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Your guide to Sunsuper Riverfire

Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display returns to South Bank in 2021! On Saturday, 25 September, Sunsuper Riverfire will ignite the evening sky with a brilliant explosion of colour – read on to plan your day. 

Sunsuper Riverfire

Please note that unlike previous years, crowd limits do apply to viewing sites. Once sites are full, no further spectators will be admitted. Further details are below. Please also note that all details are subject to change, pending any advice from Queensland Health.

Fireworks

Fireworks kick off at 6.45pm on Saturday 25 September. They’ll open with a smoking ceremony from Tribal Experiences Managing Director and Yuggera and Turrbal man, Shannon Ruska, and will be followed by an electrifying display from multiple bridges, barges and rooftops.  

Vantage points

Riverfire is famous for its array of vantage points, right across the city including South Bank Parklands. 

If you wish to see Sunsuper Riverfire 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

Audiences in controlled sites are required to check in using the Check-in Qld App, and crowd numbers will be strictly limited to adhere to current COVID restrictions. Channel 9 will also be showing the fireworks if you wish to view from the comfort of your own home. 

Physical distancing and COVID Safe rules will apply at the controlled site listed above. Face masks are required to be carried at all times, and must be worn when people are unable to socially distance.

Visit brisbanefestival.com.au for a list of entry conditions to Sunsuper 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 and what not to bring

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); scooters, bikes, pets, glass, marquees, and any large, portable structures. If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, call the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on 07 3029 1797 or email them at [email protected]

Eat and drink

For those who would like a sit-down meal with views of the fireworks, Southbeach Social 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 + 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.

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. For a list of road closures on the day please head to Brisbane Festival’s website.

Accessibility 

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 Sunsuper Riverfire updates and announcements, follow Brisbane Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Other viewing options 

The Wheel of Brisbane will keep turning on Riverfire night, offering you the chance to check out the show from within – private gondolas are available for hire for family and friends.

If you do not wish to venture out, watch Sunsuper Riverfire in 2021 at home exclusively on Channel 9, tuned into the soundtrack on Triple M.

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