Brisbane experiences

Brisbane Ekka

Ekka takes place every August in Brisbane, Queensland. Also known as the Royal Queensland Show, Ekka is a community event. Ekka is ten days of fun, and Brisbane has a public holiday during the event. There are carnival rides, competitions, displays, judging in various categories and many showbags.

Ekka also advertise the fact that 70% of the activities there are free, after paying the price of admission. People can see over 400 animals at the Animal Nursery. You can milk cows and watch experts as they teach about pony grooming, shearing, dog discipline, blacksmithing and other areas of animal care and farming.

There are also stage shows that are for a young audience. Older visitors may want to watch the professional wrestling shows. A quieter time can be had at the Flower and Garden Pavilion. Another free activity is the rock climbing while those with less energy can learn at the National Science Week Pavilion and the Queensland Government Pavilion.

Over 10,000 animals are expected at Ekka including goats, fish, cattle, horses, dogs, cats, alpacas, ducks, chickens and geese. Showjumping horses are a large part of Ekka, there are also dog events for obedience and even dancing.

A traditional event at shows around Australia, the woodchop is popular with the crowds. Some of the events listed are sawing, the woodchop, tree-felling and relay team events.

Everyone wants to go on the rides at Ekka, The Viewing Wheel, Euro Slide and Rock and Roll Ride are always popular. Ekka also has the Mirror Maze, Let’s Make a Deal, Hollywood Horrors and The Mixer.

The first show was the Inter-colonial Exhibition of 1876, in 1921 the much larger show was given the Royal title. Ekka is at the RNA Showgrounds, 3km from the centre of Brisbane. Buses and trains operate in the area. The actual location is at Bowen Bridge Road, O'Connell Terrace, St Paul's Terrace and Gregory Terrace.

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