Visiting the Brisbane Showgrounds
The Brisbane Showgrounds is located just 1.5km from the city’s CBD in Bowen Hills.
It’s bordered by Bowen Bridge Road, O'Connell Terrace, Brookes Street and St Paul's Terrace and is 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.
It’s also in walking distance of Fortitude Valley, which boasts some of the best boutique shopping in Brisbane along with a diverse range of entertainment options.
Public transport is easily accessible and Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airports are just a quick 15 minute taxi ride away.
Parking from $11* per day
There are 10 separate car parking facilities within the Brisbane Showgrounds, with a total capacity of almost 2,500 vehicles.
Parking is available on weekdays and event days (excluding public holidays) and costs:
*$11 per day when entered before 7am (early bird rate)
$13 per day from 7am to midnight
Parking can be paid by cash or EFTPOS upon entry.
For further information on parking at the Brisbane Showgrounds and to view a detailed parking map please visit our Parking page.
While King Street Parking - a five level, 380 bay car park - offers the first two hours FREE Monday to Friday until 6pm, which is perfect for enjoying the King Street dining options.
There is no shortage of delicious dining options in the Brisbane Showgrounds. Below are the restaurants who call our vibrant King Street dining hub home.
Brisbane’s first permanent food truck stop has a rotating roster of food trucks offering Instaworthy eats. With a bar featuring an impressive 68 taps and a tiki cocktail menu, it's perfect for afternoon group gatherings. For those who prefer something a little more sophisticated, there’s also a gin bar called Swill.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Thursday 5pm - late; Friday 12pm - late; Saturday and Sunday 11am - late
Bavarian Beerhaus is located in the revitalised Ekka Royal Snack Bar and boats a menu full of German classics like crispy pork knuckles, sausages and schnitzels. It also has the best lineup of ales this side of Bavaria. Adding to the lively atmosphere, the beerhaus has a weekly line-up of games including foosball tournaments and ping pong battles.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11am - late
Iconic two-hat restaurant Montrachet offers all the French favourites. Their menu includes steak frites, snails cooked in garlic butter and of course a selection of French champagne. Montrachet also has a boulangerie (bakery), offering fresh pastries and baguettes daily.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12pm - 3pm; Tuesday to Saturday 6pm - late
Il Verde is King Street’s modern Italian dining destination. Their menu features hearty pastas and delicious wood-fired pizzas, with the flavours coming from fresh and sustainable ingredients. Il Verde’s owners, Dom and Simon Barakat and Ibrahim (Bob) Haddid, boast a combined 40 years of experience in the industry.
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11am - 9pm; Thursday 11am- 9:30pm; Friday and Saturday 11am- 10pm
Vietnamese restaurant, Banoi, serves traditional Vietnamese dishes including fragrant beef and chicken pho, vermicelli noodles with tofu or pork belly and beef curry. There’s also a takeaway counter for those eating lunch on the run, with rice paper rolls that come with a range of dipping sauces on offer.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11.30am - 9.30pm
Coffee connoisseurs will love the freshly roasted brews at Kuhl-Cher Cafe. It's one of the only inner-city café roasteries in Brisbane, with all coffee beans roasted on site, from the finest house blends to single origins from across the globe. The café also offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, along with a cabinet filled with fresh sandwiches, salads and sweets.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 5.30am - 5.30pm
Owned by restauranters Erica & George Gregan, The George features a full breakfast, lunch and dinner classic bistro menu, along with a GG Espresso outlet and full bar service. Happy hour is from 3.30 – 4.30pm daily, on all wines by the glass, beers and house spirits.
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday 7am - 4:30pm; Thursday and Friday 7am - late
Fat Dumpling offers authentic signature dumplings and home-style dishes from family recipes. It truly is a family affair, with Owner David Wang's wife Janet hand making the dumplings while his daughter, architect Ting, designed the internal fit-out.
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Thursday to Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Sushi & Nori serves premium sushi and Asian cuisine with a modern twist. They believe in creating food that is simple, natural and delicious. Dine in and enjoy the sushi train or grab some takeaway if you're on the go.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11am - 3pm & 5:30pm - 10pm
Hello Chicken serves delicious fried chicken from a bright yellow Kombi van. Their special recipes include Korean Chilli fried chicken, Soy and Garlic, Snow Cheese, Carbonara and Crazy Hot Chilli. Eat in or take away at this on trend street-side food van.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 5pm - 9pm
The Street Fighter themed Super Combo will not only satisfy your hunger, it will also satisfy your love of video games - what a combo! Their selection of delicious burgers are complemented by a selection of sides, alongside a unique collection of specialty sauces with a mouth-watering list of shakes also available. You can also play Street Fighter on the Super Nintendo while you wait.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:30am - 9pm
Following the popularity and success of his Broadbeach restaurant, Peter Glouftis opened The Lamb Shop on King Street. With its Greek menu inspired by memories from his childhood, The Lamb Shop serves a modern twist on traditional lamb souvlaki as well as many other Greek inspired dishes like char grilled octopus.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am - 3pm & 5pm - 9pm
The Brisbane Showgrounds is designed to provide exceptional services and facilities to all visitors.
The Royal ICC is wheelchair accessible on both levels and designated car parking spaces are located on ground level. Wheelchairs are also available from the Customer Relations team.
Individual accessibility restrooms are located on both the upper and lower levels of the Royal ICC and there is one ambulant toilet within each bathroom location.
There are taxi zones located outside Rydges Hotel and The George Bar and Bistro on King Street.
Bowen Hills and Fortitude Valley railway stations are less than a 10 minute walk from the Brisbane Showgrounds.
For further information phone TransLink on 13 12 30.
Buses access the streets surrounding the Brisbane Showgrounds regularly.
You can also choose to ride the CityGlider buses, which provide high-frequency transport from West End to Teneriffe and Ashgrove to Stones Corner, while the free City Loop bus service is perfect for exploring the CBD.
For further information visit the TransLink website or phone 13 12 30.