History of Brisbane Festival and Riverfire

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Riverfire marks the end of the Brisbane Festival with a banging fireworks display. It is the end to a three-week long celebration of culture, art, science, and community. The Brisbane Festival has only been annual since 2009, but over the years it has brought crowds from all over and helped bolster the local economy. The festival has made a name for itself around the world and is Brisbane’s biggest cultural event.

Prior to 2009, in the late 1990’s, the Brisbane Festival was a biennial arts festival that was established to “foster the arts”.  Around the same time another festival was emerging, RiverFestival. RiverFestival was a “river-based celebration combined with community engagement”. The message of the festival was sustainability, but also had a broad focus on culture, environmental science, and sport. These two festivals were combined to create the current Brisbane Festival.


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Throughout the three weeks of the Brisbane Festival, you can enjoy everything from cabarets to film to magic. The celebrations then end on 29th September with Riverfire.

Brisbane Riverfire Events

The day of Riverfire is packed with theater, music, closing Brisbane Festival parties, and fireworks. There are a number of venues hosting Riverfire events- Riverlife, Sunsuper, Micat, and many more. But if you’re looking to escape the crowds during Riverfire and just enjoy the celebrations, then Riverfire at Riverlife is the event to attend.


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Spend the early part of the day exploring the CBD and taking in the last bits of the Brisbane Festival. Then make your way down the riverfront path to the Naval Stores along Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The riverfront marquees let you relax along the Brisbane River and take in the setting sun. Entry to Riverfire at Riverlife gives you a meal, dessert, drink tokens, and live entertainment. You’ll also have great seats to the Riverfire military display. And when the fireworks start, you’ll have one of the best vantage points in Brisbane for Riverfire’s full display.

Must Do Events in Brisbane at Riverlife

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Brisbane is a hustling and bustling city, full of life and culture. With a lively arts culture, musical entertainment that crushes every concert, and holiday events that get you to let your hair down and live a little, Brisbane is the city to travel to for a holiday. This is a rundown on fun events in Brisbane that are hosted by Riverlife. Our prime location, nestled against the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Brisbane River is easily accessible and makes for a fantastic venue to attend an event.

Must Do Events in Brisbane

Riverfire at Riverlife

Did someone say fireworks? If you thought New Years Eve was all about the Fireworks, then you’ve obviously never attended the Brisbane Festival, Riverfire. The skyline is lit up from the east to the west, the north to the south. The Brisbane Festival displays the military’s most impressive hardware and skill. The airshow in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD is one sight you must see. Riverlife is one of the best vantage points to view Riverfire and is a must do event in Brisbane. Located along the City Riverwalk and nestled against the Kangaroo Point Cliffs with views of the river and city landscape you’ll not only have one of the best viewings of Riverfire, but you’ll be at Brisbane’s best Riverfire event! General admission to Riverlife’s Riverfire event gets you a delicious plate of food, drink tickets, and live entertainment.

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Five Flavours Beer Festival

Ekka Wednesday, a public holiday in the middle of the week- a lot of pros and cons of that scheduling. You don’t want to wander far out of town since you have work in the morning and it doesn’t really give you enough time to go on an overnight trip. But it’s a day off! You want to get out and enjoy it. Let off some steam. Clear your head. Maybe have a sesh with your mates and kick back for a while. While there are lots of fantastic things to do in Brisbane during Ekka, Five Flavours Beer Festival is hands-down one of the best events in Brisbane. Five Flavours Festival is a low-key competition between beer and cider. This is where you settle the argument over which is better- beer or cider. Five Flavours Festival is put on by Riverlife, giving you the perfect location to kick back with the mates near the river and enjoy the holiday.

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New Years Eve at Riverlife

Welcome in the New Year with a bang and breathtaking views of the city and Brisbane River! Riverlife’s New Years Eve party is one of the ‘biggest parties of the year’– we’ll leave it to you to figure out which year. This Brisbane New Years Eve party includes delicious food, unique cocktails, and live entertainment. There will fireworks, lots and lots of fireworks. And if you’re looking for an even more special way to ring in the New Year, schedule an evening kayak on the river and take in the fireworks up close. Kayaking Brisbane at night, especially on a night when the sky is lit up with fireworks is a unique Brisbane experience everyone should take a crack at once.

