Friday, 5 March 2010

Eureka Tower

 In Australia there are many famous buildings that are very tall. They are called skyscrapers. The tallest building in Australia is in the Gold Coast. It is called Q1. It is 323 metres tall and has 78 storeys. It was built in 2005.

In Melbourne there is a very famous tall building called Eureka Tower. It was built in 2006 at a cost of $500 million. It is 297 metres and has 91 storeys. It is very tall and is famous for its gold-plated top. It is the 47th tallest building in the world. Eureka Tower cost $500 million to build and took four years and two months to complete. The lifts at the building are extremely fast. They travel at a speed of 9 metres per second.

You need to be very rich if you want to buy an apartment at Eureka Tower. One apartment there costs $7 million to buy. There are also service apartments to rent there. Prices are between $280 to $370 per night.

There is an entry ticket you need to buy to visit Eureka Tower. Tickets cost $20 for an adult and $12.5 for a child.

At the top of Eureka Tower visitors can use a skydeck but they need to buy a second ticket. A skydeck is a glass cube that projects 3 metres out from the building to make visitors have a better view of Melbourne. A ticket for an adult costs $16 and for a child it is just $9. For a family ticket (two adults and two children) a ticket costs $39.

School children often visit Eureka Tower when they have an excursion to the city. Excursions are part of learning in primary and high schools in Australia.