Wheel of Brisbane
Wheel of Brisbane
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General information
TypeFerris wheel
LocationBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates27°28′31″S 153°01′15″E / 27.4753178°S 153.0208572°E / -27.4753178; 153.0208572
CompletedAugust 2008
Height60 m (197 ft)[1]

The Wheel of Brisbane (also Brisbane Eye) is an Observation Wheel in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is 60 metres (197 ft) tall.[1]

It was erected in 2008 at the northern entrance to South Bank Parklands, the transformed World Expo 88 site by the Brisbane River, as part of the 20th anniversary of World Expo 88 and the 150th anniversary of the State of Queensland 1859–2009 celebrations.[2] Its August opening coincided with the annual Riverfire event.[3]

Each of the 42 air-conditioned capsules can seat up to six adults and two children[4] providing a total passenger capacity of 336.[5] The ride lasts for approximately 12 minutes and includes approximately four rotations.[5] It provides 360° panoramic views across the city.[4] It currently features a Seven Network logo on the main axis.

History

The wheel was originally built for Sea World in 2006 as the Sea World Wheel, where it stood in 2006 where it was taken down in late 2007 and moved to South Bank Parklands in August 2008 where it stands to this day.

During the 2011 Brisbane floods, the Wheel was damaged by water.

In May and June of 2015, the wheel was partially disassembled as part of its routine maintenance.[6] Each capsule was removed and taken away for an overhaul.

References

  1. ^ a b "Visitor Information". Wheel of Brisbane. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ The Big Wheel 31 March 2008.
  3. ^ The Wheel of Brisbane - Zazz - Project
  4. ^ a b "Wheel of Brisbane". South Bank Corporation. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b Wheel of Brisbane joins battle for the skies. Jessica Lawrence. 10 August 2008. The Courier-Mail.
  6. ^ Hinchliffe, Jessica (14 May 2015). "Wheel of Brisbane stops spinning, gets taken to pieces for a spit and polish at South Bank". ABC News. Retrieved 15 January 2024.

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