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Sunshine Coast looks forward to Ferris Wheel return

Sunshine Coast looks forward to Ferris Wheel return
June 19, 2020

Australia’s tallest travelling portable observation wheel is set to be welcome back to the Sunshine Coast next week.

The giant attraction, known this year as the Hot 91 ferris wheel, will again provide riders with spectacular 360-degree views of Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast’s mountains, sea and towns from its 35 metre-high peak.

With 24 gondolas seating up to 144 people and illuminated by more than 9,000 lights, Sunshine Coast Councillor Terry Landsberg expects that the travelling attraction will help boost business and tourism across the region during its limited run until 16th August.

Councillor Landsberg advised “last year people were lining the footpaths to get a seat on the wheel, and its stay had to be extended to meet demand. I am so glad to welcome them back. I hope this year it will bring as much support for local businesses and as many visitors to our region, to help boost the local economy.

“A visit to Downtown Caloundra is the perfect school holidays outing. Between a visit to the wheel, a number of our local attractions such as the escape rooms and fantastic high-street retail offerings and of course our beautiful walks, beaches and markets – we have something on offer for everyone in the family.”

Stefan Razum from the Downtown Caloundra Taskforce also welcomed the return of the observation wheel, noting "feedback from the business community last year saw a large increase in local residents and visitors coming to Caloundra and they were very positive about the wheel.

“Last year, footfall in the immediate area increased by 37% during July. So we are hopeful we will see a similar outcome this year and lots of positive images across social media to help promote our region, our attractions and to bring patrons to our businesses.”

Jane Jones said her team at Skyline Attractions was thrilled to be returning to Caloundra, their first outing since the COVID-19 lockdown.

Jones added “we are excited to be opening on the Sunshine Coast once again and create a buzz around town for locals and visitors.

“Working with all the lovely business owners in Caloundra was a highlight of our stay here last year and we certainly hope to build on these relationships to celebrate and showcase the town from a different view.

“This year we have extended our lighting to both sides of the wheel, so the photos will look stunning from any angle. We will also be introducing a number of morning sessions, where guests can come and watch the sun rise with us.

“We ask all guest to please be COVID Safe and read and abide by our new signage. Guests may experience short delays in boarding as we adhere to social distancing guidelines. But the view from the top is as good as it’s ever been."

Trailers for the attraction will be arriving on the Esplanade at Bulcock Beach over the weekend with set up commencing from Monday.

Images of the Skyline Ferris courtesy of Bluey’s Photography.

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