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High on up – on top of the Eureka Tower

As you do when you have visitors in the city you live in, you do the touristy things that you never get around to doing by yourself. Like visiting the penguins. Or going up the Eureka Tower. Which we did.

The Eureka Tower is the tallest building in Melbourne and, surprisingly, a residential building. As a visitor you can get up to the Skydeck on the 88th floor (and to 89 if you go for dinner). Which is pretty high up.

It's a pretty high building from close up.
It’s a pretty high building from close up.

Of course, to get there you have to pay some entrance fee (at the time of writing this was around AU$ 46,- per family). But if you are in town anyway, head to the tourist information on Fed Square and get yourself a voucher for 10% or 20% off.

Just in case you missed the building...
Just in case you missed the building…
Pushing the Skydeck button gets you to the 88th floor at 9m (or three floors) per second.
Pushing the Skydeck button gets you to the 88th floor at 9 metres (or three floors) per second.

We went to the tower towards evening and stayed for the sunset. The view was quite spectacular.

A view over Albert Park.
A view towards Albert Park (where the F1 race happened) and St. Kilda Beach (with its penguins and the Nieuwjaarsduik).
The Yarra River
The Yarra River with the MCG (think Footy) in the background.
And a view from the balcony towards Mt. Waverley.
And a view from the balcony towards Mt. Waverley.
Luka and Willemijn enjoying the view from the balcony.
Luka and Willemijn enjoying the view from the balcony.
Flinders Street Station, part of my daily commute.
Flinders Street Station, part of my daily commute.
Federation Square. Chances are, something is going on there every week.
Federation Square. Chances are, something is going on there every week.

( A few years ago, Willemijn and me went to Dubai and stood on the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. And while the view and the sunset there were also quite spectacular, it wasn’t quite as impressive. I think that seeing all the things you know from ground level from this different perspective makes the whole experience a lot more personal. )

Waiting for sundown, we are playing rock, paper, scissors. With three people.
Waiting for sundown, we are playing rock, paper, scissors. With three people.
Slowly the sun is setting over CBA and the harbour.
Slowly the sun is setting over CBD and the harbour.
Sky and sea are turning grey.
Sky and sea are turning first grey…
...and then golden.
…and then golden.
Time for a few pictures...
Time for a few pictures…
...well, maybe not just a few.
…well, maybe not just a few.
The golden facade reflects the light very nicely indeed.
The golden facade reflects the light very nicely indeed.
The tower from further away.
The tower from further away (and on a different day).

All in all we stayed in the tower for almost two hours and didn’t even feel the time pass. It was definitely worth our time and an experience we will want to do again.

…so, please come and visit us, so we have another excuse! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “High on up – on top of the Eureka Tower

  1. Schitterend hoor die zonsondergang,Wat fijndat jullie ear zo van genieten!💐💐💐💐opa en Oma.

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