Eureka Tower and Skydeck

The City, The Sights

Looking at the skyline of Melbourne, the Eureka Tower stands out.  Not only is it the tallest building in the skyline, but the windows of the top 10 stories are gold plated, which really reflects in the sunshine.  The Eureka Tower is a mostly a residential building, but the 88th floor houses an observation level and the 89 floor is a restaurant, both open to the public.

The tower is located on the banks of the Yarra River in the suburb of Southbank, directly across the river from the CBD.  The Skydeck on the 88th floor, 285 m high, has amazing 360 degree views of the CBD and inner suburbs.

Looking south over South Melbourne to Albert Park and its lake.  Beyond that, St. Kilda and Port Phillip Bay.

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Looking southwest to the top of Port Phillip Bay where the Port of Melbourne is.  The large cruise ship is docked at Station Pier in Port Melbourne.

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A panoramic sweep of St. Kilda to Port Melbourne.

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To the north, Melbourne CBD, which is laid out in a neat, grid-like pattern on the north bank of the Yarra and the northern suburbs in the distance.

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To the northwest, the Yarra River winding through Melbourne and Docklands: the port area in the CBD.

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Not only is the Eureka Tower the tallest building in Melbourne, but also the tallest building in the southern hemisphere… at least for a few more years.fullsizeoutput_1139

Looking down from the 88th floor and to the north, one of the main intersections of the CBD.  Flinders Street Station, the long yellow building in the bottom left. Federation Square, bottom right.  St. Paul’s Cathedral, top right.

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The northern section of the CBD.  The roads in the distance all run directly north out of the city.  The dome in the top centre of the picture is the State Library of Victoria on Swanston St.

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Looking east over the Arts Centre (Eiffel-Tower-like structure) to the sports precinct of Melbourne Park and Olympic Park including the MCG, Rod Laver/Margaret Court Arenas, and AAMI Park.  The Dandenong Ranges are in the far distance.

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The Arts Centre and Queen Victoria Gardens.

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Fed Square and the bottom corner of the CBD with Fitzroy Gardens just beyond the edge.

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Two of the many bridges stretching across the Yarra, one pedestrian and one automotive.

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Melbourne CBD!

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The Governor of Victoria’s house, Government House, situated in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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The Shrine of Remembrance and the neighborhood of South Yarra behind it.

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In the bottom left of this photo, you can see the gold plating on the windows of the top of the Eureka Tower.

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Looking out over the neighborhoods of Southbank, then South Melbourne, then Port Melbourne, all the way to Port Phillip Bay.

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Kings Domain, with the white tent of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, which stretch down the side of St. Kilda Road.

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There is also the option of doing “The Edge” experience, which we chose not to do.  In The Edge, you step inside an opaque glass cube which then slides out 3 meters over the side of the building to stick straight out.  Once the cube is all the way outside, the opacity disappears and you are 297 meters in the air with only a few centimeters of glass as the only thing to stop you from falling.  When the time is up, the cube simply slides back inside.

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