How to spend a day at the Ekka for a family of 4 for FREE*
*After paying for entry (but we can save you money on that too!).
In conjunction with the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA), we’ve come up with a guide to the perfect FREE day at the Ekka for a family of 4. Once you’ve paid your admission, our guide can enlighten you on all of the insiders tricks for enjoying a budget friendly day out at Queensland’s biggest annual show. All it takes is a little planning, so follow our itinerary below and have a ball!
Admission costs – The Ekka Family Value Pack 2015
Everyone aged 5 years or older needs to pay to get into the Ekka, however there are MANY options to save you money on tickets. For a family of four – 2 adults and 2 children – the Family Value Pack represents the best value for money. For $73, this admission option can be purchased online at www.ekka.com.au/tickets and offers a $25 saving on separately purchased tickets at the gate on the day.
Save on food costs at the Ekka
Bringing your own food definitely cuts out some of the bigger costs involved with a day out at the Ekka for families, so preparing packed snacks, lunch and dinner will save you heaps. Remember to pack the water bottles and you’re set for a great day.
A day of free family fun at the Ekka
Here’s our suggested (and entirely FREE!) itinerary for your family fun day at the Ekka in 2015 –
9.30am – Arrive at the Ekka with your pre-purchased Family Value Pack pass and go straight to the Entertainment and Fashion Precinct on the Upper Level of the Royal ICC. [Gregory Terrace – Gate 1]
9.45am – If you have young children, head to the Entertainment and Fashion Stage and take your seat for the Hoot and Hootabelle stage show. (10am-10.30am) [Entertainment and Fashion Stage, upper level of the Royal ICC]
10.30am – Make your way through the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion and try some of the samples on offer from dozens of vendors. [Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion]
After the food sampling, check out the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Stage hosted by foodie Dominique Rizzo. Dom is showcasing all the award winning produce and demonstration suggestions for what you can do with it, so you can pick up some great cooking tips here! [Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Stage in the Woolworths Pavilion]
11.30am – Make your way down to Animal Boulevard. Here you will find the RACQ Animal Nursery and hundreds of baby barnyard animals; Sheep Shearing and Milking Barn, dogs, beef cattle, and the newest and cutest animal attraction – Pat-a-Pig! [Animal Boulevard – off Gregory Terrace]
12.30pm-1pm – Head to the APPEA Woodchop Arena and take a seat to watch the choppers in action. While you eat your lunch packed from home, see the chips fly as axemen battle it out with axes and saws in displays of brute strength and endurance. [Woodchop Arena]
1.30pm – Drop by the Fine Arts Competition and marvel at the hundreds of entries across more than 400 competition classes. Queensland’s best examples of cooking, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and a myriad of crafts will be judged and on display throughout the duration of the Ekka. [Fine Arts, Ground Floor of the Royal International Convention Centre]
2pm-2:30pm – The art of quick change costume transformation is a specialised branch of magic that dates back as far as the 15th century, and this year it will be at the Ekka thanks to Soul Mystique Dance Company. Their magical dance moves and sparkling costumes will dazzle the crowd. [Entertainment and Fashion Stage, upper level of the Royal ICC]
2:30pm-3pm – Mum, keep your seat and take in the stunning entertainment and fashion on show as part of the Natural Fibres Fashion Parade Cirque de Fashion, presented by Cotton Australia. Dad and kids, head outside to the side corridor and take a look at Education on Show (Science shows, big bang education, reptiles and bilbies). [Entertainment and Fashion Stage, upper level of the Royal ICC]
3.15pm – Head to Stockmen’s Rest and find your seat for the Flying Pigs Show. [Stockman’s Rest]
3.30pm-4pm – Racing and Flying Pigs Show [Stockman’s Rest]
4-4.30pm – Have a walk through Sideshow Alley and check out the gut-wrenching rides. [Sideshow Alley]
4.45pm – Duck back into the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion and have an afternoon snack with some of the samples on offer. Mum and Dad can grab a wine sample too if they feel so inclined. [Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion]
5.30pm-7pm – Make your way to the Energex Community Arena to get your seat and enjoy your dinner brought from home while watching the non-stop entertainment in EkkaNITES nightshow spectacular. Watch the country ring events – trots, sheepdog competition, the Young Famers Challenge. [ENERGEX Community Arena]
7pm-8pm – Strap yourself in for all the extreme action of EkkaNITES. Highlights of the night show will be the X-Treme Action Show featuring the Transformers Monster Trucks, live music from country music legend James Blundell and a laser and fireworks display like you’ve never seen before. [ENERGEX Community Arena]
Then head home tired and happy after a full and fun day at Queensland’s favourite regional exhibition!
The Ekka has a fantastic website that makes planning your visit super easy. You can check it out today at www.ekka.com.au.