Everything you need to know about the 2018 Gold Coast Show!

Ahhh we can smell the dagwood dogs and fairy floss already…

Get excited Gold Coasters, the Gold Coast Show is back for its 112th year and it looks like its going to be bigger and better than ever with two epic locations and FREE entry!

The Broadwater Parklands and Owen Park in Southport is the new home of the annual, family-friendly show, becoming the very first agricultural show of its kind to be held beside the water.


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All the fun is set to kick off from 9am on Friday, August 31, with the show being held across the entire weekend, including Father’s Day on Sunday, September 2.

This year entry is completely free, so if you feel like heading back for more each day you can!

The Broadwater Parklands will host a range of exciting events and stalls including a spectacular side-show alley, woodchopping, baby animal farms, arts and crafts, camel rides on the beach, live music, traditional show food, roving entertainment, unicorn rides, mermaid appearances, jet ski and jet pack rides, fireworks and last but not least… the gigantic Showbag Pavilion!

Kids rides will start from $5 per ride, with the more adventurous rides going up to $7. However, Gold Coast Show organisers say each rider operator will be offering multi-ride discounts on the day, all you have to do is enquire at each ticket booth.

Nearby at Owen Park and the Southport Pony Club, there will be a full Equestrian Program, cattle competitions and the not-to-be missed Dog Show.

In a festival first, the Gold Coast Show will also take over Southport with a nightly feast for the senses called LUMINOCITY.

Bought to you by the people behind VIVID Sydney, the spectacular light festival will take place from 6pm to 9pm each night, with spectacular light installations, a laser and holographic show and everyone’s favourite fireworks.

Show-goers will also be treated to a huge line-up of entertainment on the Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands with headline acts including Casey Barnes on Friday, Ivey on Saturday and Peach Fur on Sunday.

If you feel like starting your morning with a stretch on Saturday September 1, Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Show have also teamed up to support Yoga 4 Dignity, making a difference to homeless women in Australia.

Grab your friends and your yoga mat and start the day on the Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands with $20 yoga from 7am – 8am.

Wondering how to get to the show? Here’s a range of easy parking and transport options!

Parking at Broadwater Parklands

Parkwood Park n Ride (via tram)
This is an ideal way to get to both Broadwater Parklands. Public parking facilities are available at Parkwood Station.

Carey Car Park
Parking is available at Carey Car Park at the rate of $10 per vehicle per visit. Accessible parking is also available at no charge to users (PWD / Accessible stickers must be displayed on vehicles to permit access).

Australia Fair
Parking is available at Australia Fair, as per standard car park rates. Accessible parking is also available at Australia Fair.

Parking at Owen Park

Parkwood Park n Ride (via tram)
This is an ideal way to get to Owen Park. Public parking facilities are available at Parkwood Station.

Southport State School 
Paid parking is available and right next door to Owen Park.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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