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Best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane | List of vantage points

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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

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!

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

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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 – The Parkland

480 queen view

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.

One response to “Best places to see Riverfire in Brisbane | List of vantage points”

  1. 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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