Talk to the animals
Kids love making friends with the animals at Ekka, and there are
so many animals to meet this year. About 10,000 animals visit Ekka,
including 2,500 dogs, 300 cats, 200 fish, 150 alpacas, and 2,500
For more than 130 years, Ekka has been a place for families to
create fun-filled memories as their kids interact with the animals.
Cuddle a lamb, watch a chicken hatch, feed a calf, or milk a cow -
there are lots of ways for your young ones to get involved with
nature's young ones.
Check out the amazing featured animal experiences at last year's
Animal Boulevard is Ekka's home of family-friendly animal
experiences. Get close to hundreds of animals at exhibits including
the RACQ Insurance Animal Nursery, the Dairy Farmers Milking Barn,
and the shearing shed in Animal Boulevard.
In the Animal Arena, watch as shearers clip fleeces from sheep,
blacksmiths forge horseshoes, and farriers put shoes on horses. The
Arena also features interactive displays of dog discipline and pony
Inspect the finest beef cattle in Queensland. Chat to real farmers
as they share their stories of life on the land and help you to
choose the best cuts of beef for your home cooking.
The horse events draw some of the biggest and most passionate
crowds at Ekka, and hold fun and excitement for the whole
Queenslanders produce some of the finest agriculture in the
country. Check out the traditional, the curious, and the magic of
the Royal Queensland Show competitions.