Every year around the end of August or beginning of September we celebrate the Gold Coast show here in sunny Queensland. The three-day event runs from Friday through to Sunday.

*** Remember to write down this year’s Gold Coast Show Public Holiday date!

Gold Coast Show Day Holiday 2012: Friday 31 August 2012

You can come and enjoy the 2012 Gold Coast show at Parklands Showgrounds, which can be found at the corner of Smith Street and Parklands Drive in Southport on Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast.

Dates 2012: Friday 31st August, Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September 2012

Gold Coast Show 2012

Last Year’s Gold Coast Show 2011

Last year in 2011 the show began on Friday 2nd September 2011 with the Gold Coast Public Holiday and concluded on Sunday 4th September 2011.

Gold Coast Show Holiday 2011: Friday 2 September 2011

Dates 2011: Friday 2nd September, Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 4th September 2011

Times 2011 & 2012:

  • Fri & Sat 9.00am – 9.00pm
  • Sunday 9.00am – 7.30pm

Ticket Prices 2011 & 2012:

 Family (2A & 3C under 14 yrs)  $45.00
 Adults  $20.00
 Students, Pensioners, Seniors  $10.00
 Children (under 14)  $5.00
 Pre-School Children  FREE
 Car parking  $10.00


Venue: Parklands Showgrounds,

Cnr Smith St and Parklands Drive, Southport, Qld

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  • Phone: 07 5591 3422
  • Email: info@goldcoastshow.com.au


2011 is set to be as good, if not better than previous years, with fun activities and rides to amuse all of the family.

There are many fun activities to do that everyone is sure to find something that they will enjoy.

  • Animal Nursery & Poultry
  • Dog Show
  • Horse Events – Show-jumping
  • Goat Competitions
  • Showbags, Sideshows & Rides
  • FREE Circus
  • Fantastic Food
  • Goldsteins Fireworks Display
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Homecraft Competition & Displays
  • Homeshow Displays &Trade Exhibits
  • School Displays & Competitions
  • Stage Shows & Roving Entertainment
  • Motorsports Exhibits
  • Vintage Cars
  • Visual Arts Competition
  • Woodchopping Championships

*** Remember to write down next year’s Gold Coast Show Public Holiday date!

Gold Coast Show Holiday 2013: Friday 30th August 2013

Below is a short video clip from a previous Gold Coast show to give you an overview of what to expect.


History of Gold Coast Show

Gold Coast Show 2011 is the 105th year of this major Gold Coast event. Back in 2006 we celebrated 100 years of this annual, local show.

When I searched online I found references to “The Southport Show” even back to circa 1903 and 1905 so even in these early years there was something happening. There was horse shoeing and floral and vegetable displays for people to enjoy in the early days.

The show was first held at the old Recreation Reserve, site of the Woodroffe Park in Lawson Street, Southport behind the Southport RSL. It was referred to as “The Southport Show” until the name changed to “South Coast Show” in 1952. Then later in about 1959, the name was changed again to “The Gold Coast Show”.

Once the annual show outgrew the facilities at the old Recreation Reserve it moved to land donated by the Owen family. This became known as Owen Park and is in Queens Street Southport. The Annual Gold Coast Show remained in Owen Park until 1988.

Then in 1989 the show moved to the current location of Parklands, Southport. Parklands is situated on the corner of Smith Street Motorway and Parklands Drive and consists of 47 hectares. Specially built facilities were constructed, including Harness and Greyhound racing facilities.

So why not gather up the whole family and come out for a fun and memorable day at this years Annual Gold Coast Show?

Find out more about the popular Gold Coast Show weekend here.

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