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo in Brisbane is one celebration you don’t want to skip out on. The celebration brings us sombreros, a banging night of salsa dancing, and the miscellaneous donkey. This Riverlife event lets you immerse yourself in Mexican culture, cuisine, and cocktails! This is one of the best family-friendly events in Brisbane. Join us all day or for a few hours, celebrate and enjoy one of the best things to do in Brisbane.

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3 Reasons Why Team Building Activities are Better Outdoors

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Have you noticed lately that your employees don’t seem as motivated or aren’t interacting with one another the way you’d like to see? Group morale is down and maybe productivity has tanked with it. You’ve got to come up with something great to get everyone out of this work rut they’re stuck in and get them motivated again.

To keep your employees from hitting a brick wall with their creativity and get them back to working in a collaborative team setting, it might be time for an outdoor team building activity to refocus! The outdoors gives everyone energy and hits the reset button on the mind in order to get the juices flowing again. The outdoors is a great place to spread out and participate in group activities outside of the office setting. Plus, a picnic or BBQ on a beautiful day to go along with team building activities makes for an even more memorable work event experience.

Here are 3 reasons why your next team building activity should be outdoors:

Ideas flow easier and departments learn from each other in new ways.

The outdoors is somewhere where people feel comfortable and won’t feel the pressure of an office environment where the “nose to the grindstone 24/7” vibe is ever-present. Being outdoors for a team activity lets down the professional guard and prompts people to communicate and share ideas with coworkers they normally wouldn’t see or talk to on a consistent basis. Remember: new spaces with new people inspire new ideas! Spending time with coworkers that don’t normally interact with one another will bring about conversations about work (naturally), making it so that employees can learn something from one another and together they can improve the company as a whole. Being in a more casual space such as the outdoors enables employees to learn more, foster ideas for workplace improvements in different areas of the company, and make new friends! Employees will have a great time enjoying the outdoors with their coworkers while unknowingly building relationships that can help them work better together.

Boost team morale, strengths, and productivity with some Vitamin D in the outdoors.

Most people are not able to sit in one room all day and focus, let alone one desk! Getting employees out of the office and away from their desk to catch some vitamin D can be a huge boost for individual and team morale. Outdoor group activities can bring different strengths to your team that may not be brought in an office environment. Getting into nature and bonding with one another while doing group activities such as kayaking or rock climbing helps build team unity and communication organically. That can translate into working better as a group and having synergy back at the office. When you know someone personally and have participated in a fun outdoor adventure with them, you are more likely to work with them better in the office because your bond now goes beyond just “co-workers”. Getting out of the office and into nature gives the brain a much needed a break and refresh. Hitting a brick wall with work is the real deal, and sometimes the only way to get re-inspired is to get away from work for an afternoon and not think about it. Doing a fun outdoor activity with coworkers is the perfect way to step away from the desk in order to refocus on the goals. Your team may even find inspiration for their work through the outdoor challenges.

Incorporating multiple team building activities allows your team to explore each other’s strengths.

Outdoor team building activities give you have endless activities and challenges to choose from, giving you the most out of the team building experience. In the outdoors, there is something for everyone – from the adrenaline junkie to the smooth sailor, so it is safe to say that an outdoor team building activity will be a hit with most everyone. Challenging employees to try a new outdoor activity, work together to overcome physical barriers, and enjoy each other’s company will help give them a well-rounded team experience and leave them with a positive memory of working together.

Finding a way to help employees decompress from work is crucial if you want to continue having a healthy and happy workplace, and let’s face it – you can’t decompress from work at work. The outdoors is the ideal location for your next work event in Brisbane. You’ll experience better participation from your employees because you’re breaking them from their daily routine and keeping them entertained with activities they wouldn’t normally do during a workday.

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You don’t need to go far in Brisbane to find a variety of outdoor team building activities and the perfect offsite meeting area. At Riverlife we offer team building activities such as kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, rollerblading, and outdoor laser tag. The Cannon Room is our premier offsite meeting room, located onsite and just steps from the river and adventure activities. Riverlife has been a functions centre for 13 years and is dedicated to providing the best team building experience in Brisbane.

Outdoor experiences tend to inspire creativity, increase higher energy levels, and increase productivity. Every workplace will have its ups and downs, but implementing outdoor team building activities into your companies schedule will boost morale and camaraderie between employees and make for a more effective and efficient work environment.

So what’s your plan for your next team building activity in Brisbane? Call Riverlife today for a private adventure team building booking and get your team out of that work rut!