Everybody loves Ekka: don’t miss The Royal Queensland Show!

When: Friday, August 10, to Sunday, August 19, 2018; opens daily at 9am
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds at 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

Everything you want in a show is at this year’s Ekka, which is celebrating 141 years of bringing the best of the country to the city!

There’s SO much to do at EKKA Royal Queensland Show. But here’s a few of our favourite things:

  • Interact with cuddly creatures at the animal nursery and petting zoo, cradle-a-chick, pat-a-pig or even milk a cow!
  • Take in a display or animal competition; sheep dog trials, woodchopping and sawing, cat shows, decorated cake displays, cooking demos and a whole lot more.
  • Buy a showbag (or two). No visit to EKKA is complete without a wander through the showbag pavilion, with goodies for everyone in the family – even your pets!
  • Test your skills with a stroll down sideshow alley.
  • Rides, rides, rides!
  • Take a peek inside the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion and Gourmet Plaza or grab some traditional favourites like strawberries and cream.
  • Stick around for EkkaNITES in the main arena from 6-8pm with a FREE action packed show of world-class acts including monster trucks, FMX riders and of course fireworks.

Oh, and don’t forget the EKKA Public Holiday which falls on Wednesday the 15th of August – perfect for those Brisbanites who are looking for a midweek getaway!

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Save the date: plan a well-deserved break

We have assembled a list of “significant” dates for Queensland in 2018 that include public and school holidays.

Get your head around the options and then start planning a well-deserved break before the year has passed you by. And believe you me, it will if you don’t get cracking!

WHAT: EASTER – it’s almost here!
WHEN: Friday March 30-Monday, April 2, 2018

WHAT: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4 (Opening Ceremony)-Sunday, April 15 (Closing Ceremony)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WHAT: Labour Day – you can thank the union movement for this annual holiday that came about as a result of the success of union advocacy for “the eight hour a day movement”. In Brisbane, there are still marches held on and around Labour Day
WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018

WHAT: Quandamooka Festival, Redlands and Moreton Bay – a month long celebration of indigenous culture in the region. Check out for whale watching, culture tours, forums and bush tucker dining events
WHEN: Sunday, July1-Sunday, September 30, 2018

WHAT: Abbey Medieval Festival, Caboolture – it was around way before GOT went bonkers and it is growing bigger every year. There’s a tournament with jousting, ladies wearing pointy hats and veils, vessels with pestles and flagons with dragons and blokes wandering around in chain mail. What’s not to like?
WHEN: Saturday, July 14-Sunday, July 15, 2018

WHAT: Ekka Wednesday for the Royal Queensland show (Brisbane only)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WHAT: Queen’s Birthday – Her Majesty’s actual birth date is April 21 but, hey, who’s complaining?
WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2018

Queensland school holidays for 2018: dates may differ for some independent schools
End Term 1: Holidays commence on Easter Friday, March 30; return Tuesday, April 17)
End Term 2: Holidays commence on Saturday, June 30; return Monday, July 16
End Term 3: Holidays commence on Saturday, September 22; return Monday, October 8
End Term 4: Christmas holidays commence on Saturday, December 15, 2018

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