Top things to see and do at this year’s Gold Coast Show

Family fun is on the agenda for the long weekend, with Broadwater Parklands the place to be this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Gold Coast Show.

Entry is free, with organisers pulling out all the stops to ensure this year’s event is the biggest and best one yet.

From rides to showbags, fireworks to teddy bear’s picnics, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.


With so much to see and do at this year’s show, here are the things you don’t want to miss:

Thrill seekers are in a for a treat at this year’s show, with plenty of great options to get the heart pumping. The Beast is sure to excite adrenaline junkies, with the pendulum ride able to swing almost 40 metres high and 47 metres wide. Show-goers will also be able to enjoy all the classic rides too, including the ferris wheel, dodgem cars, sea circus and a giant slide.

A day at the Gold Coast Show wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Showtime Showbag Lawn. There will be over 200 showbags to choose from, with prices ranging from $8 – $35. Some of this year’s most popular choices include Frozen II, The Wiggles, Bluey, as well as the old favourite, Bertie Beetles.

Spectacular Fireworks
There is something really special about seeing the night sky lit up with bursts of colour. This year, Gold Coasters will be able to enjoy the Spectacular Fireworks, presented by LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise, on both Friday and Saturday night at 6:45pm.

Arts & Crafts
Get your creative juices flowing at the Channel Nine Art and Craft Marquee! Take a look at the incredible competition submissions for photography, Indigenous art, pottery and painting, to name a few. There are also classes to enjoy, including speed painting sessions, and let the kids have a go at graphic design, or short films.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Humphrey B. Bear will be delighting children and tasting honey at this year’s show, as well as hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sunday 29th August from 10:30am. Bring your teddy bear, your picnic and your blanket and enjoy a morning of free family fun with Humphrey. Registrations are encouraged – secure your picnic spot here.

Daffodil Day Breakfast
Help Cancer Council Queensland celebrate Daffodil Day this year by attending the Daffodil Breakfast at the Gold Coast Show on Friday 27th August at 7:45am. Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia and Country Music icon James Blundell with be there, and you’ll be one of the first to see the Arts and Crafts exhibition while enjoying a walk and talk style breakfast of croissants, muffins, fresh fruit yogurt and muesli. Tickets are $45 per person, and can be purchased here.

Of course there is plenty more to see and do at this year’s show, with other highlights including the equestrian, show dogs, wood chopping, baby animal farms, camel rides on the beach and live music. To find out more, visit: