The stats: 297m high, 88th floor. 110,000 tonnes of concrete, 13 elevators. The building houses two 300,000 litre water tanks on levels 90 and 91 to prevent the awe-inspiring structure from swaying in high winds.
Only a building inspired by one of Victoria’s bloodiest battles for freedom could have given rise to the Edge: a glass box that extends three metres out of the 88th floor and offers the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.The glass box starts to move away from the building and you think you’re OK until the (totally sadistic) pre-recorded cracking noises start. But once the vertigo subsides, you’re treated to the most astonishing panorama of Melbourne this side of sprouting wings and going freestyle. The colours are what surprise us: bright blue tennis courts stand out from the sports precinct and the south side is all about the desert reds of the Malthouse Theatre and sunshine yellow of the adjacent Vault sculpture. If see-through floors give you the willies, then we suggest you plant both feet on the Skydeck. It’s just as high, but without the terror.
Best time to visit: For a few extra dollars, we recommend picking up a multi-visit Sun and Stars pass so you don’t have to choose.