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UPDATED: Brisbane Riverfire 2019 | Date, times and vantage points

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If you’re new to Brisbane, Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 will be the stunning finale of Brisbane Festival 2019. An annual event since 2009, Riverfire fireworks in 2019 are set to get bigger, better and more amazing again this year.

If you love fireworks, make plans to get to Riverfire in 2019. It is part of the larger Brisbane Festival that runs from 6-28 September 2019. Located all over the city, it is one of our favourite things to do each year – we normally see Riverfire at South Bank, but keep reading… there are lots of places to see the Brisbane Festival fireworks!

When is Brisbane Riverfire 2019?

If you are looking for when is Riverfire 2019? It is…. drumroll please… the date for Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 will be Saturday 28th September.

Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 schedule

The Brisbane river fireworks 2019 will be 20 minutes of fireworks and will be lighting up the Brisbane skyline from multiple city rooftops, barges and bridges. There will also be aerobatics displays from the Australian Defence Force, including super hornets and helicopters.  The best thing about Brisbane Riverfire is that it’s absolutely free!

The Brisbane river fireworks have a strict timetable, so make sure you are in position early! Riverfire fireworks 2019 Brisbane style will look like this:

  • Entertainment will begin at 4pm.
  • Triple M and Channel 9 will both broadcast live from 6.30pm.
  • Fireworks are due to begin at 7pm.

Best places to watch Riverfire Fireworks 2019 in Brisbane

The best places to watch the fireworks for free at River fire Brisbane are:

  • Victoria Bridge
  • South Bank
  • Kangaroo Point cliffs
  • Captain Burke Park
  • Wilson’s Lookout
  • City Riverwalk including the Eagle St Pier and Riverside Centre

Read our detailed article – Best places to see Brisbane Festival fireworks 2019 – see our detailed list of vantage points to see River Fireworks Brisbane here.

Best places to see Riverfire for people with limited mobility

Best access points for Riverfire if you or a family member have limited mobility are South Bank, Eagle Street Pier, Riverside centre and Captain Burke park.

Food and drink at Brisbane River Festival 2019

All of the above sites have food and drink for sale otherwise pack your own picnic to save on money. Don’t bring any glass bottles, cans or plastic only. South Bank is alcohol free.

Riverfire road closures during the event

The following roads will be closed or blocked to either pedestrians and/or traffic for various times during Riverfire 2019 are to be confirmed. In 2018 the following road closures

  • Victoria Bridge
  • Goodwill Bridge
  • Brisbane Riverwalk, New Farm
  • Story Bridge

Click here for other City and  Fortitude Valley road closures.

Riverfire times – Riverfire Brisbane 2019

  • Entertainment will begin at 3.30pm with a ‘tug boat ballet’ synchronised display
  • There will be a C 17A Globemaster flypast at 4:20pm
  • There will be a FA-18 Super Hornet display at 5:30pm
  • Triple M and Channel 9 will both broadcast live from 6.30pm.
  • CityCat services cease at 6.45pm.
  • Brisbane Riverfire Fireworks are due to start at 7pm.

ADF Display confirmed for 2019

The Australian Defence Force aircraft display will include a C 17A Globemaster flypast at 4:20pm and a FA-18 Super Hornet display at 5:30pm, subject to operational requirements and weather conditions. 

Svitzer Tug Boats ballet

At 3.30pm, see a popular highlight from Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations. Two tug boats from Svitzer will perform their romantic ‘tug boat ballet’ synchronised display on the river, which is best viewed from South Bank locations.

Riverfire timetable

There will be activities during the day at South Bank for kids prior to the aerial display.

Australian Defence Force activities on the night will be subject to availability. These times are listed just prior to the event itself as they are subject to change at the last minute.

Best parking for Riverfire

Families Magazine has teamed up with Secure Parking and we have all the best places to park with discount codes – click here.

Will Sunsuper Riverfire still be on if it rains?

Yes, Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 will go ahead as planned tomorrow as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has no current weather warnings which pose an immediate threat.

Can I take my dog to South Bank?

No. Dogs will not be permitted in the parklands for Sunsuper Riverfire. See the pet section below for recommendations on keeping your pets safe at home during the fireworks display.

Tips for first timers

Like New Years Eve, get there early if you want to secure the best spots to catch the Sunsuper Riverfire extravaganza. South Bank is fenced off for the event and access will be closed once it’s full.

Plan your evening around public transport as limited parking and road closures will make taking your car difficult. Most carparks in the city predict that they’ll be full from 11am on the day. There’ll be plenty of extra trains and buses running on the night.

South Bank is an alcohol-free event for Sunsuper Riverfire. Please do not bring pets, bikes and scooters, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass or alcohol to South Bank. These items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff.

Sunsuper Riverfire is fun for the whole family

Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 will be one of the biggest fireworks displays that Brisbane has seen and is sure to be an amazing night for the whole family. For more information on Riverfire Brisbane, visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au. Remember to bookmark our page for all the updated Riverfire 2020 date and times!

Did you know?

Riverfire is sometimes called the Brisbane Fire Festival 2019?

In 2019 the Riverfire Festival has been running for 21 years.

2019 Riverfire has come under scrutiny to be cancelled due to the fire ban and drought conditions.

67 responses to “UPDATED: Brisbane Riverfire 2019 | Date, times and vantage points”

  1. Greg says:

    2020 dates ASAP once confirmed please! 🙂 what a great event every year!!

  2. Debra L says:

    Is there fireworks on the Storey Bridge for Riverfire 2019? Does anyone know? or they just shooting off on barges instead? I don’t want to do to Southbank. Can anyone confirm?

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