New Year’s Eve fireworks in Brisbane: locations, road closures and restrictions

The fireworks will return to Brisbane for New Years Eve after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Two 10-minute fireworks displays will take place at South Bank, launched from the Brisbane River at 8:30 p.m. and midnight.

Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said more than six tons of fireworks and 60,000 fireworks displays will help ring the bell in 2022.

“One of the highlights of this year’s show will be a special water effect for the 8:30 pm display – it will create a sea of ​​red and green on the surface of the river,” she said.

Local company Skylighter Fireworks will provide the display at a cost of $ 145,000.

People gathered at South Bank last year despite the lack of fireworks.(ABC News: Hilary Whiteman)

Where is the best place to see the fireworks?

Both exhibitions will be staged from three barges and two pontoons on the Brisbane River between the Cultural Parvis and River Quay in South Brisbane.

South Bank Parklands opens from 10 a.m. and will be zoned alcohol-free unless you’re dining at a restaurant or bar.

Plan ahead and arrive early; South Bank Parklands is filling up quickly.

There are no ticketing requirements or crowd limits, but visitors will be required to go through a baggage check upon entry.

Beverage bottles with broken seals (including water or soft drink bottles), scooters, bicycles, skateboards, pets, glass and metal cutlery, marquees and all large portable structures are not allowed.

If you can’t make it to South Bank, there will also be fireworks at Eagle Street Pier and the Regatta Hotel in Toowong.

You might want to pack an umbrella, as Brisbane should have a 70% chance of downpours, with a maximum of 28.

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter South Bank?

No. According to Queensland Health guidelines, visitors will not need to be vaccinated to visit South Bank Parklands and watch the fireworks.

However, you will need to check in through the Check In Queensland app.

Pink and blue fireworks explode from a river barge in Brisbane.
Fireworks are fired from barges on the Brisbane River.(ABC TV News)

Are there other points of view?

Brisbane has several strengths that make it good viewing locations.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a favorite and roads will be closed around the area to make room for the expected crowds.

Other places for a good view include Mount Coot-tha, Eildon Hill, and Roma Street Parklands.

Will there be road closures?

Yes. Road closures will affect South Bank, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and the CBD:

South and South Shore of Brisbane

From December 30, part of the South Bank forecourt will be closed.

Roads south of Brisbane closed from Thursday 2:00 am to Saturday 2:00 am:

  • Little Stanley Street between rue Glenelg and rue Tribune. Parking access to maintain. Enter and exit via Glenelg Street and exit only via Tribune Street

South Brisbane roads closed from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays:

  • Russell Street between Gray Street and South Bank Parklands
  • Ernest Street between Gray Street and Little Stanley Street

South Brisbane roads closed from 3pm Friday to 2am:

  • Tunnel of the Cultural Center in south Brisbane
  • Stanley Street between Melbourne Street and access to QPAC
People watch New Years fireworks in Brisbane.
Visitors to South Bank Parklands must check in using the QR code.(ABC News: Andrew Kos)

South Brisbane roads closed from 4 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday:

  • Gray Street between rue Peel and rue Vulture
  • South Bank Parklands car park accessible via Glenelg Street, both entrance and exit, and the Tribune Street exit only towards Vulture Street
  • Crossroads of Gray Street and Melbourne Street
  • Hope Street between Peel Street and Melbourne Street
  • Melbourne Street between rue Cordelia and the Victoria bridge
  • Intersection of rue Tribune and rue Colchester
  • Rue de la Tribune between rue Merivale and rue Gray
  • Fish Lane between rue Merivale and rue Gray; no access to Gray Street
  • Ernest Street between rue Merivale and rue Gray
  • Small rue des Docks between Dock Street and Stanley Street
  • Stanley Street between Little Dock Street and Sidon Street
  • Sidon Street between Stanley Street and South Bank Parklands

Brisbane CBD

Between 3 p.m. on Friday and 2 a.m. on Saturday:

  • North quay between rue Ann and the Victoria bridge
  • Adelaide Street between George Street and North Quay
  • Elisabeth Street left lane to turn to George Street
  • Guillaume Street between Queen Street and Elizabeth Street
Hundreds of people standing in front of the river watch fireworks
The demonstrations will take place at 8:30 p.m. and midnight.(Provided: Visit Brisbane)

Between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday:

  • Georges Street between Elizabeth Street and Adelaide Street; bus except until 6.30 p.m.

Between 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 a.m. on Saturday:

  • Riverside Highway access ramps to Elizabeth Street
  • Guillaume Street between Elizabeth Street and Stephens Lane. Access to the Treasury Casino car park must be maintained via George Street for entry and exit

Between 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 a.m. on Saturday as needed:

  • Georges Street between Adelaide Street and Herschel Street.

the CityLink bike path Gray Street, including Victoria Bridge and Elizabeth Street near George Street, will not be accessible from 3 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Kangaroo Point

Three roads will be closed from 4 p.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Parking restrictions will also apply:

  • Lower river terrace between Dock Street and Kangaroo Point Cliffs
  • Rue des Docks
  • Ellis Street between Leopard Street and Lower River Terrace

For a full list of road closures and parking changes visit the Brisbane City Council website.

A woman wears a face mask walking along the cliffs of Kangaroo Point with city buildings in view in Brisbane
The cliffs at Kangaroo Point are a popular viewpoint.(PAA: Darren England)

Can I park at South Bank?

There will be parking changes on many streets in South Brisbane, and access to South Bank public parking lots will also change:

  • South Bank Parklands car park will be accessible via Glenelg Street, both for entry and exit, and via the Tribune Street exit only towards Vulture Street.
  • Queensland Museum / QPAC car park will be accessible via Peel Street / Cultural Center Tunnel only
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center parking will be accessible via Merivale Street only (no access to and from Gray Street)

Brisbane City Council will remove tolls on the Go Between Bridge between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday to help people get around.

Parking restrictions will also apply in the CBD on Adelaide, George and William streets and North Quay.

Can I use public transport?

Several train lines (Beenleigh, Gold Coast and Cleveland) are affected by closures for Cross River Rail upgrades.

Check the timetables if you plan to arrive by train. Buses will replace some of these services.

South Bank ferry terminals are open and functioning, as are Brisbane buses.

On January 1, public transport will operate on a public holiday schedule.

Visit the TransLink website for all the details and to plan your trip.

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