The Birmingham Wheel is enjoying the sun, sea and sand of Australia after it completed its journey from Broad Street to Broad Beach near Brisbane.

The wheel was previously sited outside the International Convention Centre on Centenary Square until poor ticket sales and an attractive offer by an Australian company to buy the #3.5 million structure enticed it Down Under.

The wheel made the journey from Birmingham's Golden Mile to the Gold Coast after its final turn on British soil in September. Last January a deal was struck between the wheel's owners, World Tourist Attractions, and Birmingham City Council for it to remain in the city until January 2007.

There were concerns over its 300-tonne weight on the paving of Centenary Square, and whether the #75,000 rent for the prime city centre location was adequate.

But city leisure and retail bosses decided to dismantle it in the autumn to give Centenary Square a fresh look for the festive period.

The 60-metre wheel arrived in Birmingham in 2004, replacing its French predecessor, the Roue de Paris.