Play with baby goats, ride on on a magic carpet and load up with show bags because it’s Royal Melbourne Show time
Some come to the Show for the rides; others come to marvel at award-winning edible sculptures (otherwise known as cakes). Crowds flock to pavilions filled with baby animals and champion dogs. All are united in a mutual love of show bags.
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.
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 pavillions. Watch which stalls the crowds are drawn to – it's a great way to find some tassty (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 pavillion. 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.
Those in the know buy their tickets online where you can get them at a 10 per cent discount and save up to 30 per cent on rides. That's money that can be spent on a few extra show bags – and there's literally hundreds to choose from after all.
|Venue name:||Melbourne Showgrounds||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 9am-5pm|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Showgrounds|
|Event phone:||1300 656 547|