How to get to and from the Ekka with minimum stress and maximum fun
The Ekka is a highlight in Brisbane’s event calendar each year, but, because of its location at the Brisbane Showgrounds, a bit of planning is needed to make it easier for families to access this inner-city venue.
Brisbane Kids have researched the best ways of getting to and from the Ekka with a family, so all you have to do is go, enjoy, and eat plenty of Strawberry Sundaes!
Driving to the Ekka
While there is no car parking available within the Brisbane Showgrounds during the Ekka, it is possible to park nearby and walk. Driving is definitely the most expensive way of getting to the Ekka due to the cost of car parking and petrol, unless you can ask someone to drop you off and pick you up. To find the Ekka on GPS or satellite navigational systems, the Brisbane Showgrounds are located at 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. Be aware, however, that a number of roads surrounding the Brisbane Showgrounds are closed during the Ekka. A full list of Ekka road closures can be found here.
Secure Parking offer a discount if you book a car park online before you go, and enter a promotional code. See below for their rates and locations:
- Day Rate (Monday to Friday) – $25.00 Promo Code: RNADAY16
- Evening Rate (Entry after 4pm) – $10.00 Promo Code: RNA16
- Weekend Rate + Public Holiday (All Day Saturday / Sunday & Public Holiday (per day)) – $10.00 Promo Code: RNA16
Secure Parking CBD locations:
- Queens Plaza Car Park – enter Edward St (close proximity to Central Station)
- Post Office Square Car Park – enter Adelaide St (close proximity to Central Station)
- Brisbane Transit Centre – enter Roma St (at Roma Street Station)
- Hotel Jen Car Park – Enter Roma St (at Roma Street Station)
Secure Parking Fortitude Valley locations:
- China Town Car Park – enter Gipps or Duncan Streets
- McWhirters Car Park – enter Warner or Ballow Streets
Other car parking locations include:
- Limited street parking in the streets surrounding the Brisbane Showgrounds
- Royal Brisbane and Royal Children’s Hospital car park
Catching public transport to the Ekka
To avoid the traffic and cost of car parking, catching public transport is a stress free way of getting to and from the Ekka. In fact, train arrival and departure platforms are located right in the middle of the Ekka, so you’ll arrive right in the heart of the action! Additionally, a number of bus stops are located around the perimeter of the showgrounds.
To plan your trip to the Ekka via public transport, visit the TransLink web site. Here you can enter your starting location, your destination and the time and date you wish to travel. TransLink will then work out the best route and timetable for you to follow. The TransLink network stretches from Gympie in the north, to Coolangatta in the south, and west to Helidon. Ferry services between Redland Bay and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are also part of the TransLink transport network. For more tips, you can read our guide on catching public transport in Brisbane with kids.
If you will be travelling to the Ekka from the Brisbane Domestic or International Airports, the AirTrain has a special offer for Ekka goers. Visit www.airtrain.com.au, follow the booking prompts and enter promo code ekka16 on the payment page. This code provides savings of up to $13, with a single return ticket from the Airport to Brisbane city costing just $20 ($10 one-way), valid for trips between 1st and 17th August 2016.
You can also catch a taxi home from the Ekka using the Official Black & White Cabs Taxi Rank located at the O’Connell Terrace (Gate 5A) entrance.
If you wish to cycle to or from the Ekka, secure bike racks will be located at the main entry gates on:
- Gregory Terrace (Gate 1)
- Alexandria Street (Gate 2, off St Pauls Terrace)
- Bowen Bridge Road (Gate 6, opposite the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital)
- Bowen Bridge underpass to Victoria Park (Gate 7)
Stay in town and walk to the Ekka
If you live a little further afield, or you want to extend your Ekka experience, there are plenty of accommodation options located near the Brisbane Showgrounds. Book a hotel in the CBD or Fortitude Valley, and then it’s just a short bus, train, taxi ride or walk to all the fun of the Ekka. We’ve even compiled a guide for families that are planning a holiday in Brisbane, with ideas for family friendly places to stay, places to eat and things to do.
Wheelchair friendly access to Ekka
All gates into the Ekka are wheelchair accessible, however, the official accessibility drop-off point is through Gate 1. Wheelchairs are available for hire throughout the day and are found near the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. There are 12 accessible toilets located throughout the Brisbane Showgrounds.
We asked a group of Brisbane Kids what they love most about the Ekka. This is what they had to say –
For more information about getting the most out of your family visit to the Ekka, or to book tickets online, please visit the official Ekka website.