Taking you beyond the guidebook

Inspiring you to live your best life through travel

5 Ways To Get High In Melbourne, Australia

the edge

The Edge. Photo courtesy of Eureka Skydeck 88.

One fun fact about me is I absolutely love heights. That’s not to say they don’t make me nervous, however, I truly love the dizzying feeling combined with the aerial views. For those visiting Melbourne, there are many ways to see the city from above, or get high, such as:

The Edge

While many cities around the world have aerial observation decks, Melbourne offers something not only scenic, but scary. Instead of taking an elevator to the top and peering out through 360-degree windows, the Edge Experience at the Eureka Skydeck 88 puts you inside a black cube that sits 88 stories (300 meters/984 feet) above the city. Once you’re in, the black cube turns translucent, as you find yourself suspended directly over Melbourne and its mix of abstract and classical structures. While safe, there’s no helping the stomach churning as your body instinctively feels like the glass beneath you will break, sending you plummeting to your death. Bring your camera (and a handkerchief for those sweaty palms), as it’s a view not all those who visit the city get to experience.

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon

While I’ve taken numerous hot air balloon rides over countryside before, partaking in the experience over a city was something completely different. Melbourne is particularly interesting for a sunrise hot air balloon ride, as the destination’s architecture melds historical and modern design as well as Victorian, Neo-Gothic and Art Deco styles. The experience takes place at sunrise, with oranges, yellows and pinks illuminating the skyscrapers and bridges. By the time you land you’ll understand why they call Melbourne “Australia’s most European city.”

Melbourne Star

One of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks, the Melbourne Star is a giant waterfront Ferris wheel. The ride is enormous at 394 feet (120 meters) tall, and boasts being the “the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel.” A full rotation takes 30 minutes, providing unobstructed 360-degree views of Melbourne. And while not exactly a new attraction as it originally opened in 2008, the ride was closed for awhile and reopened to the public on December 23, 2013.

Skydive

Through the Melbourne Skydive Centre, daredevils can head to their St Kilda drop zone where they’ll hurl themselves from a plane at 14,000 feet (4,267 meters). After a 60-second free-fall, you’ll float for about five to seven minutes, enjoying bird’s-eye views of the city and beyond. This is a must-experience for travelers looking for adventurous experiences in Melbourne.

Glider Flight

A glider flight over Melbourne is an interesting way to get high in the city, as the gentle voyage features an aircraft without an engine. Instead, the plane uses natural currents in the atmosphere to remain in flight. You’ll take off from 3,000 feet (914 meters), flying quietly over the city. If you’d like, you can even learn how to pilot the glider.

What’s your favorite way to get high in Melbourne?

Jessie Festa standing in front of grafitti wall

Hi, I’m Jessie on a journey!

I take you beyond the guidebook to inspire you to live your best life through travel. Come join me!

travel funsheets

Want to live your best life through travel?

Subscribe for FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Leave a Comment





map

THE NEW STRATEGY FOR PROFITABLE TRAVEL BLOGGING

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? This FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

travel funsheets

Sign up for my email list and get FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Success! You'll be receiving your resource library login information soon.

free email course

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? Sign up for my email list and get this FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

You have successfully subscribed! Check your inbox for your course welcome email. Make sure to add jessie@jessieonajourney.com to your contacts so it doesn't go to spam.

free email course

You DON’T need a partner to explore the globe. Learn how to feel confident while mastering the art of traveling by yourself by signing up for my email list and getting this FREE e-mail course.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

travel funsheets

Sign up for my email list and get FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Success! You'll be receiving your resource library login information soon.

free email course

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? Sign up for my email list and get this FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

multi-season packing list

Want to add more travel to your life? Sign up for my email list and get these resources to help you plan your trip smart, pack light and go beyond your guidebook.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

free email course

You DON’T need a partner to explore the globe. Learn how to feel confident while mastering the art of traveling by signing up for my email list and getting this FREE e-mail course.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Explore NYC travel guidebook

I'm a native New Yorker, licensed sightseeing guide and curious explorer. Sign up for my email list and get my FREE Explore NYC Like A Local Guide and I promise to take you beyond the Empire State Building.

You have successfully subscribed! Check your inbox for the FREE Explore NYC Like A Local Guide. If you don't see it in the next few minutes, check your spam folder for a message from jessie@jessieonajourney.com. Hint: Replying to the welcome email you'll receive helps ensure my emails to you go to your inbox, and not to spam! :)

Read previous post:
Photo Of The Moment: Puna Flamingos Dining In The High Andean Plateaus

Close