On Thursday we went up the Eureka Skydeck. It's the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern Hemisphere at 285 m (935 ft). I thought it was the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, but it's actually the highest public vantage point. The panorama above isn't the best I've every taken, obviously, but it'll do. On the left side of the image is the CBD, the city centre. Just below, the yellow lines, is Flinders Street Station and across that is Federation Square. The river is the Yarra River, and on the right side of the River is Southbank and the Arts Precinct. The blue point is on top of one of the two theatres. The green lights are alongside the road. When we first moved to Melbourne they were a pale purple but in November they turned green. If you follow the street with the green lights, St Kilda Road, you'll get to the Shrine Of Remembrance.
The photo to the right faces towards the MCG, the cricket sports ground. The lights are off, but you can just about see it on the top left hand side. The white stripes underneath are all tennis courts.
The photo to the left looks towards the CBD and the station.
The photo to the right is facing towards Docklands. Again I love the reflection on the right side of the photo! The colourful wheel is the Melbourne Star. Kind of like the London Eye but then smaller and more unstable. It originally opened in 2008 but closed after only 40 days because of structural defects. There were 14 cracks found in the steel. They completely scrapped it and had to rebuild the whole thing. It opened again in December 2013. Three days after the second opening they had to stop the wheel again as they found another crack in a window. A few days after that the wheel was stopped again for a full inspection as it stopped turning.. After that a family was traumatised because their cabin started turning as the wheel turned. However, the CEO said the wheel was safe to use so it stayed open and he refused to answer any questions about the mechanics of the wheel. In January 2014 the wheel was stopped again due to a software problem.... I don't think I'll be going there!!
Anyway, back to the Eureka Skydeck. The photo to the left faces further down St Kilda Road towards the Shrine of Remembrance. At this point it was pitch black and very hard to take photos!