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Q1, Surfers Paradise - QLD

Vertical Village
With 526 residents, a 10 storey sky garden, pools, restaurants, shops and a spa Q1 (Queensland Number One) is a true "Vertical Village".
Q1 stands at 322.5m, more than twice the height of Sydney harbour bridge (699km away), and taller than the Eiffel Tower or the Crysler building in New York City (16,038km away). It is the largest residential tower in the world. Auckland's Sky Tower, at 328m, is the tallest free standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

How far can you see?
At ground level, in flat level country or looking to the ocean, you can see about 3km before your view is obscured by the curve of the earth. From Skypoint Observation Deck, you can see about 60km in every direction!

The lights you see at the top of the tower at night make for a great atmosphere in the café lounge

Southport Broadwater
the Broadwater is a large shallow estuary of water reaching from Southport to the southern section of the World Heritage Listed Moreton Bay.
Being the largest expanse of calm water in Australia, the area is particularly popular for boating and other water sports. The Gold Coast end is lined with parks and walking trails and a swimming enclosure.

Nerang River
Originally chartered as the River Barrow by government surveyor Robert Dixon in 1840. the surveyor general Thomas Mitchell later changed many places to Aboriginal names, and this included the Nerang River.
Most canals in the Gold Coast are in fact extensions of the Nerang River.

The gold Coast is home to 445km of canals. That's nine times more canals than in Venice!
Residential canals were first built on the gold Coast in the 1950s and construction continues providing waterfront land to over 80,000 residents.

Gold Coast Convention Centre
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is Australia's largest regional convention centre.

Jupiters Casio

Mt Warning (the pointy one on the left)
Formed from the central core of the largest shield volcano in the Southern Hemisphere, the peak of Mt Warning is the first part of the mainland Australia to be touched by sunlight each day.

Mt Cougal (the bumpy one on the right)
Forming part of the Springbrook National Park, Mt Cougal's distinctive twin peaks have a significant place in stories told by the local indigenous people, who have inhabited the area's mountains and valleys for thousands of years.

South Pole

Burleigh Heads
10km. The cliffs of Burleigh Heads National Park and the foreshaw fringed with Norfolk Island Pines provide a dramatic and magnificent backdrop to one of the finest surf beaches on the God Coast.

Snappers Rocks
Home to the world-famous 'Super Bank', regarded in surfing ircles as the longest, most consistent and most hollow wave in the world. Snapper hosts elite surfing events such as the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro's annually. On any given day, you will find some of the world's best surfers out in the water.

Danger Point
Captain Cook named POint Danger on his journey up the East Coast of Australia in 1770. Cook named Point Danger as a warning to Sailors of the treacherous reefs nearby. Point Danger also marks the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's 5 oceans. It covers 165.2 million square kilometre, which is about 32% of the Earth's surface.
It also contains the deepest point on earth, the Marianne trench, situated between Australia and Japan. he Mariana trench is deeper than the height of Mt Everest .

Beach Markets


Posted by charlystyles 13:22 Archived in Australia Tagged surfers_paradise skytower q1 Comments (0)

Surfers Paradise - QLD

all seasons in one day

Surfers Paradise
is a suburb within the local government area of Gold Coast City in Queensland. Colloquially known as 'Surfers', the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach.
The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct.
Exploring Timezone (the largest Indoor Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) in Australia and the biggest TIMEZONE™ Family Entertainment Centre in the world with 5000 sqm of leading edge interactive and the latest interactive attractions and entertainment products), I came across two 'games' from my youth. A shoot out, where you fire water at targets to make movements
and mum's favourite - camel racing! Where you roll the balls into holes to make the camel move.
Cavill Avenue, named after Jim Cavill, an early hotel owner, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life.
Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast's entertainment and tourism centre and the suburbs high-rise buildings are the best known feature of the city's skyline.
The median/average age of the Surfers Paradise population is 36 years of age, 1 year below the Australian average.
49.4% of people living in Surfers Paradise were born in Australia.

Although, since it's winter, the weather wasn't exactly perfect, you could see the rain coming from a long way off
but afterwards, it was worth it for the beautiful (double) rainbows
One of the features of the area is the Surfers Paradise Meter Maids introduced in 1965 by Bernie Elsey to help beat the bad image created by the installation of parking meters on the tourist strip in December 1964. This was a controversial promotion, using young women dressed in gold lame bikinis and tiaras, who strolled the streets of Surfers Paradise feeding coins into expired parking meters, and leaving a calling card under the windscreen wipers.
In 1967, the Gold Coast was battered by cyclonic seas smashing into the coastline, so the then Major, Sir Bruce Small, along with the Meter Maids went on a campaign trail promoting the Gold Coast to Australia, getting people back to the beaches and our beautiful holiday resort. Within weeks the idea had attracted national and worldwide publicity and the Meter Maids became the spearhead of many a promotional drive throughout Australia and New Zealand. This was one of the best known gimmicks and probably the best known Gold Coast promotion.
Gone are the outdated tiaras, replaced by the sun-conscious and true Aussie Akubra hat ideal for our tropical climate, while Gold Lycra Bikinis with the occasional sequin have replaced the traditional lame bikini and even the traditional form of financing the service has taken a new turn. Modern Meter Maids with the famous Meter Maid Cutout. In the past a weekly contribution of a few dollars was paid by each local business as part of their community service but in this commercially competitive era, sponsors are expecting public profile and positive media exposure in return for their dollar.
I ventured out on the buses to Carrara Markets - Australia's largest market
a little different to the well known Beach Markets at Surfers Paradise
Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner walkers make their way to the Beachfront Markets to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood in their performance.
One of the largest of the Gold Coast Night Markets, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and home wares.
There were some funky light up t-shirts
cool artists
a talented Didgeridoo busker

and great views along the beach
and back to the city

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