Eureka Skydeck entrance

Eureka Skydeck: Experience a Melbourne high point

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We are always intriqued by viewpoints. Whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain or taking stairs to the top of a bell tower, we seek out opportunities that provide a better vantage of the landscape. When we learned that Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck ranks as the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, we knew it was a view we couldn’t miss.

Eureka Skydeck tower

A view from the base of the Eureka Tower.

That being said, we had zero intention of climbing the 3,680 stairs to the top – and thankfully, we didn’t have to. Instead, the speedy elevator whisked us up the 88 stories in just under 40 seconds. If those fun facts weren’t enough to put my acrophobia on high alert, learning that the top of the building can sway up to two feet in winds did the trick. I may like viewpoints, but I don’t like heights.

Eureka Skydeck entrance

However, my fears were calmed when we entered the Eureka Skydeck, an expansive and comfortable room. With 360 degree views (through very thick and reassuring glass), we could see the entire city, the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay and mountains in the distance. Around the room, thirty viewfinders (and a few free binoculars) were positioned by the windows, identifying the many landmarks below us.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground from the Eureka Skydeck.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Mornington Peninsula coastline and Port Phillip Bay from the Eureka Skydeck.

The Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay.

Eureka Skydeck: 30 viewfinders are located throughout the platform, pinpointing Melbourne landmarks

A view of the Shrine of Remembrance through a viewfinder on the Eureka Skydeck.

With my mantra, “Just don’t look down, just don’t look down,” playing in my head, I mustered up the courage to take in the view from the small outdoor terrace. The fact that is was fenced both elated and disappointed me. I felt slightly safer than had there been no barrier, but it was quite difficult to snap unobstructed photos.

Melbourne's CBD from the terrace of the Eureka Skydeck.

Melbourne’s central business district

Sarah fighting her fear of heights on the outdoor terrace of the Eureka Skydeck.

Sarah fighting her fear of heights on the outdoor terrace of the Eureka Skydeck.

One thing no mantra could get me into was The Edge. For an extra fee, visitors stand inside a glass box that moves on a track to the outside of the building. I, personally, like to see a solid floor beneath my feet when I’m 900-plus feet in the air. We watched a group partake and, while the initial standing-on-glass experience seemed to impress them, it looked to us like it was a novelty that wore off long before the five minutes were up.

The Edge experience at the Eureka Skydeck.

The Edge experience.

For general admission into the Eureka Skydeck, there is no time limit, so we lingered. In fact, we had brought a packed lunch with us into the city, so we dined on a sofa with the city’s best view.

More information can be found on the official website

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6 thoughts on “Eureka Skydeck: Experience a Melbourne high point

    • Thanks! We are loving our time in Melbourne! We stayed in Seaford for the first week, but are now in a suburb north of Melbourne. We are trying to figure out how to fit in a day trip to the wineries in Mornington. If not, we’ll just have to try them in Melbourne! haha 🙂

  1. Anonymous

    Reminds me of the Sears Tower in Chicago! My students loved standing in the glass boxes doing the ole O-H-I-O !!!!!

  2. I always love a great viewpoint as well. It’s one of the things I love about Europe, all the towers and palaces on top of hills…
    Nice photos.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Thanks! I was surprised we could get such great shots through the glass. It was much more difficult at the London Sky Garden. Totally agree about all the bell towers, palaces, etc in Europe! It’s fantastic!

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