Road Bridge & River Closures

Sunsuper Riverfire Road, Bridge and River Closures

Road, bridge and river closures will be in place for Sunsuper Riverfire - Brisbane Festival apologise for any inconvenience these closures may cause.

On Saturday 29 September 2018, close to half a million people will converge on The City, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Fortitude Valley precincts to watch the city sky light up as fireworks set to a music soundtrack broadcast on Triple M, erupt from 18 launch sites across the Town and South Brisbane Reaches of the Brisbane River.  Sunsuper Riverfire returns to mark the end of Brisbane Festival 2018 program for another year. Sunsuper Riverfire unites the city like no other event, as hundreds of thousands of people gather along the banks of the Town and South Brisbane Reaches of the Brisbane River, to view one of Australia’s largest annual fireworks displays. 

Road closures map

EVENT VENUE DETAILS

Date: Saturday 29 September
Time: From 7pm
Cost:  FREE

South Bank is an alcohol-free event for Sunsuper Riverfire. Please do not bring pets, bikes and scooters, drones, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass or alcohol to South Bank. These items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff.

Information on Defence Force Aviation rehearsals in the lead up to Sunsuper Riverfire will be available late September.

BRIDGE CLOSURES AND CHANGES TO SOUTH EAST BUSWAY SERVICES 

Kurilpa Bridge

  • Remains open at all times.

Victoria Bridge

  • Traffic lanes close to vehicles from 2.15pm to approximately 11pm and will be available to pedestrians between 5pm and 9:30pm.
  • Eastern footpath (South Bank side) remains open at all times.
  • Western footpath (Museum side) closes to pedestrians from 5:30pm to 11:00pm (or until traffic lanes of Victoria Bridge re-open).
  • Victoria Bridge Monument closes to pedestrians between 4pm and approximately 10pm.

Goodwill Bridge

  • Closed to all pedestrians and cyclists between 4pm and 8pm.

Brisbane Riverwalk, New Farm

  • Closed to all pedestrians and cyclists between 6:30pm and 8pm.

Story Bridge

  • All Traffic lanes close from 6:30pm to approximately 8pm on Saturday 29 September. There is NO pedestrian access on the Story Bridge from 6:30pm until 8pm, as it is an exclusion zone for fireworks.
  • Eastern footpath (Dockside side) closes to pedestrians from 6:30pm to 8pm on Saturday 29 September.
  • For the set up and transfer of fireworks to and from the bridge superstructure, two City-bound traffic lanes close on Thursday 27 September between 8pm and 6am and again on Sunday 30 September between 6am and 10am.
  • Western footpath (City-side) closes to pedestrians on Thursday 28 September from 8pm until 8:30pm Saturday 30 September, as an exclusion zone for firework.

Captain Cook Bridge

  • • The inbound kerbside lane of the Captain Cook Bridge will be closed between 6pm and 10pm.
  • The Bridge remains open at all times but operates at a reduced speed inbound and outbound with police patrols monitoring traffic flow and responding to any incidents.
  • The Elizabeth Street off-ramps (north and south) from the Riverside Expressway closed to ALL TRAFFIC from 6pm to 10pm. Access to city will be via Margaret Street or Herschel Street exits during these time.

ASSOCIATED ROAD CLOSURES

City

  • William Street between Elizabeth and Queen Streets closed to ALL TRAFFIC 2:15pm to 11pm.
  • Adelaide Street closed between George Street and North Quay to southbound traffic 2:15pm to 11pm (Translink buses accepted).  
  • North Quay closed between Ann Street and Queen Street between 2:15pm and 11pm. General traffic forced to turn into Turbot Street or detoured onto the Riverside Expressway at Ann Street (Mercure Hotel & W Hotel guests accepted). Translink buses requiring access to Elizabeth Street will travel via Adelaide and Edward Streets between 2.15pm and 11pm.
  • George Street closed to ALL TRAFFIC from 4pm to 11pm between Elizabeth Street and Burnett Lane.
  • Elizabeth Street off-ramps (north and south) from the Riverside Expressway closed to ALL TRAFFIC from 6pm to 10pm. Access to city will be via Margaret Street or Herschel Street exits during these time.

