Q1 marks 10 years – celebrates introduction of trams

The Q1 turns 10 on Monday.

At 322.5metres high, the Surfers high rise was the world’s tallest residential tower when it was officially opened by on 26 October 2005.

It is the 6th tallest residential tower and 69th tallest building in the world, still higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Chrysler building in New York.


Located at the top of Q1, SkyPoint is Australia’s only beachside observation deck with 360 degree views of the Gold Coast.

“Q1 has become an iconic building on our skyline and no Gold Coast holiday is complete without visiting the SkyPoint observation deck or venturing onto the SkyPoint Climb to the Q1 spire,” said SkyPoint CEO Craig Davidson.

He said anyone who is still here after the Gold Coast 600 event on the weekend, should take advantage of $10 entry on Monday only.

Mr Davidson agreed the past decade has flown by adding “it’s really cemented itself as an icon of the Gold Coast and I think that skyline, really would be lost without it”.

“It’s just got great position, we’re right on the Surfers Paradise light rail stop and that’s sort of developed along with it”.

Anecdotally he said that he could say that “we have had a boost in visitation and visitor numbers since the light rail’s gone in and I just think it makes it really accessible, obviously all the businesses up and down the rail line”.

A Sunland Group development, the building was designed to reflect the Sydney Olympic torch, taking 2.5 million man hours, 61,000 cubic metres of concrete and 1,303 tonnes of glass and aluminium to complete.

On level 77, SkyPoint is one of the premier corporate venues on the Gold Coast, hosting a variety of events including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games flag handover and the 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay, the AFL draft, a Cody Simpson concert and the official signing of direct flights between Wuhan China and The Gold Coast. The venue also hosted 21 weddings last year and many marriage proposals on the SkyPoint Climb.

Launched in 2012, the SkyPoint Climb to the 110 tonne spire is Australia’s highest external building walk taking guests on a guided journey 270metres into the sky. Celebrities who have braved the climb to date include singer Jessica Mauboy, entertainer and radio host Sophie Monk, Cowboys footballer Johnathon Thurston, The Wiggles and ironman Ky Hurst.

The man behind Queensland’s most iconic and tallest building, Sunland Group Executive Chairman Dr Soheil Abedian,  will brave the SkyPoint Climb to mark Q1’s 10th birthday on Monday.