A signature Melbourne experience, Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 360-degree viewing platform set atop the 974-foot (274-meter) Eureka Tower. For the daring there’s the Edge, a cantilevered glass cube that slides out from the building, leaving you suspended above the city streets. Vertigo, a green-screen set-up, simulates falling from the building.
Visitors can pre-purchase tickets to Eureka Skydeck 88, with the outdoor terrace and viewfinders included, or upgrade to include the Edge and Vertigo. Allow enough time to get views from every angle, and for wait times at the Edge. While it’s possible to walk in, pre-booking saves time. Many tours of Melbourne and the surrounding area include tickets to Skydeck 88; entrance is also included on the Melbourne Attraction pass, a feature of many tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Kids and families enjoy the drama of Eureka Skydeck 88, and family discounts are available.
- The Skydeck itself is manageable for people with a fear of heights. Vertigo sufferers will find it hard to tolerate the Edge.
- Both Eureka Skydeck 88 and The Edge are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Eureka Tower sits on the south bank of the Yarra River, less than five minutes’ walk from the National Gallery of Victoria. From Flinders Street train station, walk across the bridge to the other side of the river. It takes about five minutes, and the elevator ride to the 88th floor takes less than 40 seconds.
When to Get There
Eureka Skydeck 88 is open from morning to evening seven days a week, with early closure on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Lines can be long at the Edge, particularly on weekends and during Australian school holidays, so visit on weekdays if you can. Clear days offer better views, and the sky lights up behind the cityscape at sunset.
The Eureka Tower
Eureka Tower, opened in Melbourne in 2006, is one of the tallest buildings in the southern hemisphere. The top few floors of the mostly residential building glisten in the sun—that’s because they’re plated in real gold. As well as Skydeck 88, Eureka 89, on the floor above, is open for events and dining.