Best showbags at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show
Nail showbags at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show with our guide to the best picks.
Like scones without jam or gin without tonic, the Royal Melbourne Show without showbags is unthinkable. But fear not. As the 171st show prepares to launch on 21 September, it shows no signs of entering a post-showbag world. In fact, this year the dizzying 364 showbags for sale have been promoted to the centrally located Grand Pavilion.
Covering all bases from confectionary and footy to pop culture and wellness, they mean the Royal Melbourne Show has the biggest exhibition of showbags in the world. But how to tell the trash from the treasure – and more pertinently, how to keep the kids’ sugar levels at acceptable limits while limiting the amount of plastic coming into the house? Here’s our pick of the top showbags for 2019.
Nine of the best showbags to buy at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show
Ultimate Magic Showbag
Fancy freaking your friends out with the old nail through the finger illusion? Want to discover the secrets of ‘hide the handkerchief’ or master the thousand mile eye dice trick? The Ultimate Magic Showbag, $22, is for you. With more than 10 magic tricks along with some handy all-purpose accessories such as a duck whistle and gel snake, it’s chock full of fun – plus you get a full-head mask in a choice of 13 different animals including a grey wolf, dinosaur and lion (not recommended for wearing into the Show’s animal nursery).
The Fab Four’s Abbey Road album recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, which is a great excuse to immortalise them in the Showgrounds’ Grand Pavilion. The $25 Beatles bag is stuffed with keepsakes you might actually want to keep, including a beach towel with their famous walk across the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing immortalised in silhouette, a black-and-white baseball cap and socks, a printed tumbler and water bottle and a Yellow Submarine keyring.
The first book might have been released way back in 1997 but everyone’s favourite boy wizard shows no sign of waning in popularity. At $28, you can get your Gryffindor on with a Harry Potter backpack and iron-on transfers, a drink bottle and delightfully old-fashioned letter-writing set, pendant and more. There’s also a wand - perfect for using the expelliarmus spell on any ride queue-jumpers.
A pair of trademark Where’s Wally black-framed specs is the highlight of the showbag celebrating the guy who gets lost in a crowd. For $28, Wally fans will also get a backpack, notebook and pencils, a mousepad and keyring, a mug and badges and the all-important red-and-white beanie.