Ex­pe­ri­ence dizzy­ing heights

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

ONQUER your fears and walk among the clouds 270m in the sky with Q1 Build­ing’s SkyPoint Climb.

On the climb with me is a friend and per­sonal trainer who en­cour­ages clients to do the walk as a way to face their fears.

“Not just a fear of heights – any fears,” she said.

I have ab­seiled be­fore, been paraglid­ing and para­sail­ing, but walk­ing on top of a build­ing seems an un­nat­u­ral ver­ti­cal chal­lenge.

You are not strapped in as you would be in a ride, in­stead, you are walk­ing on see-through mesh stairs.

All around you is metal and glass and there is the dis­tinct feel­ing that you may slip back­wards and fly off the build­ing at any mo­ment.

That is im­pos­si­ble, how­ever, as a har­ness at­tached to a rail­ing keeps you planted firmly where you should be as you progress through the walk.

If you can calm down enough to en­joy the in­cred­i­ble scenery, you can gaze out at un­ob­structed 360de­gree views of Queens­land’s great south­east re­gion.

Walk along the glass crown, which frames the top of the Q1, and be guided to the sum­mit of Aus­tral- ia’s high­est ex­ter­nal build­ing walk.

Mean­while the more dar­ing can walk along the edge and look down at the heart-rac­ing sheer ver­ti­cal drop.

Close to 150 stairs lead climbers to the peak, where guests pause to en­joy the climb’s high­est van­tage point, be­fore de­scend­ing to level 77 on the op­po­site side of the build­ing.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to SkyPoint Ob­ser­va­tion Deck, en­joy some time on the inside of the glass and calm the nerves with some wellde­served re­fresh­ments. – Kate Bam­berry

LEFT: Natasha Kunej (left) and Kate Bam­berry en­joy the high life. ABOVE: TXT4U stu­dent re­porters tackle the climb. Photo: Aleisha Hud­son

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