Royal Melbourne show guide 2018

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The Royal Melbourne Show is fast approaching and, for many revellers, knowing where to start can be a daunting prospect. For committed Show-goers, first-timers and everyone in between, we’ve broken it all down in the guide below.

September 2018

Fast facts:

When: The Show runs from 22 September to 2 October. Opening hours are 9.30am to 9pm daily, and pavilions open at 10am. 
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale.
How much: Tickets start at $18. RACV members can save up to 30 per cent on early-bird tickets, and up to 20 per cent on entry at the gate.
Showguide: The 2018 Royal Melbourne Show Official Showguide will be released in the Herald Sun, The Weekly Times, the Geelong Advertiser and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria website on Wednesday, 12 September.
Plan: An interactive map is available here

Getting there

There are so many options at Show time that you may end up feeling railroaded by choice. Here’s a rundown of transport options to keep you on the right track. 

The train is the quickest way to get there if you’re coming from the city. Travel time is around 15 minutes, and trains will depart Flinders Street station every 10 to 20 minutes, stopping at Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations before reaching the Melbourne Showgrounds.

V/Line travellers with tickets to the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show will be entitled to off-peak return tickets for $15. Tickets are valid from anywhere on the V/Line network and customers must travel with a V/Line paper ticket. Conditions do apply.

Tram number 57 departs from the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets and takes about 25 minutes to get to the Melbourne Showgrounds. 


For those looking to experience all the ups and downs the Show has to offer, the rides can provide an exhilarating reprieve from the emotional rollercoaster of balancing showbag budgets. From moderate to intrepid, there are rides to suit all ages and adrenaline levels. 

Daredevils will be thoroughly amped to discover the latest and most exhilarating rides at the Coca-Cola Thrillseekers Carnival, including the Nitro Coaster rollercoaster, the new XSCREAM ride and The Hangover. 

For those looking for a dose of terror, test your nerves out on Hollywood Horrors, which features scenes from famous horror movies. No guts, no gory!

If you’re looking for a steadier ride, the Family Adventure Carnival and Kids’ Carnival are suited to younger and more wary attendees. 

Pro tip: Save up to 30 per cent on rides by purchasing a ride pass online. 


Looking for the sheer enjoyment of interacting with baby farm animals? Join the herd this year and head over to the Show to bask in the joys of agriculture, farming and animals.  

See working dogs in action at the Entertainment Precinct, feed baby animals at the Animal Nursery, pat a pig or chook, take home a seedling or have a go at milking a cow at the Legendairy Milking Barn, all located in The Farmhouse.

There will also be hundreds of animals and owners completing for blue-ribbon glory across Royal Melbourne Show competitions. Watch cattle, sheep, dogs, horses, alpacas and more.


No Show guide would be complete without a showbag mention. So here it is – the good, the bag and the lovely! From Wonderwoman ($25) to The Beatles ($25) to Luxury Soy Candles ($60), there’s something for every interest and price point. 

This year, there are a whopping 366 showbags to choose from. If you’re concerned with bagging a bargain, never fear, 65 of them are priced under $5. 

And even while inflation affects everything from housing affordability to avocado, rest assured that you can still rely on Bertie Beetle bags being $2.  


If you work up an appetite that can’t be filled by copious amounts of Bertie Beetles, you’ll find plenty of options for even the most discerning food lover.  

Debuting at this year’s show is The Meadow, which will feature pop-up restaurants, beer, cocktails and entertainment. Grab a kebab from Biggie Smalls and play some lawn games while you wait for the fireworks spectacular.   

For regular showgoers, the Winning Tastes Pavilion will return this year with award-winning produce and will be located in the MasterChef set.  


There is plenty of entertainment on offer at this year’s show, including the Australian debut of Body Worlds Vital, an original exhibition of real human bodies. The exhibition includes whole-body specimens, individual organs, arterial and organ configurations and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the body works. See this extraordinary exhibit for a special price of only $15. Admission is free for children under 8. 

Head over to the Woodchop Championships if you’re feeling chipper, or get your spark back with the nightly fireworks display from 7.45pm (weather permitting). 

The unrivalled line-up of world-class entertainment and exciting attractions features live music, spectacular stunts, unique performances and more. 

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