Fortitude Valley

  • Local streets linking Brunswick Street and Bowen Terrace will be closed from 7am to 8:30pm, with access open to local residents only via Brunswick Street.
  • Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley will close between the Story Bridge and Bowen Street from 5pm to 8:30pm.
  • Gipps Street at Ann Street – no access to Story Bridge. All traffic is to be diverted via Barry Parade or must turn right to Ann Street between 6:30pm and 8pm.
  • Ann Street slip lane to Story Bridge closed between 6:30pm and 8pm.
  • Ivory Street at Harrison Lane - no access to Story Bridge between 6:30pm and 8pm.
  • Martin Street at Harrison Lane - no access to Story Bridge between 6:30pm and 8pm.
  • Ivory and Boundary Streets - no access to Story Bridge between 6:30pm and 8pm.

Kangaroo Point

The following restrictions will apply in the Kangaroo Point precinct:

  • No parking is permitted on both sides of River Terrace ALL DAY and offenders will be issued a traffic notice and towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Local streets linking River Terrace to Main Street are closed at River Terrace 6am to 9:30pm - with access open to local residents only via Main Street.
  • Lower River Terrace service road below the Kangaroo Point Cliffs closed at Captain Cook Bridge 6am to 9:30pm.
  • River Terrace at Main Street and Leopard Street at Vulture Street closed 4pm to 9:30pm.
  • From 4pm access to Paton, Bell, Llewellyn, Walmsley, Lockerbie and Anglesey Streets will be under traffic control to provide access to residence only.
  • Ellis Street remains open for a right-turn only into Leopard Street between 4pm and 9:30pm.
  • Left turn only allowed from Mark Lane into Leopard Street between 4pm and 9:30pm. (Wild Street Residents accepted)
  • Both sets of pedestrian stairs linking Lower River Terrace and River Terrace near Cliffs Café and the Lookout closed 7pm to 7:30pm.

Story Bridge Precinct

Additional measures will be introduced and enforced to alleviate congestion in the Story Bridge Precinct as follows:

Main Street (eastern side)

  • Between Baildon Street and Mackenzie Street - No Standing Any Time - Tow Away.
  • Between Mackenzie Street and Wicklow Street - Drop off zone – 2 minutes only.
  • Between Wicklow Street and Holman Street - No Standing Any Time - Tow Away.

Main Street (western side)

  • Between Mackenzie Street and Wicklow Street - Drop off zone – 2 minutes only.
  • Main Street between Wicklow and Holman Streets changed to No Standing Any Time - Tow Away.
  • Vehicles travelling down Main Street able to U-turn at intersection of Holman and Main Streets.

Hollman Street

  • Full closure of Holman Street - No Standing Any Time - Tow Away, allowing access for residents and Jazz Club accredited vehicles.
  • No vehicular exit from Anderson Street onto Holman Street between 7:15pm and 8:30pm.

South Bank Precinct

  • Little Stanley Street closed between Glenelg (South Bank car park entrance) and Tribune Streets between midnight on Friday 28 September until 3pm on Sunday 30 September.
  • Colchester Street between Tribune & Grey Streets will be a No Standing Any Time Tow Away Zone ALL DAY.
  • Grey Street from Peel Street to Vulture Street will be a No Standing Any Time Tow Away Zone ALL DAY.
  • Russell Street between Grey Street and South Bank Parklands closes 6am to 11pm.
  • Stanley Street closed between Melbourne Street and the QPAC car park entrance 7am to 11pm.
  • Melbourne Street – All Northbound traffic in Melbourne Street must turn right into Grey Street, between 2.15pm – 4pm.
  • Grey Street closed between Peel Street and Tribune Street from 4pm to 11pm.
  • Grey Street closed between Tribune Street and Vulture Street from 4pm to 11pm – inbound closed to all traffic. Outbound open for vehicles exiting South Bank car park.
  • Ernest Street will be closed between Merivale and Grey Streets between 4pm and 11pm.
  • Ernest Street will be closed between Cordelia and Merivale Streets inbound ONLY between 4pm and 11pm.
  • Colchester Street will be closed between Earnest and Tribune Streets from 4pm – 9:30pm.
  • No turns from Vulture Street into Grey Street (inbound or outbound) between 4pm and 11pm.
  • No left turn from Stanley Place (GOMA) into Grey Street from 4pm to 11pm.
  • Melbourne Street closed between Merivale Street and Victoria Bridge between 4pm and 11pm.
  • Hope Street closed at between Fish Lane and Melbourne Street, between 4pm and 11pm. (Translink buses accepted)
  • Fish Lane: No access to Grey Street between 4pm and 11pm.
  • Little Dock Street will be closed at Dock Street; No Access from 5pm until approximately 9:30pm or when Little Dock Street is clear of pedestrians.
  • Vulture Street closed to eastbound traffic at the intersection of Gladstone Road between 7:15pm and 9:30pm.

