Tallest Building in Australia

Many people assume that the tallest building in Australia will be in Sydney. And, when they’re in Sydney, it’s pretty apparent what the leading candidate is. The Sydney Tower sticks out of the city centre like an enormous needle skyscraper. But at 305 metres tall, the Sydney Tower is not the tallest building in Australia. Nor is Australia 108 on Melbourne’s Southbank, at 316.7 metres. So, which is the tallest building in Australia?

The tallest building in Australia

If you take the full architectural height, however, the tallest building in Australia is the Q1 Tower in Surfers Paradise on the Gold CoastQueensland. Completed in 2005, the Q1 was once the tallest residential building in the world. It’s 245m to roof level and 322.5m to the top of the spire. Admittedly having a 97.7-metre spire (it starts below roof level) is cheating somewhat.

Click here to learn about the oldest building in Australia.

Australia has more skyscrapers per person than any other country in the world, with a population greater than five million,[1] and was one of the first countries in the world to play host to the skyscraper boom along with the United States and Canada. Australia’s first skyscraper as then defined was Melbourne’s now demolished APA Building, completed in 1889, which was among the tallest buildings in the world at the time. The nation’s first skyscraper as defined today by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as buildings exceeding 150 metres was the Australia Square Tower in Sydney, completed in 1967.


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