Where to watch Riverfire in Brisbane City

Riverfire celebrates the end of Brisbane Festival, Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event. The hardest part is finding where to watch the fireworks, so we’ve done the work for you. You're welcome. Here our top picks on the best seats in Brisbane City to watch Riverfire on Saturday 29 September. 


Pack a picnic and blanket and soak up the atmosphere from the City Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or City Riverwalk. Each location is perfectly positioned to offer you front row seats for the fireworks display.


Choose from one of Brisbane City’s many riverside restaurants and bars at the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier for views of the Story Bridge or head to W Brisbane’s Three Blue Ducks for river views overlooking South Bank. 

OTTO Brisbane

OTTO Brisbane

Boasting one of the best vantage points in Brisbane City, enjoy a four-course Italian feast with OTTO Brisbane. Choose from a specially curated menu by Head Chef Will Cowper, including favourites Fiori di Zucchini, and Costaletta di Maiale. 

$150 per person | $60 children plus optional beverage package for 2hrs - $40pp / 3hrs - $60pp / 4hrs - $80pp


Enjoy the incredible views from Aria Brisbane while dining on a three-course dinner, featuring signature Aria dishes and a glass of champagne on arrival.

Price: $160 per person | $60 children

Madame Wu

Madame Wu

For a heightened view of the Story Bridge, head to Madame Wu. Enjoy gourmet canapes and main bowls along with cocktails and premium spirits from 6pm-10pm.

Price: $160 per person


Enjoy a 3-hour food and beverage package while watching Brisbane's biggest firework event. Our tip is to try Riverland’s special Riverfire cocktail. 

Price: $160 per person

Il Centro

Enjoy a decadent Italian three-course menu at Il Centro with your choice of entree, main and dessert while taking in the fireworks.  
Price: $115 per person | $60 children

Cha Cha Char

Cha Cha Char

Brisbane’s iconic steakhouse, Cha Cha Char, is serving up a delicious three-course menu to celebrate Riverfire. 

Price: $120 per person | $60 children 



A prime location along the boardwalk means that Jellyfish has an unrivaled view of the Story Bridge. Settle in for a three-course menu (may we recommend the seafood?) and enjoy the fireworks display.
Price: $120 per person | $60 children

Three Blue Ducks

Bask in the incredible view of Riverfire from Three Blue Ducks. Enjoy champagne and oysters on arrival along with your choice of premium wines, craft beers and cocktails throughout the night. Both packages include a three-course share menu, so make sure you come with an empty stomach.  

Price: $249 (Illuminate Package) or $399 (Amplify Package)

WET Deck

W Brisbane

Soak in the summer vibes as things start to heat up at W Brisbane, with the launch of Summer Crush Pool Parties kicking off with Brisbane’s coveted Riverfire event. Enjoy Moët Ice Imperial Champagne, curated cocktails and gourmet summer barbeque cuisine along with the electric views.

Price: $179pp 


Enjoy spectacular views of Riverfire to celebrate the opening of Brisbane’s newest world class precinct, Brisbane Quarter. Soak up the atmosphere at Heritij while eating a delicious Asian-Indian four course menu from a Michelin-starred chef, with a glass of wine.

Price: from $170pp 


For a closer view of the fireworks, join one of the many companies who operate river cruises. Take a look at the different packages with Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, Adventure Moreton Island on the Micat, Brisbane River and Moreton Bay Cruises or Mirimar Cruises.


To experience the full Riverfire experience, why not book a room with a view? Enjoy the fireworks away from the crowds with these hotels offering river view rooms. 

Stamford Plaza

Stamford Plaza

With every room offering river views, why would the Stamford not be your place of choice for Riverfire? All rooms boast a large viewing window, or upgrade to the Plaza or Stamford Suite for a balcony experience. Brasserie on the River offers a seafood buffet package with exceptional views of the Story Bridge, or enjoy teppanyaki at Kabuki or relaxed dining at the Pav Bar before heading to the private viewing promenade for a front row seat of the fireworks. 

Meriton Herschel Street 

Meriton Herschel St

Whether you’re wanting a one-bedroom modern suite for date night or a two-bedroom modern suite to house the family, Meriton at Herschel Street has got you covered with over 30 rooms available with views of Riverfire. If you’re wanting luxury for the evening, book one of the Penthouse Collection suites, located on level 74 of the hotel – the view couldn’t get much better than this.

Brisbane Marriot Hotel

You can book a King river view room for you and that special someone or the twin double river view room for the family, all with unobstructed views of the Story Bridge. If you want to heighten your experience, we suggest the executive rooms that offer Story Bridge views as well as sweeping river views toward South Bank. Call to reserve one of these high-level rooms.  

Mercure Brisbane on North Quay 

With complete views of South Bank, the Mercure at North Quay can offer a room to suit your every need. Ranging from a standard queen to executive suites, levels 3 to 14 offer the perfect large windowed views of Riverfire. To ensure you’re booking one of the river view rooms, we recommend calling the hotel as we doubt you’ll be wanting a view of the city on this particular evening. 

W Brisbane 

With views overlooking South Bank, W Brisbane offers rooms with sweeping river views. The Spectacular Room has over-sized windows to showcase the Brisbane River, so you’re guaranteed to capture the fireworks. For the full Riverfire experience check out the the Cool Corner Room, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the river. 

By Brittany Mohr

Brittany’s ultimate weekend involves wine (rosé) and cheese (manchego) at La Lune, seeing a live show and going for a wander along the Brisbane River. Passionate about the leafy Western suburbs, she’s a lady of fine tastes so naturally her best kept secret is #treatingyo'self to a session at luxe day spa One Wybelenna. Bliss.

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