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?

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33 thoughts

    1. Yeah a day really isn’t enough 🙁 but that motivates me to go again for longer next time.

      Glad you got to enjoy the views from here!

    1. Haha people say that 🙂 we’ve had a great time and they sadly left this morning 🙁
      Glad we got to have some fun experiences and enjoy these views as one of our last trips!

      1. Absolutely! And I am pleased you have got to ‘meet’ them, they also know about you from my posts! 😀

  1. What great photos! That is one hell of a view from the top of that tower! I’m not a fan of heights, I went up Blackpool Tower for the first time last year and that was enough for me!! There is a glass floor up there too which I struggled to walk on!

    1. Great views aren’t they!? It was so nice to gaze out to the horizon, we certainly got our money’s worth with how long we stayed up there.

      Never done Blackpool Tower, but I know I would struggle on a glass floor! Well done on walking on it 🙂

      1. They are amazing views! If I ever visit there I am definitely going to check it out – despite the heights! Yes, Blackpool Tower was a challenge, but there were lovely views from it – and we were really lucky to visit on a sunny (but cold!) day 🙂

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I’m pleased you enjoyed the post 🙂 I’ll have another post up today from here, stay tuned 🙂

    1. Thank you! I really like those images too, I think it’s my favourite from the day as I also put them on Instagram.

      Thanks for the feedback and I hope you’re having a great day 🙂

  2. Perspective is a funny thing. Those other tall buildings seem tall from the ground, but once you go up they seem insignificant.
    Great shots, and the GC looks like paradise.

    1. Haha this is true! I really noticed this on the way down again, walking amongst the smaller ‘big’ buildings.
      Thank you for the kind words, I hope you get to visit one day if you haven’t already 🙂

  3. Sam – I am really enjoying your photos. Especially the ones with the shadows from the buildings. Thanks for pointing them out. As to your question about heights. I don’t have a fear of heights but I don’t love them either. I like to think that I have a healthy respect for heights. -Jill

    1. I have seen the Shard in person on a brief trip to London, however I have never been up it. But I want to! Maybe when I am next in London in September.

      Your photos look great, nice post!

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