Riverfire to set fire to the sky

Brisbane’s sky will be ignited by a spectacular light show with the return of Sunsuper Riverfire on Saturday September 30.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk encouraged residents and visitors to make the most of the annual event, but to be mindful of road closures and public transport changes when making plans for the evening.

“Riverfire is the ultimate fireworks display and is one of the biggest events on Brisbane’s cultural calendar,” Cr Quirk said.

“Each year, spectators gather at the city’s best vantage points including South Bank, Victoria Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Mt Coot-tha, Captain Burke Park and Wilson’s Lookout.

“However with an estimated 480,000 people expected to attend this year’s event, it is important to be mindful that the city will be busier than normal and to catch public transport where possible.

“Riverfire is a fantastic community event and road closures are necessary to ensure we can bring the community together safely and efficiently so please plan ahead and be mindful of traffic changes.”

Road closures and traffic changes will impact parts of the CBD, Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane and Mt Gravatt on Saturday 30 September, from 6am to 11pm.

Cr Quirk said additional bus and ferry services would operate before and after the fireworks to help bring the city together for the iconic fireworks display.

“There will be interruptions to CityCat and ferry services from 5pm to 8.45pm while the Brisbane River is closed to all vessels between Mowbray Park and North Quay. These services will resume as soon as possible following the fireworks,” he said.

The QUT Gardens Point ferry terminal will also close from 4pm this Saturday and will reopen with the first service on Sunday October 1.

Cr Quirk said inner city bridges would also experience road closures throughout the evening, however the Go Between Bridge would provide an alternative for motorists travelling across the river.

“Motorists who need to cross the Brisbane River will be able to travel over the Go Between Bridge toll-free from 4pm on Saturday, until 12am Sunday October 1 for a quicker and safer trip to and from the festivities at South Bank,” he said.

“Victoria Bridge traffic lanes will be closed between 2pm and 11pm, while the Story Bridge will be closed to all vehicles from 6.30pm to 8pm.

“The footpath on the western side of the Story Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians from 8pm on September 28 to 8.30pm on September 30.”

For more information on Sunsuper Riverfire, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au. More information on road closures is available at www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au and for bus and ferry timetables visit www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.