Everything you need to know about New Year's Eve at South Bank

20 November 2017

The end of 2017 is fast approaching, it’s time to reflect on the year that was and celebrate in anticipation of the new year ahead! Join the family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands with fabulous food trucks and free Firework displays - read on to find out more.

Christmas Fireworks

What’s on

The most important element is the spectacular firework displays we have in store. There’s a session at 8:30pm for those who like an early night, and another at midnight for late-night revellers. Both sets of fireworks will feature 10 minutes of fantastic colours and a kicking soundtrack. 

The best vantage points are the Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach and River Quay. If you’re unsure of where these places are, check out the official South Bank map. To ensure you get a good view of the fireworks, make sure you arrive early. Visitors should also note that these fireworks are set up differently to Sunsuper Riverfire, so they will not be visible beyond South Bank and the Kangaroo Point cliffs. 

Food and drink

If packing a picnic is not your thing, head to the Cultural Forecourt on the day and grab a bite from one of the yummy food trucks there – they’ll be open from 11am onwards and include Tapi featuring Pig and Kraut, Café Nemo, Ice Berg Drink and Pizzantica, plus more to be announced. Other grab-and-go food like hot chips, burgers, hot dogs and ice-creams will also be available from the Central Cafes (located near the Piazza) on the night.

Meanwhile restaurant meals can be had at Stanley Street Plaza, River Quay and Little Stanley Street – check out our eat + drink guide for eatery details. If you are looking for a sit-down dinner, we recommend contacting your preferred restaurant in advance in case bookings are required.

Essential information 

Security and prohibited items

To keep everyone safe on the night, security will be conducting bag checks from 10am as you enter the Parklands. Items such as alcohol, bikes, scooters, pets, skateboards, metal picnic cutlery and unsealed water bottles are not allowed, so please leave them at home. If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on vicsouthbank@brisbanemarketing.com.au or (07) 3156 6366 before you arrive. Please also note that while free-standing sunshades are permitted on grassed areas within reason, they are not permitted anywhere else, including the beach and walkways.


Portable toilets will be located at the Cultural Forecourt and next to Tribune Street on New Year’s Eve. There are also plenty of permanent toilets situated across the Parklands, at the locations outlined on the official South Bank map.


If you need to get money out at South Bank on the day, there are Commonwealth Bank and ANZ ATMs at Stanley Street Plaza, a Suncorp ATM at the Central Cafes, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank ATMs on Grey Street. There will also be a mobile ATM on the Cultural Forecourt.


South Bank is proud to be an accessible precinct – check out South Bank’s homepage for accessibility information.

Getting to South Bank

You can make your way to South Bank Parklands by car (check out our car parking page for rates) or public transport. Our tip is to beat the crowds and use bus, train or CityCat. For public transport timings, head to Translink’s official website

There will also be several road closures on the night, which can be found at Queensland Traffic's website. Please search for "South Brisbane" on this website to see where the road closures are in the areas surrounding the Parklands.

If you're not heading to South Bank, there are also fireworks at Eagle Street Pier and Portside Wharf with displays at 8:30pm and midnight (each display is for 10 minutes). Check out our guide to NYE in Brisbane for details.

For more details about what's on at South Bank, plus the latest news in restaurant openings, events and competitions, sign up to the South Bank Insider's Guide e-newsletter or visit our What's On section.

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