UPDATED FOR 2020: EKKA Discounts for Families | Get Cheap EKKA Tickets!

EKKA Discounts
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The Ekka 2020 has been cancelled

It is just the third time in the Ekka’s 143-year history that the show has been cancelled. It was previously cancelled in 1919 due to the Spanish Flu epidemic and in 1942 when the grounds were used as a World War II staging depot. The Ekka looks forward to bringing the community together once again as planning is underway on the 2021 Show.

Missing your showbags? Find out where to buy showbags online here.

Will we still get the Ekka holiday in 2020?

The answer is YES! We WILL still get the Ekka Wednesday show day in Brisbane.

The EKKA holiday for Brisbane City Council area will be Friday 14th August, 2020.

Ekka 2019

Looking for EKKA discounts and cheap EKKA tickets for your family?

Read our 2019 EKKA SHOWBAG review here

With the countdown to the ‘the Royal Queensland Show’ on, the Ekka at the Brisbane Showgrounds are offering families opportunities to save again this year by pre-purchasing their EKKA tickets online for the 10 days of show. We have a range of family discount passes including single parent families, 10 day passes, ride packages and more.

When is the EKKA on in 2019?

This year’s dates for the EKKA are Friday 9 August 2019 – Sunday 18 August 2019.

When is the EKKA public holiday?

The EKKA public holiday varies depending on which region you are in.

For Brisbane city residents, the official Ekka public holiday (also known as People’s Day), is on Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Many areas in regional Queensland recognise the show holiday on Monday 12 August 2019, including:

  • Bundaberg region – within the postcode of 4671
  • City of Redland
  • Goondiwindi region – the area covered by the former Shire of Inglewood within the boundaries of the parishes of Wyemo, Beebo, Texas, Silverspur, Arcot, Gunyan, Bonshaw, Maiden Head, Aitkin’s Flat and the town of Texas
  • Gympie – Goomeri Township, Parish of Goomeribong
  • Lockyer Valley region
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay region
  • North Burnett region – Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Mount Perry and Monto Areas
  • Scenic Rim region
  • Shire of Balonne – outside the postcode of 4486
  • Shire of Cherbourg
  • Somerset region
  • South Burnett region
  • Toowoomba region – the part of the Toowoomba Regional Council area covered by Yarraman, Upper Yarraman and Cooyar
  • Western Downs region – Tara

Savings for families at this year’s EKKA

During July we had an exclusive Families Magazine code for discounts, but now we are in August you will find that Klook offers the cheapest way to get to the Ekka.

Discount Ekka tickets cheaper on Klook website

Rest assured we will ALWAYS let you know the BEST deal and it is cheapest on one of my favourite websites – Klook!!  – click here

In 2019 there are EKKA family passes, adult and child passes and twilight tickets! Prices have been held with an adult and child pass still $45, (only $40 on Klook) concession tickets still $25, twilight tickets at $20, and last year’s new Family Pass price still $80 for 2 adults and 2 kids (only $70 on Klook)

You can also grab 10 day passes for $100!

EKKA discounts for rides and food

Last year there were discounts for rides and food – special passes you could buy. We have not found these special passes in 2019…. but there ARE ride discounts when you buy in bulk… you can see all the Ekka ride prices here.

Ekka Rides - EKKA Discounts

The below food & ride passes are not being offered in 2019

$50 Gourmet Plaza Food & Beverage Discount Card – Cost = $45

Must be redeemed at an Ekka Info Booth to receive a pre-loaded card valued at $50.00. Pre-loaded Food & Drink Cards are valid at participating RNA & Gourmet Plaza food & beverage outlets including XXXX Stockmen’s Bar & Grill, XXXX Cattlemen’s Bar, XXXX Woodchop Bar, JBS Steakhouse and Fashion Stage Bar.

$150 Discount Ride Card – Cost = $120

Must be redeemed at an Ekka Info Booth to receive a pre-loaded card valued at $150.00. Pre-loaded Ride Cards are valid at all Side Show Alley and Children’s Carnival rides.

$100 Discount Ride Card – Cost = $85

Must be redeemed at an Ekka Info Booth to receive a pre-loaded card valued at $100.00. Pre-loaded Ride Cards are valid at all Side Show Alley and Children’s Carnival rides.

$50 Discount Ride Card – Cost = $45

Must be redeemed at an Ekka Info Booth to receive a pre-loaded card valued at $50.00. Pre-loaded Ride Cards are valid at all Side Show Alley and Children’s Carnival rides.

How much do rides cost at the EKKA this year?

Experience the thrills and excitement of the Ekka with two adrenaline-charged carnival precincts.

If you’re a serious adrenaline junkie or looking for the classic family favourites like the giant Ferris wheel, head to Sideshow Alley. The 100+ rides and games will have you laughing (or screaming!) for hours.

