Climb the Melbourne Skydeck

Climb to the top of Australia’s highest tower to see unbelievable sights of the entire city and beyond!

Melbourne Skydeck
The Melbourne Skydeck in Melbourne City soars almost 300 metres skywards. Towering above the rest of the city, it offers a spectacular view of the city below.

Set in the busy Southbank precinct of Melbourne, the sky deck dates back to 2002. Construction began after architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects put in a bid for the design and won. The Melbourne Skydeck wasn’t completed until June 2006. Upon completion, it had earned the title of being 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. Some of the thoughtful touches include 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. That, along with the white lines, represents the Eureka Stockade flag. At the bottom of the tower, you’ll find a contemporary art installation that features giant bees inside a white box.

About the Melbourne Skydeck

Though it is a residential unit, visitors can still climb the many floors of the Melbourne Skydeck and admire the views from the top. The Observation deck (or the Melbourne Skydeck, as it’s better known) is open to the public throughout the year.

The Observation deck 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. The binoculars help you to spot buildings or other landmarks far in the distance.

Events at the Melbourne Skydeck

The Melbourne Skydeck is the perfect vantage point if you want to explore the city from above. At the incredible height of 300 metres, you can see for miles in every direction. Looking out the windows, you will get to know the landscape of the city from a different perspective.

The sheer height of the building has led to numerous events taking place at the tower. The most prominent of which is the Melbourne Skydeck 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 – that’s quite impressive!

Activities at the Melbourne Skydeck

  • The Edge

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. It offers uninterrupted views of the city below and far beyond to the sea.

Hovering nearly 300 meters over the city, with only a thick layer of glass holding you up, even the bravest travellers will be terrified. However, we highly recommend checking it out. It’s a unique experience!

  • The VR Plank Experience

If the edge is a bit too daring for you, you can enjoy a similar experience without the fear of any danger! Melbourne Skydeck’s virtual reality activity allows you to feel like you are balancing on a plank 285 metres above the city. It will seem like the wind and birds will almost knock you down!

Although you may scream or shake from fear, you won’t ever be in danger. You are perfectly safe on the carpeted area of Melbourne Skydeck!

  • Eureka 89

If you are up for the ultimate dining experience, you may want to consider visiting Eureka 89. This dining area is located one floor higher than the viewing deck. That’s right! You can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner surrounded by windows offering unparalleled views over the city.

This may not be for you if you’re afraid of heights. However, the food is delicious and the experience is quite magical.

Entry to the Melbourne Skydeck is included in our Melbourne Tours Package. Enjoy this exciting experience today!

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