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UPDATED: Brisbane Riverfire 2019 | Free fireworks and fun for the family

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If you’re new to Brisbane, Sunsuper Riverfire 2019 will be the stunning finale of Brisbane Festival again this year. An annual event since 2009, Sunsuper River fire gets bigger, better and more amazing every 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…. 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 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 2019 Sunsuper Riverfire 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 4pm.
  • Triple M and Channel 9 will both broadcast live from 6.30pm.
  • CityCat services cease at 6.45pm.
  • Fireworks are due to begin at 7pm.

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.

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

60 responses to “UPDATED: Brisbane Riverfire 2019 | Free fireworks and fun for the family”

  1. Charles Dickson says:

    Would appreciate confirmation of the date for Riverfire 2017 as we are trying to book accommodation in Brisbane for the weekend.

  2. Stuey says:

    Um is Riverfire on the 23rd or the 30th this site is looking like both days at the moment???

  3. Camilla says:

    I would like to watch the fireworks on my boat. How much is it and where do I pay.

  4. jennie cox says:

    hi can you please tell me if there is one lot of fireworks at 7 pm or do you have a later one thanks

  5. Ally says:

    ❤️ my city Brisbane and watching the fireworks over the river

  6. Chandini says:

    My daughter celebrates her birthday around riverfire every year! She’s turning 5 and has enjoyed going to it the last 3 years and we will again. It’ll be a wonderful present for her!

  7. Dani Barnard says:

    I really would love to spoil my two boys with the fantastic experience that is riverfire. To see the pure joy on their faces watching the fireworks would be this mums dream

  8. I would love to go to Sunsuper Riverfire as it would be the perfect night out for my 49th birthday. I have been looking for something cool to do for my birthday but haven’t found anything yet.

  9. Kylie says:

    Enjoyable night out for the whole family

  10. Steph says:

    Love to take 2 of my friend’s for their first Riverfire experience. To enjoy the fantastic fireworks, luminescent laser light show, people & places and enjoy the wonder that is Riverfire!

  11. Melissa says:

    Would love the opportunity to see Brisbane light up from Brisbane River Fire. A great way to end the festival and have a family fun night out!

  12. Karen Thorpe says:

    So need a fun night out and what better way than a night out watching magical fireworks on a lovely Brisbane evening with family.

  13. Anna Edwards says:

    Our first River Fire in Brisbane I would love to do it in style with my 10 year old son

  14. Amy says:

    I would love to take my family as we always watch it on the tv but we have never been in person ???

  15. Love the RiverFire in my city Brisbane ?????? would Love to take my Boys ??? for a Fun night and plenty of Awesome Fireworks??????

  16. Suz says:

    I’ve lived in Brisbane my entire life and have never been to the fireworks for any occasion. Would love to take my 8 and 9 year olds for their first time so they aren’t as lame as their old mum ?

  17. Michelle says:

    Love to share the excitement and beauty of riverfire with my family

  18. Michelle Wilkinson says:

    Love to share the excitement and beauty of river fire eith my family..

  19. Bridget says:

    The Riverfire fireworks are beautiful along the Brisbane River. We enjoy this every year, it is a chance to get together with my family and do something fun! We always enjoy the atmosphere around South Bank & the helicopters that fly over too!

  20. Karen says:

    Would love to take my kids for the first time!!

  21. Lyn says:

    Family Tradition. We are celebrating our son’s 16th birthday at Riverfire this year. Have done for the past 4 years.

  22. Annette Leech says:

    I’d love to take my 3 year old. He loves fireworks and jets, but has never seen them together or an event as good as River fire.

  23. Merylin says:

    Would love this as a surprise gift for my granddaughter who turns 10 on that weekend ??? ?

  24. Melissa Stuart says:

    Would love to take my little family to Riverfire and show them how amazing our city really is.

  25. Carlene says:

    Would love to my family for the first time!

  26. Susan Mitterman says:

    My daughter has never seen fireworks but has recently become obsessed with watching YouTube videos of them ? How exciting to see some in real life!!!

  27. Faye Bibby- Chapman says:

    My sister is visiting from Adelaide on that weekend and as she’s now my only family it would be very special to take her (auntie Jenny!) along with my brood to enjoy the magic together and show her what Brisbane’s all about.

  28. Kylie says:

    Life has been tough lately and I would love my kids to have some fun!

  29. Julia Mason says:

    I would love to go because I’m sick of feeling like a paper bag, flying through the wind, cause baby I’m a Firework, I want to let my colours burst! #SunSuperRiverfire #FamiliesMagazine

  30. Hayley Lowe says:

    We never get to go to River Fire because the AFL Grand Final interferes with it. But this year, only dodgy teams have made it, so we can go. YAY! And would love to go.

  31. Russell says:

    I would really love my 9 year old to see the fireworks very close he has autism and adhd before we never could go my wife and I would love to share this special moment with him

  32. Melissa Mikkelsen says:

    I’d love to see the river fire fireworks at Southbank. The atmosphere, the sense of community and the stunning colours of the fireworks with the night sky as a canvas; these are all reasons to go, take your family and enjoy a night out.

