The Lord Mayor's New Year's Eve Fireworks at South Bank - Visit Brisbane


The Lord Mayor's New Year's Eve Fireworks at South Bank

Celebrate the end of 2021 with The Lord Mayor’s NYE Fireworks, lighting up the river at South Bank for the city’s official New Year’s Eve celebration. Join the family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands with free firework displays and food vendors - read on to find out more.

South Bank Fireworks

What’s On

The most important element is the spectacular firework displays that are in store. There’s a family-friendly 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 amazing colours and an awesome soundtrack. 

The best vantage points are the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt, Riverside Green and River Quay Green. 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. 

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 food vendors there selling takeaway food – Sate House, Brat Haus, Twisted Ice Cream and Eat Me. Other grab-and-go food will also be available from the Central Cafes (located near the South Bank Piazza) on the night.

Meanwhile restaurant meals can be had at Stanley Street Plaza, River Quay, Little Stanley Street and Grey Street – check out our eat and 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 (the Parklands is entirely alcohol-free on the night, unless you’re in a designated restaurant or bar area); drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink); scooters, bikes, skateboards, pets, glass and metal cutlery, marquees, and any large, portable structures.

If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on [email protected] or (07) 3029 1797 before you arrive. 

Please also note that while small free-standing sunshades (no large gazebo structures) are permitted on grassed areas within reason (no pegging or staking into the ground is allowed), they are not permitted anywhere else, including on the beach or walkways.

Per the current directive from Queensland Health, patrons are not required to be vaccinated to attend New Year’s Eve at South Bank Parklands. However, people be required to check in via the Check In QLD app upon arrival.


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, there is an ANZ ATM at Stanley Street Plaza, a Westpac ATM under the Southpoint building at the end of Grey Street, a Commonwealth Bank ATM on the corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets and a Bank of Queensland ATM next to Cowch on Grey Street.


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 more information, including timings, head to Translink's website

For a full list of road closures, head to Brisbane City Council's NYE Fireworks and Road Closure page.

Where else to celebrate

If you're not heading to South Bank, there are also fireworks at Eagle Street Pier and The Regatta Hotel at midnight. Please note Portside Wharf and Howard Smith Wharves will not host fireworks this year.

Share your NYE experience using #NYEBrisbane and by tagging us @visitsouthbank and @brisbanecitycouncil

For details about what events are coming up at South Bank, sign up to the South Bank’s What’s On e-newsletter or visit our What's On at South Bank page.

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