Sunshine Coast residents and visitors will be on top of the world next week, when Australia's tallest travelling, portable observation ferris wheel comes to Caloundra.
The giant Skyline wheel will provide a bird's eye view across our hinterland's mountains, our sparkling sea and vibrant towns from its 35m-high peak.
With 24 gondolas seating up to 144 people, including an accessible gondola, why not bring the kids, organise a special date or take the opportunity to boost your Instagram game day and night – the wheel holds more than 9,000 lights!
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer is excited to jump on board the travelling attraction over the next five weeks and hopes it will help boost business across the region.
"Make sure you get down there to visit and check it out for yourselves. While you're there be sure to factor in some time to visit our great local businesses as well – we have so many world-class eateries– why not make a day of it one week and a night out another week!" he said.
"Each ride lasts around 12 minutes, so you can go around about 4-5 times and the 360-degree views will be breath-taking."
Downtown Caloundra Taskforce representative, Vicki Taylor, said it was the perfect way to showcase our beautiful beaches, foreshore and the shopping experience in Downtown Caloundra.
"With new businesses opening up and winter being a beautiful time to holiday in Caloundra, we encourage visitors and locals from Brisbane to Noosa to come into town to experience something with a difference."
Xtra Ordinary Events' Jane Jones said her team was very excited to bring their ferris wheel to Caloundra.
"The Sunshine Coast is a great destination. It has great weather, beautiful scenery and a great mix of our core demographic - families, couples and retirees which are residents as well as holiday makers," she said.
"We locate the wheel in several different locations throughout Australia each year and need to head to the warmer states during winter to ensure the business is sustainable year-round, so the Sunshine Coast is great for mobile outdoor businesses like ours.
"The Sunshine Coast Council have been very supportive of us. It saw this as an opportunity to bring something new and different to the town and the staff have helped us liaise with local businesses to gain community engagement, so I'd recommend any businesses looking to be mobile or to start a new office to contact the council and see how they can support them.
"We hope the people of the Sunshine Coast and Caloundra will get a chance to experience the wonderful views you will be able to see of this magnificent region from the top of the wheel."
The wheel will be constructed in the Bulcock Beach car park on The Esplanade in Caloundra from 10 June and the car park will be available for parking again on 25 July. Free parking is available at the Cooma Terrace Parking Station, 400m away.
Dates of operation: 14 June – 21 July
Location: Bulcock Beach, The Esplanade, Caloundra
Times: 10am – late (closing time will be between 9 – 10pm each night weather dependant)
Tickets: $10 each or $30 per gondola which seats up to 6 people! Available from www.skylineattractions.com.au/events. Special package deals will be available from participating businesses so stay tuned towww.downtowncaloundra.com.au