Highest tower in South Hemisphere opens

Imagine speeding skywards at nine metres per second to reach the heady heights of one of the world’s tallest buildings.
“The trip of a lifetime in the fastest elevator in the Southern Hemisphere is soon to open in Melbourne, Australia,” said Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.

“Eureka Tower, is about to open its Observation Deck, the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere, adding another unique activity for visitors to Melbourne.” 

The Eureka Tower Observation Deck is located on level 88 and is 285 metres from the ground. Access to the Deck is by one of two dedicated elevators that reach their destination in a mere 40 seconds.

“Visitors will take in 360 degree views of the Melbourne CBD and gain stunning views to the Dandenong ranges and across Port Phillip Bay,” Ms Chipchase said.

Once the Observation Deck is open, developers will set their sights on building a walkway over the top of the skyscraper. The planned Eureka Skywalk will be 350 metres from the ground and will rival the London Eye ride or the Eiffel Tower climb.


Eureka Tower is 300 metres and 92 storeys high and includes 560 apartments, each featuring either a balcony or winter garden.

The building has been designed by one of Melbourne’s leading architects, Nonda Katsalidis, who has designed some of Melbourne’s most impressive buildings. His projects include the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, Republic Tower, The Silos and now Eureka Tower.

“Melbourne is a city that continues to grow and develop with a range of new attractions for both business visitors and tourists. We have the best convention infrastructure in Australia and a range of experiences like no other Australian city can provide,” Ms Chipchase said.

“A trip to the top of Eureka Tower is sure to become a ‘must do’ activity in Melbourne.”