There's never a wrong time to take a trip up to Melbourne's Eureka Skydeck 88; the tallest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. That said, visiting in summertime usually means more chance of a clear day to enjoy the impressive 360 views of this fine city.
The KidTown Melbourne crew ventured up to the 88th floor of Eureka Tower at the start of the two week Chinese New Year celebrations, when red pocket envelopes were handed out.
In each red envelope, visitors had the opportunity to win one of many great prizes including tickets to the Edge experience with photos, tea or coffee and a photo in the Vertigo green screen activation.
Red pocket envelopes for Eureka Skydeck 88 visitors during Chinese New Year
You can't miss Eureka Tower, named after the Eureka Stockade, a rebellion during the Victorian gold rush in 1854. The towering skyscraper sits 297.3-metre (975 ft), and is located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne.
It is a simple process to get up to the Eureka Skydeck 88. Once you've purchased your ticket on the ground floor, there is just a short walk over to the manned lift, taking you (even your pram if you have one) up to the highest observation point in Melbourne.
The elevator takes just 38 seconds. Prepare for your ears to pop as you tell the kids to watch the numbers go all the way up to 88 at super fast speed!
The impressive views come into sight immediately. Walk your way around the observation deck, and take your time to find some of your favourite Melbourne hot-spots from above.
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Highlights for children include:
Watching trains come in and out of Flinders Street railway station; the railway station that serves the entire metropolitan rail network.
Spotting Melbourne's top sporting venues, the MGC and AAMI Park.
Taking in the enormity of Federation Square, which boasts the ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV.
Spying the Spire of the Arts Centre from above.
Looking way out into Port Phillip Bay, to see if you can spot the Spirit of Tasmania ferry.
Keeping a look out for helicopters, which fly at a lower height to Eureka Skydeck 88.
Watching Melbourne riverboats cruising along the Yarra River, at the same time spying the sails of the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium building.
With a toilet, a cafe, and the highest mailbox in Australia to mail a postcard, there's more than enough to entertain your tribe for an hour or more. That said, if you want to have a go at the extras, why not try out Eureka VERTIGO, or if you dare, The Edge.
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The Edge experience is unlike anything else you'll experience in the world, but is not for the faint hearted. This is a glass cube walls, ceiling and floor, which extends out of Eureka Tower's 88th floor, leaving you suspended almost 300 meters over Melbourne! Views in the Edge are to die-for, but if you are afraid of heights, this probably isn't for you.
Mumma was too scared, but Mr.8 gave it a go
If you'd like a souvenir photograph, giving the illusion that you've fallen from Eureka 88, do have a go at Eureka Vertigo!
You are by no means put at risk during Eureka Vertigo, the activity is a green screen installation. You and your family members are positioned on a constructed stage set, perfecting the illusion that you have fallen from Eureka Tower, with a photograph to prove you were holding on for dear life some 300 metres above the ground!
Eureka Skydeck 88 at sunset
Summertime may have the weather, however, if you want to catch the sunset (Eureka Skydeck 88 is open until 10pm), you might want to pay a visit during winter, when the sun sets over the horizon much earlier, and the kids can still get to bed at a reasonable hour.