The Eureka Tower is the tallest building in Melbourne.
It is a very young tower.
The construction of this beauty started in August 2002, and the outside of the building was done by June 2006.
It was during the same year that the plaza was finished. The Eureka Tower officially opened in October 2006.
This building dominates the Melbourne skyline with its big golden square and its sleek design.
Eureka Tower Facts
The opening of the Eureka Tower was a big day, and many were surprised at how quickly the Eureka Tower was built.
People thought it would take longer than four years to complete it. The building was designed by Nonda Kastalidis.
Eureka Tower is one of the tallest towers in the world. It has 92 storeys (if we include the basement). Underground the building is plugged thirty-three metres into the ground where it stands on over 200 pylons.
There are only seven buildings in the world that have more than 90 storeys, and the Eureka Tower is one of them. The Tower is also known as the 43rd tallest building in the world, the tallest standing building in Melbourne, and the second tallest standing building in Australia Q1 in Gold Coast takes the number one place.
Eureka Tower - Why The Name?
The Eureka Tower gets its name from the Eureka Stockade or Eureka Rebellion, which is a revolt that happened in 1854 during the Victorian Gold Rush. The blue and white refer to the Eureka Stockade flag. The gold symbolizes the gold rush and the unique red stripe symoblizes the blood shed during the memorable revolt.
Eureka Tower - Expensive Residential Apartments
Eureka Tower is actually mostly filled with residential apartments, which in the middle of Melbourne do not come cheap. I dont know who would want to be up that high, but there are plenty of people out there who are willing! Melbourne inner city aparments are not cheap generally, and the Eureka Tower is definitely not an exception with its classy outlook.
You can also get to the top of the Eureka tower and get onto the skydeck which has got a glass floor. I have not tried it yet, basically because I still have to build up a bit of courage. It is a bit too freaky to stand on glass 300 metres above the ground. Without going onto the skydeck you can still have a good time at the top of the tower though. It offers a good view of Melbourne, the bay and surroundings.
When you are in Melbourne, you will not be able to escape the sight of the Eureka tower.
But make sure you use your stay to also go to the top of the tower and enjoy the view.
And, if you are feeling adventurous, you can always get onto the skydeck!