Rialto Tower, Melbourne

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    The Melbourne Observation Deck

    by aussiejen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Yarra and MCG from Melbourne Observation Deck
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    The Melbourne Observation Deck is located on the 55th floor in the Rialto Towers at 525 Collins St. It is the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere.
    The deck is open every day of the year from 10am until late. Views are spectacular, giving you a better understanding of the layout of Melbourne and beyond. There are also external viewing areas. Binoculars are free of charge.
    Included in the admission is a 20 minute "sight and sound extravaganza" in the Rialto Vision Theatre. This features lots of attractions not only in Melbourne but also other parts of Victoria. A video of this is also available for sale from the souvenir shop.
    The licensed cafe bar is an ideal place to have a drink or meal while waiting for the sunset.
    The Melbourne Observation Deck is a member of the prestigious World Federation of Great Towers.

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    Melbourne Panorama: The Rialto

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Really, Oz ought to stop these crowings about the tower being the highest in the Southern Hemisphere [This has now been supplanted by the Eureka Tower]..

    Officially opened in October 1986, the building is accessible from both Collins Street and Flinders Lane. The Rialto is a linked, two tower development comprising 55 floors in the South Tower and 40 in the North Tower. Rialto Towers is a member of the elite World Federation of Great Towers with the Rialto Towers Observation Deck located on Level 55 (opened to the public on 20 July 1994) and accessed by an exclusive entrance.

    Got here by city bus. There is a huge colourful red-green-blue "525" sculpture (address of the building) on ground level for folks to take some souvenir shots before making your way up the tower to grab a panoromic 360 degrees view of the lovely city of Melbourne and the beyonds.

    You could grab an explanation headset at the entrance (available in various language) pointing out and detailing to you the various structures in the distance. Free use of high-powered binoculars as well.

    On a good clear day, the view is breathtaking. Some folks find visiting these towers pointless and a rip-off, but as an avid photographer, I always find the views granted by towers alluring as generally you don't get much chances to see a place from atop. Towers are always a good place to get a starting "feel" of the city.

    RATES (2006):
    Adult $13.50, Child $7.80, Concession $9.50 & Pensioner $8.50
    Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children between the ages of 4 and 15) $38.00

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    Was the tallest building in Melbourne

    by leffe3 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rialto Tower - for a number of years stood proud as the tallest building in Melbourne and the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the Southern Hemisphere It has lost the Melbourne tallest building status to the building featured in most of these images - the Eureka Tower, the world's tallest apartment building for a short period of time.

    Completed in 1986, Rialto Towers is a two towered building, 55 storeys and 40 storeys. Of interest to virtually all visitors is the Observation Deck on the 55th floor of the South Tower (exclusive entrance at 525 Collins St), opened to the public in 1994. It takes just 27 seconds to reach the Deck from ground floor level in the lifts (although you usually have to queue for a lot longer!). There is outdoor access at two points on the Deck (but very well-caged!!). There's also a cafe and gift shop.

    The Deck provides a 360 degree panorama of the city of Melbourne and, on a clear day, it is claimed you can see up to 60kms away. Included in the entrance fee is a 20 minute 'sight and sound' film extravaganza of Melbourne and surrounds (which, sad to say, is somewhat pathetic).

    Costs:
    Adult $13.50
    Child $7.80
    Concession $9.50
    Pensioner $8.50
    Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children between the ages of 4 and 15) $38.00

    Open every day, 10am until late (so see the city by day, at sunset and by night)

    So it's not a cheap option, but it does provide great views of the city and beyond.

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    Rialto Towers

    by dracko Updated Dec 26, 2003

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    Yes, THAT oval building

    One night I decided that I wanted to get some night shots of Melbourne, so I headed up to the top of Rialto Towers, the 55-story skyscraper - supposedly the tallest in Southern Hemisphere. From the observation deck at the top you can get some really spectacular views of the city and the surrounding countryside, day or night. There's a cafe up top, and the usual informational tablets that tell you what you're looking at off in the distance. There're also several telescopes that you can use to zoom in on things. You can point some of them at the windows of a hotel nearby (the oval shaped building) and, if the drapes are open, even sneak a peek at what's going on inside ;)

    The cost to get to the top is A$11.80/adult. Be sure to get a 15% discount voucher from your hostel or hotel, if they have it, to make it an even A$10.

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    Rialto Tower.

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Oct 4, 2004

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    The Rialto Tower..

    Rialto Towers is the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the Southern Hemisphere and is well known for its unique design and glass facade.
    The building is accessible from both Collins Street and Flinders Lane. Rialto is a linked,
    two tower development comprising 55 floors in the South Tower, and 40 in the North Tower.
    The building was officially opened in October 1986 and has retained an equally appealing status with more recently completed landmark buildings.

    Views from Level 55 Observation Deck are nothing short of breathtaking! When you visit Melbourne, make a point of experiencing stunning views of the fabulous city and 60km to the horizon. It's the perfect place to discover another side to "the worlds most livable city."

    OPEN Every day, 10am until late.

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    Great views

    by knerten Written Aug 6, 2004

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    View from the observation deck

    The observation deck provides 360 degree views of Melbourne. Entrance $12 incl Melbourne Promo Video (20 mins, runs every 30 mins). Outside terraces with mesh balustrade, with a few holes for undisturbed photographing. Best at dusk or night (open until 10pm)
    (Photos will be uploaded after Aug 9)

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    The Rialto - seeing the city

    by Marpessa Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    The Rialto used to be the tallest building in Melbourne - but it is now the second tallest in Melbourne after the building of the Eureka Tower. Despite that, the Rialto has excellent views of Melbourne and it's surrounding area. After entering the building and buying your ticket you take a lift to the 55th floor (the observation deck) where you will get panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay. There are also binoculars on this floor for if you want a closer look at the city.