Mount Coot-tha

  • From approximately 4:30pm until approximately 9:30pm, all traffic traveling to Mount Coot-tha Summit must travel anti-clockwise along Sir Samuel Griffith Drive.
  • From approximately 5:30pm until 9:30pm, Summit Road will be closed at the Summit Restaurant, therefore, all traffic must travel clockwise on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive to access Simpsons and Mount Coot-tha Roads.

Mount Gravatt Lookouts

  • The Mount Gravatt Lookout will be closed to all traffic at Shire Road and Tenby Street between 3pm and 9pm.

Access to car parks in south bank

QPAC, Queensland Museum and the State Library after 7am:

  • Patrons travelling over the William Jolly Bridge will only be able to access the car parks by turning left into Stanley Place. (note: height restriction of 2.3m applies).
  • Patrons travelling along Cordelia Street will only be able to access the car parks by travelling right into Montague Road and into Stanley Place (note: height restriction of 2.3m applies).
  • Patrons travelling along Melbourne Street will only be able to access the car parks by travelling left into Cordelia Street, right into Montague Road and into Stanley Place (note: height restriction of 2.3m applies).
  • Patrons travelling over the Victoria Bridge until 2.15pm will only be able to access the car parks by travelling via Melbourne Street, Cordelia Street, right into Montague Road and into Stanley Place (note: height restriction of 2.3m applies).
  • All vehicles exiting from the QPAC, Queensland Museum and State Library car parks must exit via Stanley Place.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Access via Merivale Street only from 7am.

South Bank Car Park

  • Glenelg Street Entry: Entry and exit until 6:30pm. After 6.30pm Exit ONLY is controlled by Police, until approximately until 11pm or when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.
  • Tribune Street Entry: Entry and exit until 4pm. Exit ONLY after 4pm until approximately 9.30pm or when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.

Rydges Hotel

  • No vehicular access to Grey Street from 4pm to 11pm. All guests arriving must proceed via Merivale or Cordelia Streets to Glenelg Street. 
  • Access/egress for all hotel guests will be via the access point in Glenelg Street near the Railway Bridge up until 6:30pm.
  • After 6:30pm no access will be available to Glenelg Street until approximately 9.30pm or when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.
  • After 6.30pm guests requiring Taxis must proceed to the BCEC taxi rank in Glenelg Street at Merivale Street.

Mantra Hotel

  • No vehicular access to Grey Street from 4pm to 11pm. All guests arriving must proceed via Merivale or Cordelia Streets to Glenelg Street. 
  • Access/egress for all hotel guests will be via the access point in Glenelg Street near the Railway Bridge up until 6:30pm.
  • After 6:30pm no access will be available to Glenelg Street until approximately 11pm when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.
  • After 6.30pm guests requiring Taxis must proceed to the BCEC taxi rank in Glenelg Street at Merivale Street.

South Bank Cinemas and Thiess Building

  • No vehicular access will be available to Ernest Street from 6.30pm until approximately 9.30pm or when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.  
  • All staff, guests and cinema goers requiring Taxis must proceed to the BCEC taxi rank in Glenelg Street at Merivale Street.

199 Grey Street and Emporium Hotel

  • No vehicular access after 4pm until approximately 10pm or when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.

Galleria Apartments

  • After 4pm no access from Grey Street. Galleria Apartment residents will be able to access the Galleria Apartment via the South Bank Car Park via Glenelg Street until 6.30pm.
  • After 6.30pm no access is available until approximately 11pm or when Grey Street is clear of pedestrians.

Taxi Ranks

City

  • Until 4pm the rank in George Street (opposite Treasury Casino) will operate but taxis will only be allowed to feed into the rank from George Street. A feeder rank will be established in George Street between Elizabeth and Charlotte Streets.
  • From approximately 4pm when George Street closes between Elizabeth Street and Burnett Lane the head of the rank will relocate to approaching Elizabeth Street with taxis only allowed to turn right from George into Elizabeth Street.
  • All other City Ranks will operate as normal.

South Bank

The Mantra Hotel

  • The taxi ranks in Grey Street outside Mantra Hotel approaching Glenelg Street will be closed for pick-ups ALL DAY.  Taxis will however be permitted to deliver clients to the Mantra Hotel Rank until 4pm. Passengers requiring a Taxi must proceed to the BCEC taxi rank and signage will be erected at the Mantra Hotel Rank redirecting passengers to the BCEC Rank in Glenelg Street at Merivale Street.

