What you need to know about the Ekka

The Ekka is short for “Exhibition” and every year Brisbane hold one big party. So if your a visitor and looking for something local with that Aussie flavor, you can’t go past the Ekka.

So Brisbane backpackers here’s what you need to know.

WHEN:  August 11-20

WHERE: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills

TIMES: Gates open 9am and close 9pm daily. Some attractions finish earlier.  Ekka IgNITES starts at 6pm each night from August 12 in the Energex Community Arena.

TICKETS (one day): Adult $25, concession $19, child (5-14 years) $15, Family A (two adults, two children) $60, Family B (one adult, one child) $35.

PACKAGES: Single Ride Deal (one day + 55 x $1 coupons) $67, Family Ride Deal (two adults, two children + 55 x $1 coupons) $105.

EXHIBITS AND PAVILIONS (open 9am, close varies): Animal Boulevard, Automotive, Brisbane Markets Agricultural Hall (opens 10.30am August 12), Bushman’s Trading Post (opens 7.45am daily), Dairy Industry Hall, Home & Outdoor Living, John Reid Wool Pavilion, Lifestyle & Leisure, National Science Week, Queensland Government, Gourmet Harvest Alfresco Dining, Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion, Sideshow Alley.

RIDES – Kids’ Rides: Toontown, Samba Balloon Race, Rockin Tug, Outback Pony Rides, Millers Maze of Mirrors, Millers Circus Slide, Magic Circus, Jurassic Rollercoaster (new), Grand Carousel, Fungee Bungee, Euro Slide, Dodgem Cars, Cartoon Cars.