Development Approval For Orion Towers Will Define Gold Coast Skyline


The 103-storey Orion Tower project in Surfers Paradise has received conditional development approval from the City Planning Committee.

Full council will meet next week to ratify the committee’s recommendation.

Once complete, the project will comprise two super-slender towers, the tallest of which tops 103 stories and measures 328 metres, including an international hotel, retail and residential components.

CRA Group Development Manager Chris Alston said the approval secured the next stages of planning, and the project is set to become a major investment in the city post-Commonwealth Games that will create long-term employment opportunities.

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“It will also help ease the lack of supply of Surfers Paradise product in the apartment and hotel market, and while built to the highest level of luxury standards, it will still be value buying compared to the Sydney market."


The project will be developed by Melbourne based Orion International Group, making Orion Towers the company’s first foray into the Queensland property market.

The towers were expected to take 10 years to fully develop.

The two towers will be linked at the podium levels by a prominent and elevated curved bridge known as the ‘curious ring’, featuring a large LED matrix screen on the underside of the bridge displaying information such as time, weather and community event details.

“The vision is for Orion Towers to become a new ‘meeting place’ with the centerpiece a modern interpretation of a town square clock-tower,” Mr Alston said.

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The 76-storey Tower 1 measures 247 metres; its penthouse sits at a higher elevation than the highest residential floor in nearby Q1.

Tower two, a literal ‘skyscraper’, tops out just a few feet below the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s height limit that keeps buildings out of flight paths and will include a 680 square metre full floor penthouse on level 100 and a signature restaurant on level 101 with ground floor concierge and private lift access.

Both towers combined will house 1,127 apartments, including a 165 room 5-star hotel with an international expression of interest campaign for the hotel’s management to commence shortly.

Orion Towers features a series of revolutionary design inclusions, such as:

  • A dedicated bike ramp into the carpark, with space for 578 bicycles and a bicycle wash bay and maintenance workshop.
  • A five-level mixed-use podium including ground floor retail designed around a sculptural ‘urban canyon’.
  • The podium is topped by a lush garden deck and recreation area (for use by residents and hotel guests) with five pools, including an indoor pool, an eastern pool to catch morning sun and a western pool for afternoon bathing. A kid’s aqua-splash zone will also be a feature.
  • Twin indoor/outdoor residents lounges on level 49 of both towers (higher than most buildings in Surfers Paradise).
  • A private club on level 74 of Tower 1 for owners of the penthouse and sub-penthouses.
  • Australia’s highest observation restaurant on level 101 offering 360-degree panoramic views
  • Ground floor retail including restaurants and cafes.
  • Hotel lobby bar and dining options.
  • Hotel and apartment concierge services.
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