Australia 2016

Australia 2016


There sure is no better way to see a city than from 270m above it, and with 360-degree views. 

We suited up (Teletubbie-style suits are always my favourite because they usually mean we're about to do something fun and unforgettable!), strapped and duct-taped our camera gear to ourselves, then headed 77 floors up in one of Australia's fastest elevators to the Skypoint Observation Deck in the Q1 building.

Our guide began to chuckle at me when I started taking pictures of the spectacular view. Then he asked why I was taking a photo from the inside of the glass when we were about to head to the OUTSIDE?! 

He had a point.

We attached out safety harnesses to a railing, then headed on outside. 

This was our view:


Fun Facts About The Q1 Building:

  • The Q1 Building is taller than the Chrysler building in New York City.
  • Q1 is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, at 322.5 metres high.
  • Skypoint has one of the world's fastest elevators, taking you from the ground to Level 77 in just 42.7 seconds.
  • Q1 features Australia's only beachside observation deck. It offers stunning 360-degree views of the entire Gold Coast, from the surf to the hinterland and beyond.
  • Skypoint is 230 metres above sea level.
  • There are 1331 steps from the ground to Level 77.

Q1 Gold Coast Engineering Facts:

  • The 6 piles of the structure, which are up to 2.4 metres in diametre, extend up to 50 metres into rock underground. 
  • More than 61,000 cubic metres of concrete was used to build Q1, as well as 19,300 tonnes of steel reinforcing. 
  • There are 250,000 tonnes of structural steel in the roof and spire of Q1. 
  • The spire is made of steel and glass, beginning at level 75 and extending 97.7 metres high.
  • Illuminated by arc lights, the spire is visible up to 200km away. 
  • The building features 18,926 panes of glass. 
  • The electrical cabling in Q1's lifts equates to 1000kms, which is long enough to stretch from the Gold Coast to Sydney!
  • Sand from the building site was used to replenish the beach at Surfers Paradise. 
  • Q1 is built on 1.2 hectares of land. 
  • During the construction phase, a new level of the building went up every four days. 
  • The project cost approximately $255 million AUD.




As many of you would probably know, I used to live on the Gold Coast.

I moved out between the ages of 18 and 20 years old to further my university education at Griffith University, studying E-photojournalism.

I loved living on the Gold Coast so much! When Gold Coast Tourism got in touch and asked if my brother Sam and I wanted to go to the Gold Coast for a week of awesomeness, to showcase the kinds of activities and fun the 'GC' has to offer, of course we jumped at the idea!

So, we hopped on a plane and arrived on the GC.

Then we hopped on another plane.
And jumped out. 

Just because we could ;)

Here's how it went down:




I often get asked which camera I use or would recommend ... but I actually use more than one, depending on lots of things. For example, I choose a camera based on whether I want high-res stills, video footage, underwater shots, adventure and movement, portrait, landscape etc. Sometimes, especially with travelling, I have to limit myself to just one, especially when packing a day bag or going for a week of adventure travel.

The pics for the blog today were all taken on GoPro, giving me the flexibility to take both stills and video in all sorts of locations and environments. Through researching all the models, the accesories and gadgets, over time I've made friends with the rad people at GoPro Australia, so when they asked me to come and have a bit of fun and a few giggles with them at the Australian Open for Surfing launch day, of course I jumped at the idea!

Sydney surf + photography + sunshine + new and old friends = one unforgettable day!

We hung around the contest for a while, then headed over to check out the skate bowl (crazy high! It's like 12 foot!). We then hired tandem bikes and rode around to a quiet little beach, played in the water for a while, and then rode back in to Manly for a feast at Four Oak Restaurant.

The next morning we woke up bright and early and went and saw sunrise at Bondi Beach — breathtaking! Then we headed over to a breakfast at the Bondi Icebergs for #GoProGirl International Women's Day (IWD). IWD is actually on the 8th March, but we all got together a little earlier to celebrate! 

The images (all taken on a GoPro) tell the story for you!


Love and light,
Sjana x

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