Top 10 Things To Do At The Brisbane Ekka 2016

Quick Overview of Brisbane Ekka: 

The Royal Queensland Show (Or the Ekka, as its commonly referred too), is Queensland’s largest annual event. Held in the Brisbane RNA showgrounds, the show brings together visitors from all over Australia to celebrate and showcase the life and achievements of our state. 

What Is It? 

Featuring live music, all kinds of delicious foods, performances, show rides, art and animals, the Brisbane Ekka really does have something for everyone. Check out our picks below for the top 10 things to do at the Brisbane Ekka! 

Top 10 Things To Do At The Brisbane Ekka 2016:

1. Check out the barnyard animals
One of our favourite parts of the Brisbane Ekka would have to be the Animals. Head over to the Animal Boulevard where you can see and touch an array of interesting and cute animals such as goats, lambs, calves and more! 
2. Ride on the ferris wheel 
Another one of our favourite Brisbane Ekka activities is the ferris wheel, jump on and ride to the top where you’ll get a one of a kind view of the entire showgrounds!
3. Pick out a showbag
With hundreds of different showbags to choose from, you’re sure to find one you’ll love! If you want to check out what showbags will be on offer this year, check out the official Ekka Showbag page here:
4. Bump around in the Dodgem Cars
A huge hit with kids and adults alike, we love jumping into the dodgem cars and wreaking some havoc! 
5. Try out some of the rides at Side Show Alley
Looking for some good old fashioned fun! Head on down to sideshow alley, where you’ll find hundreds of rides that the whole family will enjoy
6. Try out an iconic dagwood dog
We cannot visit the Brisbane Ekka without indulging ourselves in a delicious and iconic dagwood dog. If you’d prefer to try something a little sweeter, another huge favourite is the strawberry sundae! 
7. Visit the haunted house
We love visiting the haunted house, which is sure to make your heart race!
8. Watch the horse competitions in the main arena 
We love watching the horses compete and perform in the main arena
9. Watch the fireworks 
What better way to finish off a fun day at the Brisbane Ekka than to watch some beautiful fireworks? 
10. Grab a drink at the Stockman’s Bar
The XXXX Stockman’s Bar is the best place to grab a steak and wash it down with an ice cold beer or soft drink

When Is It & How Do I Book Tickets? 

The Brisbane Ekka 2016 will be opening its doors on Friday 5th of August, and stays open until Sunday 14th of August 
The gates open at 9:00AM and close at 8:30PM
To book tickets, head over to the Brisbane Ekka website here:
The team over at Brisbane Kids have also written a post on how to save money at the Ekka with kids – make sure you check it out!

Check out this massive pumpkin we saw last year at the Brisbane Ekka!

How Do I Get There? 

The Brisbane Ekka is located at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane City. Please keep in mind that there is limited parking available, and that public transport is available close to the CBD. For more information check out the detailed map below: 

What Should I Bring? 

We recommend bringing some good ankle supporting shoes, the Brisbane Ekka is huge and you’ll do lots of walking whilst you explore the entire show! We also recommend bringing along a jacket, as it does get rather chilly once the sun goes down if you plan on staying late.

It’s also a good idea to take some sunscreen for through the day, and of course don’t forget to bring your camera! Finally, we also recommend bringing along some cash. There are ATM’s located at the Brisbane Ekka, however they often have huge lines! 

One of the attractions at Sideshow Alley!

One of the attractions at Sideshow Alley!

What Do You Think?

Have you ever been to the Brisbane Ekka and have some thoughts to add? Please let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear your ideas and feedback! Also make sure you subscribe to our newsletter for free updates on the latest stuff to do in Brisbane, and share this post with your friends using the buttons below.

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