Does Brisbane Need The Fake Beach?
Australia's full of fantastic natural beaches, right? True, but Queensland's capital Brisbane decided they needed a fake one when they built the South Bank Parklands on the Brisbane River, opposite the main downtown area of the city. A key feature of the parklands is the man-made beach, created with concrete and then topped with beach sand from a nearby bay.
What's good about Brissie's fake beach? Well, it tends to win "cleanest beach" competitions, since the local council pays a lot of attention to keeping it tidy. It's also very central, easy to get to and tends to attract both tourists and locals; and there are lifeguards on duty seven days a week.
But some think the man-made beach is not so hot: the Project for Public Spaces even nominated it for a place in the Hall of Shame. They reckon it's congested and lacks facilities and if you want something to eat or drink, you're mostly forced to get it at a pricey tourist trap coffee shop. Many also complain that the security guards have a heavy agenda in moving on "undesirables."
Our verdict? A beach in the middle of the city can't be all bad. All the whiners can just hop on a bus to the "real" beaches.
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