  33. Russell says:

    I would love to spend this special moment with my 9 year old son and darling wife

  34. Kylie says:

    Would love to take my 4 boys to see it for the first time as being single Mum of 4 costs get up too much for the night
    My boys would be so excited to actually get to see real thing

  35. Terri says:

    Would love to take my husband and stepson to Riverfire as they are from NSW and have never been. My husband tells me how good the Sydney NYE fireworks are so I’d love to show him how QLD do it better!!

  36. Tari says:

    I would love to see the fireworks with sunsuper because it us the moments like these you remember in years to come…. the look on my child face as the first one goes of is a memory I will always keep in my heart. As she is getting older I wont have many more years to enjoy it with her as she will be too cool to go with mum .. lol

  37. Jasmin Harris says:

    My two children have never been. I would love to take the movie for the first time this year! ? ?

  38. Angela says:

    I would love to take the kids as my 2 year old has never seen riverfire. The super hero theme should be great for kids.

  39. Deb says:

    I’d love to take my two boys to Riverfire again this year. We’ve had a tricky 12 months, and putting some spark in their night might just be the medicine we need to turn the next twelve months around.
    Thanks FM-B

  40. Jodie says:

    We don’t get much time as a family with how busy life can get – this would definitely bond us

  41. Samantha says:

    My kids have their cousins up from Melbourne,
    We want to show them Brisbane’s the best city to live in.
    Fireworks, fun and atmosphere,
    Riverfire is so much fun every year.

  42. Kellie says:

    We have never been to Riverfire and I would love to surprise the kids with a night out in style. A night for them to remember.

  43. Leanne davis says:

    Would love to take my girls as we have never been ?

  44. Denise oliver says:

    Absolutely love fireworks love to share with family ?

  45. Melissa Clare says:

    I would love to enjoy #SunsuperRiverfire with our 2 boys. We’re working these holidays and it would be awesome to spend some quality family time celebrating in the city watching Riverfire.

  46. Allyson says:

    since having our daughter 5 years ago we stopped going.My daughter has yet to experience this amazing spectacular. She would love it#SunsuperRiverfire

  47. Tania says:

    My family would love this and my youngest has never been. ??

  48. Bernadette says:

    We love Riverfire. Best fireworks and kids love the helicopters too.

  49. Kathy MacKenzie says:

    Have promised my kids that one day we will make it to #SunsuperRiverfire and see the magic by the river. Always enjoy watching on the TV – but this year would love to be right in on the action.

  50. Melissa bhuimbar says:

    We’d love to go and have a great family evening with the kids (aged 3.5yrs and 5.5yrs) to celebrate our Brissie river. Perfect weather for an arvo play at Southbank, followed by a kid friendly dinner and fireworks. Can’t get better than that ???

  51. Fiona Robinson says:

    I missed the river fire cruise I booked last year due to an operation so would love to go this year!!

  52. Tammie says:

    This would be amazing to show my girls while we are here on holiday!!

  53. Natasha Hutchison says:

    Beacause i have never been and would LOVE TO FINALLY GO! ??

  54. Mel Runnegar says:

    Would love to watch Riverfire live. Awesome atmosphere, better then on tv. Great night out with the hubby 🙂

  55. Natalie says:

    Riverfire! … Moved here from Sydney 14 years ago but never been! Would love to take my 3 Queenslander kids along!

  56. We would love a great opportunity to win this prize. Makes me feel like a kid again and you forget about everyday problems.

  57. Trina Hicks says:

    Surely there’s been enough fires. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Brisbane Riverfire was cancelled for 2019 and the astronomical amount of money that is wasted on fireworks donated to rural communities that are struggling to survive?

    With the kick Mother Nature has dished out to regional and rural Queensland since the beginning of the year, I believe there is greater need in the state than a night of extravagant fireworks. It really serves no purpose apart from entertaining city dwellers. Given the very real struggles communities are having, such as the floods earlier this year in the north, Clifton with no fuel in town, whole towns like Stanthorpe and Warwick almost without water, and the most horrific bushfire season this state has ever seen, there are more worthy causes than an evening of fireworks.

    Just a thought.

    • Janine says:

      The state government is currently working hard to help. And we can too! They are announcing drought and fire relief and support packages DAILY.

      The new areas that have been activated are today:

      Noosa Shire Council

      o Peregian Beach

      o Marcus Beach

      Sunshine Coast Regional Council

      o Peregian Beach

      o Peregian Springs

      o Peregian Breeze Estate

      o Weyba Downs

      This is in addition to the suburbs and towns of Applethorpe; Binna Burra; Beechmont Township; Canungra; Sarabah; and Illinbah (Tabletop road only) that were activated for Emergency Hardship Assistance grants on Sunday (8 September).

      A community recovery hub has been established and will open tomorrow (Thursday 12 September) at the Peregian Beach Community House, 255 David Low Way (Cnr Woodland Drive) Peregian Beach. It will be open from 9am – 5pm daily.

      Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

      If you would like to offer assistance by volunteering please contact Volunteering Queensland and register your interest at emergencyvolunteering.com.au.

      To donate funds, goods or services to the ‘Queensland Fires 2019 Appeal’ visit the GIVIT website at givit.org.au/disasters.

      People who are experiencing hardship due to the bushfires can download and use the Self-recovery app, go to http://www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au or contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to apply for grants or for further information.

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