Where to watch the fireworks as Riverfire returns to Brisbane


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Image: Atmosphere Photography/Brisbane Festival

The Brisbane River will explode with colour on Saturday night (September 25) when the dazzling Riverfire marks the end of the three weeks of the 2021 Brisbane Festival.

And organisers have revealed where the COVID-safe celebrations in the city this weekend are and how they will work.

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Revellers will line all the vantage points along the Brisbane River for the 20-minute fireworks extravaganza. The iconic display is returning for the first time since 2019 after its cancellation last year.

If you’re staying home you can watch Riverfire live on Channel Nine, with the soundtrack also broadcast on Triple M.

At 4pm, Yuggera and Turrbal man Shannon Ruska will open the event with a smoking ceremony.

Then the C17A and Army Aviation helicopters will demonstrate their flying prowess.

Later from 6:45pm on Saturday night, Riverfire returns. This year’s display is using over two tonnes of fireworks and taking over five barges, eight rooftops and two bridges.

Where to watch the Riverfire fireworks display in Brisbane

For Riverfire this year, there’s five 2021 controlled outdoor viewing sites:

– South Bank Parklands
– River Terrace, Kangaroo Point
– Service Road, below Kangaroo Point Cliffs
– Captain Burke Park, Holman Street, Kangaroo Point
– Wilsons Outlook, Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley

Due to construction of the Neville Bonner Bridge, there’s no viewing available from Victoria Bridge.

Revellers can bring their own picnic or purchase food and drink from onsite vendors.

Physical distancing and COVID-safe rules will apply at these sites.

Audiences in the controlled sites on Saturday night must use the Check-in Qld App on entry.

Organisers will limit crowd numbers to adhere to Brisbane’s current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Audiences must carry a mask at all times, and wear a mask if unable to socially distance.

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