The Wheel of Brisbane dominates the Brisbane skyline and promises a sky high scenic experience. It is located in the Cultural Forecourt of the South Bank Parkland.
It’s the ideal tourist spot for when you have visitors from interstate or overseas and provides some great photo opportunities.
There is a little bit of wait to get on and then the ride lasts around 12 minutes. The Wheel has 42 air-conditioned cabins which seat up to 6 adults and 2 children. It’s a smooth and surprisingly quick ride.
Key Spots you can see from The Wheel of Brisbane
There is an audio introduction which goes through some of the key moments in Brisbane’s history. You are then encouraged to look at the map which highlights eleven of the city’s sights and landmarks. These include:
- the Brisbane River
- Queensland Government Treasury Building, North Quay
- Commissariat Store Building, William Street
- Botanical Gardens
- Goodwill Bridge
- The Gabba
- William Jolly Bridge
- Mount Cootha
- Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Bank
- Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
- South Bank Parklands
The view is great with 360-degree panoramic views. You can see large parts of the city and out to Mt Cootha and Mt Gravatt. I swapped my seat to the other side, at the bottom of each full rotation, so I could see all parts of the city.
A couple of the gondolas are VIP which gives you an extended ride duration, leather seats, tinted windows and your own music.
You can purchase pre-ride photos which are taken with a green screen behind and then converted into a photo book.
I’d like to try the onboard dining experience, where you can indulge in an appetiser share platter and Sirromet wine. This could make a romantic date on Friday or Saturday night, followed by dinner nearby afterwards.
I’d recommending trying the Wheel of Brisbane on a day when it’s not overcast so you can take some good photos. It’s an experience every local should try at least once.
Visitors with disabilities and wheelchairs users are welcome.
Open 7 days.
The Wheel of Brisbane, Cultural Forecourt, The Parklands, South Bank, Brisbane.
Book your ticket online at the Wheel of Brisbane website or at the office.