There are sooooo many exciting changes to the Gold Coast Show this year – a brand spankin’ new location, the Luminocity Light Festival, and the re-addition of equestrian to the program, just to name a few. But perhaps the coolest change to this year’s show is that it’s completely free to attend!

The Broadwater Parklands and Owen Park Southport are the new homes of the 2018 Gold Coast Show, which kicks off on August 31 until September 2. Celebrating its 112th year, this landmark Gold Coast event will be reimagined at the spectacular Broadwater Parklands, becoming the very first agricultural show of its kind to be held beside the water.

From the Southport Aquatic Centre through to the Sundale Bridge, the Broadwater Parklands will come alive with a spectacular side-show alley, woodchopping, baby animal farms, arts and crafts, camel rides on the beach, live music, traditional show food, incredible roving entertainment, unicorn rides, mermaid appearances, fireworks and the gigantic Showbag Pavilion.

The Show footprint will also include a satellite location at nearby Owen Park and the Southport Pony Club, that will see the return of a full Equestrian Program, the cattle and the not-to-be missed Dog Show.

When night falls, the Gold Coast Show will take also over Southport with a nightly feast for the senses called LUMINOCITY – a festival first – set to transform the Broadwater and Southport CBD hub with spectacular light installations, a laser and holographic show and, of course, fireworks.

With all of that, plus an impressive delivery of local talent, expertise and support, the Show’s connection to the community has never been stronger, it and packs a serious punch of cultural, artistic and traditional show ingredients.


Friday August 31 (Gold Coast Show Day Public Holiday) // 9am to 9pm
Saturday September 1 // 9am to 9pm
Sunday September 2 (Father’s Day) // 9am to 9pm

Broadwater Parklands:
Side Show Alley, Showbag Pavilion, woodchopping, Arts and Craft Pavilion, camel rides, entertainment stages, unicorn and pony rides, roving entertainment, mermaid appearances, Jet Pack Adventure Show, jet ski and jet pack rides, baby animal farm, enchanted fairies, and LUMINOCITY (more on that later).

Australia Fair Shopping Centre (level 1):
Cookery and Cake displays

Owen Park Southport:
Full Equestrian program, cattle competition and the Dog Show.

LUMINOCITY LIGHT FESTIVAL // Nightly at Broadwater Parklands and Southport CBD
See Southport like you’ve never seen it before with LUMINOCITY, on from 6pm to 9pm each night of the show.

Brought to you by the people behind VIVID Sydney, the spectacular light festival will feature: band of colour rainbow lights and a holographic laser fountain, rainbow sails at Marina Mirage, rainbow trees and LED art projections in Nerang St Mall, as well as a Chinese festival laser light and laser tracing, an out-of-this-world laser beam from Marina Mirage over the Broadwater, a dazzling fairy light fence, a harbour wave sculpture, LED art projections on the showbag tent, and lighting installations at the iconic Australia Fair.

PLUS, there will be a nightly LUMINOCITY show featuring spectacular Fireworks – which will run from 8pm Friday and Saturday and 7pm Sunday – LED JetPack Extreme Show and the Galaxy LED Horses Show.

And if all of that isn’t enough, there will also be some exciting headline acts performing on the Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands. The free concert will include:

Friday August 31 // CASEY BARNES
Saturday September 1 // IVEY
Sunday September 2 // PEACH FUR

For more information, including ride pricing, where to park and loads more, head to www.goldcoastshow.com.au.



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