Australia Day at South Bank 2021

Australia Day Fireworks at South Bank streets beach, families watching Australia Day fireworks



If you’re wondering how to celebrate Australia Day this year, it looks like South Bank is the place to be! In addition to all the usual family-friendly attractions at South Bank, it will also be the location for live music and the Australia Day fireworks!

Australia Day Fireworks at South Bank, blue and purple fireworks

Australia Day Fireworks at South Bank- CANCELLED FOR 2021

The fireworks displays at South Bank are always spectacular, and definitely something to add to your family bucket list. You may even like to make it an annual tradition like many Brisbane families already have!

Expect to see the sky glowing green and gold as an all Aussie sound track accompanies the fireworks in celebration of our National day! This year over 25,000 fireworks will light up the night sky in a 10 minute display that will see fireworks fired from five barges, located between the Victoria and Goodwill Bridges. 

The fireworks begin at 7.30pm on Australia Day, and the best vantage point is along the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt and River Quay.

Just take note, the Parklands do get busy for the fireworks, (this year South Bank expects over 40,000 people on the day!) so it may be a good idea to catch public transport, arrive early to secure a spot, and wait for the crowds to disperse a little before making your way home. Some families also take ear muffs/plugs for younger children that may be frightened by the noise.

Live Entertainment on Australia Day at South Bank- cancelled for 2021

In 2020, River Quay will be the place to be on Australia Day, as it hosts a special edition of Sunday Social on the Green. With an amazing line up of quality Aussie musicians, the whole family can listen, dance and chill on the grass from 2pm through to 6pm, making it the perfect pre-fireworks show entertainment. Birdman Randy, The Ivory Street Preachers and special DJ’s will take to the stage to entertain the masses. Bring your picnic rug, chairs and a picnic to make the afternoon a little more comfortable!

Australia day south bank picnic, Australia Day crowds at South Bank

Food and Drink on Australia Day at South Bank

South Bank’s cafes, bars and restaurants will be open per usual on Australia Day, but you will have to book ahead. That means you and your Brisbane Kids can feast on everything from Mexican to burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches, Asian cuisine, decadent desserts and of course a classic pub meal. Remember, as South Bank is expecting lots of families to head along on Australia Day to the Parklands, booking ahead if you have a restaurant in mind for lunch or dinner at would be advised. Also, as Australia Day is a public holiday, surcharges may apply.

Of course, the alternative to eating out is to bring along your own food. This is a great option, especially if you arrive earlier in the day to secure a spot to watch the fireworks. Pack a picnic basket, games, chairs, picnic rug and esky full of cold drinks and then maybe the only thing you will need to buy is an ice-cream as a special Australia Day treat!  There are lovely picnic areas and barbecue facilities, but just remember, Australia Day at South Bank is a family-friendly event and so the whole parklands (including the usually licensed areas of River Quay Green, Picnic Island and Riverside Green) will be alcohol-free on the day.

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More for families to do at South Bank on Australia Day

If you are wanting to spend the day at South Bank before the fireworks and need something to fill in the time you’re in luck, as South Bank is undoubtedly one of the most family-friendly locations in Brisbane. There’s a swimming lagoon and beach, an aqua fun park, gardens and playgrounds, paths for walking and riding, as well as many cafes and restaurants. South Bank is also walking distance to the Gallery of Modern Art, The Queensland Art Gallery, The State Library, the Queensland Museum and the Science Centre, all of which offer dedicated spaces and activities for children, and, are open on Australia Day.

Entry to South Bank is free, and it is open seven days per week, but you will need to pay for parking. South Bank is fully wheelchair and pram accessible, including toilets that are suitable for those with a disability.

Australia day fireworks south bank city views, familes watch Australia Day Fireworks

Getting to South Bank

With the crowds emerging on South Bank for Australia Day celebrations, you can opt to pay for parking in South Bank’s carpark, or one of the other carparks within walking distance to South Bank. Alternatively, public transport is a great way to get to and from the Australia Day celebrations with little fuss. You can chose to take the bus, train or City Cat – just plan ahead using Translink’s website, which can be found at 

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