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The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane Travel Guide

The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane Travel Guide

If you’re an adventurous type of person, you might really appreciate riding the famous Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane – among the many must-visit places in Brisbane! 

In fact, riding here feels like a dream. Surrounded by green spaces below, you can see the picturesque panoramic views of Brisbane from the top while spending time with your loved ones in a high-quality gondola. 

So let us guide you in everything you need to know about this popular tourist attraction. If you’re ready to explore this charming place, keep reading for more!

What is The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane? *

The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is a popular landmark and amusement ride located in the South Bank of Brisbane. It’s 60 metres tall with 42 air-conditioned gondolas circling the wheel with a total capacity of 332 passengers. 

Designed by Ronald Bussink, this ride was completed on August 31, 2008 and has attracted many visitors from all over the world since then! 

In fact, its opening occurred simultaneously with the annual Riverfire event in Brisbane. And although it looks really stunning now, this ride was damaged by water in 2011, causing huge restoration afterwards.

This ride takes about 15 minutes and an audio providing information about Brisbane and other attractions can be found inside the huge gondolas, too. 

The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane has over 65,000 LED lights which makes it more attractive to look at night. 

Best Time to Go

If you’re wishing for sunny days, the best time to go here is during December, January and February. These months are the summer season of Brisbane, so you can have lots of fun enjoying other activities in our city aside from The Channel Seven Wheel. 

Things to Know

Opening hours: 

  • 10 AM to 10 PM every Monday to Thursday and Sunday
  • 10 AM to 11 PM every Friday to Saturday

Address: South Bank Cultural Forecourt, Russell Street, South Brisbane, Brisbane Area, Queensland 4101

Calling Code: +61

Contact details: 07 3844 3464


Ride Duration: Approximately 15 minutes (5 rotations)

VisitorTicket Price
Adult $21
Concession and Student$19
Child (4 to 11 years)$16
Child (3 years and under)Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children 11 yrs & under)$65
VIP Gondola (per person – max 4 guests)$60

VIP customers are entitled for a double ride and their choice of beverage during the ride. 

The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane allows visitors in wheelchairs to join the ride, too. In fact, there are two gondolas that are built especially for people with disabilities. 

How to Go to The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

Train: Get off at South Brisbane Station. From there, The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is just a 3-minute walk away. (It costs around $20.90 if you’re coming from Brisbane Airport)

Bus: Get off at the Cultural Centre Station. It’s only a 5-minute walk away from The Wheel.

Taxi: Different types of cabs can be found in Brisbane Airport. Just hail an empty one and tell the driver to drop you off at The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. 

Bicycle: Turn to Russell St. The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt. 

Private car: If you rent a car, download maps applications like Google Maps and Waze. Enter ‘The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane’ on the search bar and follow the directions. 

What to Do in The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

Have Your Photo Taken by the Staff

Have Your Photo Taken by the Staff
Photo from The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

Before the ride, there are staff that will accommodate you to pose on the green screen. This service is recommended especially if you’re a family since all of you can be put in one frame together.

By availing the photo taken by the professional cameraman, you can immortalise your memories here. Plus, the background will be edited as the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane – more reason for you to purchase. 

Smile widely and treasure this memory for a lifetime! The photos can be claimed after the ride. 

Take Photos as You Go Up

Take Photos as You Go Up
Photo by chaliceks from Pixabay

While you’re up, we suggest taking a photo in an area with good lighting. If you’re riding during the morning, make sure you face where the sun is.

However, if you’re joining the trip at night, you can maximise the city lights by facing where the light is located or turn on your flash to create a better photo.

In our opinion, the best time to ride The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is during daytime since the sun’s lighting looks much better in photos. 

Enjoy a Panoramic View of Brisbane During Sunset

Enjoy a Panoramic View of Brisbane During Sunset
Photo by Dewang Gupta from Unsplash

If you’re a sunset lover, you might definitely appreciate this Sky-High Sunset Package! It’s the best way to enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of the city!

