Today marks the offical launch of the Ekka’s 140th year. Can we just appreciate that milestone for a second? 140 years of operation. Not bad, not bad at all. There is so much to see and do each and every day. So with that being said, we thought it would be best to overload you with information, just in time your visit this year.
What in the world is the Ekka?
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last… well 140 years. The Ekka is a yearly extravaganza put on in the centre of Brisbane. Showcasing the best of our state in multiple genres. Year to year we see the favourites return, show bags, cute animals, rides and strawberry sundaes!
First opening it’s doors in 1876 to just over 17,000 visitors, the Ekka now boasts crowds of over 400,000 people each year. The Ekka has grown into a world-class event, full of memories passed down through the generations.
By far, the best way to travel to the show would have to be by public transport. Translink are offering return tickets for an awesome price, $6 for adults and $3 for kids/concession. Simply show your pre purchased ticket to Queensland Rail staff for the discount. During the Ekka, Q-Rail operate a special “exhibition” line, running straight through he centre of the show, dropping you right into the middle of the action.
Parking is at a premium during the event, and it is highly recommended to seek alternate options. But if it is a must, we recommend parking at one of the Secure Parking Fortitude Valley locations. You’ll be looking at $30 for the entire day. Your next best bet would be heading to Bramston Terrace Metro Carpark, it will be a bit of a walk (400m), but worth it when you’re only paying $15. For all the parking info you need, I recommend checking out the official Ekka Parking Guide.
Tickets for this years show are a small price of $32 for Adults, and $21 for Children however there are some great discounted tickets available through RACQ and Queensland Rail. This includes your entry into the show. From there you have the opportunity to purchase ride passes, plus all the food and treats your body can handle.
For the first time this year, guests are given the chance to purchase twilight tickets.The new ticket means guests can enjoy Ekka until late, as they watch the sun go down. For just $16 a ticket, half the price of an adult pass, anyone over the age of four can enter the show from 6pm – perfect for an after-work or after- school Ekka trip.
This year the Ekka is welcoming a bunch of new and exciting attractions, competitions, food & drink, and entertainment. Here’s just a few things you can look forward to during your visit.
This year we welcome ‘The Beast’ to Sideshow Alley. The Beast is the largest travelling ride in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s 25m tall and has a swing of over 45m. “Star of the Show” is another Ekka first, it stands over 32m high, and features rotating gondolas. This attraction is sure to provide you with 360 degree views of the Ekka show grounds.
A brand new Children’s fireworks show will be presented nightly from 6pm, featuring a “Colours of the Reef” theme. This is perfect for the young ones who cant make it through till the finale of the Ekka Nites presentation.
It has been years since guests were given the chance to experience the thrill of the Holden Precision Driving Team. As the roar around the Ekka Arena, this year the show pays tribute to this incredible team of sports men.
There is so much to check out at this years show. Don’t forget to grab yourself a Bertie Beatle show bag, and make sure you don’t miss out on a Strawberry Sundae. There is something for every member of the family.
What are you waiting for? Get yourself a ticket to the Ekka and make your way to the 140th Royal Queensland Show.
The entire Escape team will be at this years Ekka, all preparing stunning video and imagery to be shown to you, our fans. Giving you a glimpse into what you can expect from this years event. We hope you enjoy!