BCEC

  • The BCEC taxi rank in Glenelg Street at Merivale Street will operate as usual all day.

QPAC

  • The taxi ranks in Grey Street outside QPAC will be closed for pick-ups ALL DAY.  Taxis will however be permitted to deliver clients to the QPAC Rank until 4pm. Passengers requiring a Taxi must proceed to the BCEC taxi rank and signage will be erected at the QPAC Rank redirecting passengers to the BCEC Rank in Glenelg Street at Merivale Street.
  • Taxis will be able to set down in the Stanley Place (outside GOMA) or in the Street Tunnel near the Museum Car Park. (note: height restriction of 2.3m applies).

Other South Brisbane Precinct Ranks

  • The ranks in Gibbon Street approaching Stanley Street, Stanley Street between Hubert and Reid Streets, Annerley Road outside the Mater Hospital, Raymond Terrace approaching Stanley Street outside Mater Children’s and Raymond Terrace opposite Hancock Street will operate as per normal.
  • For further information about taxi ranks call Yellow Taxis on 13 19 24 or Black and White Taxis on 13 32 22. 

RIDE SHARE SERVICES

Temporary Uber pickup points will be established in Kangaroo Point and South Bank.

South Bank

  • For spectators travelling North and West from the Southbank Precinct, the pick-up area is available on Cordelia Street between Glenelg and Ernest Streets.
  • For spectators travelling South and East from the Southbank Precinct, pick-up is available on Merivale Street opposite Brisbane State High School between Glenelg and Ernest Streets.

Kangaroo Point

  • For spectators travelling North and West pickup point is in Sinclair Street.
  • For Spectators travelling South and East pickup points is in Bromley Street.

RIVER CLOSURES

  • The Brisbane River will be closed on Saturday 29 September between Mowbray Park, East Brisbane and the Go Between Bridge, Milton from 5pm to 8:45pm to all traffic other than enforcement agencies’ vessels. 
  • All spectator vessels attending must fly the special ‘Aquatic Permit entry flag’ in order to gain access to the two (2) temporary spectator mooring zones established in the Town Reach. For information on the ‘Aquatic Permit entry flags’ see below.

CityCat and CityFerry Services

  • CityCat services will cease operations between 6:45pm and 7:45pm except for the QUT CityCat terminal which closes earlier at 4pm and remains closed until the resumption of normal services on Sunday 30 September.

Due to the popularity of the CityCat, it is recommended patrons travel early to avoid delays and disappointment.

  • The Holman Street – Eagle Street - Thornton Street and the Inner CityFerry services will cease operations between 6:45pm and 8:15pm.
  • All CityCat and CityFerry terminal in the Town and South Brisbane Reaches will close with no public access between 6:45pm and 7:45pm (CityCat) and between 6:45pm and 8:15pm (CityFerry).

SPECTATOR VESSELS ON THE BRISBANE RIVER DURING SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE 

In the interest of public safety and in accordance with the Queensland Fireworks Code, the Brisbane River will be closed between Mowbray Park, East Brisbane and Go Between Bridge, Milton from 5pm until 8:45pm on Saturday 29 September 2018

Two (2) temporary spectator mooring zones will be established in the Town Reach of the Brisbane River for 100 private recreational vessels who obtained Entry Permit Flags on Wednesday 8 August. Only those vessels with the Entry Permit Flags are permitted to anchor in these temporary mooring zones. 

The quota Entry Permit Aquatic Flags for Sunsuper Riverfire 2018 has been filled.

TRANSLINK SERVICES

This year there'll be additional bus, train and ferry services across the network from 4pm.

Event shuttles will run every 8 minutes between 4pm to 6.30pm from:

  • Eight Mile Plains (shuttle 999) - all busway stations from Eight Mile Plains to South Bank
  • Carindale (shuttle 4) - all stops via Old Cleveland Rd and busway, then express from Gabba to Ann Street
  • Chermside (shuttle 6) - all stops and busway stations from Chermside to Woolloongabba

Look out for the number on the bus's destination board - you'll be able to catch the same shuttle home again from wherever it drops you at Sunsuper Riverfire (from the opposite platform). 

There also be many additional high frequency services and shuttles that will get you home.

For details of Bus, Train and Ferry services and fares and to plan your journey please visit the Translink website.

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