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Back 18 Feb '23

FIRST LOOK: The iconic Sky Deck at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane takes shape

Stunning views from Queensland’s soon-to-be most photographed hot spot, the iconic Sky Deck at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, have been revealed for the first time. 

Poised 100m above the Brisbane River, the crescent-shaped Sky Deck will offer a vista that stretches from the CBD to Moreton Bay and Mt Coot-tha and is set to become a major tourism drawcard for the river city. 

The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Robbie Cooke said, “The Sky Deck will be the centrepiece for the game-changing $3.6 billion riverside development. 

“It will be a must-visit Queensland tourism destination attracting millions of international and interstate visitors in the run up to the 2032 Games. Importantly, it will also be a source of immense pride for locals. 

“The Sky Deck will be a first for Brisbane. It will be open day and night, 365 days a year for up to 1,500 people as somewhere to celebrate a special event, to bring visiting friends and family or even as a meeting place for a drink after work. 

“It’s a 250m long open-air rooftop with a signature restaurant, all day casual dining and a hero bar as well as a sky-high events space and a glass floor viewing platform at the mid-way mark to further enhance the incredible views. 

“It will come to rival Australia’s most photographed iconic locations, such as the Sydney Opera House or Melbourne’s laneways, offering spectacular backdrops of Brisbane for snaps and social media posts, day and night.” 

Today’s first look also pre-empts another major construction milestone for the city’s defining development with the second bridge of the Sky Deck soon to be lifted into place to link The Star Grand Hotel to the Residential Tower. 

Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the Sky Deck progress was proof of Queensland’s ability to set Australian construction benchmarks. 

“The upcoming second bridge link will be more complex than the first with three sections weighing 220-tonnes coming together on the podium before being safely jacked into place directly above William Street,” Mr Crooks said. 

“It really is a unique engineering feat with the third, final and largest sky deck bridge link expected to be installed in the coming months completing the distinctive arc shape.” 

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will transform the CBD with four new luxury hotels, more than 50 new bars and restaurants, around 1,500 residential apartments and more than 12 football fields of public space including stunning art works and restored heritage buildings.” 

“The Star is proud of what it is delivering for Brisbane and Queensland,” Mr Cooke said. 

“We are creating thousands of jobs, with close to 2000 construction workers on the site at peak and thousands through supply chains. 

“We’ve also already had hundreds of people respond to our first recruitment call out as we look to build upon our current cohort of 1400 team members that will transition from Treasury Brisbane to our new home. 

“Like the Sky Deck itself, excitement about Queen’s Wharf is soaring.” 

The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium – a joint venture led by The Star Entertainment Group alongside its Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium. 

It is the first development in Brisbane to be awarded the coveted 6-Star Green Star Communities rating in recognition of its social, environmental, and economic sustainability designs that will benefit locals and future visitors to this world-class integrated resort development. 

1.4 million additional tourists are expected to visit Brisbane each year when the development commences a staged opening in late 2023. 


For more information: 

Karryn Wheelans, Media Manager, The Star Entertainment Group +61 431 151 009 

Graham Witherspoon, Stakeholder & Communications Manager, Destination Brisbane Consortium +61 424 435 345 


Sky Deck construction facts: 

Steel used to date (not including the bridge) 

Structural steel: 7,200 tonnes 

Reo: 15,400 tonnes 

Story bridge has 13,400 tonnes in total 


Concrete used to date 

215,000 m3 out of 220,000m3 total (or 97% of concrete has been poured for the integrated resort excluding QW Residences tower) 

Employees onsite at present 1,700 at peak close to 2,000 


Weight of Sky Deck structures: 

First Sky Deck link section:150 tonnes 

Second Sky Deck link section: 220 tonnes 

Third Sky Deck link section: 350 tonnes