List of tallest buildings in Australia

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These are lists of the tallest buildings in Australia.

Australia has more skyscrapers per person than any other country in the world with a population greater than five million.[1]

The vast majority of Australian skyscrapers are located in the three eastern states of New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. Of Australia's high-rise buildings with a height of over 150 m, 32 are located in Melbourne,[2] 29 in Sydney,[3] 11 in Brisbane,[4] 7 on the Gold Coast,[5] 4 in Perth[6] and 2 in Chatswood.[7]

Two standards are used for measuring height - with a separate table for each official height to architectural detail (which includes architectural features such as spires, but not antennas) as defined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and height to the roof of the tower.

Tallest buildings to architectural detail[edit]

This list includes the tallest completed and topped out buildings in the country as of 2013, ranked by official height as defined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.[8] Official heights include spires but exclude communications masts and antennae.

Q1 Building, the tallest building in Australia
Eureka Tower, the tallest building to roof in Australia
Prima Pearl, the second tallest building in Australia to roof
Governor Phillip Tower in Sydney, which sits on one of the nation's most significant historical sites
Riparian Plaza, Brisbane's 4th-tallest building and a landmark on the skyline
The Rialto Towers, the tallest office building in Australia to roof
Central Park, the tallest building in Perth
120 Collins Street, tallest building in Australia for 14 years
Rank Building Location Height Stories Year Notes References
1 Q1 Gold Coast 323 m 78 2005 Sixth-tallest residential building in the world. Q1 was short for Queensland Number One. [9][10]
2 Eureka Tower Melbourne 297 m 92 2006 Tallest building in Australia to roof [11][12][13]
3 120 Collins Street Melbourne 265 m 52 1991 Tallest office building in Australia [14][15]
4 101 Collins Street Melbourne 260 m 50 1991 23rd-tallest building in Australia to roof [16][17]
5 Prima Pearl Melbourne 254 m 72 2014 2nd-tallest building in Australia to roof. [18]
6 Rialto Towers Melbourne 251 m 63 1986 Tallest office building in Australia to roof [19][20]
=7 Infinity Tower Brisbane 249 m 81 2013 Tallest building in Brisbane since 2013 [21]
=7 Central Park Perth 249 m 51 1992 Tallest building in Perth since 1992 [22][23]
=9 Soul Gold Coast 243 m 77 2012 4th-tallest building in Australia to roof [24]
=9 Soleil Brisbane 243 m 74 2011 2nd-tallest building in Australia including basements

[25]

=9 Citigroup Centre Sydney 243 m 50 2000 Tallest building in Sydney; fifth-tallest building in Sydney to roof

[26][27]

12 Chifley Tower Sydney 241 m 53 1992 [28]
13 Deutsche Bank Place Sydney 239 m 39 2005 Shortest building to roof of top 30 [29][30]
14 Brookfield Place Perth 234 m 46 2011 Also known as City Square or BHP City Square [31]
15 World Tower Sydney 230 m 73 2004 Won the bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004 [32][33]
16 MLC Centre Sydney 228 m 60 1977 [34][35]
17 Governor Phillip Tower Sydney 227 m 54 1993 Incorporates the site of Australia's first Government House [36][37]
=18 568 Collins Street Melbourne 224 m 68 2015 Topped-out in April, 2015 [38]
=18 Bourke Place Melbourne 224 m 49 1991 A 30 m communications mast sits atop the building [39][40]
20 Ernst & Young Tower at Latitude Sydney 222 m 45 2004 [41][42]
21 Circle on Cavill - North Tower Gold Coast 220 m 70 2007 [43][44]
22 Aurora Place Sydney 219 m 41 2001 [45][46]
23 Telstra Corporate Centre Melbourne 218 m 47 1992 [47][48]
24 BankWest Tower Perth 214 m 50 1988 A 33 m communications mast sits atop the building. [49][50]
25 The Tower at Melbourne Central Melbourne 211 m 54 1991 Part of a major shopping, office and public transport hub in Melbourne. [51][52]
26 Aurora Tower Brisbane 207 m 69 2006 [53][54]
27 Freshwater Place Melbourne 205 m 63 2005 The residential part of an office/residential building complex [55][56]
28 Riparian Plaza Brisbane 200 m 53 2005 A 50 m communications mast stands atop the building. [57][58]
=29 One One One Eagle Street Brisbane 195 m 50 2011 Noted for the curving columns visible through its facade [59][60]
=29 ANZ Bank Centre Sydney 195 m 46 2013

