Are you ready to ring in the new year?
No? We’ll you’re about to be.
Here’s everything you need to know about how you can best celebrate the end of 2017 in Brisbane.
Where will the fireworks be?
The main fireworks display will go off over South Bank, however there will be fireworks happening at Eagle Street Pier and Portside Wharf.
All three locations are running two fireworks displays on the night — the first at 8:30pm and of course, at midnight.
All displays will run for 10 minutes each. The South Bank fireworks will be set to a soundtrack.
REMEMBER — there will be no fireworks going off from the Story Bridge or from the top of the CBD buildings.
Where are the best places to watch the fireworks?
Organisers of say the best vantage points are the Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach and River Quay.
Make sure you get your spot early!
It’s not uncommon to see groups of friends and family set up camp by the river early in the morning to ensure they’re front row seats for the night.
If you do show up early, just remember to bring sunscreen.
Organisers also stress that these fireworks are set up differently to Riverfire, and will not be visible beyond South Bank and the Kangaroo Point cliffs.
What can’t I bring into South Bank?
The Parklands will be fenced off from early in the morning on New Year’s Eve and bag checks will be conducted from 10:00am.
Items such as alcohol, bikes, scooters, pets, skateboards, metal picnic cutlery and unsealed water bottles are not allowed.
If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on 3156 6366 before you arrive.
Free-standing sunshades are permitted on grassed areas within reason, they are not permitted anywhere else, including the beach and walkways.
What’s the weather going to be like?
It’ll be a hot and humid New Year’s Eve, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius for the day.
If you’re heading in during the day to grab a prime spot, hats and sunscreen and lots of water are a must, as the UV index is predicted to reach extreme levels from 7:30am to 3:50pm.
But you may want to also bring umbrellas and raincoats, as there’s a high chance of showers and a chance of thunderstorms, most likely in the morning and afternoon.
What are the police saying about NYE?
Police say there is no specific threat to Queensland but are urging people to be alert.
Hundreds of additional uniformed and undercover officers will monitor crowds, focusing on celebrations in Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.
Road closures, barriers, bag checks and CCTV footage are among the security measures in place.
What’s the best way to get in and out of the city?
Public transport is always recommended — TransLink are promising extra services on the night and into the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Queensland Rail says there’ll be hourly trains on most lines, with additional services from 5:00pm for New Year’s Eve.
The Brisbane City Council says public transport will be free from 8:45pm on NYE through to 5:30am on New Year’s Day.
Taxis and Ubers are some other options.
There will be parking in the city on the night, but it’ll be limited.
Plus, there will be several road closures around the area on the night.
What do we do once it’s all over?
That’s up to you.
If you want to head straight home, expect some delays.
Remember, there will be thousands upon thousands of others trying to get out of the city and back home once the final fireworks fizzle out.
What if I don’t want to go out?
You don’t have to wade into the crowds of South Bank to have a good time.
Other recommendations include have your own party, sleep your way into the new year, or just kick back and watch TV.
Hosted by Charlie Pickering, the night will feature entertainment from Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines and Kate Ceberano, as well as the family fireworks at 9:00pm (AEDT), culminating in the world-famous Sydney midnight fireworks.
However you choose to celebrate NYE, have fun and stay safe!