Who we are
Founded in 1875, the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) is an independent, not-for-profit member based association that has freehold title to the iconic Brisbane Showgrounds.
The RNA’s charter is to celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders.
It aims to provide a vibrant destination with leading educational and event facilities and activities that capture the hearts and minds of all Queenslanders, from the country to the city.
Governed by 21 elected Councillors, the RNA represents more than 5,000 members across Queensland and further afield, many whose families have been involved with the RNA for generations.
The Brisbane Showgrounds
The historic Brisbane Showgrounds is a world-class events and lifestyle precinct, located on the fringe of the city's CBD.
It's home to the state-of-the-art Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC), a four and a half star Rydges Hotel and vibrant King Street dining hub, making it a sought-after and leading events destination.
Whether it’s an intimate gathering for 20 or an event for 25,000, the Brisbane Showgrounds offers the largest and most versatile range of indoor and outdoor venues in Queensland, to suit any occasion or budget.
From corporate functions to music festivals, almost 300 events hosting a total of one million people are staged at the Showgrounds each year, including Queensland’s largest event the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka).
Events held at the Brisbane Showground’s Royal ICC are sure to impress with their exceptional menus. It’s the ONLY centre in Australia offering award-winning food and wine carefully selected from the RNA's prestigious Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) and iconic Ekka.
Like all leading event precincts, the 140 year old Brisbane Showgrounds is constantly improving and evolving. Stage three of the RNA's $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project is underway, ensuring the precinct is a year round destination for the community. More details about the project can be found here.
With its venue flexibility and team of dedicated and experienced professionals, the Brisbane Showgrounds has fast gained a reputation for staging incredible and memorable events.
Etched into history
Always reflecting the society growing around it, the Brisbane Showgrounds has long been an integral element of Queensland life.
The rich history of this iconic and revered site is etched into Queensland's social heritage.
Every generation from the very first Ekka in 1876 to today, has warm memories of attending an event here or witnessing history.
From watching American aviator Arthur Burr Stone land on the Main Arena during the first flight ever over Brisbane, to the Showgrounds being used as a World War II field hospital.
Who can forget the world's greatest batsman Sir Donald Bradman making his test debut or those who saw a little known band called Powderfinger perform at the iconic Livid Festival in 1997.
The Brisbane Showgrounds continues to evolve and innovate to ensure the next generation can experience and capture lifelong warm memories.
Click here for more information on the history of the Brisbane Showgrounds.
The Brisbane Showgrounds Heritage Trail
"We were delighted to host a recent fundraising event at the Royal International Convention Centre. The venue is a fantastic modern space, suitable for a wide variety of events or conferences. The staff here are wonderful to work with, going above and beyond to ensure the fluidity during planning stages and the event execution. All of our attendees thoroughly enjoyed the venue and in particular, they had such positive feedback about the catering."
Claire Hughes, Mater Foundation
"Every part of planning and running our event at the Royal International Convention Centre was seamless and easy. From initial site inspections to the on the day logistics, the team handled every request with ease and the event ran without any difficulties. When running large events it is so important to have a venue and staff that are engaged and responsive which is exactly what we found with the team at the Royal ICC. The renovated facilities are exceptional and we were incredibly happy with the flexibility that the venue provides in creating a tailored space for our event. We can't wait to return!"
Megan Denton, Allianz Australia Insurance
"In June this year we were facing a major dilemma. Severe weather was forecast on the day of our huge outdoor event which was to be held in three days time. The Royal International Convention Centre was the first place I called to get help and I'm so glad I did. Their team went into immediate action and helped us to move the whole event to their beautiful indoor venue. They did almost everything. All I had to do was to let everyone know that the venue had changed. There was someone to help us promote it. Someone to organise the food, the stall holders, the bump in and bump out and there was another wonderful team helping us on the day. I've never met such helpful, friendly, nice people. I was so happy with the outcome that I booked Royal ICC for next year's event and hope to hold it there for many years to come."
Fiona Phillips, Yoga Festival
"Since mid 2013, Your Local Wedding Guide has been pleased to call The Royal International Convention Centre home to our largest bridal expo, Your Local Wedding Guide Brisbane Bridal Expo. The Royal International Convention Centre has added it's own charm to our event and its spaciousness has allowed us to continue to grow to be one of Brisbane's leading Bridal Expos. We enjoy working with staff of the Royal International Convention Centre and look forward each year to planning our bi-annual wedding expos with the help of their professional and personable staff."
Susan Vink, Your Local Wedding Guide
“WOW, what an amazing group of people you have there. They were so professional and helpful and made everything run so easily and smoothly. The team that flew in from FNQ were blown away by the venue and the dinner. Thanks so much for making everything hassle free.”
K Wadas, Bunnings
“Our event was a huge success, partly because of the turnout of customers but also the facilities were fabulous. Easy to reach, ample parking and the layout was perfect for our display and breakout rooms. The service was exceptional and the food, couldn't fault it. Overall our experience was much more than we anticipated. A huge thank you to all the staff who helped us make this the success it was. We will definitely be back.”
L Brigden, UPG Solutions
We had the pleasure of working with the professional and dedicated Royal ICC team for a recent four-day conference. Every part of the planning and running of the event was seamless. Our experience was more than we anticipated and we would highly recommend the Royal ICC to any organisation looking to run a well-managed and successful conference. A huge thank you to all the staff involved.
Roslyn Connor, Iceberg Events