Would you climb up the tallest building in Australia?
One of the must do attractions when you visit the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia is undeniable, the SkyPoint Climb. Why? Because let me tell you, the view from up there? Breathtakingly beautiful!
I was lucky to win a trip of a lifetime earlier this month – right on my birthday! To visit Gold Coast. Remember my previous post about 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Queensland? That post brought me to experience some of the most amazing things that Gold Coast has to offer.
And today we’ll be talking about my experience climbing the iconic building of Gold Coast. The Q1 Building.
SkyPoint Climb Review
What: SkyPoint Climb
Where: SkyPoint is located on level 77 in the iconic Q1 Building. Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. The building is within a walking distance from Surfers Paradise and you can’t miss it. It is the tallest building after all.
Type of Climbs: SkyPoint offers visitors 5 type of climbs to choose from and they are:
- Day climb
- Twilight Climb – The climb is set to soak up the glorious 360 degrees view over the beach and the hinterland as the sun sets sun sets.
- Morning Climb and Dine Package – The SkyPoint Morning Climb is scheduled only for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:20 am and finishes with a mouth-watering hot buffet breakfast on the SkyPoint Observation Deck.
- Day Climb and Dine Package – This package include an all day dining after you spoil your sights with the glorious views.
- Twilight Climb and Dine Package – This package also includes photos as well as your dinner.
The first thing I had to do was signing the Climber Disclosure form to declare that I am fit and healthy enough to do the climb. We were then briefed thoroughly and in detailed by our awesome guide – Pete. Considering the heights of the climb, it is not surprising that they take precautionary steps seriously. We even did a breath analyzer test to see our alcohol level, you don’t want to climb 270 meters above sea level if you had a drink too much! If your breath analyzer shows you have 0.05% or higher alcohol then you can’t do the climb.
Be sure to wear fully enclosed rubber-soled shoes like runners or sneakers. Sandals, strapless shoes are not allowed. You will have to keep your jewelry, etc in a locker they provided. Sunglasses can be wear and will be securely attached to your suit.
For more details on the Climb Preparation, you can read it on SkyPoint’s website.
After we put our jumpsuits on, Pete guided us to put on the safety harness and he personally inspects all of our harness and clips to make sure all buckles are properly tightened. There’s one piece of the safety harness that was the heaviest and the one that will keep you attached to the walkway at all times. It looks like this. That thing is heavy!
From the ground, we ‘jet off’ – and I meant literarily jet off – to Level 77. The elevator is the fastest in the world. It takes 43 seconds from ground floor to where we started our climb.
Because I was in a small private group, I was put in the middle. The first two girls are representing Smart Locals (hi girls!) and then two guys also from Singapore.
I was fine until it was time to securely attached the end of our safety harness before we walk upstairs out in the open, one by one…my knees felt funny and my palms sweat like never before. It was a gorgeous day for a climb, the weather was perfect and not too windy. You have to hold on to the head of the safety harness clip that’s attached to the walkway as you go. The first stop of the climb…my breath was taken away by the sheer beauty of Gold Coast. The blue greenish sea in front of us with golden sands as far as we can see, the tropical mountains, the canals (did you know Gold Coast has more canals than Amsterdam and Venice put together? Cool huh?) and the cityscape.
I can’t believe I was 270 meters high above sea level!
I feel so lucky because I was allowed to bring my camera up for the climb – whereas you usually are not allowed to do so. They secured the camera really well and it was attached to my climb suit. Look at these views, people! Beautiful isn’t it?
At one of the platforms, we were told we could do crazy daredevil photos. We can lean back and Pete will take our photos. When it was my turn, I couldn’t let go both hands like he told me to do. Yes, even after knowing how safe and strong the harness is, I just need to hold on with one hand. The guys were having a blast behind me after it was their turn. Brave ones!
Pete was very knowledgeable and he answered all questions we throw at him about Gold Coast and its surroundings. He took his time explaining things, joking around and made us feel completely at ease while we drink up the breathtaking views.
In total, we spent close to 90 minutes up there enjoying it all. We received a free complimentary to go to the Observation Deck after the climb but unfortunately, I was too exhausted as I just landed in Brisbane very early that morning and I couldn’t sleep the whole way there so I decided to return to the hotel and rest.
Should you do it? Unless you have medical conditions that prevent you from climbing you should totally experience this. One of the girls I went with have a fear of heights but she is facing her fears head on! Kudos to you, girly!
You will fall in love with Gold Coast instantly – in case you haven’t already! – once you stood on the platforms and taking it all in. Yes, it was scary at first but trust me, it is extremely safe with the harness that can hold up to 2,000 tons of weight you will be in great hands and your guide will make sure your safety comes first.
Oh, and you’ll get a certificate too as a token of your adventure. Cool isn’t it?
Here’s a little video I made from our climb. Enjoy!
Level 77 of Q1 Resort,
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise,
Queensland, 4217 Australia
SkyPoint Observation Deck
Phone: +61 7 5582 2700
International Phone: +61 7 5582 2700
Facsimile: +61 7 5582 2777
International Facsimile: +61 7 5582 2777
Phone: +61 7 5680 7700