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UPDATED: 20 Things to Do this EKKA Public Holiday in Brisbane!

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We’ve rounded up a fantastic list of 20 things you can do this EKKA public holiday.

Check the Brisbane weather first (clue: always awesome!), then click on the links for further details for things to do on the Brisbane EKKA public holiday and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments below.

When is the EKKA public holiday in 2020?

The EKKA public holiday is usually celebrated on the middle Wednesday of the 10 day show. Here is a list of which dates the EKKA is celebrate on in each region in greater Brisbane:

  • Brisbane City Council USUALLY celebrates show day on Wednesday 12th August 2020
  • Redland City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020
  • Logan City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020
  • Moreton Region celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020

But… the million dollar question is:

Will we still get the EKKA holiday in 2020?

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

However this year, the EKKA holiday for Brisbane City Council area will be Friday 14th August, 2020.

Things to Do on the EKKA Public Holiday Brisbane

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1. Strawberry Picking Various locations

Make the most of the EKKA public holiday outdoors and escape the city. Strawberry picking will make lovely memories with your munchkins.

2. Family Friendly Cinema Trip Various locations

Avoid the Brisbane EKKA queues this public holiday and head on our to a movie theatre in Brisbane.

Use our Family Friendly guide to find a cinema close to you for a family friendly movie to keep you all happy!

3. The Ginger Factory Yandina

Make the most of the Brisbane EKKA public holiday by taking a day trip up the coast and visit the Ginger Factory. So much to see and do (and eat!)

4. Make Pikelets Anywhere

Stay in and spend some quality time in the kitchen with your little ones. Read our hilarious recipe for making pikelets here.

Find other recipe ideas here.

Geocaching in Brisbane

5. Geocaching Various locations

Have you tried this amazing outdoor treasure hunt? Make a day of it and pack a picnic. Everything you need to know is listed on this geocaching with kids link.

6. Easy Indoor Activities for Kids Anywhere

We have some great ideas if you just want to stay at home and make the most of the midweek break we like to call the EKKA public holiday! These winter ideas for games at home are easy and fun!

7. Dino Zoo | Gardens Point

Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur? Dino Zoo at The Cube is the closest you can get to the real thing – minus the danger of being eaten! Their life-sized dinosaurs are the most scientifically accurate portrayals of these creatures in the world. And, thanks to artificial intelligence, the dinosaurs will even behave like the real thing, based on a set of behavioural parameters for each species. This is the first time that these dinosaurs have been portrayed to this level of accuracy using current movement studies as well as matching their locomotion and stride to existing trackways.

8. Take the Kids on a Fairy Adventure

Brisbane fairies at Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Nursery

We’ve compiled a list of cool places for kids to find fairies in Brisbane! This EKKA public holiday get ready to be a kid again as the wonderment and magic of fairy dust is sprinkled throughout your life (and possibly your car). Wiggle your nose, tap your toes and away we go!

9. Science at Home | Walking Water Science Experiment

The Walking Water science experiment is a wonderful colourful and fun way to teach kids about absorption and mixing primary colours. Everything you need, you will probably already have at home. Find out what to do here.

10. NASA – A Human Adventure | South Brisbane

NASA – A Human Adventure is a thrilling journey through humankind’s exploration of space.

Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.

NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, featuring an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artifacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs. The objects on display include original space flown objects, high fidelity replicas and scale models.

11. Island Fashions | South Bank

Visit the Children’s Art Centre to explore fashion and adornment through creative hands-on and multimedia activities created by artists from Australia and the Pacific especially for children and families. Join in a paper folding activity by Grace Lillian Lee, design your own textile pattern in a multimedia interactive by Letila Mitchell, and create a wearable accessory inspired by the work of Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James.

Island Fashion

12. Train ride, various locations

We have put together a comprehensive guide to half day train trips around Brisbane. Take a look and plan your day.

Shorncliffe Line

Ferny Grove Line

City Train Stations

Caboolture Train Line

Mt Nebo Day Trips from Brisbane

13. Day Trip Mt Nebo

Mt Nebo, in Brisbane’s backyard is an ideal place for a day trip with kids. It’s just 30 minutes North West of Brisbane and has so much to offer. Head out along Mt Nebo Road through The Gap for a truly wonderful experience for your children. Read our guide to Mt Nebo.


14. Day Trip Samford

Cedar Creek has long been a popular day trip from Brisbane for families. Cedar Creek runs approximately 20 kilometers from the Mt Glorious state forest to where it adjoins the South Pine River in Eaton’s Hill. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day.

Horse Riding in Brisbane

15. Horse Riding Various locations

Let the children try something different and enjoy the outdoors by going horse riding. Check out our Brisbane horse riding guide for kids for all you need to know.

16. Day Trip | Maleny Dairies

Visit Maleny Diaries, one of our favourite destinations. The children will have a ball and you will all learn something new this Ekka public holiday.

17. City Hall Clock Tower Tours | Brisbane

Enjoy the old-world charm of our Clock Tower tours. Step into the original 1930s hand-operated lift, travel past the Art Deco-styled clock face to arrive at the final, 64m-high platform for a bird’s-eye view of the city. There is a reason this has been a time-honoured tradition for Brisbane families for almost 90 years.

Tickets are free and allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain a ticket in person on the day of your visit at the Museum of Brisbane reception on level 3 of Brisbane City Hall. Only eight people can fit into the lift, including the lift operator.

18. Boggo Road Gaol | Dutton Park

Discover the 119 year history of Boggo Road, the crimes and daily life of prisoners, officer’s duties, riots and roof-top protests. See the cell of the legendary “Slim” Halliday – “The Houdini of Boggo Road”. Suitable for all ages.

What does the tour include? 1 hour 15 minute child friendly History Tour with Tour Guide
Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol
Visits to the gatehouse, yards, the Circle and ends with time to explore F Wing cell block – where prisoners staged a rooftop protest in 1988
See original prisoner cells and authentic 1980s prisoner graffiti

19. Drawing Machines | Ipswich

Swinging pendulums and spinning discs… come and play with the Drawing Machines!

Make a frenzy of marks with wind-up mice and chickens. Swing the pendulum table and see magic spirals appear. Experiment with a giant Spirograph to create large geometric designs. Every drawing made by these mesmerizing machines is one of a kind. Take your drawings home or hang them in the exhibition.

20. Grand Avenue Ekka Fun Day | Forest Lake

Grand Avenue Ekka Fun Day, Forest Lake

This year’s Grand Avenue State School Ekka Fun Day is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Take the family for a fantastic day out with heaps of awesome funfair rides for all ages, food options, market stalls, drinks, sweets, games and much more.  A great way to spend the Ekka public holiday!! 11am to 6pm – entry is free! 


3 responses to “UPDATED: 20 Things to Do this EKKA Public Holiday in Brisbane!”

  1. Glen says:

    The Rocks Riverside Park at Seventeen Mile Rocks

  2. Christine says:

    Thanks 👍

  3. Christine says:

    Some great suggestions here, but where are the rock pools in your first picture. Looks like a great day for the kids.

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