My sister did the SkyPoint Climb and it looked terrifying 


As I recently mentioned in a post, I’m not the best with heights. I don’t do rollercoasters. As much as I would love to say I’ve skydived, the thought of it terrifies me. A skyscraper however, I can just about do.

Whilst we were up in the Q1 Tower, we noticed this guy calmly walking up the steps followed by a group. We soon found out that it was possible to book another experience up here, one that takes you from the 750ft SkyPoint observation deck and outside and up to the 885ft observation deck for the crazy fools.

Families also watched the bravest of the group make the climb from a safer environment.

Pre climb safety briefing… And my sister was part of this one. She said screw it, let’s do this and booked to go up at sunset. I admire my sister for this, not just for her bravery but her ambition to do these amazing once in a lifetime things.

The sunset trip cost a little more, but it seems to be worth it. The views during sunset were amazing.

See ya!

These initial first steps would be very hard for me. Like a roller coaster, that slow climb to the top, every moment a little higher… That would kill me.

I see you!

That’s the spire you can see from the ground. This itself is over 97m tall and weighs over 87 tonnes.

As my sister went first, I could tell where she was during the climb. Here she is posing for photos.

And here are the professional ones from the summit.

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I can see why she did it, and why conquering such a fear has amazing benefits.

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Interesting fact. The first ever highrise on the Gold Coast was the Kinkabool, a heritage-listed building that can be seen from the Q1.

Just.


Could you imagine imagining today’s skyline in the 60’s? The highrise back then would have overlooked every other building. Now it’s dwarfed. Gotta love time.

The climb down is exactly the same, down the opposite end of the tower. I would imagine this is where my relief would kick in… But then again seeing the city below me instead of seeing sky like I would climbing up would probably cause problems.

And she’s down! With a smile that makes it obvious how amazing this experience was.


Is it possible to urge people to do something like this considering how reluctant I am to do it? I guess so. I mean, there will be people out there that are terrified like me, but with more willpower and just a little more mental strength and the ability to override the ‘no’ switch in our brains. Maybe this person is you, and with this view, it isn’t hard to see why people push themselves to overcome such a fear.


 

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Q1: The tallest building in Australia

The Gold Coast is just an hour south of Brisbane, and with the city being so close in a country so big it would probably take up half the moon, we went for a quick day trip there.

It took us a little longer as after the journey down via train we needed a tram to take us to the beach. We found Surfers Paradise on the map and headed for it.


Immediately we found a nice looking Persian restaurant and went straight in. By this point we built up a pretty big hunger so we didn’t mess around looking for somewhere, but it was a great choice.

I love food.

From the table we had this view. You see this building here? That’s the building in the title of the post, the Q1 Tower.

1,058 ft tower

This was (until 2011) the tallest residential tower in the world and currently holds the title of tallest in Australia, as well as the Southern Hemisphere.

So, we went up it.



The views are incredible. Taller than the Chryslter Building in NYC, the whole city can be seen from here and the spire can be seen from over 200km away.

More cool facts on this can be seen over at SkyPoint website.

Before I relaxed and wanted to show my face…

A little while later. No alcohol needed!


We actually ended up staying for a lot longer than anticipated, until sunset in fact. The reason for this I will tell in my next post as this is a part one of two.

I decided to take shots of the view from the different stages of the day, from afternoon to sunset.


One of the buildings here was the first high rise in the Gold Coast, and it isn’t one of the more obvious ones… I’ll save that for the next post too!


I love the shadow in the shot above. From here you can truly appreciate it and realise how much affect the buildings have on the ground below. It’s also beautiful to watch the surrounding city enter darkness and the night lights give it a second life.

And as day turned to night, we called it a day up here. And what a place to welcome in the night.

 


 

Thank you to everyone reading this post, what do you think of the tower and views? Are you a fan of  heights or is this a no-go area?

Speak to you all soon!


 

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Fear of Heights

Here’s me looking out of the 77th floor of the Q1 Tower in the Gold Coast, hiding my fear of heights that always comes out during the first few minutes of such an elevator ride.


Funnily enough, our day trip to the Gold Coast mainly consisted of being inside this building. Seriously. We went up after a great lunch and my sister decided that she wanted to do the Sky Point Climb at sunset, an outside climb that takes you to the very point of the tower. Terrifying. 

So 99% of the photos I will post from this trip will be from this building, which works I guess because I can see 99% of the city from here. 

See you all soon!


 

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A last minute day trip to the Gold Coast

Whilst my mum and sister are still here with me in Brisbane, we’ve decided on getting a train to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a city roughly an hour south of Brisbane and buy purchasing a Go Card and putting roughly $25 on it you can get there and back. We are going to do it just for the day.

I love Brisbane’s skyline, it’s going to be a real shame when this view shrinks onto the horizon for the final time when I leave in March. I love the city in general, the size, the people, the experiences I’ve had… But that day isn’t today. I’m on the train as I type and I’ll be back tonight and make sure I take in the city sights and sounds as much as possible until that day.

This is my first trip to GC, so I’m looking forward to it! Pictures to come…


 

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