The Royal Melbourne Show
Time Out says
Play with baby goats, ride on a magic carpet and load up with show bags – it’s Royal Melbourne Show time
Some come to the Show for the rides, others come to marvel at award-winning cakes, the incredible woodchoppers, the pavilions filled with baby animals and champion dogs… or maybe we’re all just united in a mutual love of show bags.
Running from Saturday, September 21 until Tuesday, October 1, this year’s Royal Melbourne Show is set to take the annual festival to new heights with the promise of dinosaurs, parades and even robots.
Let's start with the animals, the original stars of the show. You can get up close and personal with cows, sheep, poultry, dogs and even alpacas or rock up to one of the shows to see if you can pick the winning animal. For those just looking to cuddle a lamb or baby chicken, the petting zoo is usually heaving with families (and everyone else) looking for a dose of cute.
This year, guests can visit the brand-new Jurassic Creatures pavilion where you can bring out your inner paleontologist and meet some friendly animatronic dinosaurs. There’s also the Future Pavilion where you can learn about (and play with) fun new technologies like virtual reality as well as enjoy robot demonstrations, a gaming precinct and a digital shopping experience.
Foodies at the show are also well catered for. Sure, you could go for the traditional dagwood dog or cloud of fairy floss, but the Show has far more gourmet options awaiting in the food pavilions. Watch which stalls the crowds are drawn to – it's a great way to find some tasty (and often local) nosh.
The show has a hefty arts and crafts outfit every year which can include free workshops for both adults and kids, as well as plenty of exhibits showing off other people's masterpieces. And no trip to the Show is complete either without a gawk at the woodchop pavilion. There's around 50 different events to watch but make sure you turn up on time: the speed of the woodchoppers mean the competitions are over fast.
The 2019 Royal Melbourne Show has lined up a few different options to keep you entertained when you're not cuddling goats or zooming around on rides. The Elton John Experience will perform at the expo alongside twice daily performances from illusionist Cosentino (who first shot to fame in the 2011 series of Australia's Got Talent) and the PAW Patrol. There will also be nightly fireworks!
Those in the know buy their tickets online where you can get them at a 20 per cent discount up until September 20. There's also up to 50 per cent off if you visit after 5pm. That's money that can be spent on a few extra show bags – and there are literally hundreds to choose from after all.