    Along each window is a map showing what it is (buildings/parks/water) that you are looking at. There are also two places on the observation deck where you can go out onto a balcony.

    There is also a cafe and souvenir shop on the observation deck (and another souvenir shop on the ground floor that you can through before you exit).

    Also included in the price of your ticket is the chance to watch a 20 minute video 'Melbourne The Living City' (shown every 30 minutes - to be seen after you have been up to the observation deck). I did not actually watch this while I was there, but I've heard it gives some good information about Melbourne and Victoria.

    Admission
    Adults: $13.50
    Children: $7.80
    Concession: $9.50
    Pensioner: $8.50

    * Note: If you check out the website below and go to the 'special offers' section - you can print out a coupon to get you a 15% discount off admission.

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    See Melbourne from above

    by pugwashman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Looking towards St Kilda
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    Some Towers are just there, and some are part of their surroundings. The Rialto Tower is very much part of Melbournes skyline, and the view from the top is excellent. There are plenty of information boards explaining exactly what areas you're looking at, which is a nice touch. There are also some outside viewing areas and included in the ticket price is a short film about Melbourne and it's attractions.

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  • The Best Views of Melbourne !!

    by grantravel Updated Sep 12, 2004

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    Rialto Towers- I can see the MCG !

    Views from the Level 55 Observation Deck are nothing short of breathtaking! When you visit Melbourne, make a point of experiencing stunning 360-degree views of the fabulous city and to the horizon.

    Melbourne Observation Deck's admission charge includes more than breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and beyond. It also provides you with a 20-minute sight and sound extravaganza, 'Melbourne the Living City,' shown in the RialtoVision Theatre and free use of high-powered binoculars.

    Adult $12.50
    Child $7.00
    Concession $9.00
    Pensioner $8.00

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    Getting Perspective

    by Gillybob Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    View from the deck
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    One of the easiest ways to orientate yourself in a new city is to take a trip to the top of somewhere high. In the case of Melbourne, this means taking the lift to level 55 of Rialto Towers to the Melbourne Observation Deck. Here you can experience 360 degree views of this diverse city.

    ENTRANCE FEES (March 2007) :
    Adult $14.50
    Child $8.00 (Aged 5-15 years old)
    Concession $9.90 (With valid student or seniors card)
    Pensioner $9.00
    Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children between the ages of 5 and 15) $39.50

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    See every bit of Melbourne - Rialto Towers

    by cheerssweetie Written Apr 4, 2008

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    Looking down over the Yarra Melbourne

    This is a great thing to do if you don't have the time to go exploring all of Melbounre. This way you get to see all of Melbourne and the region beyond.

    You get a Free Film with your ticket to Rialto Vision, a 15 minute film showing highlights of Melbounre and Victoria. Up the lift to the observation deck and your find a licensed cafe and bar up there. Theres even outdoor viewing decks and free use of binoculars. A souvenir and gift shop and if you need interpreters there are multi-lingual staff.

    If you have obtained a visitors guide you will find a discount coupon at the back. Can't remember how much of a discount it gave, but something is better than nothing.

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    Rialto Tower

    by 2Cities1Love Updated May 31, 2006

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    The Old and The New
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    To anyone visiting Melbourne, a trip up the Rialto Tower is a must. It's affordable and the view is breathtaking. Spend as long as you like admiring the view of Melbourne, buy some souvenirs and grab a bite to eat if you're hungry. Be prepared to shell out for the food and drink though.

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    Breathtaking views of Melbourne from the top..

    by sweetie_inc Written Sep 17, 2007

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    Day view from the top
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    I find that it's better to go during the day cos you cant see much at night...

    The Rialto Tower offers spectacular 360 degree views from the top, right in the very heart of the city.

    Melbourne 360’s admission charge includes more than breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and beyond. It also provides you with the award winning 20-minute film spectacular, ‘Melbourne the Living City’, and free use of binoculars, the help & information centre and tour booking facilities.

    The Observation Deck was opened to the public on July 20 1994 & there are 1254 stairs to the Observation Deck. The Rialto soars 253 metres (823 ft) & stands on 75 huge concrete caissons (legs) attached to rock 20m below the building.

    It takes approximately 40 seconds to reach Level 55 in their fast lifts & the lifts travel at 25kph or 7.1 metres per second.

    OPEN EVERYDAY, 10AM UNTIL LATE.

    Admission fee:-
    Adult $14.50
    Child $8.00
    Get your discount coupun at Melbourne Tourist Centre @ Federation Square

    If you mail a postcard from the Rialto Tower, you will get the special Melbourne 360 stamp on it!

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    The Observation Deck/Rialto Towers.

    by a5floor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Observation Deck/Rialto Towers.
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    The Observation Deck is located at the Rialto Towers. The tower is on the 55th floor and is 253 metres high. At the Observation Deck you will have a 360-degree views of Melbourne. When you are up there, the views are sooo great! :)

    Faxnumber +61-(0)3-9614-8231
    Email ob.deck@rialto.com.au

    Admission:
    Adult $14.50
    Child $8.00 (age 5-15)
    Concession $9.90 (with valid student or seniors card)
    Pensioner $9.00 (with valid student or seniors card)
    Family (2 Aduluts and up to 4 children between the ages of 5 and 15) $39.50

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    Entrance to the Rialto

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Oct 4, 2004

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    Rialto Entrance..

    This is the entrance area of the Rialto Tower. There are also cafe's and bars in this part of the building. And a large souvenir shop, in the same area as you buy your tickets to go up to the Observation Deck.

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