Ekka Essentials

Ekka Essentials

Opening Hours

Meet us at the gate from Friday 10 to Sunday 19 August 2018.

Gates open 9am daily and close at 8pm – with the exception of Gate 1 on Gregory Terrace which will remain open until late.

Please keep in mind Ekka attractions and pavilions close at different times, so be sure to check their individual opening hours.

Getting to Ekka


Secure Parking has teamed up with Ekka again this year, as the preferred parking partner.

Exclusive rates will be offered to Ekka visitors between Friday 10 and Sunday 19 August 2018 at their Valley Metro, McWhirters and Chinatown carparks. You must pre-book online to access these special rates.

Public Transport

Public transport is the easiest and most efficient way to get to Ekka.

Trains arrive and depart from Exhibition Station right in the middle of the Brisbane Showgrounds and dedicated Ekka buses stop close to entry gates.

Timetables are available on the TransLink website and by calling 13 12 30.

To gain discounted Translink travel tickets of $6 for adults and $3 for children return, an Ekka admission ticket (either a hard ticket or online ticket on your mobile phone) must be produced.

Uber and Taxis

It’s only a short Uber or taxi ride to the Ekka from the city. Leave your car in the city and catch an Uber or taxi directly to the Brisbane Showgrounds. There are dedicated drop off and pick-up zones conveniently located near popular gates.


Although cycling inside the grounds is off limits, secure bike racks will be located down Carriage Way next to Rydges Hotel.


Rydges Fortitude Valley

Stay at the four and a half star Rydges Fortitude Valley, located in the heart of the Brisbane Showgrounds.

The 208 room contemporary hotel offers many facilities for guests to enjoy including the Paddock Bar and Six Acres Restaurant, a fully equipped on-site gymnasium and swimming pool.

The hotel remains true to the Brisbane Showgrounds' heritage. All rooms embody an aesthetic Ekka charm with animal print cushions and framed photos from the Ekka archive. It's the only hotel that truly captures the spirit of Ekka. Book Online.

Mantra Group

If you prefer to stay offsite then check out the many options Mantra provides.
Stay at either:

Want to save 10% off the Best Available Rate? Log onto www.mantrahotels.com.au and enter the promo code Ekka2018 or email brisbane.res@mantragroup.com.au to make your booking today.


The Ekka is committed to providing ease of access for all visitors.

We are pleased to offer a range of services and amenities for the convenience of access around the grounds:

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