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The end of December will be here before you know and we've got the goss on what's on to make sure this year goes out with a bang.
Brisbane's calling card and crown jewel is the Brisbane River. It's flanked on all sides by swanky bars, high-end restaurants, hotels and Brisbane's vibrant nightlife scene.
It also lights up every New Year's Eve with a spectacular fireworks display and a range of activities and parties for young and old.
Find out where it's at in Brisbane this year with our guide.
Brisbane's fireworks are set off all along the Brisbane River. Due to the snaking nature of the river, there are numerous vantage points you can stake a claim to to catch the night-time sparklers. Here's the lowdown:
There are two fireworks displays, both viewable from the above vantage points:
South Bank is where all the action happens, from festivities to views of the kids and midnight fireworks.
Celebrations start from 11am along the Cultural Forecourt with food trucks and entertainment a plenty.
Get your bearings and mark your spot early using the map provided.
In 2018, Westfield Chermside in Brisbane's northside hosted a family-friendly NYE event. On top of live entertainment, face painting and dining specials, it boasted a balloon drop at 8:30pm and fireworks at 8:35pm for the littlies to get in on the action before tucking in. This year's event is yet to be confirmed.
With fireworks being launched from different sites along the river and from barges, the New Year's Eve light display is one not to be missed.
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|Location||What to expect|
|Clem Jones Promenade||Along South Bank, this spot offers great views over the river to the city. There will be food trucks and family-friendly movies playing.|
|Eagle Street Pier||The cosmopolitan restaurant and bar precinct is a stylish spot to take in the fireworks over a meal or a glass of bubbly. It will be packed, so book your table or get in early for the best views.|
|Brisbane City Botanic Gardens||Watch the show over the Brisbane River at the river bend.|
|Captain Burke Park||Situated right on the river near the Story Bridge, this park has great views over the river.|
|Portside Wharf||Watch the fireworks show over the river from this precinct near the cruise terminal.|
|Howard Smith Wharves||Catch the fireworks from right underneath the Story Bridge.|
|Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park||Views of the fireworks across the Brisbane River towards the Botanic Gardens.|
|Mount Coot-tha||The iconic Mount Coot-tha is an unbeatable vantage point due to its height. You'll feel like you’re eye to eye with the display and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city from here.|
Fireworks views don't get much more front row than on a boat on the Brisbane River. Ring in the new year under stars with one of these New Year’s Eve river cruises.
What is New Year's Eve's weather in Brisbane?
31 December is generally a warm one for Brisbane, boasting clear skies and temperatures in their mid-20s to 30s.
What are Brisbane's NYE road closures?
Many of Brisbane CBD's roads close, some as early as 8am on 31 December. Check the Departure of Transport and Main Roads' site before heading out to keep on top of specific road closures and times.
Where can I catch the Brisbane New Year's Eve fireworks live stream?
Details of Brisbane's New Year's Eve live stream have yet to be released. We'll update you with the latest as it comes in.
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