The metropolitan vibe of the populous state of Gold Coast may not exactly conjure images of nature activities and “fun in the sun”, but as any east coast sightseer would readily attest, this quintessential traveling hub offers its own share of surprises. A concrete jungle bustling with life—Brisbane is, after all, the third most populated city in the country— Brisbane’s daily corporate commotion belies the fact that it is surrounded by natural beauty. Residents and savvy folk who are all too familiar with this are also all too keen on taking advantage. Thus, there is fun to be had in the sun in Brisbane: from strolling through the City Botanic Gardens, to interacting with the Koalas in the Koala Sanctuary, to witnessing the breathtaking view of the cityscape atop Mt. Coot-tha.
There is an uplifting, almost tropical, aesthetic to these renowned outdoor spots. Outdoor umbrellas made of vinyl or superior fabrics often accompany the scenery, but take nothing away from their beauty. That’s because these outdoor umbrellas come in a dazzling array of tasteful colours and patterns. Yes, in most of the outdoor fun spots of the city—the leisure areas, the boardwalks like in South Bank, the culture centres, and surrounding areas are dotted with these welcome respites from the sun. More often than not, the weather’s always agreeable in Brisbane; but there is such a thing as too much sun!
This Gold Coast ‘umbrella aesthetic’ is hardly coincidental. But much of it was made possible by the availability of versatile outdoor umbrellas that didn’t compromise style for functionality or vice versa. Local manufacturers like Coastwide Shade Sails have been providing local businesses and homes with these umbrellas for over twenty years. The fact that these umbrellas have pretty much become a major component to the city’s half-and-half identity of metropolis and outdoor-adventure destination is a testament to their consistent quality. Oh, and it helps that they’re pretty darn useful and nice to look at when employed at a local al fresco joint near the boardwalk.