The Aegean Apartments where we stayed were right next door to the Q1 building (built in 2005).which is the tallest building in Australia and the seventh largest residential building in the world. The second largest is in Melbourne...the Eureka Tower at 971feet. Q1 stands for Queensland Number One. The top 78th floor is the observation deck with 360 degree views of Queensland, the Gold Coat and the hinterlands. On a clear day one can see about 50 miles to the horizon.
The Q1 also the home of the Skypoint Climb. It seemed like a fun thing to do. It is 90-minute event which involves going to the top floor of the building. The 28rh floor is the observation deck. Then exit the glassed-in area to walk up a semicircular metal staircase in involving several hundred steps at 75 degree and 35 degree inclinations. Similar to climbing a ladder and walking up a very steep hill. At the top of the platform, you can do a few things for an extra thrill. First, you can walk to the very edge and look straight down (no barrier). Cars look the size of match boxes. Then you can lean your body over the side of the building -- putting all you trust in the tether system that you won't fall over the side. That is why I am smiling in the picture.
Before the climb, there is a 15-minute health and safety orientation. Everyone gets a breath analyzer test to make sure the alcohol level is below .05%. Watches and all dangling items are removed and put into a locker. Everyone is given a uni-suit to climb into similar to what sky divers wear. Harnesses are fitted. Finally, sturdy tethers are attached. A high-speed elevator zips up the climbers 78 floors in less than 43 seconds. Step outside, attach the tethers to the rail, and the climb begins.