Eureka Skydeck, which is on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower offers spectacular floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree views of Melbourne Skyline.
At the height of almost 300 meters (985 feet), it is the tallest observation deck in the whole of Southern hemisphere.
If you are in Melbourne, this is a must-visit attraction.
In this article, we explain everything you must know before visiting Eureka Skydeck.
How to reach Eureka Skydeck
To get to Eureka Skydeck Melbourne, you can opt for either public transport or your private car.
Eureka Skydeck’s location
Eureka Skydeck is on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, which is perched on Riverside Quay in Southbank by Melbourne’s Yarra River.
It is located close to CBD, Flinders Station, Federation Square, Crown Casino, etc.
88th Floor, Eureka Tower, Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne 3006.
Since Eureka Tower is in the middle of Melbourne, there are numerous public transport options available.
If you prefer trains, reach the Flinders Street Train Station and a five minutes’ walk over the bridge to the other side of the Yarra River will get you to Eureka Skydeck.
You can also get on to one of the City Circle trams and get down at one of the Flinders Street stops (on river’s Northern side). A quick 10 minutes’ walk can get you to the Skydeck building
If you are exploring Melbourne’s city center, you can most likely walk to Eureka Skydeck.
Some distances from Eureka Skydeck –
CBD: 1.1 Kms(0.7 Miles) – 15 mins walk
Flinders St Station: 450 meters (1475 feet) – 6 mins walk
Federation Square: 550 meters (1800 feet) – 7 mins walk
Crown Casino: 450 meters (1475 feet)- 6 mins walk
Since the Eureka Tower is easily accessible by car, most of the locals prefer to drive down.
Wilson Parking’ Eureka Car Park’ is located beneath the Eureka Tower and entrance to this parking facility is from Southgate Avenue.
Visitors to Eureka Skydeck pay a discounted flat rate for parking their cars.
Monday to Friday
13 Australian Dollars if entered before 4 pm
6 Australian Dollars if entry is after 4 pm
11 Australian Dollars irrespective of the time of entry
Visitors must show their Wilson Eureka Parking ticket to the Eureka Skydeck attendant to receive the discounted flat rate.
Eureka Skydeck opening hours
Eureka Skydeck 88’s opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm daily, every day of the year.
Yes, that right, they are open even on Christmas day, New Year’s, etc.
Last entry into Eureka Skydeck 88 is at 9.30 pm.
Best time to visit Eureka Skydeck
Eureka Skydeck is a popular Melbourne attraction, so remains busy.
That’s why we recommend that you buy the Eureka Skydeck tickets online, and visit the attraction as soon as they open.
We also recommend you to check the weather before planning your visit.
The best time and day to visit any observatory is when the skies are clear.
Eureka Skydeck at sunset
However, the best time to reach Eureka Skydeck is an hour before sunset.
It will be crowded during sunset, but you can see the Melbourne skyline in three different ways – during daylight, twilight and night time.
If the weather is pleasant, the sunset views become even more dramatic and spectacular. Book your sunset visit
Eureka Skydeck at night
Some tourists do prefer to take advantage of Eureka Skydeck’s 10 am to 10 pm timing and reach there at night.
If you visit Eureka Tower Skydeck after dark, you get to see Melbourne’s skyline all lit up.
To add to the fun, you can choose from a selection of wines, beers, and champagne from the Kiosk. Book your night visit
How long does Eureka Skydeck take
You don’t need more than an hour and a half to enjoy your time at Eureka Skydeck’s observatory.
Some visitors are known even to wind up their visit in 60 minutes.
However, if you want you can extend your tour of Eureka Tower’s Skydeck by sitting down at the Kiosk for a drink.
Or exploring the 30 viewfinders positioned around Eureka Tower Skydeck to help discover places of interest across Melbourne.
If you want to minimize the time taken at Eureka Skydeck, buy Skydeck tickets in advance and visit early in the morning or late at night.
What to see at Eureka Tower?
There are three key experiences to try at Eureka Skydeck.
1. Skydeck Experience
Eureka Skydeck Melbourne is an observational deck at the height of 285 meters (935 feet) on the 88th floor of Eureka Towers.
From this deck, you enjoy spectacular floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree views of Melbourne’s skyline and beyond.
