Guide to Royal Melbourne Show 2017

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Royal Melbourne Show

This year RACV members can save up to 30 per cent on entry to the Royal Melbourne Show, running from 23 September to 3 October.

The discount comes as an early bird special and can be purchased online until 22 September.

If you don’t use the early-bird special, members can save up to 20 per cent on entry each day of the Show, when pre-purchasing online or buying from an RACV Shop.

And if you want to make a night of it, there’s also the Show’s After 5 Super Saver.

The Royal Melbourne Show has entertainment and activities to suit all ages and a range of interests you might not realise you had.

For those who go for thrills, add extra entertainment and savings with a Ride Pass. There are big savings on rides, and this offer is only available online, not at the gate.

Our advice

Be prepared
Getting to the Show
Generally
RACV Members Cafe
For children
For grown-ups
For teenagers
For foodies

Be prepared

Our best advice to Show visitors is to plan your day. The Show’s website is mobile-responsive. You can add events, showbags and rides to your planner. You can also log in via Facebook to save and view your planner on any device. The Show will launch an interactive map soon too.

If you’re old school, you can view the Show Guide in the newspaper or use the printed map.

Viewing the showbags before you get to the Showgrounds can help ease strain on your brain and wallet. Leaving it until the day at the Showbag Pavilion can be overwhelming.

Getting to the Show

It’s good to weigh up your transport options and showbags may weigh you down on the train. Trains depart Flinders Street Station to the Show regularly and you can rent a locker from just $2 to store your showbags.

If you’re coming from further afield, check the V/Line website for timetables to Melbourne. A $15 Special Event ticket includes return off-peak economy travel from anywhere in Victoria and is available at all V/Line stations on presentation of your Show ticket. There are also trams and buses to get you to Melbourne Showgrounds.

You can calculate your myki fare before you leave. Parking is available at the Show for $25 per day.

Public transport is the best way of getting to Melbourne Showgrounds for the Royal Melbourne Show, particularly travelling by train. Visit ptv.vic.gov.au or phone Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 to plan your journey.

Generally

Melbourne Showgrounds is a large venue and there is a lot of ground to cover. Check the weather forecast before you set out. The weather can be anything from windy and cold to hot and sunny, depending on the day (or being Melbourne, the hour), so wear comfortable walking shoes and layer your clothing. Don’t be surprised if you need a jumper and sunscreen in the same day.

If you’ve always thought of the Show as just showbags and rides, why not change things up a bit? Head over to The Animal Farmyard to see working dogs in action. Or try milking a cow and learning about the dairy industry at the Legendairy Milking Barn in The Farmhouse.

There are plenty of things to see and do that don’t involve sugar hangovers and dizzy spells.

RACV Members Cafe

Looking for a quieter place to enjoy the Show, a place where there are free activities for the kids, delicious food and fresh coffee available to buy, as well as the chance to win great prizes?

You can find it all at the RACV Members Cafe in the Royal Block. The cafe is exclusive to RACV members, so show your RACV membership card at the door. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

For children

The Show is full of great entertainment and learning experiences.

If your kids love getting their hands dirty, check out the hands-on Agri-Experiences. Children can pat animals, take home a seedling, handle an alpaca and more.

It’s good to discuss showbag and ride options with your children before you arrive. This can help minimise damage to the wallet and associated tears. Older children may benefit from a monetary budget, while younger ones might respond better to a set number of bags and rides.

For grown-ups

Whether you’re bringing children to the Show or not, remember that it runs during school holidays. Going later in the day when other people’s children are worn out can be a good option.

The Show is full of great things to do for all ages, adults included. It can be a chance to pick up a bargain from the shops and markets on offer, with vendors selling everything from clothes to tents.

And animals aren’t just for children. The baby animals in the Animal Nursery are adorable and make for great selfie opportunities. Buy a cup of food to hand-feed your favourites.

For teenagers

The Show can be expensive so it’s best to budget and prioritise. Teens can get a lot out of the Ride Pass, which keeps ride costs down. This frees up some money to spend on showbags, food and shopping.

There is free entertainment all day. Check out the feature entertainment, which includes the exhilarating Freestyle Motorcross Stunt Show. There’s also a nightly Fireworks Spectacular.

Check out the showbags before you get there. If you’re on a tight budget and have showbag FOMO there are some great cheap options and a range of showbags costing less than $5 each.

For foodies

When the hunger sets in, head over to the Winning Tastes Pavilion to enjoy a variety of food and drink at pop-up restaurants from Melbourne’s finest eateries.

The Winning Tastes Courtyard is the hippest food destination at the Show, offering slow-cooked specialties to desserts, and a range of brews.

The Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion is always popular and has a huge range of international flavours.

COMING SOON: RoyalAuto’s Show food guide

Need to know more? Check out the Show’s A-Z of The Show.

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