Before heading on to Brisbane the boys decided to visit another highlight in Gold Coast


Q1 is a 322.5-metre (skyscraper in Surfers ParadiseQueensland, Australia.

The residential tower on the Gold Coast lost its title as the world’s tallest residential building to the 337-metre The Marina Torch in Dubai on 29 April 2011.

It is now the sixth-tallest residential tower in the world and is the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere,and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, behind the Sky Tower in AucklandNew Zealand.

The Q1 officially opened in November 2005.



After shooting up in a very fast lift Team Lipstick had a wonderful overview of one of the most beautiful cities in Australia


Up and down the beachfront in Gold Coast as seen from the Q1


Back down on ground zero Team lipstick headed off to the close by city of Brisbane


Which is a mere 80km away


Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens.


Because it is Saturday today there was very little traffic in the inner City and the boys were happy to find parking opposite the famous bridge with a Bavarian restaurant close by – much to Willy’s delight.


Brisbane’s Story bridge and Willy’s delight – The Bavarian restaurant



A change from the Aussie Chicken schnitzels to german sausages was a good treat for Team Lipstick especially in combination with a traditional german Weizenbier….


It looks like even the Aussies dress up appropriately when visiting Brisbane’s Brauhaus


After finding accommodation for the stay over in Brisbane the boys proceeded to Andre’s cousins Kathy and Ian who live in Brisbane and which Andre has not seen for some 30 years.


Kathy and husband Ray prepared a traditional South African braai, so the boys had lunch with german taste and dinner now with a touch of Africa…


The 3 cousins and the super Braai buffet prepared by Kathy and Ray


A few months earlier it was Andre sitting in the middle with Kathy on his right.



A great evening was had and fully enjoyed by the boys – Thank you Kathy and Ray.




Day 24 – 19th October 2019 – Gold Coast to Brisbane