Surfers Paradise is a tourist mecca on the Gold Coast of Australia. An influx of 10 million visitors pour in every year to soak up the sun, play in the surf and enjoy the many attractions. Locals tend to stay away from this “glitter strip”.
We are just 2 of the 515,000 people that live here permanently. How often is it that when you live in an area it is not explored or appreciated. We have travelled extensively all over this huge country. I am always planning the next adventure. So while we are home for a short while I thought it was time I discovered some of the attractions closer to home.
We parked our bikes then rode this new form of transport, the new light rail, “G-link” that, after 4 years of very disruptive construction, opened for business one year ago this week. Come for a ride with me.
The destination today is to visit “Q1” (Queensland number 1) Opened in 2005 for a while it was the tallest residential building in the world.
At 77 stories and 322.5 m (1,058 ft) and with a roof height of 245 m (804 ft), Q1 now qualifies as the world’s thirdspire), tallest all-residential building when measured to the top of its structural point ((Wikipedia information)
It is a beautiful day for walking and as we walk toward Q1, surrounded by the other towering apartments, I notice the parking police are vigilant and I am pleased we came on public transport. That 3 story “walk-up” apartment in the photo below, is one of the older style accommodation blocks.
The media have been forecasting “Arctic conditions” as a low pressure belt sweeps up the coast. Inland the temperatures have dropped to single digits and snow is falling. Last night it dropped to 3C, and I snuggled under an extra blanket, but apart from a slightly cooler breeze it is now a warm 19C here.
Now that is impressive…
We take the fast lift that whisks us up 77 stories in almost the blink of an eye. But there is another way to get to the top…
Here are a group of intrepid troopers ready to scale the outside. I think it will be cool and breezy up there.
The observation deck circles 360 degrees round the 77th floor and the views are stunning.
Looking south I can just see our Burleigh Beach.
Before the 1920’s this was an area of swamp or as it is now called “wetlands” and known as Elston. Then in 1933 a man with a keen eye for promotion, Jim Cavill, with the support of locals, lobbied hard until the place name Elston was changed to the more glamorous Surfers Paradise.
The land was drained and the swamp converted into canals.
Looking north the canals open out into the Broadwater, a playground for boaties and fishermen
Far, far below I can just make out the ant-like figures of people enjoying the beach.
It is not too busy today, it is mid-week and of course it is winter!!!!
400 people are allowed on the observation deck, but it is not that crowded today.
Looking up I see one of the climbers peering down at us. See how far they went up…
Time to go back down. There is a dining area and a cafeteria but we have decided to have Indian for lunch. There is no shortage of choice in Surfers Paradise and as we walk by mainly empty restaurants, I wonder how they all manage to survive.
This looks interesting so in we go…
We are the only customers, but the meal is delicious.
Before we take the “G” back home we walk down to the beach and watch the activity going on.
This is a classic case of “land meets water” on my walk around Surfers Paradise. So I will link this post to Ailsa’s travel theme, and Jo’s Monday walks (even though it is Friday. Maybe I can be early for next weeks Jo!!)