London has The Eye. Singapore has it’s Flyer. Over in Disneyland, word on the street is that Mickey has his own fun wheel with his face emblazoned on it. And we have…The Wheel of Brisbane.
Erected in 2008 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of World Expo 88, The Wheel is often the first thing most visitors to Southbank notice. But then again, when you’re a 60m tall mass of steel soaring over the Parklands, you are a bit hard to miss.
For less than $20 per person, you can hop on board one of the 42 gondolas to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Ticket prices and entry times can be found on their website. Each gondola is fully air-conditioned and can seat up to 6 adults comfortably. The Wheel makes regular stops on the 12-minute journey and commentary is provided on the landmarks and buildings that make up the CBD skyline. Overall, I thought the whole experience offered a fresh perspective on Brisbane.
If sharing is not your thing, you can book a private gondola ($95) or the VIP gondola experience which includes dark tinted windows, leather seats and a 25-minute ride for up to 4 adults ($110). Fancy. The Wheel also offers dining experiences on Friday and Saturday nights – starting at $60 per couple, you can nibble on a share platter during your ride. Personally, I would recommend grabbing something to eat from one of the many restaurants in the area instead and watching The Wheel of Brisbane from below. There’s something particularly magical about it at night.
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