There’s something quite magical about Ferris wheels: you basically sit in a pod inching its way up to heights as tall as 550 feet while the horizon before your eyes just grows and grows. If the Ferris wheel happens to be in a place where the cityscape is spectacular, then the experience of riding one becomes even more impressive.
Brisbane happens to have its own magical Ferris wheel, aptly called the Wheel of Brisbane. About 60 m above the ground at its highest point, this Ferris wheel is wonderfully ensconced in the city’s South Bank, resulting in one fine-looking skyline on this side of town. Thanks to its position at the very heart of Brisbane’s lifestyle, entertainment, and cultural hotspot, it’s a great way to start your tour of the famed South Bank Parklands.
The Wheel of Brisbane has about 42 capsules total, and each one of them is comfortably equipped with air-conditioning. Up to six adults and two children can fit in every capsule, so the Ferris wheel’s total capacity is at 336. Much like the UK’s London Eye, this landmark also gives all its passengers an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, with each capsule taking a momentary stop at the height of the wheel so the audio guide can point out Brisbane’s landmarks in the distance.
Ticket prices are as follows: AU$19 for adults, AU$55 for families (presumably those that can fit in one capsule), AU$16.50 for students, AU$99 for private gondolas, and AU$110 for VIP cabins (probably those that come with meals). Infants, of course, can ride for free, while children can get a ticket for AU$13.50. You can, however, save a few dollars by booking tickets online through here.
The opening hours for the Wheel of Brisbane are from 10 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10 am to 11 pm from Friday to Saturday. Each round lasts approximately 12 minutes, with about four full revolutions of the wheel. As a bonus, you also get free WiFi access in the area (though I don’t see why you’d still be glued to your phone when you’ve got the entire city skyline right before you).
So, if you happen to be in Brisbane for a couple of days and you don’t have time to see all of its attractions, a round or two on the Wheel ought to give you a bird’s eye view of all of them for a few minutes, at least.