Saturday the 26th of September marks the annual Riverfire, an impressive fireworks display that sees Brisbane ignite in a pyrotechnic extravaganza.
Every year a recorded half a million Brisbanites flock to South Bank’s shores to glimpse a view of the celebrations, but, there’s nothing worse than waiting hours to see the display, only to have your view obscured by the top of a particularly tall man’s head.
Which is why we’ve put in the hard yards and found the best places in Brisbane to view Riverfire 2015.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have an apartment with killer river views, but if you book early enough, you could secure the precious real estate of an actual chair at River Quay. Aquitaine Brasserie, Popolo, Stokehouse and Cove Bar & Dining serve up sweeping views of the CBD skyline along with their annual Riverfire packages.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
One of the newest kids on the block, Eleven Rooftop Bar, takes you high enough to offer a different perspective. Don’t fret though, you’ll see all the biggest fireworks go off, and you can do it with an espresso martini in hand.
The Fox Hotel
Gather your friends and head onto the Dandy’s Rooftop at The Fox Hotel to catch the action from the most epic adult playground in the city. Forget being squashed, starving and sober among the crowds down below, because this is a ticketed event which comes with a DJ and four hours of canapés and drinks. These Riverfire 2015 event tickets are just $89 ($75 if you are booking with a group) and will get you access to one of the best parties in town, plus all the aforementioned goodness. Hurry, so you don't miss out.
If you’d rather gaze at the celebrations from a safe distance while wining and dining, Summit Restaurant on top of Mt Coot-tha undoubtedly has the most foolproof view of the city, so you won’t miss a single spark.
Eagle Street Pier
If you’re more focused on the food, one of Eagle Street Pier’s fine dining jaunts will conjure up good enough grub to make you forget that you’re there for Riverfire. Check out Madame Wu, Riverbar & Kitchen and Mr & Mrs G for unobstructed views, or Nagomi has a $45 Japanese buffet on the night.
The Point Hotel
If you’re keen on watching the show, but want to put a bit of distance between yourself and about half a million other Riverfire revellers, and want to make a full night of it, The Point Hotel Brisbane offers a Riverfire Package that includes two drink vouchers on arrival, access to the Panorama Room (on the 11th floor looking right down onto the Story Bridge), dinner for two at Lamberts Restaurant and one night’s accommodation, which removes any need to fight through the crush to get the last remaining Uber post-fireworks.
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