Sunsuper Riverfire is Brisbane’s night of nights. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of it.
The finale of the 22-day Brisbane Festival program, Riverfire will attract roughly 485,000 Brisbanites and visitors to the banks of the Brisbane River this Saturday 24 September to watch the spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
This year, over five tonnes of fireworks will be launched by Foti Fireworks International QLD across 18 sites — six river barges, two bridges (Story and Goodwill Bridges) and 10 city building rooftops.
As always, the Australian Defence Force will be showcased, with aerial displays in the afternoon by four Army Aviation helicopters and one FA18 Super Hornet!
Here’s what you need to know…
- 4:30pm — Four helicopters (two ARH Tigers and two MRH 90 Taipans) from ARMY Aviation Oakey will perform a 15-minute display in the South Brisbane and Town Reaches of the Brisbane River.
- 5:15pm — The helicopters will return for another 15-minute display in the South Brisbane and Town Reaches of the Brisbane River.
- 5:40pm — An FA18 Super Hornet from RAAF Amberley will perform a 10-minute display in the South Brisbane and Town Reaches of the Brisbane River.
- 7:04pm — The FA18 Super Hornet will perform a fly-over to mark the commencement of Riverfire!
- 7:05pm — The Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks show commences!
- 7:26pm — Sunsuper Riverfire concludes.
The best vantage points for Riverfire
The most popular vantage points are:
- Victoria Bridge
- South Bank Forecourt
- Kangaroo Point Cliffs
- Captain Burke Park
- Wilson’s Lookout
- City Riverwalk
- Eagle Street Pier
- Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Other ‘secret’ spots include:
- Collins Road, Ferny Hills
- Corner of Dornoch Terrace and Hampstead Road, Highgate Hill Park
- Stuartholme Road, Bardon
- Camelia Avenue, Everton Hills
- Bartley’s Lookout, Ascot
- Forbes Street, Hawthorne
- Camp Hills Bowls Club on Ferguson Road
- Trammies Corner, Paddington
- Rode Road, Wavell Heights
- Plucks Road, Arana Hills
- Caratel Street, Stafford Heights
Of course, the most private vantage point of all is your couch — Channel Nine’s exclusive television coverage of Riverfire will run from 6:30pm and be simulcast on Triple M.
Riverfire road closures and restrictions
A large number of road, bridge and river closures will be in place at select times throughout the City, South Bank, Kangaroo Point, Story Bridge, West End and Fortitude Valley areas. For the full list of closures, click here.
South Bank will be an alcohol-free zone for Riverfire. Don’t bring pets, bikes, scooters, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass or alcohol to South Bank — they will be confiscated by South Bank security staff.
Public transport to and from Riverfire
With all those closures, it’s a pretty good idea to use public transport to get to Riverfire. Free travel will be provided from 7:30 to 9:30pm (after the fireworks) for the following services:
- TransLink buses departing from the Cultural Centre, South Bank and Mater Hill.
- Queensland Rail City Network trains departing from South Brisbane, South Bank and Roma Street rail stations only.
There’ll be extra services to and from Riverfire, but there’ll also be temporary bus route and stop changes and temporary ferry changes due to road and river closures. To see all the service changes, click here.
If you’re too cool for public transport, you can brave the traffic and park at one of the following locations, although access will be restricted at certain times throughout the day.
- QPAC, Queensland Museum and GOMA car parks — from 7am, entry and exit only via Stanley Place. A height restriction of 2.3m applies.
- BCEC car park — after 4pm, entry and exit only via Merivale Street.
- Rydges and Mantra Hotels — between 4pm and 6:45pm, NO ACCESS to Grey Street, access only via Merivale or Cordelia Street to Glenelg Street. NO ACCESS from 6:45pm until 9:30pm.
- South Bank Cinemas and Thiess Building — between 4pm and 6:45pm, NO ACCESS to Grey Street, access only via Merivale and Ernest Streets. NO ACCESS from 6:45pm until 9:30pm.
- 199 Grey Street and Galleria Apartments — between 4pm and 6:45pm, NO ACESS to Grey Street, access only via Merivale and Tribune Streets. NO ACCESS from 6:45pm until 9:30pm.
- South Bank car park — Glenelg Street, entry until 6:45pm and after 9:30pm. Vehicles may exit the car park via Glenelg Street at all times. Tribune Street entry until 4pm. After 4pm, Tribune Street will remain open for exiting vehicles only.
- King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks — special $5 parking for Sunsuper Riverfire, entry from 7am and exit before midnight.
Eat & Drink at Riverfire
There are still a few spots available at restaurants offering special Riverfire deals — but they won’t last long.
- Jade Buddha on Eagle Street Pier is celebrating in style with a three-hour food and beverage package that includes a buffet dinner and dessert as well as cider, tap beers, house wines, soft drink and juice. Tickets cost $110 per person and are available here.
- The Fox Hotel is putting on a four-hour food and beverage package on their rooftop bar; the $89 package includes premium wines, beers and a BBQ dinner plate and can be booked here.
- South Bank Beer Garden offers a beachfront view with their three-hour food and beverage package. Book the $110-per-person package here.
- South Bank Surf Club is offering a three-hour food and beverage package. Tickets cost $110 per person and are available here.
- Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar are hosting canapes and drinks at their riverfront restaurant; the four-hour, $145-per-person package can be booked here.
- Immediately after Riverfire, ARIA Brisbane is offering a five-course ($210 per person) menu designed by superstar chef Matt Moran. Book your spot here.
How will you be celebrating Riverfire? Let us know in the comments below!