Best Places to See Riverfire in Brisbane | List of Vantage Points

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These are the BEST places to see Riverfire this year – 2021! Are you looking for the best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane? The Riverfire fireworks are the grand finale of the Brisbane Festival each year. We’ve listed all the best vantage points for you to take in this spectacular show on Saturday 25 September 2021.

2021 Riverfire Information

If you’re heading to South Bank to see the fireworks, mark these areas of best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane. Some viewing points will be affected this year due to construction works related to the Neville Bonner Bridge, in particular, there will be no viewing from Victoria Bridge.

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

Streets Beach South Bank Brisbane

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!

Families Tip: South Bank is a popular place for families to watch Sunsuper Riverfire. The venue is fenced for public safety and will be closed if capacity is reached. Capacity will be managed within Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Events framework, and modified to align with the government directive at the time. So our recommendation is to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out. On the day of Sunsuper Riverfire, gates to the fenced area at South Bank will open at 9am.

River Quay

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

The Wheel of Brisbane is Open Christmas Day 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!

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You should also consider Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Bartley’s Lookout or Captain Bourke Park on the south side of the river.

480 Queen St

480 Queen St is a great spot right in the city to watch the fireworks. Please check if opened this night.

Will there be accessible viewing areas for Sunsuper Riverfire?

As in previous years, Brisbane Festival will establish a dedicated accessible viewing platform at Kangaroo Point for people with disabilities and their companions.

View Sunsuper Riverfire from your boat on the Brisbane River

All recreational spectator vessels attending must be registered for an Aquatic Permit and be issued with an Entry Flag in order to gain access to the two dedicated spectator mooring zones.

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 $9! Click here.

Find all the timings of what will happen at the Sunsuper Riverfire here.

Looking for more family fun? Check out our list of all the family friendly festivals around Brisbane here.

3 responses to “Best Places to See Riverfire in Brisbane | List of Vantage Points”

  1. Bernie says:

    The gateway Bridge has a walk/cycle way over it

  2. Daniel says:

    There is a walkway and bike path on the bridge you can park nearby and watch from the bridge

  3. Sara says:

    Sorry, you’ve listed the Gateway Bridge as a place to watch. You’d think it be dangerous to have people watching from there given it’s a road you cannot stop on?

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