Festival to finish with a sparkle
SOME of the military’s most impressive hardware will be on display this afternoon as the annual Riverfire lights up the Brisbane skyline.
Today’s event, which caps off the 22-day Brisbane Festival, will kick off at 3.30pm with displays from aircraft, including the RAAF Roulettes and the Army’s MRH-90 helicopters.
Displays from the RAAF’s new EA-18G Growlers are expected to be one of the crowd favourites and will help mark the start of the night’s pyrotechnics display, which will see 11 tonnes of fireworks launched into the Brisbane sky.
Squadron Leader Jay Tuffley, who flies Roulette One, said it was a “real honour” for the pilots to perform at Riverfire. “It’s pretty awesome for us to be able to put on a display for the 20th Riverfire,” he said.
“It allows people to watch an airshow right in their CBD.
“It’s a phenomenal sight.”
The EA-18G Growlers are some of the newest hardware in the Australian military, capable of providing electronic warfare support by disrupting and deceiving military systems, including radars and communications.
Brisbane Festival artistic director David Berthold said the defence force displays were always a crowd favourite at the annual event. “This is probably the biggest Australian Defence Force display we’ve had,” he said.
“We usually get somewhere towards half a million people lining the river, so it will certainly be a big night.”
But last-minute revellers will be hard-pressed finding a free table along the river tonight, with reservation lists filled months in advance. Tickets for spots at some restaurants cost anywhere between $99 and $160 or more for a three-course meal during the annual spectacular.
Spots at ARIA, along Eagle Street Pier, are said to start filling up the day after Riverfire as customers secure their spots a year in advance.
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