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Qld prepares to celebrate New Year's Eve

AAP logoAAP 28/12/2016 Rachael Burnett

Queenslanders will say goodbye to 2016 with multiple firework displays in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

The Brisbane River and CBD will be lit up to welcome in the New Year, with entertainment and food stalls at South Bank.

New Year's Eve festivities will also be held at Hamilton's Portside Wharf and Eagle Street Pier in the city.

Family-friendly fireworks are scheduled for 8.30pm before the main event at midnight.

Party-goers will also head to the Gold Coast for a beachfront festival at Surfers Paradise, with fireworks at 8pm and midnight.

There are fears that some southeast revellers could be stranded after Queensland Rail scrapped 235 services on Christmas Day, forcing some commuters into taxis.

The railway operator insists the trains will be running to schedule and is offering free public transport from 9pm on New Year's Eve until 5.30am.

The forecast is for sunny celebrations over the weekend, with highs of 35C predicted for Brisbane, 34C on the Gold Coast and only a slight chance of any showers.

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