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Hi All, Has anyone been to the Ferris Wheel at Waterfrony City. post-403-1145162410_thumb.jpg They claim it's the largest in the Southern hemisphere? Though the park was closed the day I went down, a sign said it is opened on the weekends. That will account for two of the gondolas missing! In addition, there were a few trailer based rides scattered around including Wittingslow's Pirate.

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Hey, wait a second!! :blink: That same wheel was working near the smorgies (all-you-can-eat) in Geelong. I didn't go on it, but It looked like people were riding it. It also looked very perminent! I'll post up a pic of it when I get back from school! :angry: CoAsTeRbOy8

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Yeah, I saw that when I was down in Geelong a couple of weeks back, but I definitely is not permanent, though the quality seemed better than most carnival rides, giving that impression. And Ash1111, the Southern Star has been known about for a long time, I think it was actually R-Cs first article: http://www.roller-coaster.com.au/article.php?aid=12 , however it will be about 10m shorter than the London Eye.

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That wheel was also at the Melbourne Show (the one in the pic), the gondola's are much too cramped for a show wheel though..we had a good time trying to get all of our show bags in with us.

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No need for pic, since people already know what I'm taking about!

LOL, well building the thing would be a good start.
Well, I guess that's true!! :mellow: Seriously I don't know how much tourism they are going to make out of this wheel? It just seems funny that they are going to install a wheel that is shorter than the London Eye. What claim to fame does the Melbourne's one have? (EDIT: silly me! Of course it's going to be the biggest in the southern hemisphere.) I've seen some pictures of where the wheel is going to be located. It looks like they are going to place it in-between shops and modern buildings. I think they might be extending the Docklands for the wheel. To me I'd rather they got the movie studio park than the wheel, and I think most of the other people here would have as well. What are your guys thoughts about this? Coasterboy8 Edited by Coaster Boy 8

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2nd Biggest Wheel in the world. It would draw people from around Australia who doesn't want to pay to go to London. A movie park would be better, but a wheel is better then nothing.

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Nothing would be better than some stupid over-sized ferris wheel. At least if they built the studio park it would have created more jobs (as well as rides) and boosted tourist numbers better than a pathetic wheel.
Well, the fact is the London Eye has been highly sucessful, so I would imagine this would partially replicate that success. I too would have rather seen the park get built, but as ash111 said it is better than having nothing at all since the park proposal fell through. I mean its a bit harsh to call it "stupid" and "oversized", since when is things being big a bad thing? One other thing to consider is that this could be a "stepping stone" to more elaborate tourist attractions in the future. If a huge investment like the wheel does well, I think investors would see it as less risky to then go and build things like theme parks. You could draw comparisons to the way the GC has developed , once upon a time the closest thing to a park was a dolphin pool, and that was a precursor to SW, who then saw the potential for a second gate with MW which then.......

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then maybe it won't look out of place the same way Q1 tower does on the Gold Coast.
There's nothing wrong with the Q1. I suppose your going to complain when "Soul" goes up as well? Quote from the soul web site. "Up to 300 ultra-modern apartments, rising over 77 levels" Edited by dreamworld_rulz

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The Q1 doesn't look out of place, it's an eye sore from when you first drive into the Coast the same way the Sydney Harbor Bridge is in Sydney and it'll be more in place once Soul goes up.

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Ok, another update, apparently we are at the "dirt and footers" stage so its definitely happening. An article from the Herald Sun about it is below, I didn't fold the paper straight so that's why the scanned image is off kilter.

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