For sweeping views of the greater Surfers Paradise region, why not climb up Australia’s highest building and one of Queensland’s most recognised Q1 Tower with SkyPoint Climb.
From Brisbane Central train station it is about an 1hr 15mins by train to Nerang Station then catching a bus towards the beach. Truth be told I was quick with how high is the climb, coming from Sydney – I think our Sydney Harbour Bridge is taller. Ahem… I was wrong. haha.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is 134m high and the SkyPoint is 270m high.
Fellow traveller, Carolin (@breathingtravel) and I were definitely up for the challenge. It’s not like we were going to jump out of a plane, lucky for us we are not afraid of heights. We were booked in for a 1:20pm and were pretty excited to experiencing a 360 degree view over the Gold Coast on a beautiful sunny day.
We started with a safety briefing by our climb leader at mission control and we were given our farrshunable grey jump suit, harness, cap and comms equipment – oh! how could I forget. The group were asked to do a breath test – so no liquid courage before climbing!
The climb last for about 90 minutes from beginning to end, a group of 10 people plus one climb leader and will operate in all weather conditions (excluding hail storms and strong wind conditions) and make sure you wear comfortable closed shoes.
With a quick elevator ride up to the 77th floor in 42 seconds – no, this wasn’t the climb. This took us to the SkyPoint Observation Deck and then were are then escorted to the special glass holding room before we started to ascend the climb. All 298 steps of stairs to the summit and back.
The views were amazing and we enjoyed the commentary… “Raf – you’re up first”… say again?! Even in roller coasters I never go in front, I’m always in the middle. But hey, I could have said “ladies first, but I knew Carolin had a tiny fear of heights”.
Get this! About half-way up the climb you have the opportunity to un-hook part of your harness to lengthen your line. At this point you can step onto some other steps closer to the edge and lean over the 270m drop. Breathe people it is optional, but live a little and give it a go. “look mum, no hands!”
At the peak of the summit there were a few “did you know” facts – like, did you know the Gold Coast has a canal system bigger than Venice in Italy? Who knew right?!
After the climb, make the most of the SkyPoint Observation Deck, perhaps take a breather and grab something to drink and eat at Seventy7 Cafe + Bar.
I recommend the climb to everyone and all ages, even if you are a little bit scared of heights – try to face your fears with other climbers. It is not physically demanding, but definitely an experience to remember. You’ll even receive a climb certificate to make it official.
Quick price and climb options:
SkyPoint Climb Day from $54
SkyPoint Climb Twilight from $74
Morning Climb and Dine from $74
Day Climb and Dine from $64
Have you braved the climb?
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