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Fireworks, Fun and Festivities for Families on New Years Eve
Every family loves fireworks, and one of the best nights of the year to see them has to be New Year's Eve. Brisbane's celebrations are centred around South Bank, with the South Bank foreshore being THE spot to switch them from. Each year the show promises to be bigger and better than ever, and having seen last year's show that means it will once again be spectacular, with firework artists showing off the best of their new technology and special effects.
There are two shows, one at 8:30 for families who want to get to bed at a reasonable time and the second is the count down to midnight. Of course, everyone else in Brisbane will be planning to head to South Bank as well, so if you want to go along and join in the fun, then you'd better be ready for the long haul. Arrive early, very early, for the best vantage points. Bring your picnic rug, deck chairs and food supplies, but remember that the whole area is fenced off along Grey Street from very early in the morning and bags will be searched at the entry points for any glass, alcohol and drink bottles with broken seals, so make sure that you don't bring any. Metal cutlery is also prohibited in the area, as are bikes, scooters, skateboards and pets, so leave them at home as well. Road closures in the area begin from 12pm and you can see a full list Here.
At least there are lots of things for the kids to do at South Bank while you wait - bring togs, towels, hats and sun screen and enjoy a dip in the pools. Visit one of the playground areas, or cool off in the shady rainforest area. Food and drinks are of course available from one of the many retailers at South Bank, and the roving ice-cream sellers are sure to be popular with the kids, so bring your loose change to keep the kids from pestering continuously!
If you don't feel like being one of the masses at the front, you can always book in at one of the many restaurants hosting special New Year's Eve dinners - many of which are themed. You can enjoy a 1920's themed evening at Next Door Kitchen and Bar, or get on your best Moulin Rouge outfit and join revellers at 5ifth Element. If you want to be a bit more relaxed in your clothing options, dig out the hibiscus flowers and your grass skirt and head to The Surf Club for a Hawaiian Luau.