Best place in Brisbane: Parklands

I was there for the fireworks of the Australian Day, and it was the best I have ever seen! From the bridge, it's the best view.
Parklands are located at South Bank in Brisbane. It was officially opened to the public on 20 June 1992. The South Bank Parklands host a number of annual cultural events and festivals including the Australia Day Festival, Riverfire and New Year's Eve celebrations.

Grand Arbour consists of 443 curling steel columns covered in bouganvilleas which flower throughout the year. 

Suncorp Piazza is an open-air amphitheater which is frequently used for community events. It has a seating capacity of 2,158.

Wheel of Brisbane is a 60 m (197 ft) tall observation wheel. It was erected at the parklands in August 2008 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Expo 88 and 150th Anniversary of Queensland 1859-2009. The wheel carries 42 gondolas on a 15 minute ride which offers panoramic views of the South Bank Parklands, theBrisbane River and the City.

Markets The Young Designers Market is held on the first Sunday of every month (10:00am – 4:00pm), and features cutting edge garments and accessories from some of Brisbane's most talented young designer.

Nepal Peace Pagoda was originally located on the Expo site and was moved to its new South Bank Parklands riverfront. With its traditional architecture, art work and first level meditation area, it is a popular attraction.

Restaurants & Cafés South Bank is major dining precinct in Brisbane, and many establishments are situated inside the South Bank Parklands.

Streets Beach A major feature within the parkland is its man-made beach, which is 2,000 square 
metres of free-formed concrete surrounded by 4,000 cubic metres of sand. The sand surrounding the beach is sourced from the Rous Channel in Moreton Bay and every year the beach is topped up with an additional 70 tonnes to ensure that it is kept in pristine condition. Almost half of the lagoon area sits on reclaimed land that was once the Brisbane River. 

The beach is patrolled seven days a week by lifeguards.

Watching a movie on the pool for the Australian Day!

Construction commenced in February 1991 and was complete by June 1992.The beach has received awards including the 1999 Moreton Bay region's cleanest beach in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's Clean Beach Challenge and the 2001 Environmental Protection Agency's Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge, Friendliest Beach Award. The beach area comprises a lagoon with enough water to fill five Olympic swimming pools ! (with sand beaches, palm trees, rocky creeks and subtropical trees and exotic plantings). 

The lagoon contains chlorinated fresh water that is recirculated every six hours at up to 125 litres per second. Water for the beach is pumped through two large sand filters and chemically treated before being pumped back into the pools. Dredge pump and self-propelled sifting machines clean the adjoining pools.

I really love this part of Brisbane, it's so amazing to find this huge swimming pool there. We can swim in front of the building of the city center!

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