Tallest buildings to roof height[edit]

Many skyscraper aficionados prefer height to roof to determine tallest building in the world, as "architectural feature" is regarded as a subjective and less fair measure. These measurements are taken to the roof of the tower and do not include spires.

Rank Building Location Height Storeys Year Notes References
1 Eureka Tower Melbourne 297 m 92 2006 Tallest building in Australia to roof [11][12]
2 Prima Pearl Melbourne 254 m 72 2014 2nd-tallest building in Australia to roof [18]
3 Rialto Towers Melbourne 251 m 63 1986 Tallest office building in Australia to roof [19][20]
4 Infinity Tower Brisbane 249 m 81 2013 Tallest building in Brisbane, tallest building to roof in Queensland [61]
5 Q1 Gold Coast 245 m 78 2005 Sixth-tallest residential building in the world. Also known as Queensland Number One. [9][10][62]
=6 Soul Gold Coast 243 m 77 2011 sixth-tallest building in Australia to roof [63]
=6 Soleil Brisbane 243 m 74 2011 Second-tallest building in Brisbane

[64]

8 World Tower Sydney 230 m 73 2004 Won the bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004 [32][33]
9 MLC Centre Sydney 228 m 60 1977 [34][35]
10 Governor Phillip Tower Sydney 227 m 54 1993 Incorporates the site of Australia's first Government House [36][37]
11 Central Park Perth 226 m 52 1992 Tallest building in Perth since 1992 [22][23]
=12 568 Collins Street Melbourne 224 m 68 2015 Topped-out in April, 2015 [38]
=12 Bourke Place Melbourne 224 m 49 1991 A 30 m communications mast sits atop the building. [39][40]
=14 Circle on Cavill - North Tower Gold Coast 220 m 70 2007 [43][44]
=14 120 Collins Street Melbourne 220 m 52 1991 Twelfth-tallest building in Australia to roof [14][15]
16 Chifley Tower Sydney 216 m 53 1992 [28]
17 BankWest Tower Perth 214 m 50 1988 A 33 m communications mast sits atop the building. [49][50]
18 The Tower at Melbourne Central Melbourne 211 m 54 1991 Part of a major shopping, office and public transport hub in Melbourne. [51][52]
19 Brookfield Place Perth 234 m 46 2011 Also known as BHP City Square [65]
20 Aurora Tower Brisbane 207 m 69 2006 [53][54]
21 Citigroup Centre Sydney 206 m 50 2000 Tallest building in Sydney; fifth-tallest building in Sydney to roof

[26][27]

22 Freshwater Place Melbourne 205 m 63 2005 The residential part of an office and residential building complex [55][56]
23 Riparian Plaza Brisbane 200 m 53 2005 A 50 m communications mast stands atop the building. [57][58]
=24 One One One Eagle Street Brisbane 195 m 50 2011 Noted for the curving columns visible through its facade [66][67]
=24 101 Collins Street Melbourne 195 m 50 1991 22nd-tallest building in Australia to roof [16][17]
26 Hilton Surfers Hotel Gold Coast 194 m 57 2011 [68][69]
27 Telstra Corporate Centre Melbourne 193 m 47 1992 [70][48]
28 Ernst & Young Tower at Latitude Sydney 190 m 45 2004 [41][42]
29 Aurora Place Sydney 189 m 41 2001 [45][46]
30 AMP Centre Sydney 188 m 45 1976 [71][72]

Tallest buildings under construction or proposed[edit]

This list includes the tallest buildings over 200 m that are currently under construction or proposed in Australia according to the CTBUH.[73]