While the little daredevils are guaranteed a fun-filled time at the Children’s Carnival near the RACQ Animal Nursery.

The average cost of a ride at the EKKA is around $8 this year with some being cheaper and some being more expensive.

Read about all the rides and the prices for this year by clicking here.

ekka rides prices and passes

Super Seniors Day 

Thursday 15 August 2019

Adding to the great value on offer in 2019 are the three super saver passes, including the new Super Seniors Day on Thursday 15 August.

Seniors will get a ten per cent discount on their $25 pass online, plus there is increased seniors entertainment including performances by famous singers Normie Rowe and Jackie Love.

FREE Things to Do at the EKKA

RACQ Animal Nursery Ekka

There are more than 300 free things to do and see each day at the EKKA this year which makes it a family friendly, low budget opportunity if you plan your day/s appropriately.

EKKA discounts and tickets are available at www.ekka.com.au.

If you are a member, you can also try www.racq.com.au for discounted tickets.

But take our advice and DO IT NOW as many of the discounts WILL END before the EKKA starts!

Editors Tip: The Klook website currently have the best deals for the Ekka.

Discounted transport options to get to the EKKA

Buses to the EKKA

Herston busway station is the main bus hub this year, with shuttles from Carindale and Eight Mile Plains and route 330, 333 and 340 buses from Chermside.

Cheap trains to the EKKA

Trains arrive and depart from Exhibition Station right in the middle of the Brisbane Showgrounds and dedicated Ekka buses stop close to entry gates.

Ekka loop services will run regularly to Exhibition station from 8.50am to 11pm, stopping at Roma Street, Central and Fortitude Valley stations. For those who like it retro, a steam train will run the loop from 10am until 3.45pm on the Ekka Show Holiday, Wednesday 14 August.

Timetables are available on the TransLink website and by calling 13 12 30.

Discounted train tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children return; an Ekka admission ticket (either a hard ticket or online ticket on your mobile phone) must be produced.

The tickets are valid on all zones and on all modes of transport (excluding Airtrain) and are valid for the whole day. The tickets can be purchased from staffed rail stations and onboard buses, however please note while tickets purchased from a rail station can be purchased in advance and dated accordingly, ticket on buses can only be purchased on the day of travel.

Airtrain Deal

If you’re travelling from the airport, Airtrain is offering a $30 return fare between Brisbane Airport and the City. Just enter the promo code 2019EKKA when booking to redeem this offer. Click here to book.

Uber and taxis as transport to the EKKA

It’s only a short Uber or taxi ride to the Ekka from the city. Leave your car in the city and catch an Uber or taxi directly to the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Cycling to the EKKA

Although cycling inside the grounds is off limits, there are secure bike racks located in Carriage and King Streets.

Ekka last day specials

If you are like me and love a bargain, you might want to consider going to the Ekka again on the last day! On the last Sunday of show, designated outlets around the Ekka grounds will be offering 2 for 1 of your favourite food items – double the fun without blowing out the budget. 

Looking for cheap EKKA parking?


We’ve got discount parking codes to help you save money on parking so you have more money for dagwood dogs, rides and show bags. Click here for all your parking discounts for the Ekka 2019.

10 responses to “UPDATED FOR 2020: EKKA Discounts for Families | Get Cheap EKKA Tickets!”

  1. Sharon Reynolds says:

    EKKA is offering discounted food and ride passes the same as you mentioned NOT being offered for 2019 from 5.1 in your table of contents.
    What I can’t find is if a single $150 ride pass is able to be used by all members of the family or just one individual.

  2. Sandie says:

    Tiffany, Where can I buy these cheap ride tickets?

  3. Tai says:

    When does the ekka open for the presale tickets pls? Or is it just the 9th as mentioned above? Thank you.

  4. Andrew says:

    Where do I buy or get EKKA tickets for a family (2 adults & 2 children) either cheaper then normal entry, half-price or less, or free entry. I am a low-income family with concession card.

  5. Wayne says:

    Well said Sal!!

  6. Sal says:

    Take your own drinks and food. This saves a bundle. Set a limited one food sample bag & one novelty bag. Two rides.
    Spend the day looking at the free displays and animals. So much more to the EKKA than rides & bags.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Adult and child $42 ticket. If you go Tuesday 9th there are 2 for 1 rides all day. If you are a member of RACQ you can also get Unlimited Rides band $50 but this is for Thursday only 10am-2pm. Entry tickets are same price there also. Rides are $8-$12 each normally. ?

  8. Nicola says:

    Can anyone give me advice on cheapest options to go to Ekka im a songle mum of a 13yr old and have never been to the Ekka , want to take him this year obviously hell want to go on some rides , ive looked at all the passes snd ss ususl a family 2x ad 2x kids thy look like great concessions but im a fam 1x ad 1x child ….
    I want to budget so he can do some rides slso does anyone kn9w its confussing when u try and work it out

    Please help

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