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New Year’s Eve Brisbane: Guide to celebrating the end of 2016

30 Dec 2016 local real estate 0 Comment

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It’s almost time to farewell 2016 and welcome in 2017 with a bang, with 90,000 people expected to descend on South Bank Parklands for the fireworks on Saturday.

Here’s your guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Brisbane this year, whether you want to brave the crowds at South Bank, are looking for a last-minute venue or prefer a quieter shindig.

Fireworks

There will be a fireworks show at South Bank and Hamilton Portside Wharf at 8.30pm, followed by a midnight show at Portside, Eagle Street Pier and South Bank.

The fireworks will last about 10 minutes and will include aquatic fireworks, butterfly-shaped fireworks and new aerial shells.

The fireworks will be set to top 40 soundtrack that will also feature a special tribute to Prince and Gene Wilder at midnight.

There will not be any fireworks on the Story Bridge, instead there will be six tonnes of fireworks launched from three barges and two pontoons.

Where to watch for free

The most popular spot to watch the fireworks will undoubtedly be South Bank, although Eagle Street Pier and Hamilton Portside Wharf are next in line.

Other places to watch the fireworks include Kangaroo Point, Mount Coot-tha, Dock Street at South Bank, the Mount Gravatt lookout and Highgate Hill Park

South Bank will be an alcohol-free event.

Items such as glass, metal cutlery, bikes, skateboards, unsealed water bottles and scooters are not allowed.

Security will conduct bag checks from 10am as people enter the Parklands.

If you would prefer to avoid the crowds, ABC TV will be broadcasting a family spectacular featuring the Sydney Harbour fireworks, comedy, music and entertainment from 8.35pm, with hosts Ella Hooper and Jeremy Fernandez.

Last-minute bookings

If you’re a last-minute kind of person, never fret, there are still a few tickets and tables available this New Year’s Eve.

At the time of hitting publish, here are some availabilities at South Bank:

Cocktail party at River Quay Fish

Three-course dinner at Stokehouse Q

Midnight tropical oasis party at The Charming Squire

Mucho Mexicano

Masquerade cocktail party at Popolo

For further dining information and bookings visit http://www.eatsouthbank.com.au/event-guide/nye-charming-squire/

Weather

As of Friday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting Saturday will be a minimum of 24 degrees, maximum of 34 and will be hot and mostly sunny, winds northerly 15 to 20km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming north to northeasterly 20 to 30km/h in the middle of the day.

Sunday is expected to be a minimum of 24 and maximum of 34, mostly sunny, with a slight (20 per cent) chance of a shower, light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 25km/h during the day, then becoming light during the evening.

Entertainment

Free movies will be screened at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt from 12.30pm to 8pm, including Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Zootopia.

There will be live music from City Sound artists at Rainforest Green from 3pm to 8pm.

Food trucks will be parked at the Cultural Forecourt from 11am, including Pizzantica, Kraut N’ About, The Doughnut Bar, Perfect Poffertjers, Cafe Nemo and Ice Berg Frozen Drinks.

The #NYEBrisbane photo booth will be back at the “Brisbane” sign at South Bank for the night, allowing people to print copies of their social media photos.

Public transport

People are encouraged to catch public transport to watch the fireworks, with travel free from 8.45pm on Saturday until 5.30am on Sunday on buses, trains and ferries.

There will be additional services available on the night to get everyone to the fireworks and home again safely.

Council will also waive tolls on the Go Between Bridge from 6pm on Saturday to 2am on Sunday.

There have been concerns about Queensland Rail reliability following the ongoing timetable fiasco, including 235 services cancelled on Christmas Day.

But Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he was reassured and confident that train services would run smoothly, with sufficient train crew rostered, and spare staff available.

For more information visit http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/new-years-eve-brisbane-guide-to-celebrating-the-end-of-2016-20161229-gtjc5m.html

Credit Felicity Caldwell of Brisbane Times

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