Orion – 103 Level Tower Approved for the Gold Coast

The approval for Orion Tower, the 103-storey project in Surfers Paradise has received approval to begin construction from the Gold Coast City Council. The two super-slender towers, the tallest of which hits 103 stories and 328 metres, will include an international hotel, and a mixture of retail and residential components. The 2nd tower, known as Tower 1, will measure 76-stories and 247 metres, which puts its penthouse level at a higher elevation than the highest residential floor in nearby Q1.

Tower 2, 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.

At the podium levels, the two levels will be linked by a prominent and elevated curve 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.

Orion Podium Level Connector

Both towers combined will house 1,127 apartments, of which 165 will be given over to an international hotel. The design for Orion Tower is expected to feature many interesting design concepts, such as:


  • A dedicated bike ramp into the carpark, with space for 578 bicycles and a bicycle wash bay and maintenance workshop
  • The podium level is expected to be topped by a garden deck and recreation area, with five pools
  • Level 49 – which is higher than most other developments in Surfers Paradise – will host indoor/outdoor residents lounges (one in each tower)
  • A private club on level 74 of Tower 1 for owners of the penthouse and sub-penthouses
  • The tallest observation deck in Australia on level 101, with 360-degree views

Orion is also expect to take 10 years to fully develop. Once completed, it will be next to River Terrace, another twin-tower development with it’s own funky architecture features.

A full article will be released as Orion is released onto the market.

Written: 12 March 2018, Updated: 15 January 2020

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