As we just said, Brisbane doesn't have a beach so they built this thing. It's a palm-fringed inner-city swimming beach along a lagoon with a picnic area. You might grimace at the idea of swimming at a fake beach (that’s a normal reaction) but then you get there and find yourself marvelling at the view over the city and the fact that the whole place is free. Plus they’ve always got lifeguards on duty so it’s a safe place for kids to burn off energy while you cool down. Look, it really is a shame that Australia’s second-most tropical city was built on a tidal wetland rather than a beach, but Streets Beach goes some distance to atone for this mistake.
Nothing in life is free. Nothing! And you might disagree and say something like “what about walking along a beach? That’s free!” And you’d be right, but Brisbane doesn’t have beaches, so you’d be wrong.
So if you’re in Brisbane, and you’re broke and looking to have some fun, what do you do? Well, after living here a long time with varying amounts of disposable income we feel we’re in a position to offer some suggestions. Here’s what we’d do, in no particular order.