A visit to Melbourne’s newest attraction, Eureka Skydeck 88 will be a memorable experience for any school group.
Four years in the making, Skydeck 88 boasts the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere, offering unmatched 360 degree views of Melbourne, across Port Phillip Bay and out to the Dandenongs. On a clear day you can see Geelong, The Heads, Kinglake and Mt. Macedon.
The designers responsible for Skydeck 88 have worked hard to integrate educational multimedia elements throughout their state-of-the-art facility.
Students and teachers have access to activity booklets and resources through the website (www.eurekaskydeck.com.au). Five different cross curricula activity booklets have been written to suit age groups from prep through to year 10 and are designed for students to discover facts about Melbourne and some issues facing the city.
An experienced educator is available to facilitate school visits and will work with schools to provide an authentic curriculum-based tour that suits the learning needs of students.
The ‘Serendipity Table’ in the foyer is the largest facility of its kind in the world. Students touch three-dimensional cubes and discover interesting facts, stories and history about Melbourne.
Skydeck 88’s lifts are the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere, traveling at 36 kilometres per hour. It takes less than 40 seconds to arrive at the 285 metre high viewing platform. Visitors will not only find an unparalleled view, but a completely immersive multimedia experience.
LED information displays have been inserted into the floor, pointing to and describing key landmarks. 35 fixed viewfinders are positioned around Skydeck 88, identifying the points of interest and features of Melbourne’s landscape.
The combination of soundscapes and lightscapes is unique to Skydeck 88. Sounds have been designed to ‘travel’ around the floor and reflect Melbourne’s features. Sensors detect the direction a visitor is facing which initiates a soundtrack relevant to the view. For example, look across to the MCG and you’ll hear sounds of crowds cheering. The facility’s lightscapes provides synchronised lighting effects and projections to match the weather outside.
The facility also has a radio booth available for live outside broadcasting, an open-air ‘Terrace’ and a refreshment kiosk.
The challenging ‘Edge’ experience is almost certainly Melbourne’s most unsettling attraction. Visitors enter the glass cube, initially opaque, which is projected to the outside of the building like a giant matchbox. A dramatic soundtrack accompanies the cube’s movement outside, then an electric current travels through the 45 mm thick glass and instantly clears it, revealing a 285 metre drop.
Melbourne’s Skydeck 88 is open 10am to 10 pm 365 days a year. Visit the ‘Newest and Tallest’ classroom in the Southern Hemisphere for $7 per student. Pre-schools and secondary schools may also take advantage of the $7 rate, but guided tours are not provided unless by prior arrangement.
Contact Carla Mills tel (03) 9693 8810 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eurekaskydeck.com.au for information and class bookings