It’s impossible to miss the Q1 tower. The soaring column, 322 metres high, is the tallest building on the Gold Coast; indeed, from the top of the spire, it’s still the tallest building in the nation. For a short while, Q1 even held the title of tallest residential building in the world. Given this, it’s a fair bet your room will have some knockout views. Q1 Resort & Spa offers modern one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments; it’s a luxurious touch that all come with spa baths. For more intensive pampering, try the Q1 Spa. In the way of activities, there are two lagoon pools, an indoor heated lap pool, sauna, steam rooms and a gym, plus a bevvy of dining establishments. Don’t leave without experiencing the The SkyPoint Observation Deck on level 77. The 360-degree panoramic views are breathtaking and, on a clear day, you can see as far south as Byron Bay, and to the north, Brisbane. Adventurous types should book for the outdoor SkyPoint Climb – a further 298 steps upwards. Climbers must be over 12.
Surfers Paradise is the beating heart of the Gold Coast – it’s a heady blend of soaring skyscrapers, glitzy boutiques and buzzing nightlife. It’s just over 30 minutes by car from Coolangatta airport and the Gold Coast light rail connects this area with nearby precincts like Southport and Broadbeach. Shopping, restaurants, theme parks and, of course, the beach are all within easy distance.
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise