It is full steam ahead today, August 12th, Brisbane's Public Show Holiday, with extra trains, buses and ferries facilitating the Brisbane Exhibition Show (Ekka). Over the ten days in August that it runs approximately half a million visitors will attend, making it QLD's largest event. The 370 extra bus, train and ferry services provided save patrons the stress of sitting in traffic and finding a parking space.
The Ekka showcases life and achievements throughout the Sunshine State bringing people from all over, to the heart of Brisbane.
This year marked Brisbane's 138th Ekka. In earlier years the show was to promote and encourage agricultural and industrial development within QLD. While it still does this it now also offers a range of public interests for all ages.
To celebrate the rural, urban, traditional and innovative, the Ekka provides education, competitions, workshops, food & drink, animals, fashion, music, sideshow ally, rides, showbags, fireworks and more.
To avoid queues the app and website make it easy to pre-purchase tickets to the event which is also beneficial for those catching public transport.
Return tickets are at a flat rate fare of $6 for adults and $3 concession when Ekka Show tickets are presented.
The weather on the Public Show Holiday was iffy, however it didn't slow the amount of public transport or the number of people queuing on to buses, trains and ferry's.
Lincoln Snowdon, from Munruben, made the trip in to the city by train this year. It's the third time he has attended the Ekka and said it won't be the last.
"Getting here was easy, I came to buy as many showbags, eat as many lollies and go on as many rides as I could," he said.
"Feel the adrenaline!"
The exhibition is located on the 22 hectares of the RNA Showgrounds which has various entrance points. With trains running directly to one of the entrance points and buses to others, patrons can ensure all walking for the day is done inside the event walls.
John, from Sweet & Sour Liquorice stall, said that the Ekka is an annual family must.
"I enjoy bringing happiness to others that's why I come here every year," he said.