The wheel is located in the Waterfront City precinct, which features outlet shopping, a Costco, an ice skating rink and amusement centres.
The suburbs take on a more interesting character from the air after dark.
At night there is a sharp LED lighting package.
The doors open as the cabins move slowly through the loading area.
The entrance is across a bridge from the upper level of shops.
A model of the building you are standing in.
In the gift shop at the exit is a model of the wheel itself.
The air conditioned cabins are spacious, with a central bench and plenty of standing space.
Looking the other way, are views of the Port of Melbourne and the Bolte Bridge.
The attraction affords views of the western fringe of the CBD. Sadly, landmarks like the MCG are not visible.
Looking down on the admissions building.
Taking off from the loading area, with the drive tyres in view.
Like any tourist attraction in the city, they love to drill home the "Marvellous Melbourne" message.
Prior to boarding guests can learn facts about the wheel, including a life sized photograph of the main bearing.
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel overlooks Wonderland Junior. The Wacky Worm coaster seen here has since shifted onto the travelling carnival circuit.
There's quite a bit of give in the sliding canopy, so they rattle and shake quite violently throughout the ride.