Entertainment in Australia: It’s Fireworks!

Brisbane Riverfire 2010

Hopefully you all managed to watch the video I put up for you on Friday in my post called the end of the world is nigh. It was, of course, a load of twaddle! I think at one stage the narrator wondered what would happen next here in Australia. An earthquake?

How ridiculous!

So what has been happening here over the weekend? Well, New Zealand had an earthquake, so she was close with that one! Miraculously, nobody was killed. Here in Australia, Victoria had their worst floods for over a decade as State Emergency Service (SES) responded to nearly 800 calls for assistance on Saturday due to flooding.

So maybe that girl is right! Maybe the end of the world is nigh. But it didn’t stop Brisbane’s Riverfire on Saturday night. And that’s where we went.

In 2008 we went to South Bank Parklands to watch Riverfire and had a terrific time, although getting home afterwards was chaos. As I remember we kind of had to shuffle out of the park, shoulder to shoulder with about half a million other people and slowly make our way towards the transport system. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get home.

Last year we went to see it from the top of Mount Coot-tha, easier to get home from but it pretty much got the thumbs down from us. What is the point of fireworks when they are so far away you can’t hear them?

So this year we decided to watch Riverfire from the heart of the city. This is only about 500 yards from South Bank Parklands but being on the opposite side of the river, getting away when the event finishes is much easier.

So, earlier in the day we drove from our place to Indooroopilly where we parked up the car and caught the train. $2.43 later we were in the city getting off at Brisbane Central.

We got here early and had a picnic on the lawn outside the Brisbane Casino. The fireworks started bang on 7 PM and finished at around 7:25 PM. We walked back to Brisbane Central stopping to buy an ice cream for the girls on the way.

But we were still on the train at 7:57 PM heading back to western suburbs. We were home by 8:30 PM. But it wasn’t just the travel arrangements that were better, we all agreed that watching Riverfire from the city was the best yet! This is what we saw…..

Yes, last year was supposed to be the last ever for the F-111’s dump and  burn. But there were technical problems back then, so it wasn’t the best dump and burn to go out on. So they brought it back again this year. So this year we got the last ever Riverfire dump and burn again!

Shame, Riverfire won’t be the same without it.

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