Some wheely good news

The first of the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel cabins was installed last month, prompting hope that news of an opening date might not be far away.

“With the installation process now underway we can begin finalising our opening timeline and launch activity,” a Melbourne Star spokesperson said.

“We will be making a series of announcements including details of our launch programme and the exciting new features that are being incorporated into the Melbourne Star in coming months.”

Upon opening the wheel will feature 21 fully enclosed glass cabins, accommodating up to 20 people each.

Each cabin is 5.7 metres long, four metres wide and weighs approximately 13 tonnes.

When Docklands News went to press four of the cabins had been installed.

At 120 metres high the wheel is around the same height as a 40-storey building.

Visitors to the wheel will experience 360-degree views stretching up to 40 kilometres away, allowing them to see across Docklands, the CBD and Port Phillip Bay and as far away as Mount Macedon, Arthur’s Seat and the Dandenong Ranges.