Riverfire is BACK in 2021 | Prepare For The Best Night Ever!

Riverfire Brisbane
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Want to know what is happening with Riverfire in Brisbane in 2021? The great news is Brisbane’s most spectacular fireworks show and family day-out SunSuper Riverfire, will be back in all its glory this year!

About Riverfire

If you’re new to Brisbane, Sunsuper Riverfire is historically the stunning finale of Brisbane Festival. If you love fireworks, make plans to get to Riverfire in 2021. It is part of the larger Brisbane Festival that runs from 3-25 September 2021. 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!

Brisbane Riverfire 2021 date

If you are looking for when is Riverfire 2021? It is…. drumroll please… the date for Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 will be Saturday 25th September. 

For this explosive Festival finale, you can tune into Triple M’s live broadcast or Channel 9’s exclusive television coverage.

Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 schedule 

The Brisbane river fireworks 2021 will be 20 minutes of fireworks and will be lighting up the Brisbane skyline from multiple city rooftops, barges and bridges. Ahead of the pyrotechnics the C17A and Army Aviation helicopters will demonstrate their flying prowess.  The best thing about Brisbane Riverfire is that it’s absolutely FREE! 

Best places to watch Riverfire Brisbane 2021 Fireworks 

The best places to watch the Riverfire 2021 fireworks for free are:

  • South Bank
  • Kangaroo Point cliffs
  • Captain Burke Park
  • Wilson’s Lookout
  • City Riverwalk including the Eagle St Pier and Riverside Centre
  • Wilsons Outlook, Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley
  • Victoria Bridge – Not open in 2021 due to construction.

Read our detailed article – Best places to see Brisbane Festival fireworks 2021 – 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.

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

Food and drink at Brisbane River Festival 2021

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 2021 are to be confirmed. In 2019, the following road closures were in place:

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

Click here for other City and  Fortitude Valley road closures.

Riverfire times – Riverfire Brisbane 2021

  • Fireworks from 6:45pm

**Please note – these details will be updated closer to the event

ADF Display

Organiser’s are hopeful we will see the return of the much-loved Australian Defence Force Super Hornet display as the Royal Australian Airforce marks 100 years of service to Australia

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 – click here.

Will Sunsuper Riverfire still be on if it rains?

Yes, Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 will go ahead as planned 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 2021 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 2021 date and times!

Did you know?

Riverfire is sometimes called the Brisbane Fire Festival 2021?

70 responses to “Riverfire is BACK in 2021 | Prepare For The Best Night Ever!”

  1. Vanessa B says:

    Are there going to be Fireworks from the Story Bridge? I’ve heard that there isn’t due to a complaint from Howard Smith Warves.
    I’ve got tickets to watch from the Jazz Club and it would be quite disappointing if this is now the case.

  2. Zak Smith says:

    What time is the practice flyover on friday

    • Janine says:

      Hi Zac,
      I’ve been in touch with our Sunsuper Riverfire contact and she has advised that the RAAF Super Hornets will be doing their practice flypast at 1pm on Friday September 27.

  3. Raquel says:

    Are the RAAF doing a practice prior to the event? What day and time is it?

    • Janine says:

      Hi Raquel,
      I’ve been in touch with our Sunsuper Riverfire contact and she has advised that the RAAF Super Hornets will be doing their practice flypast at 1pm on Friday September 27.

  4. 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 their website or contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to apply for grants or for further information.

  5. Fareedah McCann says:

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

  6. Natalie says:

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

  7. Mel Runnegar says:

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

  8. Natasha Hutchison says:

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

  9. Tammie says:

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

  10. Fiona Robinson says:

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

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