I’ve always been a fan of views of a city – the type where you climb up a church steeple and get a great view overlooking a city. I kind of prefer the ones with elevators, but you get the idea. As expensive as Australia was getting, I decided to go to the top of the Eureka Sky Deck. I had set myself a price limit of $15 for the experience, and the price was just about there (maybe closer to $16 with my coupon) so I did it.
I have done quite a few of these experiences, the Empire State Building and the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and this was BY FAR the best experience I have had. First, there was no long chaotic line to get in (it wasn’t the nicest day). The price was reasonable, and it simply was not crowded at the top.
I was able to walk around a few times, take all the pictures I wanted and maybe only once had to wait to get the “perfect” shot. I enjoyed a leisurely break there and even bought myself a hot chocolate so I could just sit and enjoy the view and relax. Try relaxing at the top of the Empire State Building! Of course it didn’t hurt that they had free wifi too.
The only thing I did not like was that entry was one cost, then when you got to the top you had to buy access to the “Ledge” (glass floor walkway), if you wanted to look through a glass floor at Melbourne. I did not take the option, and it seemed few people did. It would have been better if this was more clearly advertised when you purchased tickets so you knew you wouldn’t have access before you went up.
Overall, the Eureka Sky Deck will never rival The Great Ocean Road. But, if you’re having a day around the city and you enjoy a city view, this may be a good option for you. I just wish I knew which stadium was which when I was looking at them from that great view.