The Ekka is about to kick off for 2019, and if you’ve never been to the show or just want to make the most of your day then we have the experiences to tick off while you’re there. The Royal Queensland Show, or the Ekka as it’s fondly known by the locals, is an annual event held at Brisbane Showground from 9 to 18 August in 2019. Here’s how to make most of the state’s favourite event…
- Explore the agricultural displays and performances
The Ekka has a proud heritage as an agricultural show, and it’s your chance to see some incredible animals and produce from around Queensland. There are displays and performances involving cattle, horses, sheep, fish, chickens and even bees. We find the blacksmithing, bush poetry and sheep shearing competitions particularly fascinating.
- Sweeten the day with iconic strawberry sundaes
Every year at the Ekka the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation makes thousands of delicious strawberry sundaes with a very special show-only recipe and fresh strawberries straight from the farm. Money raised goes towards medical research, which we think makes them taste all the better.
- Sample the area’s finest food at the Woolworths Food Pavilion
The food pavilion is where Queensland’s producers offer their finest. Wander through, sample delicious treats and learn more about Aussie food production. The pavilion includes chef demonstrations for cooking inspiration, as well as daily interactive kitchen sessions that can be booked at the check-in desk.
- Treat the whole family to Dagwood dogs
They’re an Ekka essential! The Brisbane Royal Show is an excuse to channel your inner child and go wild with the fairground experiences you know and love. Buy yourself a Dagwood dog with tomato sauce, bag yourself a showbag and go on some of the dizzying rides before trying your hand in the arcades.
- Finish up the day with EkkaNITES
Sit back at the end of each day and be entertained by two hours of excitement with EkkaNITES, supported by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue. From 6 to 8pm each night the Main Arena will come alive with a thrilling horse riding show, clowns, FMX riders, acrobatic displays, monster trucks and stunt drivers, followed by a spectacular firework display.
For Brisbane city accommodation that’s conveniently close to the showground, why not check into Punthill Apartment Hotels in Brisbane’s city centre. This modern Spring Hill accommodation is close to public transport, the Roma Street Parklands and the best eateries and shopping opportunities of Fortitude Valley. From here’s it’s a short bus ride to the showgrounds, plus you’ll have the Eagle Street Pier close by so you can catch the free ferry to explore new destinations.