne I booked tickets straight away. My husband, unfortunately for him, doesn’t particularly like heights – I still made him come with me though! I bought tickets a couple of months in advance direct from the Eureka Skydeck website for $19.50 each (approx £10.20 each) together with Edge tickets for us both costing $12.00 each (approx £6.30 each) and one Edge photo which cost $15.00 (approx £7.85).
We visited on a dry day late in the afternoon to ensure that we were at the top for sunset. I don’t know how busy this attraction normally gets but we didn’t have to wait for the lift up to the top at all. The views as soon as you step out of the lift hit you, everywhere you look you can see large windows with Melbourne looking back at you. Dotted around the observation deck are 30 fixed viewfinders pointing out to different parts/landmarks within the city with signs on them telling you what you are looking at. There is also ‘the Terrace’ which allows you to go outside to take a look. However, this may be closed on windy days. The Terrace overlooks the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct which my husband loved as he was able to take a selfie with the MCG in the background.
So the Edge…..the edge is a glass box that extends out the side of the building. You are not allowed to take anything in with you…bags/camera/phone etc and you must even cover your shoes with the protectors that are provided so you don’t damage the floor. Secure lockers are provided for your belongings. We were in a group of 8 which left plenty of room in the Cube for moving around and looking out. Our guide suggested laying on the floor which would allow us to feel like we were floating in mid-air. Unfortunately, I bottled out of doing it but my husband (the same one who is not great with heights!) did it and said it was awesome. Pictures are taken in the mini groups you enter the Cube in and are available for sale afterwards (which we had already paid for).
Great views, great experience!