In fact, it is the highest observational deck in the Southern Hemisphere.
2. The Edge
The Edge is a world’s first in terms of thrill generated at an observatory.
The Edge is a glass cube which projects from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and suspends visitors high up in the air.
You can upgrade to The Edge, at the venue or you can book your Eureka Skydeck ticket with Edge access beforehand itself. Book Upgraded Experience
3. Eureka Skydeck Vertigo
This is more a thing to do than see.
It is Eureka Skydeck’s latest green screen installation where you can take memorable photographs – as if you were falling from the 88th floor of Eureka Tower.
You can decide if you want this experience or not, once you are at the venue. It will cost you 15 Australian dollars/photograph.
Eureka Skydeck tickets
There are two ways to experience Eureka Skydeck –
1. You can buy regular Eureka Skydeck tickets
2. You can buy Eureka Skydeck tickets with ‘The Edge’ experience
These are smartphone tickets.
Immediately after purchase, the tickets get emailed to you and on the day of your visit you can show the ticket on your mobile and walk in.
Eureka Skydeck Ticket price
With ‘The Edge’ Experience
Adult ticket (17+ years): 34 Australian Dollars
Child ticket (4 to 16 years): 23 Australian Dollars
Infant ticket (3 years and less): Free Entry
Without ‘The Edge’ Experience
Adult ticket (17+ years): 22 Australian Dollars
Child ticket (4 to 16 years): 15 Australian Dollars
Infant ticket (3 years and less): Free Entry
Our recommendation: At just 12 Australian Dollars extra for an adult and 7 Australian Dollars per child, we feel the thrill of ‘The Edge’ is totally worth it.
On the ticket booking page, you can choose the experience you want to book.
Eureka Skydeck discount
Kids 3 years and below get a 100% concession on the ticket price – and thus can walk in for free.
The next best discount at Eureka Skydeck is reserved for kids aged 4 to 16 years – they get a 30% discount on the adult ticket price.
However, many visitors don’t know that the best discount you get on Eureka Skydeck tickets is what you get by booking them online.
On an adult ticket, you get a discount of 2 Australian dollars if you book online. Yes, that’s right – buying the tickets at the venue is costlier.
A child’s ticket (4 to 16 years old) if booked online, is cheaper by 2.5 Australian dollars.
This is because when you buy your tickets at the venue, you pay what’s known as ‘ticketing window surcharge,’ the cost of maintaining a ticketing window and a person managing it.
It is smarter to buy your tickets in advance. Book your tickets now
Eureka Skydeck sun and stars
Some of the tourists prefer to see the Melbourne skyline during the day and at night.
For such tourists, Eureka Skydeck 88 has the Sun and Stars offer – an option to upgrade your one-visit ticket to a two-visit ticket at the venue.
You can thus visit again at night, or the next day.
This ‘Sun and Star’ upgrade costs 5.50 Australian Dollars per person. Or if you are a family, it will cost you 16 Australian Dollars in total.
Eureka Skydeck restaurant
Eureka Skydeck has a kiosk, which serves snack food.
Besides quick bites, they also serve ice creams, hot and cold drinks and a
boutique selection of beer and wine.
It is perfect for a quick recharge, but if you are looking for a proper Eureka Skydeck dinner, you won’t get it at this Kiosk.
Instead, we recommend Eureka 89, a restaurant one floor above Eureka Skydeck.
You must know that reservations are essential and pre-payment is a must.
Eureka Skydeck FAQs
Here are some questions asked often wrt Eureka Skydeck.
At 300 meters (984.3 feet) Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest observatory in the Southern Hemisphere.
Eureka Tower is one of the top 100 tallest buildings in the World – at 96th position.
Tall towers usually have high-speed lifts, and Eureka Tower is no different.
At nine meters per second, Eureka Skydeck’s elevators are the fastest in the southern hemisphere.
So much so, it can take you from the ground floor to the 88th floor – where Skydeck Eureka is located – in just 38 seconds.
Eureka Tower has 3,680 stairs.
Interestingly Australia’s biggest vertical race called ‘Eureka Climb’ is conducted on these stairs every year.
However, Eureka Skydeck’s visitors aren’t allowed access to these stairs.