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A kilometre-long pyrotechnical rainbow stretching between the Goodwill and Victoria bridges will sparkle over the Brisbane city skyline on New Year’s Eve, helping local revellers join in the world’s big end-of-year celebration.
Tens of thousands of people will welcome in 2020 at Brisbane’s biggest party at South Bank, with this year’s fireworks — totalling more than 50,000 displays — touted as the biggest the city has ever seen.
This is everything you need to know to make your New Year’s Eve one to remember:
What’s the weather forecast?
After the welcome rain over Christmas in parts of south-east Queensland, it’s looking good for a fine night sky for the fireworks in Brisbane.
The Brisbane forecast for December 31 is for a partly cloudy day, with the possibility of a shower in the morning.
But the afternoon will be warm and mostly sunny, with the temperature peaking at 31 degrees Celsius, so don’t forget the sunscreen and hats if you’re heading in early.
Where can I see the fireworks?
The best points to see Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display at South Bank are the Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach and River Quay.
There are two shows — the first at 8:30pm for families and another at midnight for late-night revellers after the countdown, with each lasting 10 minutes.
South Bank’s fireworks will also be set to a soundtrack of the biggest songs of 2019.
If you’re unsure of where these places are, check out the official South Bank map.
Skylighter FireworX managing director Max Brunner said five barges at South Bank would be loaded with fireworks for the rainbow display, which would be at the family-friendly time of 8:30pm.
“We’re going to angle fireworks from all of those barges to paint a giant pyrotechnical rainbow — it’s going to stretch almost a kilometre — from the Goodwill Bridge to the Victoria Bridge,” he said.
“It’s the biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display the city has seen.”
Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said an extra 10,000 individual special effects had been added to this year’s fireworks line-up.
“We have many new fireworks effects planned, including Italian-style Farfalla Shells, Snowdrop Shells and Blinking Stars,” Cr Adams said.
All up, there are nine barges being loaded along the Brisbane River with more than eight tonnes of fireworks.
So if you’re not heading to South Bank, there are also fireworks at the same time firing from the river at Eagle Street Pier, Portside Wharf and Howard Smith Wharves and at the Regatta in Toowong.
FYI, there are no fireworks going off on the Story Bridge or from the top of CBD buildings.
What’s happening in South Bank besides the fireworks?
As always, the South Banks Parklands will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free event.
You can bring in some food of your own, or buy from any of the usual establishments within the parklands.
There will be some food trucks set up on the Cultural Forecourt from 11:00am.
Restaurants along Stanley Street Plaza, River Quay, Little Stanley Street and Grey Street should all be open, but it’s best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Are there any items I cannot bring into South Bank with me?
The parklands will be fenced off and bag checks will be happening at all entrances from 10:00am on Tuesday.
Items not allowed in include:
- Metal picnic cutlery
- Drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink)
You are allowed to bring in small, free-standing sunshade — but no large gazebo structures and no pegging or staking in the ground — for use on grassed areas, but nowhere else, including the beach and walkways.
If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3029 1797.
What’s the best way to get into town on the night?
Pretty much anything that doesn’t involve you driving in yourself.
If you really want to, there are car parks available, but companies will be charging a premium and spaces may be limited.
There will also be several road closures on the night, just to make things a bit tougher.
If you do want to drive, the South Bank Parklands’ car park will be open during usual hours (5:00am—1:00am) on New Year’s Eve.
There are road closures from 3:00pm on Tuesday until Wednesday until 2:00am at South Bank for Ernest, Grey and Melbourne streets as well as William Street in the CBD.
Public transport will be free (excluding Airtrain, Logan DRT and long-distance services) from 7:45pm New Year’s Eve to 5:30am on New Year’s Day.
On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, some bus, train, tram and ferry services will run to different timetables.
For trains, there are additional services that will leave South Brisbane and Roma Street stations from 8:30pm through to the early morning.
For buses on New Year’s Eve, services will run to a normal weekday timetable, with some extra services including CityGlider and Maroon Glider for people wanting to enjoy the fireworks at South Bank.
Bus shuttles will also run about every 10 minutes between 5:30pm and 11:30pm, leaving from:
- Event Shuttle 4 — all stops via Old Cleveland Road and busway, then express from Woolloongabba to Ann Street
- Event Shuttle 6 — all stops and busway stations from Chermside to Woolloongabba
- Event Shuttle 9 — all busway stations from Eight Mile Plains to Buranda, then express to Ann Street
Bus shuttles will run return trips from 8:40pm to 1:30am in the opposite direction.
As well as the bus shuttles, hundreds of additional BUZ services will run from 8:40pm to 1:40am.
On New Year’s Day, most bus services will run to a Sunday timetable, with extra NightLink trips providing half-hourly services in the early morning.
The CityGlider and Maroon Glider will operate a Sunday timetable, including services between midnight and 5:00am.
I don’t want to go into town, what else can I do instead?
You can watch the fireworks in Sydney live on ABC TV.
The New Year’s Eve — Party of the Decades concert will be hosted by Charlie Pickering and Zan Rowe at the Sydney Opera House, and will feature performances by Kate Miller-Heidke, Vika and Linda Bull, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, Angie Hart, Mojo Juju, Adrian Eagle and Casey Donovan.
Tune in anytime from 8:30pm Queensland time, with the concert cumulating with Sydney’s world-famous fireworks after we count down to 2020.