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Does Brisbane Need The Fake Beach?

July 11, 2007 at 8:53 AM | by | ()

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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Archived Comments:

It has kind of grown on me!

As m uch as I agree that our Brisbane man-made beach is a tourist trap, it has kind of grown on me! I mean, what better way to pull your swimsuit out of storage if you can't be bothered to make the trip down to the actual beach, and aren't all beaches tourist traps anyway...