Scores of extra trains, buses and ferries have been announced for this weekend’s Riverfire fireworks spectacular.

Brisbane Festival organisers recommend that you catch public transport to the big event, and TransLink has come to the party with extra services.

“We’ll be putting on extra bus, train and ferry services before and after the fireworks to ensure there’s plenty of options for customers to get there and secure themselves a spot for the main event,” says Translink Deputy Director-General Stephen Banaghan.

Make sure you plan your journey before you head out, and leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at your vantage point of choice before the fireworks kick off at 7pm.

Getting there

Additional inbound buses will run from the following locations:

  • Inala Plaza, Stop B — every 30 minutes from 2:27pm to 5:57pm
  • Eight Mile Plains busway station — every 15 minutes from 2:23pm to 6:51pm
  • Garden City busway station, Stop D — every 30 minutes from 2:46pm to 6:16pm
  • Atlandi stop, Mains Road at Shearwin Street — every 10 to 15 minutes from 2:29pm to 6:30pm
  • Sunflower stop, Honeysuckle Way — every 15 minutes from 2:03pm to 6:03pm
  • Garden City busway station — approximately every 15 to 30 minutes from 2:32pm to 6:45pm
  • Carina stop, Old Cleveland Road at Jones Road — every 15 minutes from 2:22pm to 6:37pm
  • Toombul Shopping Centre bus interchange, Stop C — every 30 minutes from 2:20pm to 6:20pm
  • Chermside Shopping Centre bus interchange, Stop A — every 15 minutes from 2:52pm to 6:37pm
  • Aspley Hypermarket bus interchange, Stop B — every 15 minutes from 2:07pm to 6:22pm
  • Waterworks Road, The Gap — every 15 minutes from 2:32pm to 6:17pm
  • Kenmore Central — every 15 minutes from 2:06pm to 6:21pm
  • Riverhills West — every 30 minutes from 2:25pm to 5:55pm
  • Parkwood terminus, Heathwood — every hour from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Redland Bay Marina — at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 4:15pm and 5pm

Getting home

Mr Banaghan says travel will be free for two hours after the end of the fireworks from South Bank and South Brisbane train stations, and from South Bank, Mater Hill and Cultural Centre busway stations.

“Additional buses will operate from the CBD from 7:30pm until about 10:30pm,” he says. “There’ll also be extra trains running on most lines, including Beenleigh, Caboolture, Cleveland, Ferny Grove, Gold Coast, Ipswich/Rosewood, Sunshine Coast and Shorncliffe lines.

“Due to construction in and around South Bank station, we strongly encourage customers to depart Riverfire from South Brisbane station or Roma Street station.”

If you’re heading north after the fireworks, you could avoid the construction at South Bank station altogether by heading over the Kurilpa Bridge to Roma Street station and catching a train to your destination from there.

Facilities for wheelchairs and prams have been arranged at South Brisbane station, so that’s where you’ll want to go if you require access to those facilities.

There will be some closures — the Cultural Centre busway station will be closed from 6:55pm until 9:30pm, with temporary stops being used nearby. The Brisbane River will be closed for ferry travel between Mowbray Park and North Quay from 5:45pm to 7:45pm for City Cats and from 6:45pm to 8:15pm for CityFerries.

“CityCats and CityFerries will resume services as quickly as possible after the fireworks,” says Mr Banaghan, “with additional services running in both directions approximately every five minutes.”

There will be minor disruptions to some other services, including diversions and temporary stop closures, so it’ll be worth visiting before you head out to see if any of these disruptions will affect you.

However you get there, have a great night!

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