A statement released by Exhibition and Trade Fairs (ETF) on 18 June confirmed that this year’s Melbourne 4x4 Show, scheduled for 21-23 August at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, will not go ahead. In the same statement, ETF announced that the Brisbane 4x4 Show, which had been postponed just a fortnight out from its scheduled 27-29 March dates, will not be rescheduled for 2020 and has been officially cancelled.
Both events will return in 2021, with ETF releasing dates for both. The Brisbane 4x4 Show will be held on 19–21 March 2021, and the Melbourne 4x4 Show on 20–22 August 2021.
ETF states that exhibitors and those who had already purchased tickets to either event will be contacted via email. Initiatives aimed at keeping the four-wheel drive, outdoor, boating and fishing communities connected in the wake of the show cancellations will be announced by ETF in the near future, with the possibility of online-only events being held later this year.
For updates and further details, go to: https://4x4show.com.au/ or each event’s social media channels.
The full statement from ETF is as follows:
After careful consideration, the organisers of the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expos have made the difficult decision not to hold the scheduled Shows for Brisbane and Melbourne in 2020. Instead, we look forward to bringing you bigger and better Shows when they return in 2021.
Brisbane: 19 – 21 March 2021
Melbourne: 20 – 22 August 2021
While we are disappointed that we are unable to come together this year - our priority when planning these Shows is to create a world-class experience that celebrates the great outdoors, in a safe environment.
In our best efforts to safely bring the 4x4 and outdoors community together this year, we explored a range of options. One of these was to move the Shows to later in the year. After monitoring the ever-evolving situation, there are many uncertainties still in place that impact our ability to deliver the experience that you have come to expect and deserve.
We believe that focusing on the future is the best option, so we are busy working on new and exciting initiatives that ensure we come back even stronger. We hope you will join us again then.
At times like these, it is important to stay in touch, so we are also working to introduce new ways to come together later in the year. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay connected via our social media channels and by subscribing to our newsletter.
For 2020 ticket holders and exhibitors, further information regarding the next course of action is being communicated via email.
We thank you for your patience while we have worked through this and for the continued support we have received.
We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Pty Ltd,
Organisers of the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expos