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Your ultimate guide to Skyfire 2018

HerCanberra Team

To cap off a spectacular Enlighten Festival 2018, Skyfire is ready to light up your Saturday night. 

For the uninitiated, Hit 104.7’s Skyfire is a fireworks display synchronised to music, which will play live on Hit 104.7. It’s a great evening out for everyone and the perfect excuse for a BBQ or picnic to enjoy the last of the warm weather.

To make sure your evening is the best it can be, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to Skyfire 2018.

TIMES

Skyfire kicks off ay 8.30 pm so make sure you’re in the right spot by then.

Regatta Point will also host a huge pre-show bonanza of entertainment, including a live performance by The Potbelleez. Click here for all the details.

CHECKLIST

  • A blanket or picnic rug. Pillows if you’re feeling fancy
  • Camping chairs
  • A radio or fully charged smartphone – you can listen to the soundtrack live via the website
  • Jumpers and warm layers – the forecast might be 33 degrees but it’s bound to drop after the sun goes down
  • Food + drink – eskies are a good idea
  • A plastic bag for any rubbish you generate
  • Cameras or smartphones
  • Sturdy shoes for walking back to the car in the dark
  • A torch or a smartphone with torch setting so you can make sure you don’t forget anything after the fireworks finish and it’s dark

TRANSPORT + PARKING

Obviously, the lake is large and there is parking. However, if you’re keen to get away quickly and with minimal fuss, why not catch public transport?

You can find information about ACTION’s extra services and FREE chartered buses home here.

As for parking, the National Capital Authority has all the info you need.

Hit 104.7 has also put together a great list of road closures for the night so you don’t get stuck.

WHERE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS

LAKESIDE – BUZZING

REGATTA POINT – ROND TERRACE – CARILLON – PATRICK WHITE LAWNS – JACK ROSS PARK – TREVELLIAN QUAY

This is essentially a nice way of saying spots by the lake that will be, let’s be honest, busy.

But hey, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For one, they’re usually the best spots with plenty of gentle slopes that create tiered seating. Secondly, if your radio carks it, you can always listen to someone else’s!

Lastly, the buzzy atmosphere is one of the best things about Skyfire so don’t be afraid of the crowds, just be prepared, get there nice and early to grab a great spot and be aware that getting home will take a while due to traffic.

PARKING: 5/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 7/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 8/10

LAKESIDE – QUIET

BOWEN PARK – NATIONAL ROSE GARDENS – ACTON BEACH – BLACK MOUNTAIN PENINSULA 

These spots might not have a direct view of the fireworks launch site, but you’ll definitely be able to see them in the sky. Because of this, they’ll likely have fewer people there too, which is a plus for big groups or families with small children.

PARKING: 7/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 10/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 8/10

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

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Great for lakeside seating and with a direct view of the fireworks, these spots usually fill up pretty quickly so get there as early as possible. You’ll also be able to find extra parking within the ANU campus.

PARKING: 7/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 8/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 7/10

ANZAC PARADE – THE WAR MEMORIAL

The steps of the AWM will be one of the best places to catch the fireworks, with gentle slopes and plenty of parking up the back towards Campbell High School.

PARKING: 10/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 10/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 7/10

THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Dairy Farmer Hill and other hills at the Arboretum are great for watching the fireworks, however, you do want to get there early as there’s a limited amount of parking on site and you could miss out. There is also limited to no amenities.

PARKING: 6/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 10/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 8/10

MT AINSLIE – MT PLEASANT – BLACK MOUNTAIN – RED HILL

The view from Mount Ainslie

Like the Arboretum, these vantage points are spot on for viewing the show, however, they have few amenities (i.e toilets) so keep that in mind if you’re taking kids. There’s also a limited amount of parking up the top of most of these spots, so get there early or be prepared to miss out.

PARKING: 6/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 6/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 10/10

KINGSTON FORESHORE

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The Kingston Foreshore is a smart bet for Southsiders who want to avoid parking dramas. Lots of lakeside seating along Trevillian Quay along to Bowen Park means there’s a spot for everyone.

PARKING: 9/10 

GOOD FOR KIDS: 10/10

GOOD FOR GROUPS: 8/10

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