Surf, Sand and Highrises

Surf, Sand and Highrises

Taken from the Observation deck of the Q1 building, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, August 5, 2014 Australia.

Today we meet up with another person from Flickr who lives in New Zealand and we just happened to be at Surfers that same week. We had a fantastic day together. First of all we went up to the top of this building.

Q1 (abbreviation of Queensland Number One) is a skyscraper in Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, Queensland. It lost its title as the world’s tallest residential tower to the 348 metre building The Marina Torch in Dubai on 29 April 2011. As of May 2012, it is the fifth tallest such building. Q1 is the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere when measured to the top of its spire (fourth tallest building behind the Eureka Tower, the Rialto Towers and the Infinity Tower, when measured to roof and highest habitable floor) and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, behind the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. It opened in November 2005.

SkyPoint, formerly known as QDeck, is an observation deck at levels 77 and 78. It is Australia’s only beachside observation deck and has room enough for 400 people. It towers 230 metres above the Surfers Paradise beach, giving viewers a 360 degree view of Brisbane to the north, the Gold Coast Hinterland to the west, Byron Bay, New South Wales to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The express elevator to the observation deck travels the 77 floors in 43 seconds.

The landmark building was recognised as one of Queensland’s icons during the state’s 150th birthday celebrations. Q1 has been identified as a potential terrorism target for the region. For a short time, an apartment in the building, which was bought for A$9 million by a Japanese restaurateur, was the most expensive ever paid for in Queensland.
For More Info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q1_%28building%29

Posted by Jocey K on 2014-08-30 23:27:39

Tagged: , Australia , Queensland , Surfers Paradise , GoldCoast , Q1 , abbreviation of Queensland Number One , sky , architecture , 230 metres above the Surfers Paradise , skyscraper , QDeck , SkyPoint , buildings , houses , sea , coastline , water

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