The Wheel of Brisbane – breathtaking photos that will make you book a ride

Recently, I was searching for a birthday gift idea for a friend when I came across this great deal on Groupon to rise the Wheel of Brisbane. Don't you just love it when great things just come up at the right time?

The Wheel of Brisbane has been a wonder of Brisbane since it was erected in 2008 at the north end of South Bank Parklands. Perfectly positioned, if you ask me. No matter where you go to in Brisbane, you can just about see it. We could even see it from Mount Coot-tha lookout.

​South bank is seriously one of the best places to visit in Brisbane that you simply can't miss. There's something here for everyone.

Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

Things To Do In The Area

Getting to South Bank

If you're staying in the city there are many ways to get to South Bank that are quite affordable.

  • Catch a train or bus straight to South Bank Station.
  • ​Catch an UBER which can be the easiest, comfortable and most direct means of transport.
  • Use the ferry service which can be an adventure for the kids. Jump off at South Bank Terminal and keep looking up to find the wheel.

So without further delay, here are some breathtaking photo's to make you book a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane during your visit.

Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
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Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family -
Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
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Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

It was unfortunate for us that at the time of our ride it started to shower but we still had such a great experience together.

The Gondola's are fully air-conditioned and very comfortable which makes the ride a whole lot better. We didn't feel any swaying which was a huge bonus for us with the small kids. 

The ride took about 10 minutes and we went a full loop about 5-6 times with one long sit at the top, which was lovely. We loved the 360 degree view and the speed of the wheel was slow and quiet enough to allow you to take it all in.

Since our experience on the Wheel of Brisbane, I have found a whole new respect for the actual size and landscape of Brisbane and its city. Furthermore, I have learnt to always pack a pair of noise cancelling headphones with me due to the boys squealing with glee the whole way around. 

I really hope that you put this experience at the top of your itinerary, when you plan to visit Brisbane.

Key Information

Adults and Concessions/Pensions Prices: $14-$20 AUD.

Kids: 4yrs and above $14. Children 3 and under get free entry.

Book online you get 5% discount - Book here

Other service that are available:

  • Sky Journey Memories - offering a specialised personal​ photographic storybook.
  • VIP Gondola - Extended ride duration, leather seats, tinted windows and a choice of personally selected music. (what a romantic proposal or date idea)
  • On Board Dining - Use of the wheel lounge area, an appetiser share platter, priority boarding and Private Gondola.

You will need to contact before hand to book and ask questions about these services as they need to be booked in advance. Phone: 07 3844 3464.

Plan Your Trip to Brisbane

When we travel, we have come to rely on a few trusted websites that save us money and time when booking accommodation, flights and car rental.

Here are our preferred booking sites for the following:


Cheapflights is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, book directly through the airline (no extra fees).


AirBnb has many great places to rent that suit all sorts of budgets. Use our link to get $50AUD off your first adventure, a gift from us

For transport to and from the airport and various locations try using UBER. We use them all the time to go to and form the airport and around other cities.

Have you been to the Wheel of Brisbane? Tell me what you thought of it below.

Where else would you recommend to visit in and around Brisbane?​

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The Wheel of Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
Disclaimer: Our opinions and decisions on each of these places/locations have not been influenced in any way by the companies mentioned in this post. All opinions are our own. If we didn't like it we won't share it, or we probably don't know about it, so please feel free to ask us a question in the comments below.