Royal Melbourne Show ride guide

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Whether you’re into scary or scenic, rides are an essential element of the Royal Melbourne Show.

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Ride guide Georgie enlisted the help of Tyleigh, 6, and Ziaan, 5, so they could give an informed opinion of the rides for both children and grown-ups.

Childrens rides
Rides for grown-ups
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Mum and child enjoy a ride at the Melbourne Show

Children's rides

Gold Mine Coaster 

($6 or four for $20 / two for $10 [weekdays only])
Tyleigh: This one was good. I like rollercoasters.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

Ziaan: My favourite bit was when we went up the top.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

Samba Hot Air Balloon Race 

($6 or six for $30)
Tyleigh: My favourite bit was when the balloons went up and down again.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: Only a tiny bit, but a good scary.

Mini Ferris Wheel 

($6 or six for $30)
Ziaan: This one was good, it was fun to go up in the air. I got to go really high.
Tummy butterflies: No
Scary: No

Red Baron 

($5 or four for $18)
Tyleigh: It was fun when the planes lifted off.
Tummy butterflies: No
Scary: No

Ziaan: It was good because you can see all the other rides from the top.
Tummy butterflies: No
Scary: No

Rockin’ Tug 

($6 or six for $30)
Ziaan: The best part was when the boat spins around at the top.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

Super Fun Slide 

($3 or three for $6 / six for $10 / 10 for $15)
Tyleigh: This was fantastic, the bumps were fun.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

Ziaan: Going over the bumps was the best part of this.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

Animal Kingdom Jungle Safari

($10 or four for $30)
Tyleigh: Excellent! Steering was the best bit. The animals were really cool.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: Yes (because I steered the wrong way.)

Georgie: There’s a lot going on in this ride and it’s guaranteed to keep children entertained. You can steer the cart any way you like, but the track keeps going in the same direction.

Ziaan: I liked steering and I liked it when we bumped into trees.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

Outback Monster Trucks

($6 or three for $15)
Tyleigh: Fantastic. The bumps were scary.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: Yes

Ziaan: The bumps were great.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: No

A group of adults at the Royal Melbourne show

Rides for grown-ups

The Beast 

($20 or two for $30)
Georgie: This is the largest transportable ride to come to Australia, and it made its debut at the Show. It has a flight height of more than 40m, which makes it similar to a theme park ride. It starts off slow, then seriously accelerates, slows down a bit, then surprises you by accelerating again. Make sure you remove any loose items.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: Yes

Sky flyer 

($9)
Georgie: This is a great way to get a nice view of the entire Show and a fair bit of Melbourne, too. It goes up 35m, which is great as long as you’re not afraid of heights.
Tummy butterflies: Not really
Scary: No

Freestyle 

($20 or two for $35)
Georgie: This is a fantastic, if slightly terrifying way to get an awesome view of the Show and Melbourne. It goes up 40m high and hits speeds of 100km/h. You hang at the top too, while more people are being locked in down the bottom. Surprisingly it’s not that scary when you spin backwards, but terrifying when you spin forwards.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: Yes

7News Skywheel 

($9 or four for $32)
Georgie: This is a classic ride that everyone must do once, even if you don’t do it each time you go to the show. It’s great fun either day or night and gives a superb view of everything around.
Tummy butterflies: No
Scary: No

Rebel 

($15 or two for $25)
Georgie: While I didn’t go on the Rebel this year, I have been before and I can say the combination of the speed of the main arm and the fact that you rotate while travelling is truly discombobulating. It makes for a great ride.
Tummy butterflies: Yes
Scary: Yes

Once you’re finished with the rides, your hair may be a little windswept. There are brushes available in the Animal Nursery, but please note that they are intended for the animals.

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Written by RACV
August 22, 2017