Climbing the Eureka Tower in Melbourne

The Eureka Tower in Melbourne City soars almost 300 metres skywards, offering a futuristic touch to the horizon. Set in the busy Southbank precinct of Melbourne, it dates back to 2002 when construction began after architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects put in a bid for the design. It wasn’t completed until June 2006, though, when it became the world’s tallest residential tower before it was overtaken by two buildings in Dubai.

Named after the Victorian rebellion Eureka Stockade during the gold rush in the 1800s, it retains some of the style and charm from that era, like the gold crown and the red stripe – a feature that represents the blood spilt during the revolt.

Blue glass cladding covers the majority of the building, and that, along with the white lines, represent the Eureka Stockade flag. At the bottom of the tower, you’ll find a contemporary art installation which features bees inside a white box.

The Eureka Observation Deck

Though it is a residential unit, visitors can still climb the many floors of the Eureka Tower and admire the views from the top. The Observation deck (or the Eureka Skydeck, as it’s better known) is open to the public throughout the year. It sits on the 88th floor of the tower and offers the highest public vantage point in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere.

When up there, you can gaze out at the city below via thirty viewfinders, picking out various landmarks as you go. There are also free binoculars you can use and a small outside area that is open when the weather is calm.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, The Edge might be the thing for you. This glass cube hangs over the edge of the building to extend the viewing experience, and offers uninterrupted views onto the city below.

Events at the Eureka Tower

The sheer height of the building has led to numerous events taking place at the tower, the most prominent of which is Eureka Climb. Since 2012, this event has seen participants race up the 1642 steps to the observation deck to see who can get there the quickest. At the moment, the record is just 7 minutes.

The Eureka Tower is the perfect vantage point if you want to explore Melbourne from above. At the incredible height of 300 metres, you can see for miles in every direction, getting to know the landscape of the city from a different perspective.

Eureka Tower entry is included in our Melbourne Tours Package.