Taking in the View at the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

The View Over the Northern Gold Coast from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck
The View Over the Northern Gold Coast from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

I looked across the crystal clear elevated view of the Gold Coast beaches with delight.  We had chosen the perfect day to visit the Q1 Skypoint observation deck and see the Gold Coast from above.

We had decided to take some much needed time out from the Gold Coast theme parks and take in the view from above with our extended family.  It was a great chance for our kids to catch up with some of their cousins, and for the rest of us to just relax and enjoy being together.

The great thing about the Q1 Skydeck is that you can visit for as long as you like.  There is no hurry to do anything apart from admiring the amazing views and be social.

About Q1 Skypoint

The Q1 residential building on the Gold Coast is the tallest building in Australia, with a height of 322.5m.  The Q1 Skypoint observation deck is located on levels 77 and 78 and offers a great option to view the Gold Coast from above without having to fly!

Q1 Skypoint Entry

At the entrance to the Q1 Skypoint on the ground floor you wait in a queue to catch the fast lift to the Skypoint observation deck which is on levels 77 and 78.  While you wait there is an option to get a photo of you and your family and friends against a Q1 view picture.  The photos are available for purchase as you depart the Q1 building.

Once in the lift there is a screen on the roof which provides an overview of the Q1 Tower as you take only reach the top in only 43 seconds.  As you exit the lift the first thing you see is the amazing view looking to the north of the Q1 Skypoint observation deck.  The wall to ceiling glass windows enable you to really take in the view.

Taking in the Views from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

On the northern side you can see the northern Gold Coast beaches, the protected Broadwater, and the extensive river, islands, canals and buildings of the northern Gold Coast.  You can easily spend considerable time taking in that view alone.

The Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck narrows to a point on the ocean facing eastern side, and both the northern and southern windows curve and narrow to that point.  You can take in the full ocean views to the horizon.

On the southern side of the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck you can see views of Broadbeach and the southern Gold Coast beaches all the way through to Mt Warning and the Gondwana rainforest ranges.

The western side provides a view of the western Gold Coast and the Lamington National Park mountain ranges.

The View Over the Southern Gold Coast from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck
The View Over the Southern Gold Coast from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

What Else is There to Do at the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck?

The Q1 Skypoint observation deck has the Seventy7 Café and Bar which provides a great range of food options, ranging from breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The café covers the central section of the observation deck and there are many places to sit where you can enjoy your food and just soak up the view.  I would definitely recommend that planning to have a meal at the Seventy7 Café is a great option to make the most of the views.

The Q1 Skypoint observation deck also offers a great range of family friendly activities so check out their webpage for details of specific activities.

The Q1 Skypoint observation deck also periodically hosts events for special occasions, including New Year’s Eve etc, so check out their website for opportunities to have a great time with an amazing view.

Q1 Skypoint Climb

If you feel like being more adventurous you can add the option of completing the Q1 Skypoint Climb, which involves an external stairway climb up 298 steps from the Skypoint Deck to the summit of the Q1 building.  During the climb you are harnessed to a safety rail system to ensure your safety.

Looking up at the Q1 Tower on the Gold Coast, Australia
Looking up at the Q1 Tower on the Gold Coast, Australia

How to get to the Q1 Tower

The Q1 tower is located within a short walking distance south of Surfer’s Paradise.

Free parking is available in the Q1 underground carpark – note that there is a 2 hour time limit, however you can increase that time if you purchase Skypoint observation deck tickets.  At the entry you can add your car registration plate number to their list to enable you to park longer.

The Gold Coast light rail stops right outside the Q1 Tower and there are a range of other bus and train options to get there.

Q1 Skypoint Ticket Options

There are several options to purchase Q1 Skypoint tickets as follows:

  • Q1 Skypoint sells tickets online or at the front counter. A range of ticket options are available. All Gold Coast ticket sellers usually sell Q1 Skypoint tickets.
  • We got our Q1 Skypoint tickets included in our Dreamworld theme park passes, so if you also plan to visit Dreamworld this is a good option.

We really enjoyed visiting the Q1 Skypoint observation deck – it gave a great chance to catch up with family at a slower pace in the presence of a spectacular view.  Perfect.


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    • Rosemarie, thank you for your comment. The view from Q1 is certainly amazing – and we had a perfect day to take in that view. I agree that you shodul definitely plan to visit the Gold Coast!

  • The pictures indeed looks amazing.!! I can feel the feeling of standing at the deck.!!
    Have you every visted the new Deck of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Now the deck has been shifted to I guess 148th Floor.

    Do visit. Its amazing, the entire ocean with all the world islands can be seen with sheer beauty.

    Keep posting.


    • Tanmay, thank you for your comment. I have not yet visited Dubai but if I visit a trip to the viewing deck of the Burj Khalifa is definitely on my list of places I would like to visit.

  • Wow! While being up that high would scare me witless, I think that killer view would be an enough of a distraction!! I’ve never been to Skypoint – but it’s on the list for my next foray into civilisation!!

    • Red, thanks for your comment. It certainly did have a killer view, and I have no problem with heights! For some reason I seem to consistently be attracted to climb tall things when I travel.

      • Haha, I’m so jealous of your ability to withstand heights!! It wouldn’t stop me from seeing it though – there’s enough things between me and the fall to make it OK!

  • This view is breathtaking. I have never visited Australia, but after I read few posts of yours, it totally made me feel I want to travel there. Your photos are really nice!

    Have a nice day! 🙂

  • Hi Anne,

    I’m glad you enjoyed Skypoint. I got there about a month after you and while I though the views were pretty spectacular, I didn’t think a great deal of the place in all. I found it a little overpriced and I thought the information at the top was incongruous with the experience (maybe I’m just getting old and cynical?).

    I reckon if we had some high tea at the cafe and I did the climb to the top I might have thought a little differently. I did like the lift though – pretty slick.

    • Andy, thank you for your comment. I agree that the experience can be a bit expensive – but we had already purchased our tickets to Dreamworld which included Skypoint access, so figured that we may as well use them! We did enjoy just taking a bit more time to just sit and enjoy the view, rather than rushing in and out.

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