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Celebrate sensibly New Year's revellers told

Good vibrations with sensible libation is the message for New Year's Eve celebrations across Queensland.

More than 80,000 people are expected to flock to South Bank to watch the fireworks that kick off at 8.30pm, followed by the spectacular display at midnight.

Another 50,000 revellers are set to gather in pubs, clubs, restaurants and apartments in the CBD, Fortitude Valley and Caxton Street.

Even more people will line up along the Kangaroo Point cliffs and at the Mount Coot-tha lookout.

As many as 5000 kilograms of fireworks, made up of more than 10,000 individual pyrotechnic effects, will be launched into the sky during the two shows, with the effects to be complemented by an integrated laser light show and synced music.

However, no fireworks will be launched from the Story Bridge. There will be a small barge with fireworks outside the Eagle Street Pier, although that display will last no longer than 10 minutes after midnight.

"New Year's Eve is not like Riverfire where fireworks are launched from all over the city - all the action will be at South Bank," Max Brunner, the director of Skylighter Fireworks, said.

"If you're at Kangaroo Point cliffs you're not going to see much."

Despite light showers across the southeast today, fine conditions are forecast for tonight.

South Bank will lead the festivities in Brisbane as the countdown approaches, with live music performances at Riverside Green and the Cultural Forecourt from 2pm until 7pm.

However, alcohol is banned from the entire South Bank precinct. Those caught trying to smuggle in a sneaky nip or two will be promptly evicted from the parklands.

There will be 135 security officers positioned at the entrances to the parklands on Tribune, Ernest, Sidon and Russell streets checking patron's bags as they pass through the gates from 1pm.

There will also be 200 extra police officers on hand, including mounted police, the public safety response team and the rail and traffic squads, as well as general duties officers.

An additional 200 police will be walking the beat in the CBD and Fortitude Valley.

While many revellers are no doubt planning to party hard to welcome the new year, authorities are hoping they'll drink sensibly while doing so.

"I encourage people going out tonight to have a good time but be very, very sensible," Acting Chief Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said.

"There are a lot of responsible people out there who just want to go out with their families and friends and have dinner and a few drinks and see the new year in without any trouble.

"Unfortunately, we do have elements that do want to go out and can't handle their alcohol and do not consider other people."

But Superintendent Ainsworth said officers would target any drunken louts out to cause trouble or make it difficult for families.

"Behaviour that is not acceptable in the community will be dealt with in a swift manor," he said.

On the Gold Coast, children are invited to dress up as their favourite superhero before attending one of the biggest fireworks shows in the state, with more than 10,000 fireworks to be released from Surfers Paradise beach.

Meanwhile, more than 1.5 million people are expected to watch the Sydney Harbour fireworks. Revellers arrived days ago to set up camp and secure the best vantage points around the harbour.

Pop princess Kylie Minogue, chosen as the event's creative ambassador, developed the theme "Embrace" and chose its colour scheme and soundtrack.

She will be honoured with a musical-note firework which will be one of 100,000 individual pyrotechnic creations this year, including koala, octopus and hand images up in lights.

Fireworks

Brisbane
South Bank at 8.30pm-9pm and midnight-1am.

Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise - 9pm and midnight.
Broadbeach - 8pm and midnight.
Coolangatta - 9pm and midnight [Qld time].
Coomera - 9pm and midnight.
Paradise Point - 9pm.
Robina - 9pm.
Southport - 9pm.

Sunshine Coast.
Mooloolaba at 8.30pm and midnight.

Brisbane Public Transport

All travel on TransLink services will be free of charge from 9pm on New Year's Eve [Monday] until 5.30am on New Year's Day.

Check local bus, train and ferry timetables here

CityCat

QUT Gardens Point terminal will be closed from 6.30pm today until 6am Tuesday January 1.

The following ferry terminals will be closed from 8.20pm until 8.45pm, and 11.50pm until 12.15am for fireworks displays:

South Bank (terminals 1, 2 and 3)
Holman Street
Riverside
Eagle Street Pier
Queensland Maritime Museum
North Quay.

Road Closures

- Victoria Bridge between Melbourne Street and North Quay will be closed to traffic expect buses from 6.30pm to 2am;

- North Quay between Ann Street and Adelaide Street (riverside lanes open to buses);

- Queen's Wharf Road - closed to all traffic including buses from 6.30pm to 2am;

- William Street (between Queen and Elizabeth Streets) - closed to all traffic including buses 6.30pm to 2am;

- George Street (between Elizabeth Street and Burnett Lane) - closed to all traffic including buses from 8pm to 2am;

- Brunswick Street (between McLachlan and Ann Streets) - northbound lanes closed to all traffic from 8.30pm to 5am.

- Story Bridge will remain open all night (no fireworks will be launched from the Story Bridge)

Travel across the Go Between Bridge will be free during New Year's Eve celebrations, with council waiving the toll from 4pm today to 2am tomorrow.

Find more details on road closures here

- with AAP

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