Port Augusta has a bit of a poor reputation but it is actually a very attractive town. One of its assets is its waterfront. The centre of town borders the water. On the Port Augusta side is an old wooden quay that still has the old narrow gauge railway lines on it:
Next to that is a shared bike and walking path in between well manicured lawns:
You would think that would be fairly valuable real estate that would be taken advantage of in any planning decisions but what faces it?
The arse-end of Big W and a car park!
You have to walk a bit further and then cross the car park to see the entrance. Even then it doesn't even face the water:
You would hope in time that as those places are redeveloped the buildings and the car park might swap places and windows might be used. Big W and Woolworths (both part of the same retail group) share that area. If the idea was to attract people and try and keep them there, you might think a food court or something with windows facing the water might be a draw card.
Unfortunately, the space has been wasted and we have a beige box, the type of which you could see in any car park across the nation, without any regard to its surroundings. Still, we know now. That space will one day be redeveloped and there will be some connection between it and the water.