What is the date of 2021 Sunsuper Riverfire?
Sunsuper Riverfire will be on Saturday 25 September.
When are the 2021 ADF Aerial Displays?
In the late afternoon and evening before the fireworks, the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force will demonstrate their flying prowess, with C-17A Globemaster low altitude passes, as well as displays from Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) Taipan helicopters and Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger helicopters.
The planned display times are:
Rehearsal, Thursday 23 September
- 12noon – 12.25pm: C-17A Globemaster low altitude passes over the South Brisbane and Town Reaches of Brisbane River
- 2.30pm: Army Aviation helicopters
Performance, Saturday 25 September
- 5.10pm: C-17A low altitude passes over the South Brisbane and Town Reaches
- 5:30pm: Army Aviation helicopters
ADF participation is subject to operational requirements.
Where are the best viewing points for Sunsuper Riverfire 2021?
One of the best places to watch Sunsuper Riverfire in 2021 is at home on Channel 9, tuned into the soundtrack on Triple M.
If you wish to see Sunsuper Riverfire outdoors, there will be controlled sites at:
South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane
River Terrace, Kangaroo Point,
Service Road, below Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point
Captain Burke Park, Holman Street, Kangaroo Point,
Wilsons Outlook, Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley,
Physical distancing and COVID-safe rules will apply at these sites, including audience limits and mandatory check-in. You need to carry a mask and wear one when unable to maintain physical distance.
Some viewing points will be affected this year due to construction works related to the Neville Bonner Bridge, in particular, there will be no viewing from Victoria Bridge.
Will there be accessible viewing areas for Sunsuper Riverfire?
As in previous years, Brisbane Festival will establish a dedicated accessible viewing platform at Kangaroo Point for people with disabilities and their companions.
Bookings for this area are now at capacity.
Will South Bank be fenced?
South Bank is a popular place for families to watch Sunsuper Riverfire. The venue is fenced for public safety and will be closed if capacity is reached.
Capacity will be managed within Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Events framework, and modified to align with the government directive at the time.
What time can I enter the fenced area at South Bank?
On the day of Sunsuper Riverfire, gates to the fenced area at South Bank will open at 9am.
What can’t I bring to South Bank?
Please don’t bring pets, bikes, scooters, drones, drink bottles with broken seals (including water bottles and soft drink), glass, metal cutlery or alcohol to South Bank for Sunsuper Riverfire. Those items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff on arrival.
If you’re unsure about whether to bring an item, please contact the South Bank team via firstname.lastname@example.org. Bag checks will commence at 9am.
Can I take my dog to South Bank?
No. Dogs will not be permitted in the parklands for Sunsuper Riverfire. See the pet section below for recommendations on keeping your pets safe at home during the fireworks display.
Can I take my own drinks or alcohol into South Bank?
South Bank is an alcohol-free zone. Please do not bring glass, alcohol or any liquid in a container that has already been opened including reusable drink bottles. These items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff.
How will COVID safety be managed in relation to Sunsuper Riverfire crowds?
Sunsuper Riverfire is delivered within Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Events framework. Our COVID safe planning will be modified to align with changing government directives.
For example, within the current environment (June 2021), the health directive requires attendees to maintain physical distancing of 1.5metres in a site density of 1 person per 2 square metres.
Being COVID Safe is a shared responsibility - read more about what you can do to stay safe.
For Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 updates and further Festival announcements, keep an eye on the official Sunsuper Riverfire web page, and Brisbane Festival's social media.
Will Sunsuper Riverfire still be on if it rains?
Yes, Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 will go ahead if it rains. Rain doesn’t affect the fireworks, so Sunsuper Riverfire can proceed in wet weather and moderate wind, and will only be cancelled if winds are excessive.
How can I hear the playlist for Sunsuper Riverfire?
Tune in to Triple M to hear the playlist. Certain areas through South Bank and Brisbane will have audio set up on the evening.
Will roads be closed for Sunsuper Riverfire 2021?
There will be road, bridge and river closures affecting Brisbane City, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Fortitude Valley areas. Full details are listed here.
What should I do with my pet on Sunsuper Riverfire night?
Here are some tips to ensure your animals are safe and secure:
- Contain your animal in your house or garage overnight; ensure there is a comfortable bed, plenty of water and some food.
- It is advisable to close the curtains and turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction.
- Leave your pet with a friend or family member who is not going out.
- Ensure your pet wears appropriate identification at all times, just in case they do escape. If your dog becomes distressed during fireworks or thunder, speak to your local veterinarian as they may be able to recommend something to help keep animals calm.
For more information on caring for your pets during Sunsuper Riverfire head to the RSPCA’s website.
Will there be additional public transport services for Sunsuper Riverfire?
Additional Citytrain and bus services will operate to and from Sunsuper Riverfire. For full information about timetabled services, fares, temporary stops and additional services visit the TransLink website or call 13 12 30.
More information will be available on the TransLink website closer to the event.
Can I use a drone during Sunsuper Riverfire?
Due to the increased risk posed by low-flying aircraft and fireworks during the event and practice days, drones are prohibited to be flown within 1500m of the event venue areas (i.e. Brisbane City, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Fortitude Valley) at any time, as such flights may pose a significant risk to both the aircraft and people viewing the event on the ground. Further information about the safe use of drones can be found on the CASA website.
How does Brisbane Festival manage the environmental impact of fireworks?
Foti Fireworks Queensland are the creators of Sunsuper Riverfire; they are a leading manufacturer of fireworks and the most awarded fireworks display company in Australia.
Since March 2009 Foti has been offsetting the carbon emissions of all its business operations by purchasing carbon credits with the Carbon Reduction Institute, with certification that Foti has purchased sufficient credits in order to remain carbon neutral.
Foti actively reduces waste created from its operations and maximises the use of recyclable and sustainable materials in all of its processes. Their materials management strategy aims to reduce the use of toxic and environmentally unfriendly materials from its fireworks products.
Consideration is given to all areas of the manufacturing process of fireworks. Foti is a leader in the fireworks display industry for reducing the amount of perchlorate in its fireworks products. The company’s management strategy is evolving as more technologies become available and suitable chemical substitutes are found.
I want to view Sunsuper Riverfire from my boat on the Brisbane River. How do I get permission?
All recreational spectator vessels attending must be registered for an Aquatic Permit and be issued with an Entry Flag in order to gain access to the two dedicated spectator mooring zones.
Aquatic Permits and Entry Flags were allocated on 21 July 2021.