Friday, 25 March 2011

Soaring into the Sky at SkyPoint

I experienced the night skies of the Gold Coast and wow what a sight! From 230 metres into the sky (yes that’s 1,331 stairs if you are contemplating walking) the 360 degree views from SkyPoint are astonishing.

Now if you don’t already know, I don’t like heights. In fact, it is not unusual for me to get giddy standing on a chair changing a light bulb. Yes, I’ll hang out of a helicopter, but climb into the air is another thing. So for me to like this is something special.

SkyPoint, previously known as Q1 Deck, is located on Level 77 and 78 of the iconic Q1 Resort in southern Surfers Paradise and is the world's tallest residential tower. The Q1 Spire has become a prominent landmark protruding from the labyrinth of high-rises that line this section of Gold Coast. Once, not so long ago, it was just another high rise I did not appreciate. Another concrete glass monster, another eye sore, another monstrosity stretching skyward, another biggest in the world, thoughts have changed. If you have not been here yet, then my recommendation is do so.

What I liked other than the views as the sun set behind the ranges of the hinterland – what a sunset - and the eastern sky became bathed in mauves, pinks and purples:
• The ride in the lift – in one of the World's fastest elevators I was taken from the ground to Level 77 in 42.7 seconds! Check out the video cam showing in the roof showing your ride up and down.
• The food and cocktails – while not tasted they smelt very, very good
• Free undercover parking – always a plus.
• My imagination at what a show it must be from here with zigzagging lightning bolts flashing across the sky

Did you know:
• Q1 is currently the world’s 25th tallest building, taller in fact than the Eifel Tower in Paris and the Chrysler Building in New York.
• SkyPoint is Australia's only beachside Observation Deck .
• There are 9,463 curtain wall panels in the tower from level 3 to level 85(top of crown) which cover 32,685m2 and have a combined weight of 1,303 tonnes of glass and aluminium.
• A plus for Queenslander’s and Northern New South Wales residents (Postcode restricted: 2460-2490) is you can get a one year pass (that’s 364 days unlimited entry) for a only $29.00 – gotta love a bargain and a top way to be able to showcase something special to visitors.

There will be bigger and better news for Skypoint in the future and no doubt the cabbie, who so kindly escorted me back to my accommodation after dinner generously offered as a ‘simple onlookeer’ said ‘let the coast shine, goodness love we need it. Work has been so slow since January, and I’ve been here for too many years to remember it this bad’. Let the sun shine for those workers, let a little good fortune come there way.

For more info on SkyPoint visit:

PS Did you know the White Lions are coming to Dreamworld for the month of April! I am booking a day – coming?

Tonight at SkyPoint!

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