Skyscrapers of Australia and New Zealand

We’ve had a look at the skyscrapers in almost every continent so far. In the final map of the skyscraper series, we’re going to look at Australia and New Zealand.


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Map of the skyscrapers in Australia and New Zealand.

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In Oceania, there are only 2 countries that have skyscrapers, Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand has only 4 skyscrapers. All of them are located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.

Australia has 133 skyscrapers in total. Almost half of them are located in Melbourne. Sydney is the runner up with 38 skyscrapers. In total, there are only 6 cities in Australia with skyscrapers. The other ones are Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Parramatta.

The tallest building in Oceania is the Q1 Tower in Gold Coast. It has a height of 322 metres (1,056 ft).

But what exactly defines a skyscraper, you might ask? A universal definition of a skyscraper does not exist. One of the most used definitions is a building with an architectural height of at least 150 metres. That same definition is used for this map.

The data for this map is gathered from CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and Emporis. In this map the definition from the CTBUH for buildings and architectural height is being applied.

Building: To be considered a building, at least 50 percent of its height must be occupiable. Telecommunications or observation towers that do not meet the 50 percent threshold are not eligible for inclusion on CTBUH’s “Tallest” lists. (Occupiable: this is intended to recognize conditioned space which is designed to be safely and legally occupied by residents, workers, or other building users on a consistent basis. It does not include service or mechanical areas which experience occasional maintenance access, etc.)

Architectural height: The architectural height measures from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized.

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