The Southern Star is an observation wheel under construction for the Waterfront City precinct at Melbourne Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. It will be the only permanent observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere and is the equivalent height of a forty storey building.
When completed, the structure will have of steel and of LED lighting. Each of the 21 air-conditioned glass enclosed capsules measures in length and in height, can accommodate up to 20 passengers, and will have extensive views of the city and Port Phillip Bay and as far as Geelong. The developer forecasts that the wheel will attract 1.5 million visitors each year.
This project is being managed by Hansen Yuncken. The 21 passenger pods were manufactured by Sanoyas Hishino Meisho in Osaka, Japan. The supporting steel columns were manufactured in Tasmania by Alfasi Group and the wheel structure was manufactured in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong.