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Southbank's Iconic 300-Metre-High Observation Platform Has Reopened as the New-Look Melbourne Skydeck

The landmark site now features a VR theatre, plus adrenaline experiences and a champagne bar soaring almost 300 metres above street level.
By Libby Curran
January 10, 2022
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By Libby Curran
January 10, 2022
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Last year served up its fair share of lows, but if you'd like to balance that out with a few dizzying highs, Southbank's newest addition has them in abundance. Home to the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere, the former Eureka Skydeck has been reborn with a multimillion-dollar makeover as Melbourne Skydeck.

The site has relaunched not just with a new moniker, but with a whole swag of new onsite experiences and attractions designed to show off Melbourne from a fresh — and soaring high — perspective.

Perched almost 300 metres above street level, the lofty Skydeck reopened in mid-December, now sporting a ground-breaking virtual reality theatre, a heart-pumping new attraction based in a suspended cube, a virtual reality zipline experience and a plush sky-high bar. To access them all, you'll first take a ride up in the speediest elevators in the entire Southern Hemisphere, too.

Kitted out with 24 Positron Voyager VR shell chairs, the cutting-edge Voyager Theatre (located on the ground floor) delivers an immersive, 360-degree adventure, stopping off at 16 of the state's most iconic scenes and attractions. Vibrations, movements and aromas help virtually transport guests to the heart of the action, matched by a specially curated soundtrack courtesy of The Cat Empire's Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill.

Meanwhile, upstairs, world-first experience The Edge sees you enter a glass-walled cube that then moves out beyond the building's facade to leave you suspended 300 metres above the ground — with the floor switching temporarily to transparent mode for an extra rush of adrenaline. You can even get your photo snapped while you're hovering up here above the earth.

Back inside on firmer ground, those after a less edgy thrill can try the virtual reality plank walk and zipline ride, which sees you pop on a pair of goggles to enjoy a realistic cruise through the skies above the CBD.

And for drinks matched with arguably the grandest views in town, check out Skydeck's Bar 88, run by the fine dining team behind Eureka 89. Here, you can sip Bollinger, nibble cheese platters and tuck into chic bar snacks while gazing out across the city spread out far, far below.

Find the newly revamped Melbourne Skydeck at 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank. It's open daily from 12–10pm.

Published on January 10, 2022 by Libby Curran
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