UPDATE: 5th May 2012 – The wheel is still CLOSED. The construction company this week announced there is a possibility it will never be completed!
UPDATE: 2nd March 2009 – Expected timeframe for re-opening now well over six months, perhaps a year!
UPDATE: 31st January 2009 – The wheel is temporarily CLOSED due to the heat wave buckling some metal framing, 31st Jan 2009. Unsure of new re-open date at this stage.
The Southern Star Observation Wheel is a new attraction for Melbourne. It has been built in the Docklands area of Melbourne and was opened on the 20th December 2008. It has 21 observation decks on the spinning axle and allows a very unique view of the city of Melbourne, the Westgate and Bolte bridges and surrounding suburbs of Melbourne. Full details about the big wheel can also be found here.
Other similar observation Wheels around the world include the London Eye, the Star of Nanchang, the Great Berlin Wheel (due for completion 2009), the Beijing Great Wheel (due for completion 2009), the Great Dubai Wheel (due for completion 2009) and the Singapore Flyer. There are also wheels in Orlando and Qingdao still to come.