Howdy all and I hope this post finds you well! Last week I took the chance to attend the Royal Melbourne Show. The Royal Melbourne Show is a big event that happens every September-October in Melbourne at the Royal Showgrounds, Flemington. If you’re in Melbourne at that time of the year, it’s not a bad way to spend a day. This year it’s on from the 21st of September to the 1st of October, which is today so it may be a bit too late to catch it – this year!
What is ‘The Show’? Well, today it’s morphed somewhat from the original concept. Both Sydney and Melbourne have a ‘Show’ every year, although I believe Sydney’s is at Easter time. As a native from Melbourne, I’ve grown up with the show as mainstay of the calendar. However it has been an awful long time since I have been to it.
The first Royal Melbourne Show was back in 1848, so it’s well over 150 years old! It was originally an agricultural show, and that aspect still remains to this day. A place for farmers from Victoria to bring their cattle and other animals to Melbourne to show them off, have them judged, make contacts, sell and buy.
Today, however, it’s part agricultural show and part carnival. It is timed to open on school holidays and there are rides aplenty, from roller coasters to haunted houses and other rides that whiz you up in the air and spin you around. You know, the sort that make you puke when you’re on the ground and looking at what they do!
Other animals are ‘shown’ and the ‘Show’ – dogs and cats for example, my parents used to show our dogs there and I think it was the early 1990s that I was there with them as the prepped the dogs. That might have been my last visit to the Show before this year.
Another drawcard of the Royal Melbourne Show are the showbags. I’m not sure how long you’ve been able to buy showbags, but I remember getting them as a kid and I would say they are at least 50 years old. What is a showbag? Well, it’s a plastic bag full of goodies. Chocolate is the favourite staple in a show bag – name the chocolate (usually Cadburys) and there’s a Showbag for it. Then you have themed showbags, and Showbags based on toys or movies.
This year I saw Beatles’ showbags, Marvel Avenger’s Showbags, showbags with makeup, plush toys, and so many others. I bought myself one as I was attempting my first ever VLOG! More on that next week when I’ll present it. So I won’t tell you about that now! I’ll also be posting about Vlogging as it seems to be becoming more and more popular.
There are displays and demonstrations, you can shear a sheep or milk a cow, you can watch equestrian events, and there are huge pavilions with so much to see and a stage for shows – I was there whilst an escape artist was doing his thing in front of a captivated crowd.
I have to be honest – it’s very commercial these days, everything is sponsored and everything that’s sponsored has the sponsor’s logo plastered all over it. And the prices – well an adult entry is $42AUD, although if you enter after 5pm (it’s open until 9pm) then it’s $21. Which as an adult is not a bad option.
Concession price (for kids/concession card holders) is $28. A family of 2 adults and 2 kids is $80 so that represents a significant saving. But then once you’re in you’re going to spend money. Showbags are generally between $5 and $30AUD although there may be a couple of exceptions. Rides are generally at least $9 from what I saw PER RIDE. However, you can buy ride cards which get you various amounts of rides depending on how much you pay, and if you want to try a few rides, I daresay it will save you some dosh. And yeah, you’re going to have to wait until next year unless you’re going today!
So for the visitor to Melbourne, without kids, I recommend trying a 5pm entry and saving some money that way. On the other hand, the family ticket works out pretty well for families. There’s so much to see and do, you won’t be bored. However – should you bring you children, be aware that many showbags are basically just bags of sugar. And it really is the place to observe children going into meltdowns!
Information – royalhow.com.au
Anyways, it’s not a bad day out at all. Take the train to the Showgrounds station because you just get off the train and basically walk into the Show! Thanks for reading, please comment – have you ever been to the Melbourne Show, and what were your favourite memories? May the Journey Never End!