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The Unmissable Attractions At The Gold Coast Show This Year

Your handy checklist for this weekend!

The Unmissable Attractions At The Gold Coast Show This Year Source: Gold Coast Show Instagram

It's hard to believe that it was 112 years ago when the Gold Coast Show first brought its Dagwood dog and fluffy farm friend to the Gold Coast.

Fast forward to 2018 and there's some big and exciting changes for the expected 65,000 people to walk through the gates this long weekend.

Kicking off on Friday 31st until Father's Day on Sunday 2nd all the usual suspects will be on show including baby farm animals, arts and crafts, wood chopping, side-show alley, equestrian and of course, the epic show bag pavilion. 

65,000 people are expected to attend the Gold Coast Show this year. Source: Gold Coast Show.

But it's the new kids on the block that are bound to turn the most heads...

Here are some of the newest attractions and BIG reasons why you can't miss out on the show this year:

New Locations

The Broadwater Parklands in Southport will be the new home of the show everyday from 9am - 9pm, making it the first time in history an agricultural show will be held by the waterfront. It'll host all the main entertainment across the three days and have a beach backdrop to boot. 

You'll also notice another footprint on your trusty show map - Owen Park and the Southport Pony Club nearby will be the second satellite location allowing the show to bring back a full equestrian program including cattle competitions and a not-to-be-missed dog show.

Broadwater Parklands is the new location for the show in 2018. Source: Gold Coast Show.

Free Entry

For the first time in the show history entry will be completely free, making it easier than ever before for families to go every day across the long weekend. And better yet, it's a cheap and fun way to spoil dad this Sunday for Father's Day with more spending money to enjoy on rides and those tasty carnival treats. 

It's the first time ever that the show will be completely free to attend. Source: Gold Coast Show. 

Spectacular Night Show

Brought to you by the masterminds behind Sydney's wildly popular 'VIVID' light show, the Gold Coast Show is set to light up Broadwater Parklands and Southport CBD with its very own dancing light installation, colourful fireworks and a spectacular laser and holographic show. The nightly feast for the senses will light up the night from 6pm - 9pm every day.

The spectacular light show will dance int he sky every night from 6pm - 9pm. Source: @the_gc_show

Yoga Classes

This year, The Gold Coast show has teamed up with Australia Fair to support Yoga 4 Digity, an inspiring group who help make a difference to homeless women in Australia. They're also be a star attraction as this years show. On Saturday from 7am - 8am, start your show day with a stretch on the Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands with Yoga for $20. The perfect way to burn off all that second round of fairy floss...

What's a beach-side show without mermaid appearances? Popping up at the show across three days. Source: @the_gc_show

Ride Discounts

Once you've entered the show for FREE, the kids rides will cost around $5-$7. However, word is that ride operators have teamed up to offer discounted multi-passes throughout the day for those who want to keep spinning, sliding and thrilling into the night. Just enquire at the ticketing booth.

Mega show line-up including Casey Barnes on Friday night. Source: @the_gc_show

Big Acts

They'll be big rides, with even bigger acts. This year, show-goers will be treated to a massive line-up of entertainment on the Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands with a star-studded line up including Casey Barnes on Friday, Ivey on Saturday and Peach Fur on Sunday. Bring your best dancing shoes, you're going to need them... 

From country to surf: Camel rides on the beach set to become a star attraction. Source: @the_gc_show

Beach Side Attractions

Sink your toes in the sand with a range of beach side attractions across the three days. From camel rides across the beach to jet ski performances in the ocean, this a show taking you from the country to the surf within minutes. 

For all information on the exciting three-day schedule visit the website here and follow their socials here.

The Gold Coast Show will be held at Broadwater Parklands from Friday 31st until Sunday 2nd 9am - 9pm. 

Ahhh... we can smell the fairy floss in the air already!