The National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo is back this weekend and returns bigger and better than ever with Australia’s best outdoors lifestyle event taking over the Brisbane Showgrounds from March 19th to 21st. Just in time to stock up on all of the latest gear ahead of the Easter break, the 4×4 Show will feature the many attractions that guests have come to love over the years, all in a COVID-19 safe format, with tickets only available via online pre-purchase.
Combining the best products from the 4×4 aftermarket, to the latest in campers, caravans and camping accessories, to fishing and boating, tourism and apparel, the event also features a range of scheduled live entertainment, informative presentations, and interactive displays. “Since the 2020 event was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic, we have been working very hard with Brisbane Showgrounds and our exhibitors to put together some great new attractions that will appeal to visitors of all backgrounds and ages,” said Jon Perry, Event Director.
“Also, to allow in as many people as possible, we have extended the opening hours of the Show on all three days.
“With the current emphasis on domestic tourism, it’s exciting that the industry will be able to meet once again and present the many great products, innovations and destinations that are available for everyone to enjoy locally.” The event will be a one-stop shopping experience, enabling visitors to compare products and prices, seek expert advice, and take advantage of the many discounts on offer. With everything from aftermarket accessories and replacement parts to accommodation, navigation gear, tyres, camping equipment and camping trailers, plus much more, the show-only specials see some items advertised at over 75 per cent off recommended retail prices.
One of the new features sure to get visitors excited is The Rig Gallery: Show ‘N’ Shine, a competition where 4×4 enthusiasts will come to show off their 4WDs, including highly modified specials. Categories include Rough & Tumble, Tough Tradie, Terrific Tourer, Highway Hero, Urban Stallion, and Ace of Clubs, with many travelling from around the state to submit their pride and joy. Another fresh addition to the Show will be the 4×4 Technical & Training Centre, with expert advice on a range of specialist areas preparing you for your next trip to Fraser Island, Cape York or the Simpson Desert.
The ever-popular Action Arena is back with non-stop thrills and spills, with entertainment set to be poured on by the nation’s number one stuntman Matt Mingay and his son Madzy Evel, as well as All Wheels Entertainment. The Outback Stage returns with a fully subscribed program of presentations from some of the biggest names in off-roading, including Jase and Simon from All 4 Adventure, Pat Callinan (Mr 4×4), Shauno and Graham from 4WD 24/7, The Blonde Nomads, as well as Sam Eyles from Built Not Bought, amongst others.
The Proving Ground, presented by Motorama 4x4xMORE, will be bigger and better than ever in a new location within the Brisbane Showgrounds, with visitors able to experience a range of activities over a variety of simulated terrain and surface types. The expert designed test track has been conceived to provide obstacles including a compact rock segment, timber logs and an artificial steep hill spread over a 3,685m2 area. Additionally, an extended sand pit area will be used for recovery demonstrations throughout the Show.
Specialists will also be on hand from Motorama 4x4xMORE, and 4WD Queensland, to provide professional insight and tips to help participants master the course and learn new off-roading skills. The course will include some of the first public test drives in Australia of the new Nissan Navara, while visitors can also experience the all-new Mazda BT-50 and Jeep Gladiator. The Reptile Kingdom will make a belated debut, with the public able to get hands-on with a wide variety of fascinating reptiles, while also learning about important snake safety tips. The informative sessions seek to expel myths about reptiles, explain their importance, and inspire today’s youth to have a better understanding of flora and fauna conservation.
To adhere to social distancing requirements, limits have been placed on the number of people entering the Show at any one time. All tickets must be purchased online before the event as they will not be sold at the gate (in compliance with Queensland Health contact tracing requirements), meaning each person entering the Show must have a registered ticket, including all children and infants attending. Ticket numbers are limited by the hour of entry, and once an entry timeslot is sold out, the website will display all other available times.
Patrons must select their preferred time of entry, noting that they will not be able to enter the Show before the ticketed entry time, while visitors can rest assured that if the Show is cancelled due to changed COVID restrictions, they will receive a refund on the ticket price, less any service fee. Adults tickets are available for $20 each per day, pensioners are $17 (Pensioner or DVA Gold card only, not valid for seniors or concession cards), while children under 16 years of age are admitted for free. Two-day bundles are also available for $35 each, and are valid for Friday plus one weekend day only, with the tickets non-transferable.
The new extended opening hours are 8am to 6pm Friday and Saturday, and 8am to 5pm on Sunday. There is a range of ways to get to and from the Brisbane Showgrounds, including multiple public transport options, plus more parking than ever before has been made available onsite. To purchase tickets or for more information, check out the website at www.4x4show.com.au/brisbane.