EKKA Parking | Where to Park at the EKKA!

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If you are looking for the best places for EKKA parking, them this article is going to help!

EKKA 2022

If you are looking for the best EKKA parking this year, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve walked around the showgrounds to find our followers some of the closest and cheapest parking options for the best EKKA parking this year!

Is there parking AT the EKKA?

The short answer is no, there is no parking onsite at the EKKA. 

But there is plenty of parking nearby.

Is there FREE parking at the EKKA?

Yes – there is free EKKA parking in 2022.

On weekends and if you are quick you can park very near the EKKA! We found that there is FREE EKKA parking on Gilchrist Avenue, but it’s only on weekends. You’d probably need to be parked up by 9am to secure a spot, but once parked it’s only a 8 minute walk to Gate 6 of EKKA.

FREE EKKA Parking

There is also free parking on Victoria Park Road on the weekends – but it is a longer walk…

FREE EKKA Parking

 If you miss out on a spot on the street, there is additional parking on the Victoria Park sports fields off Gilchrist Avenue available for $35 per day. However, there are cheaper places nearby – keep reading!

Another very close parking option is at Cornerstone Parking on 325 Herston Rd.

Cornerstone Parking for the EKKA

This undercover car park is next to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and is close to the Herston Quarter, UQ Oral Health Centre, RNA Showgrounds and CBD. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this carpark is accessed from Herston Road or Gilchrist Avenue. They do not offer pre-booking online for the EKKA, they only offer drive up prices. At time of writing their daily rate was $32 on weekdays and $25 on weekends.

You can check out their rates for parking for the EKKA here.

Where can we park at a secure parking spot?

We have a few ideas for you and we even did a test run to check out the EKKA parking options from Secure Parking. These are on the ‘other’ side of the EKKA to the ones listed above (by that I mean on the St Paul’s Terrace side of the EKKA, not the Bowen Bridge Road side of the EKKA.)

AAAAND we have just been given a discount parking code for the EKKA for our readers:

By using EKKA22 15% off will apply for any EKKA booking at Valley Metro, McWhirters & 388 Brunswick St.

Previously we have parked at the Valley Metro car park as it is the closest Secure Parking option. We walked to the EKKA entry gates.

Here is what we found:

The walk from the Valley Metro car park to the EKKA

Cheap EKKA Parking

We made the short walk from the car park to the EKKA in around 9 minutes (the maps app says 12 minutes) and it was around 800 metres.

You DO need to cross St Paul’s Terrace which can be busy. Keep a hold of those little hands and look both ways before crossing!

2022 EKKA Parking at Valley Metro

Located at 52 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley, approximately 5-10 minutes walk to Showgrounds.

ALL DAY Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $50

  • Enter after 5am – Exit before 5am

NIGHT Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $30

  • Enter after 4pm – Exit before 7am

Overnight Parking- 6 to 14 Aug – $45

  • Enter between 12pm & 11:45pm
  • Exit between 5am & 12pm the next day

*There is also a $1.10 booking charge.

2022 EKKA Parking at McWhirters Car Park

ALL DAY Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $45

  • Enter after 5am – Exit before 5am

NIGHT Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $25

  • Enter after 4pm – Exit before 7am

Overnight Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $40

  • Enter between 12pm & 11:45pm
  • Exit between 5am & 12pm the next day

*There is also a $1.10 booking charge.

388 Brunswick Street Car Park

ALL DAY Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $40

  • Enter after 5am – Exit before 5am

NIGHT Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $25

  • Enter after 4pm – Exit before 7am

Overnight Parking – 6 to 14 Aug – $35

  • Enter between 12pm & 11:45pm
  • Exit between 5am & 12pm the next day

*There is also a $1.10 booking charge.

Remember by using EKKA22 15% off will apply for any EKKA booking at Valley Metro, McWhirters & 388 Brunswick St.

Trains to the EKKA

If parking is not an option, check out the trains this year!

Discounted train tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children return; an EKKA admission ticket (either a printed or 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.

Looking for CHEAPER EKKA entry and ride passes?

EKKA Discounts

We’ve got a discount code for EKKA entry as well as the scoop on free and discounted food and rides – click here.

3 responses to “EKKA Parking | Where to Park at the EKKA!”

  1. Gary says:

    I am bringing a group of students in a 22 seat bus. Where can I park near the grounds?

  2. Kade T says:

    You can still park at the 325 Herston Road Car Park that is next to the hospital and also next to entry gate 6 to the showgrounds. Only 50 metre walk to the Ekka.

  3. Elaine says:

    Hi was wondering if you can still park at carpark next to the hospital as i parked there last year and just walked across the road to the ekka

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