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    BRISBANE RIVERFIRE FESTIVAL

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    'RIVERFIRE' and as the name implies, it is a colossal amount of FIREWORKS SET TO MUSIC, on the Brisbane River.

    It is known as "Brisbane's night of nights" and it certainly is, it is FANTASTIC!!! , its what they call a "pyrotechnic and musical extravaganza."

    Its hard to explain, but there are fireworks on the Bridges, fireworks on barges, and fireworks on buildings, all set to music.
    Story Bridge is particularly beautiful, at one stage it is like a waterfall.
    The fireworks LAST FOR HALF AN HOUR!!

    The Fireworks are the opening event to a 3 week long Festival, starting in September each year.

    There is entertainment from noon, this year it was the Australian Defence Force, with Aircraft, and also plenty of live music.
    I love watching the "Roulettes" our famous Australian Airforce Aeorbatic team, they are amazing to watch, and something I never tire from looking at.

    Thousands of people come to watch. One of the best places is Southbank, but there are lots of other vantage points. The River cliffs is a good spot also.
    At least you are looking up, so it doesn't matter if you are crammed in!

    Extra Public Transport is put on to cope with the crowds, and there are 2 Train Stations located at Southbank.

    LOCATION ..... The Brisbane River
    FIREWORKS......7.00pm to 7.30pm

    FREE!!!!! FREE!!!!

    If you want to see a spectacular sight, then make sure that you are in Brisbane at this time of the year, IT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

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    CITY OF LIGHTS @ BRISBANE RIVER FESTIVAL

    by balhannah Written Oct 7, 2013

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    Every year in September, the Brisbane River Festival is held. There are lots of events to see, many are free.
    The one I went to this year, was the LIGHTS & LASER SHOW at Southbank.

    We came early as there are always crowds, but I really think for this kind of show it doesn't matter as your looking mainly skywards. We had an excellent vantage point on the river front.

    On time, the show started with music accompaniment to coloured rooftop searchlights & lasers. A barge was in the middle of the river, this is where circus feats and dance took place in amongst the water features including a waterfall, by performers, "Strange Fruit." The show didn't last for that long, that didn't matter as this was the end of our day in Brisbane.
    If you want to know where the best vantage points are, the website has a map with all the details.

    The show is held over a week at these times. Please check the website for next years dates and times.
    Fri & Sat 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
    Sun - Thu 7pm & 8.30pm

    FREE

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    River Fire

    by The_Downunder_Mob Updated Jul 27, 2011
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    Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s premier festivals and Brisbane's annual arts cultural event. It opens with the fantastic River Fire fireworks display where 25 minutes of fireworks are ignited in time to music. The fireworks are placed on barges in various points of the river, on the major bridges and several of the skyscrapers.

    In past years the display starts with the fly past of two Royal Australian Air Force F1-11 jet fighters. The planes fly low over the river and do a 'dump and burn' of fuel from their after burners. They light up the whole sky. They are flying so fast you can see them almost 100km away before they can turn around. Unfortunately the RAAF no longer flies F1-11s.

    The best place to view the fireworks is from a boat moored in the river. River boats offer a night out including a meal but are usually booked out months in advance.

    http://www.brisbanecruises.com.au/brisbane_cruises_boats.htm

    I have been lucky enough to enjoy this twice.Thousands of other people line the river banks and book out restaurants. Offices high in the skyscrapers often cater for their staff. This is a very popular night.

    I was at Riverfire again this year 4th September 2010 and was lucky enough to see the F1-11's in their very last fly past. I also took heaps of photos so now they are all original.

    For all the other things to do during the festival check out the website below.

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    River Fire

    by al2401 Updated Jul 24, 2011

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    Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s premier festivals and Brisbane's annual arts cultural event. It opens with the fantastic River Fire fireworks display where 25 minutes of fireworks are ignited in time to music. The fireworks are placed on barges in various points of the river, on the major bridges and several of the skyscrapers.

    In past years the display starts with the fly past of two Royal Australian Air Force F1-11 jet fighters. The planes fly low over the river and do a 'dump and burn' of fuel from their after burners. They light up the whole sky. They are flying so fast you can see them almost 100km away before they can turn around. Unfortunately the RAAF no longer flies F1-11s.

    The best place to view the fireworks is from a boat moored in the river. River boats offer a night out including a meal but are usually booked out months in advance.

    http://www.brisbanecruises.com.au/brisbane_cruises_boats.htm

    I have been lucky enough to enjoy this twice.Thousands of other people line the river banks and book out restaurants. Offices high in the skyscrapers often cater for their staff. This is a very popular night.

    I was at Riverfire again this year 4th September 2010 and was lucky enough to see the F1-11's in their very last fly past. I also took heaps of photos so now they are all original.

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    Have a blast of a time: Riverfest!

    by xuessium Written Sep 30, 2008

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    Fireworks@Riverfest

    I flew into Brisbane without really knowing that it coincided with the annual Riverfest. The Riverfestival is a celebration of the lifestyle of Brisbane and the people who choose to live here....claims the website. They forgot to add, and oh ya, to attract a big crowd of tourists too!

    Lots of activities are usually lined up, you know concerts and stuff but the big ka-bang is really the show everyone loves: fireworks! Not just puny little ones; but big generous fiery ones that lit up the skies which I would assume some civilisation out there looking at us must have wondered if a supernova has gone off.

    This year, the fireworks had gone off on 30 Aug, the last Sat of Aug. Check the website to make sure you don't miss the spectacular displays of colours and sounds!

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    QBE Riverfire 2007

    by ASTIEL Written Aug 29, 2007
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    QBE Riverfire makes a stunning impact over our city skyline as Brisbane’s most anticipated annual celebration launches Riverfestival for another year.

    Brisbane’s favourite fireworks spectacular explodes in celebration on September 1, ablaze from the Story Bridge to the Victoria Bridge turning our iconic city skyscrapers into an artistic installation of colour and sound for an evening.

    Triple M’s special live broadcast kicks off from 12noon, providing the soundtrack to the QBE Riverfire experience. From 5pm, be awed by the amazing feats of the Roulettes* as dusk settles over the city.

    Capturing all the excitement in the lead up to the fireworks display and grand finale, Channel 7 will broadcast live from South Bank at 6.30pm in a specially-dedicated program screened on the network throughout Queensland. The QBE Riverfire spectacular explodes over the city at 7pm.

    The deafening power of the RAAF F1-11’s* ‘dump and burn’ will signal the finale of the dynamic pyrotechnic display, as well as announcing the official beginning of the 10th anniversary Brisbane Riverfestival.

    Arrive early at Brisbane’s best vantage points to secure your spot, and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and good food before the show.

    Program

    South Brisbane Reach:
    Pre QBE Riverfire Activities
    5pm - 5.08pm – Roulette Display South Bank*
    5.35pm - 5.43pm – Roulette Display City*
    6.30pm - 7.30pm – Channel Seven broadcast
    7.01pm – RAAF F111 Fly past to start QBE Riverfire
    7pm - 7.27pm – QBE Riverfire
    7.28pm – RAAF F1-11* dump and burn
    * Availability of the F1-11 & Aerial asset is subject to operational requirements.

    Toowong Reach: Riverside Drive
    3.30pm – Sailing Challenge
    5pm - 8.30pm – Dragon boat & Sailing after party
    7pm - 7.30pm QBE Riverfire

    Portside Wharf: Remora Road, Hamilton
    4.30pm to late – Portside Delights food and wine celebration: restaurants and cafes are open
    7pm - 7.30pm – QBE Riverfire

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