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Ekka under 100: Less than $100 for a family of four

ekka for under 100

We know, we know … taking your family out for the day can get pretty pricey, and if you’re watching your dollars the idea of heading somewhere as action-packed as the Ekka can feel a little overwhelming. Fear not! We show you how to do Brisbane’s Ekka under $100 … including your tickets and transport.

You can use this as a guide to have a super frugal and super fun day at the Ekka OR you can mix and match these completely FREE activities below with some treats that cost a few dollars. This guide will help you know where to get the best bargains to make your Ekka dollars go further than last year’s!

Preparation is key

Before you come to the show, this is what you need to do:

  1. Purchase your Ekka tickets online before Ekka eve – you can buy a Family Value Pack for $75.65 which gives you admission for 2 adults and 2 children. After that it is $87.
  2. Pack your lunch and drinks – pack a picnic lunch and dinner, plus some snacks and drinks. There are water foundations around the Showgrounds so you can refill your water bottle throughout the day. Maybe think about bringing a pull along trolley (like the ones you take to the markets) so you don’t need to carry it around on your shoulder all day.
  3. Grab the Showguide liftout from the Courier Mail on Wednesday 9 August and take a look at the daily program for the day you want to come to Ekka. Be sure to pack this on the day too.
  4. Consider using Public Transport to get to and from Ekka. With your Ekka ticket, you can travel from anywhere in Brisbane to Ekka for $6 return per adult and $3 return per child – that’s a total of $18 for the family. On the weekends KIDS TRAVEL FREE!
  5. Or if you drive in, get cheap Ekka parking with our friends at Secure Parking from $12 for all day (make sure you use our code)!

Ekka Under 100

Plan your Ekka under 100 day

10am: After having a good breaky at home, arrive at Ekka and head straight to join Australia’s favourite twins, B1 and B2 in their very own live show. Featuring some of their much loved hit songs as featured in their TV series and some fun dance routines which all the boys and girls can follow along with! Shows last for 30 minutes and are on at 10, 11 & 12.

ekka for under 100

Location: Entertainment and Fashion Precinct

Cost: Free

Families Hot Tip: Look out for the free bananas handed out before, during and after this show!

10.45am:  Next stop – the Old Museum. Here you’ll find plenty of things for the kids to do including live stage shows with dance schools from across Queensland showcasing their talent on the Community Stage. Check out the school gardening competition and have your photo taken on the ‘Grass of Thrones’.

Location: Old Museum – Flower and Garden Pavilion

Cost: Free

11.30am:  Next stop the Farmyard Friends Stage Show. Everyone’s favourite farmyard friends will take to the stage in a talent quest full of laughs, in this brand new show debuting at Ekka. Hayden the Horse, Barbara-ann Streisand the Sheep, Daisy the Cow and Milo the Sheep Dog will battle it out with their moves and microphone on ‘The Choice. Shows are 30 minutes and are on at both 9am and again at 11.30am.

ekka for under 100

Location: Entertainment and Fashion Precinct

Cost: Free

Families Hot Tip: (If it is not too early for you) adults can take advantage of the free wine (taste testing) in the same area where this show is on… and this building has some of the best air-conditioning you will find at the Ekka!

12.15pm: Time for lunch! Walk back up Gregory Terrace and take a seat under the big fig tree on the corner of King Street. Enjoy the packed lunch and drinks you brought from home.
Location: Cnr King Street and Gregory Terrace – under the Fig Tree
Cost: Free
1pm: Next stop – Animal Boulevard. Here’ you’ll find the RACQ Animal Nursery, Horse Expo, the Milking Barn and Sheep Shearing. The kids get to feed, pat and interact with all of their favourites including calves, lambs, ducklings and goats. This is also the location of the Royal Queensland Championship Canine Show and all the doggies! Cradle a chick, pat a pig, sheer a sheep, milk a cow and see the most gorgeous dogs on show!
Location: Head down Gregory Terrace until you reach the corner of Alexandria Street and Gregory Terrace – this is the start of Animal Boulevard
Cost: Free
Families Hot Tip: Bring $2 to buy a cup of food for the animals – they are far more engaged with you if you have a hand full of food.
2.30pm: Head back up Gregory Terrace and pop into the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion and taste test your way through the pavilion for afternoon tea. There’s plenty of free samples to enjoy at the Woolworths ‘stations’ but you can also sample other vendors products including dairy free yoghurt, various cheeses, lollies, wine, ice-cream and more! (IF you want to spend a little here, you could invest in the $2 cheese toasties and new this year – $2 hot-dogs!)
Location: Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion
Cost: Free

3.30 – 4.30pm: Make your way downstairs and across the road to the ground level of the Royal ICC. Here you’ll find the the Agricultural Hall district fruit and vege exhibits and the cookery/craft displays.

Location: Lower level, Royal International Convention Centre

Cost: Free

Families Hot Tip: This could be your toilet stop. There’s loos on the upper and lower level of the Royal ICC. Good for a pitt stop before the NiteShow! Royal International Convention Centre

4.30 -5.30pm: If the kids have any pocket money they have been saving for Showbags – now is the time to get them!

Location: Triple M Showbag Pavilion – optional depending on if the kids have pocket money to spend.

Cost: Up to you!

Families Hot Tip: Master 10 bought 3 showbags for $10! 2 x Bertie Beetle $2 and $3 and the Wizz Fizz one for $5 that gave us ride discount vouchers.  You can read all about the Ekka showbags here and find the ones with vouchers.

5.30pm: Make your way to Gourmet Plaza, take a seat and enjoy the dinner you have packed from home.

Location: Gourmet Plaza, outside the Royal International Convention centre

6pm – 8pm: EKKANITES! Make your way to the Main Arena to get your seat for the Night Show Spectacular! Remember there will be a 6pm fireworks display this year for families. These last for approximately 5 minutes and are called ‘Colours of the Great Barrier Reef’.

Families Hot Tip: Let the kids rummage through any show bags that might have bought to keep them entertained between shows in the main arena while they wait for the fireworks.

Location: Main Arena

Cost: Free

8pm: Stay seated for the best FIREWORKS you have ever seen – the Ekka fireworks Spectacular!

Location: Main Arena

Cost: Free

8.30pm: THE DAY IS DONE. Head home for a good night’s sleep. Time for bed!

TOTAL: $95.65
$75.65 for a Family Value Pass + $18 for bus/rail transport + $2 for animal nursery food.

One response to “Ekka under 100: Less than $100 for a family of four”

  1. Tanya says:

    My only change would be to go on the weekend where kids travel free with a Go Card, therefore cutting that transport cost further.
    And I can definitely recommend the free High Dive show (up the Machinery Hill end of the Ekka (Stockman’s Rest). And the Extreme Pogo show (also free) is quite fun. (Today it was relocated to Gourmet Plaza; not sure if that’s a permanent thing or just because of the crowds.)
    The rides, food and showbags are definitely the big budget blowers. Steer clear of them and you’ve got a full day and night of entertainment for your entry fee!

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