Your guide to Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust
Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display returns to South Bank in 2022! Changing it up this year, Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust is starting the month-long festival off with a bang on Saturday, 3 September. Igniting the night sky with colour - read on to plan your day.
Fireworks kick off at 7pm on Saturday 3 September, opening with a smoking ceremony - Jumoo performed under the creative direction of Custodianship of Tribal Experiences Managing Director and Yuggera and Turrbal man, Shannon Ruska. Followed by an electrifying fireworks display from multiple bridges, barges and rooftops.
Riverfire is famous for its array of vantage points, right across the city including South Bank Parklands.
If you wish to see Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust outdoors, there will be controlled sites at:
- South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane
- River Terrace, Kangaroo Point
- Service Road, below Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point
- Captain Burke Park, Holman Street, Kangaroo Point
- Wilsons Outlook, Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Closer to the event date, visit brisbanefestival.com.au for a list of entry conditions to Riverfire viewing sites.
Please note: due to construction of the Neville Bonner Bridge, there will be no viewing available from Victoria Bridge, or the Cultural Forecourt.
More essential information
If you plan to visit the parklands, please read on for details on what not to bring, how to access the event and more.
Getting in, what not to bring and kids wristbands
South Bank is open daily from 5am until midnight. On Riverfire day, the Parklands will be fenced off for safety reasons, with security conducting bag checks upon entry from 9am onwards. As part of these checks, security will be confiscating the following prohibited items:
• 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) - empty refillable water bottles are encouraged;
• weapons, or items that could be used as a weapon;
• scooters, bikes, and skateboards;
• marquees, and any large, portable structures.
If you are unsure about whether to bring something, please call the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on 07 3029 1797 or email them at [email protected]
Lost-child prevention wristbands will be available from the Visitor’s Centre or from one of the marquees on site.
Eat and drink
For those who would like a sit-down meal with views of the fireworks, Southbeach and Southbank Beer Garden overlooking Streets Beach and Brisbane River are offering special dining packages, available for booking now.
River Quay is also a great spot for Riverfire viewing, book into one of the River Quay restaurants- Popolo, River Quay Fish, Aquitaine and The Jetty South Bank for an evening meal.
The Terrace at Emporium Hotel offers rooftop views of the fireworks display with a luxe food and beverage package available to book via the Emporium Hotel website.
If it’s a pre or post-show food and drink you’re after, check out your options on our Eat and Drink page. Or, if you are looking for simple grab-and-go fare (such as hot chips), head to South Bank’s Central Cafes. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own picnic food, snacks and water (in sealed bottles only) on the day.
Water stations are available throughout the site so you can bring a refillable water bottle from home. Your water bottle must be empty upon entry into the site.
Parking and public transport
South Bank has several car parks – check out details and pricing in our parking page. You can also park in the city and walk over (South Bank is about a 20-minute walk from the CBD) or catch public transport. Check out the Translink website for your best option. For a list of road closures on the day please head to Brisbane Festival’s website.
South Bank is proud to be an accessible venue to ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit. Head to our accessibility page for all the details.
Updates and announcements
For Riverfire updates and announcements, follow Brisbane Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Other viewing options
If you do not wish to venture out, watch Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust in 2022 at home exclusively on Channel 9, tuned into the soundtrack on Triple M.