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

ekka for under 100
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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 in 2021.

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

Ekka 2019

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 $80. Click here to see the latest ticket discounts.
  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 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. See our top showbag picks here.
  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 $15 for night parking (make sure you use our code)!

Ekka Under 100

Plan your Ekka under 100 day

ekka under 100 pj masks

10am: After having a good breaky at home, arrive at Ekka and head straight to one of the free kids shows on the Community Stage. There are always shows on to choose from! Not to be missed – the PJ Masks Stage Show! 

For various timings – you can see all the details here.

Location: Community Stage and varied 
Cost: Free

10.45am:  Next stop – the Old Museum! There’s plenty to see and do for grownups and kids alike. Last year (2018) there was a mini maze! This year you can catch the Little Backyard Farmers Exhibit. This is where kids learn about future sustainability practices. They’ll search for eggs, match colours, dig in a veggie patch, harvest, water and learn about composting and recycling

ekka under 100 backyard farmers

Location: Old Museum – Flower and Garden Pavilion

Cost: Free

11:00am: Check out the Heritage Bank Racing Pigs! Go, lil Squealer, Go! (They’ll also be racing at different points during the day! Oink!)

Location: Stockman’s Rest
Cost: Free 

11.30am:  Next stop Agricultural Hall 

Ekka Agriculture Paddock

This place is A-MAZ-ING… and not to be missed.  It provides hours and hours of free entertainment for kids of all ages – they have somehow managed to scale the entertainment for littlies, up to big kids.  The littlies have things to play with, the bigger kids will enjoy the play, but also learn in the process.  There are two levels in the Agricultural Education Hall, downstairs is the Agricultural Education area (with lots of fun activities) and you’ll find heaps of fun but different educational activities upstairs.

Location: Agricultural Hall
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! There’s also the ‘Cradle a Chick’ part that’s just too cute for words! 
Cradle a chick, pat the animals, watch sheep-shearing and cattle milking, and see the most gorgeous dogs on show!
Animal nursery Ekka
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 $3 cheese toasties and new over the last couple of years – $2.50 mini 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. Go back to the Agricultural Hall for more fun – you won’t regret it!

Location: Lower level, Royal International Convention Centre
Cost: Free

Families Hot Tip: This could be your toilet stop. There are toilets on the upper and lower level of the Royal ICC. Good for a pitstop 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: Showbag Pavilion – optional depending on if the kids have pocket money to spend.
Cost: Up to you!

Families Hot Tip: You can read all about the Ekka showbags here.

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
Cost: Free

6pm – 8pm: EKKANITES! Make your way to the Main Arena to get your seat for the Night Show Spectacular! Remember there will be a 6.05pm fireworks display for families. These last for approximately 10 minutes.

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

7.40-8pm: 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: $100.

$80 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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