The countdown is on to Brisbane’s biggest ever New Year’s Eve celebration, with more than 50,000 firework and light displays set to light up the city skyline, including a new kilometre-long rainbow that will stretch from Goodwill to Victoria Bridge.

Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said there would be several top spots for residents and visitors to catch the highly-anticipated New Year’s Eve displays for free, from Northshore Hamilton through to Toowong.

“This year is set to be Brisbane’s biggest and best yet, with an extra 10,000 individual special effects added to this year’s spectacular line up,” Cr Adams said.

“We are still a few days away from the big celebration, but nine barges are already set up in the Brisbane River and being loaded with more than eight tonnes of fireworks.

“The barges are at Eagle Street, Howard Smith Wharves, Portside Wharf and for the first time, the Regatta in Toowong.

“We have many new fireworks effects planned, including Italian Style Farfalla Shells, Snowdrop Shells and Blinking stars.

“These celebrations are more than just fireworks, and I can reveal that this year the night sky will be painted with a kilometre-long rainbow from Goodwill to Victoria Bridge, along with a few other special surprises too.

“We’re creating plenty for residents to see and do, with food trucks and entertainment at South Bank and the 8.30pm display will feature the biggest songs of 2019.

“For those ringing in the new year, the midnight display will include a live countdown featuring the most played songs of the decade.”

Cr Adams said public transport would be the best way to travel quickly and safely to the inner-city and encouraged visitors to plan their journeys ahead of time.

“Given the size of the celebrations, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead as there’ll be various road closures, changed parking and access conditions for key points,” she said.

“This much-loved tradition is the most popular event on the calendar, and we have planned extra bus and ferry services, with free public transport from 7.45pm until 5.30am, to help everyone move around more easily.”

For more information about the New Year’s Eve road closures and public transport options, visit or, or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.