Best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane | List of vantage points
UPDATE: SunSuper Riverfire 2020 has been reimagined as SunSuper Night Sky responding to the needs of COVID-19.
Introducing SunSuper Night Sky….The light at the end of the tunnel
Sunsuper Night Sky is a new large-scale laser, light, and sound installation from internationally-acclaimed audio-visual artist Robin Fox, beaming from more than a dozen rooftops across Brisbane every Friday and Saturday night from 4 – 26 September.
Buildings across Brisbane’s skyline will play host to an interconnecting and pulsing laser beam experience from 7pm to 9pm, set to an ethereal soundtrack composed by Mr Fox.
The spectacle will be visible from hundreds of vantage points across the city and self-guided viewing trails will encourage everyone to rediscover their city on an evening walk, cycle or even CityCat ride.
On the final evening of Sunsuper Night Sky (Saturday 26th September), residents are invited to tune in to radio station Triple M at 7pm for an amped-up laser light experience set against an all-female soundtrack featuring some of the biggest names in pop and rock.
Here are some ideas on parking for SunSuper Night Sky.
When can I see SunSuper Night Sky?
- Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
- Friday 11th & Saturday 12th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
- Friday 18th & Saturday 19th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
- Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September | 7 pm – 9 pm
What are the best spots to watch SunSuper NightSky?
Just like Riverfire, anywhere along the river between Kangaroo Point and Toowong will be perfect. Here is the map of walking tracks provided by SunSuper Night Sky organisers.
Light Blue – The Climb
Start at Kangaroo Point, take the stairs to the bottom of the cliffs, walk to South Bank, and return.
Orange – City Loop
Start at Kurilpa Bridge, stroll through South Bank, and return via Goodwill Bridge.
Yellow – Riverside Stroll
Start at Botanic Gardens and walk the river to Howard Smith Wharves.
Look up and listen. Hear Robin Fox’s composition in synchronisation with the display.
Listen on the web player on the Brisbane Festival website between 7pm and 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
Bring your radio and tune in to 95.3 MHz FM between 7pm and 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
On 26 September Triple M 104.5FM will make a special live broadcast at 7pm.
For more information on SunSuper Night Sky.
2019 Riverfire Information
Are you looking for the best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane? These fireworks are the grand finale of the Brisbane Festival each year. Fret none, we’ve listed all the best vantage points.
If you’re heading to South Bank to see the fireworks, mark these areas of best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane:
Riverfire from the Clem Jones Promenade
With prime river frontage, there is no better place to see Brisbane Riverfire than the Clem Jones Promenade. Anywhere along this pristine location will guarantee sweeping views, but it does fill up quickly (avid Riverfire fans stake out their spots during the morning and afternoon), so make sure you get there early to secure a good location. *Please note that in the interests of crowd safety, erecting a sunshade tent or chairs on the Promenade is not permitted at any time of day.
Treasury Brisbane Arcadia – The Cultural Forecourt
As the hub of the Brisbane Festival with a mix of eateries and outdoor bars, Arcadia (part of the Treasure building) is one of the great places to see Riverfire. Just remember that due to its pop-up venues, this space will have standing room only.
Streets Beach and surrounds
It’s a pretty rare treat to be able to watch fireworks over the CBD from the water, but Streets Beach and the Boat Pool offer water babies just that! The perfect place to cool down on a warm spring day; it’s also a great way to keep the kids amused while they count down the minutes to the next plane, helicopter or fireworks. It’s also a short hop-skip-jump to the food vendors for lunch, dinner and a cool ice-cream for afternoon tea. It’s our pick of places to see Riverfire this year!
Easily one of South Bank’s most popular destinations, River Quay is the perfect spot for Riverfire viewing. Patrons can arrive early in the day and while the time away with a picnic, or you can book into one of the River Quay restaurants (Stokehouse Q, Popolo, River Quay Fish, Aquitaine and The Jetty South Bank) for an evening meal.
The Wheel of Brisbane
Our famous Wheel 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. Prices for these gondalas hover at around the $300 mark and they get snapped up QUICKLY!
Wilson’s Lookout (also called Wilson’s Outlook)
This is a great location to see the city at any point in time – but a particular favourite during any fireworks displays. Pack a picnic and take a blanket to sit on… it will get crowded!
City Botanic Gardens
Anywhere along the riverfront is a good vantage point… or near the Goodwill bridge…. which have their own fairy lights all year long!
You should also consider Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Bartley’s Lookout or Captain Bourke Park on the south side of the river.
480 Queen St – The Parkland
A new contender on the Riverfire scene! Level 4 of 480 Queen St offers amazing views of the Brisbane River and is a great vantage point – particularly if you’ve got little kids! There’s parking located in the building itself and there are a number of eateries within the building – or you can bring food from home and have a picnic! This is a great choice if you want to see the fireworks but are worried about being caught up in a huge crowd. Find out more about 480 Queen St here.
Best vantage points in the suburbs to watch Sunsuper Riverfire
Gather family and friends and beat the crowds by checking out some of the best-kept-secret locations in the suburbs for enjoying the Riverfire festivities.
Northside suburbs for Riverfire
- St Bridgid’s Church, Red Hill;
- Collins Rd, Ferny Hills;
- Stuartholme Rd, Bardon;
- Plucks Rd, Arana Hills;
- Camelia Ave, Everton Hills;
- Bilsen Rd, Wavell Heights;
- Eildon Hill Reservoir, Windsor
- Mt Coot-tha Lookout; and
- Zeehan St and Rode Rd, Wavell Heights
Southside suburbs for Riverfire
- Forbes St, Hawthorne;
- Old Cleveland Rd, Coorparoo;
- Camp Hill Bowls Club car park, Ferguson Rd;
- Mt Gravatt Lookout;
- Holy Trinity Church, Woolloongabba;
- Cnr Dornoch Tce and Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill; and
- Gateway Bridge
Best City Parking for Riverfire
Our friends at Secure Parking have parking from $6! Click here.
Find all the timings of what will happen at the Sunsuper Riverfire here.