Rank Name Location Height Storeys Completion Notes
1 Australia 108 Melbourne 317 m 100 Under construction Will become Melbourne's tallest building and the second tallest building in Oceania[74]
2 Queensbridge Tower Melbourne 308 m 84 Proposed Will become Melbourne's second tallest building[75]
3 555 Collins Street Melbourne 302 m 91 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings if completed.[76]
4 250 Spencer Street Melbourne 300 m 90 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings if completed[77]
5 677 Spencer Street Melbourne 300 m 90 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings if completed[78]
6 Carlton Brewery Tower Melbourne 281 m 90 Proposed Will become one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne if completed[79]
7 Queensbridge St Tower Melbourne 276 m 71 Approved/2017 Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings[80]
8 25-35 Power Street Melbourne 274 m 71 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings if completed.
9 Crown Sydney Sydney 271 m 70 Approved/2019 Will become Sydney's tallest building when completed [81]
10 180 Russell Street Melbourne 271 m 70 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings if completed.
11 Brisbane Skytower (222 Margaret Street) Brisbane 270 m 92 Approved Will become Brisbane's tallest building and will be part of a complex that also includes a 160m office tower
12 Aurora Melbourne Central[82] Melbourne 270 m 92 Proposed Will become one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne if completed[83]
13 334 City Road Melbourne 270 m 81 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings if completed.[84]
14 One Sydney Harbour Tower 1 Sydney 265 m 70 Proposed Will become Sydney's second tallest building. Is part of a complex that includes a 217m and a 104m residential towers [85]
15 505 George Street Sydney 264 m 78 Proposed Will become Sydney's third tallest building if completed.
16 300 George Street Brisbane 262 m 81 Approved Will become Brisbane's second tallest building when completed and will be part of a complex that also includes a 195m office tower and a 121m hotel tower
17 1 William Street Brisbane 260 m 43 Approved/2016 Will become Brisbane's third tallest building and tallest office building
18 Aspire Parramatta Parramatta 243 m+ TBA Proposed [86]
19 Victoria One Melbourne 241 m 75 Proposed Will be one of Melbourne's Tallest Buildings.
20 250 Spencer Street Tower 2 Melbourne 240 m 74 Proposed Will be one of Melbourne's Tallest Buildings.
21 54-56 Clarke Street Melbourne 238 m 72 Approved Will be one of Melbourne's Tallest Buildings.
22 Greenland Centre Sydney Sydney 236 m 68 Approved Will become one of the tallest residential buildings in Australia when completed. [87]
23 The Falls Melbourne 230 m 71 Approved Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings upon completion [88]
24 250 Spencer Street Tower 4 Melbourne 230 m 69 Proposed Will be one of Melbourne's Tallest Buildings.
25 Vision Apartments Melbourne 226 m 72 2016 Currently under construction[89][90]
26 Tower Melbourne Melbourne 226 m 71 2016 Currently under construction[91][92][93]
27 568 Collins Street Melbourne 224 m 68 2015 Currently Under Construction.
28 250 Spencer Street Tower 3 Melbourne 220 m 63 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings upon completion[94][95]
29 Parramatta Square Parramatta 220 m 53 Proposed Will be part of a complex that includes a 200m office tower [96]
30 33-35 Pitt Street Sydney 220 m 52 Proposed
31 568 Collins Street Melbourne 218 m 68 2015 Currently under construction [97]
32 496 Elizabeth Street Melbourne 217 m 67 Proposed Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings upon completion[98]
33 International Tower 1 Sydney 217 m 49 2016 Currently under construction[99]
34 One Sydney Harbour Tower 2 Sydney 217 m 60 Proposed Will be part of a complex that includes a 265m and a 104m residential towers [100]
35 Abode318 Melbourne 205 m 55 2014 Currently under construction. Will become one of Melbourne's tallest buildings upon completion[101]
36 AMP Centre redevelopment Sydney 200 m 49 Proposed Part of precinct upgrade [102]

Tallest buildings by state or territory[edit]

The following table provides the tallest building in each state given that only Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia are currently featured in the lists of tallest buildings to architectural detail and to roof. Heights to architectural detail are used.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

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