The beautiful and tranquil Nepalese Peace Pagoda - the only remaining participant-made Pavilion from World Expo '88 remaining on the former Expo site - takes centre stage at the Clem Jones Boulevard, which runs along the Brisbane River South Bank foreshore - and faces the Brisbane City CBD - just a few hundred metres away.
Click to enlarge The calming blue salt-water man-made beach at South Bank Parklands is a quick get-away for those in Town - and is just perfect for Brisbane's sub-tropical blue sky weather. Low-rise residential, and medium-rise office space and hotel space - including the 2006 opened Saville Luxury Hotel (image right), feature at the Parkland's western rail corridor. Click to enlarge The
view from Brisbane's Highgate Hill of 2006 Brisbane. The Expo symbol
tower 'Night Companion' has been moved several hundred metres from it's
original South Bank of the Brisbane CBD Expo '88 location. It is now
located at the far left of this image. The white curves partially
visible in the centre of the image is the curved roof structure of
the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, formerly the
of 'World Expo Park' - a 'made to be permanent' fun park adjoining the
Expo site. To the further right of this one can see a fawn coloured
low-rise building, adjoined by a silver and colour loover low-rise
building, and several other dark grey low-rise buildings. This is the
western corridor of the former Expo site - the now popular
South Bank Parklands, which also include Residential and Business
components. Development at the Parklands Brisbane River foreshore is
predominantly parkland. At opposite foreshore [R] is
the Queensland Parliament Annex.
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Parklands today stretches from the southern bank of the Brisbane River
from the left side of this image, connecting with the Queensland
Performing Arts Complex (intersected by the Victoria Bridge), and then
re-connecting with the Queensland Museum, Art Gallery, State Library
and new to be launched Queensland Gallery of Modern Art - on the right
side of this image. Click
Parklands (Mark II) featured
removing the artificial inland water canal,
and replacing it with a back-bone
structure running from one
end of the site to the other - dubbed
the Energex "Arbour Boulevard".
A beautiful sight in summer
or spring, the purple bouganvilleas
that have taken root flower
all the year-round, and cling naturally to their imaginatively
desgned steel tendril supports.
roof follows the path (as in left image) for some of the way.
Galleria Apartments (above image) have become another welcome
medium-rise residential block at the Parklands, and front the southern
end of the park, overlooking formal gardens and the Brisbane River.
early 2001 an Imax Cinema complex, with several standard-size screens,
was launched at South Bank, however, did not prove a financial success.
The complex has now re-opened, and
is booming, using the Imax screen
for 'big-number' films, and charging admission and car-park fees the
envy of the more established Brisbane Cinemas.
to medium density residential developments
are a major feature of the periphery
and railway corridor-edge of the Parklands, with riverfront
protected by park space at the Parkland's river front edge.
also incorporate office space, gourmet
restaurants, cafes, convenience stores
and delicatessens, newsagencies, as well
as the South Bank Cinema Complex. All apartments
have river and CBD views, fronting onto
prime CBD parkland.
Arbour Boulevard, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, weaves a
mysterious path through the site, intimately narrow at times, and
a doubt, the most popular feature of the Parklands for sun-loving
Aussies is the man-made salt-water beach and rockpools.
Once originally planned to go from one end of the site
to the other, the beach pool feeds into several rock pools up
and down the beach site, making it a wonderful haven for curious
children who wish to explore.
beach is also the place to meet for the New Year's Day and
Australia Day (Jan. 26) annual fireworks.
it's tropical palm-tree theme and real sand, this free inner-CBD
beach is a mecca for all those near and far, or simply
those who wish to get some sea-salt and sun in their office
wasn't called the 'Sunshine State' for nothing!(RIGHT)
river-side view of the leafy parklands, the Brisbane River, and
in the distance, the new 'Goodwill Bridge', named after Brisbane's
role in the final "Goodwill Games" in 2001. This pedestrian-only
'green' bridge links the southern end of the South Bank
Parklands with the inner CBD and City Botanic Gardens,
on the other side. The 1970s established Captain Cook Bridge, linking
the City with the Pacific Highway is visible at left.