Photographer's Note

South Bank Parklands in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a parkland which was opened to the public on 20 June 1992. The parkland is located on the transformed site of Brisbane's World Expo 1988. South Bank Parklands are located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, directly opposite the central business district (CBD) of Brisbane. The parklands are connected to the Brisbane CBD by the Victoria Bridge at the northern end, — and the Queensland University of Technology and Brisbane City Botanic Gardens by the Goodwill Bridge at the southern end.

Visitors to South Bank Parklands can enjoy a swimming lagoon with sandy beaches, the striking Arbour, rainforest walks, picnic areas and a picturesque riverfront promenade and the Brisbane Wheel (2008). 9 million people visit South Bank Parklands each year.

A major feature within the parkland is its man-made beach, which is 2000 square metres of free-formed concrete surrounded by 4000 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 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 beach is patrolled seven days a week by lifeguards.

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.

In February 1994 I had a short work trip to Brisbane. I had some time in the evenings to look around the city and as my hotel was close to South Bank, it was quite natural that I found my way to this wonderful parkland. Some of the attractions available today were not present back then, less than 2 years after the opening of the park, but there was the amazing street pool and the reinforest walk.

The photo is from the northern end of the street pool. The Victoria Bridge and Brisbane river are shown behind the pool and the business district on the background, on the other side of the river. In WS is another shot from the pool.

The location of the pool is shown in the map view.

Photos were scanned from colour negatives. In PP the levels, colour balance and contrast were adjusted and the usual sharpening applied.

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