The Sky-High Sunset Package costs $45 per person and includes any 2 of your chosen drinks and a double ride on the wheel for 25-30 minutes. However, you can only purchase 1 package per-person per day. 

You also don’t need to make a reservation, just go here at 4 PM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and all is well. 

Celebrate Your Birthday

Celebrate Your Birthday
Photo by Keithban from Pixabay

Celebrate your birthday in the sky with the Wheel of Brisbane’s special birthday package! You’ll have exclusive use of a gondola with a limited number of your guests.

Just like the sunset package, it also includes a double ride on the wheel and one drink of the celebrant’s choice!

Although food isn’t allowed inside, the management allows cupcakes and limited snacks with this package.

Have a Romantic Getaway 

Have a Romantic Getaway
Photo by mediaanswers from Pixabay

What’s more romantic than enjoying panoramic views in the comfort of your own private gondola? Whether it’s a first date, anniversary or just some cherished quality time, the Cupid’s Gondola Package is worth checking out.

It includes a double ride for 25-30 minutes, customised decorations and drinks of your choice. The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane provides all the customised decorations and the drink to choose from depends on the availability of beverages during your visit. 

You can bring your own food and drink if you want. However, give the management a heads-up first before proceeding with what you have in mind. 

Take a Private Ride with the VIP Package 

Take a Private Ride with the VIP Package
Photo from The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

The VIP Package is something you shouldn’t miss out on when you ride The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane! 

There’s only one gondola for VIP passengers. As you can see from the photo above, it’s the only gondola marked with ‘VIP’. 

Plus, you’re free to connect your bluetooth to the capsule’s speakers, too! This package includes a double ride, 1 beverage of your choice and available food options if reserved 72 hours in advance – all for $57 per head. 

Please note that all drinks and food depends on the prepared options during the day of your visit. 

Where to Stay near The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

Novotel Brisbane South Bank

Novotel Brisbane South Bank
Photo from Novotel Brisbane South Bank

Address: 38 Cordelia St, 4101 South Brisbane, Australia

Contact details: +61 7 3295 4100 


Cosy, stylish and modern – these are just the words that best describe Novotel Brisbane South Bank. This 4-star hotel has friendly and accommodating staff and is less than a 10-minute walk away from the Wheel! 

What’s more, there are even rooms that have a layout of the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane at the back of the bed! They’re an upclose photo of the ride’s gondolas.

Opera Apartments South Bank

Opera Apartments South Bank
Photo from Opera Apartments South Bank

Address: 47 Cordelia St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Contact details: +61 4 7741 4090


Opera Apartments South Bank is another 4-star hotel worth checking out if you wish to stay closer to the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. It’s only 7 minutes away on foot and 4 minutes away via car. 

Since it’s located at the riverfront area, you can enjoy the lovely view of Brisbane, visit the nearby Queensland Museum & Art Gallery or just chill in the lobby for a while.

Its interiors are modern with beds in either twin, queen and king size beds. We like that they have huge mirrors in the rooms and glass windows for the bathroom. 

Emporium Hotel South Bank

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Photo from tripadvisor

Address: 267 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Contact details: 07 3556 3333 / [email protected] 


If you’re looking for a 5-star hotel you can try booking your nights at Emporium Hotel South Bank! It’s only an 11-minute walk away from the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane and 3 minutes away if you ride a car. 

This hotel has been well-loved by guests from all over the world particularly because their staff can speak a variety of languages like French, Spanish and Chinese. 

Emporium Hotel South Bank overlooks towering buildings nearby and the overall South Bank. They have an infinity pool, a spa and bar that can relax you while you’re here!

We hope we’ve guided you well through this article. If you have other fun experiences you’d like to share with us at the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, feel free to comment them down below!

Enjoy Brisbane and have fun sightseeing charming attractions that you’ll treasure for a lifetime!

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