When it was announced that the Ekka would be cancelled for 2020, there was a collective intake of breath across Brisbane. The question on everyone’s lips? What about the Ekka Public Holiday?
Well you can rest easy, because not only is the public holiday not cancelled, it’s being moved to Friday 14 August, giving us a mid-year long weekend that almost makes up for not having the Ekka.
Announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP this morning, for one year only, People’s Day will become the People’s Long Weekend, in a move that is designed to give local tourism a boost.
Usually, Ekka is a time when the bush heads for the city, but since that’s not on the cards this year, we’ll have to go to them. The Premier is calling on all of us to use the long weekend to explore our backyard, and book a trip to tourism regions that are suffering after both the bushfires and COVID-19.
So what are you waiting for? With that extra day off, it’s time to book a trip, and we’ve got plenty of ideas. How about:
- Bunkering down for winter in one of these cosy cabins near Brisbane
- Spending a weekend in the incredible Scenic Rim
- Taking your camping trip to the next level with one of these glamping spots
- Spending a few nights in one of these tiny houses you can stay in
The news takes some of the sting away from the announcement that Queensland's borders may not re-open until September.
Image credit: Lochlainn Riordan