Royal Melbourne Show

Royal Melbourne Show

Taking place over the September school holidays, the Royal Melbourne Show is celebrated over 11 wonderful days and includes everything from exciting rides and family entertainment to arts, crafts and barn yard animals.

The Royal Melbourne Show is one of the most popular events on the Melbourne calendar; with thousands of people flocking to the Melbourne Show Grounds year after year for excitement, entertainment and fun activities for the whole family.

Royal Melbourne Show 2017 Dates, Maps, Showbags, Rides & Tickets

Families come to the show to enjoy the vast array of carnival games and rides. Kids also get the opportunity to watch and learn about farming, animals and living off the land. Kids can get up close to many farm animals, which they can feed and pat.

Food lovers will also be excited to know that the show offers an exciting range of food and drink stalls. Each stall offers award-winning produce, regional wines, finger food and homemade desserts. Furthermore, the show offers a number of cooking workshops and engaging programs for adults and kids alike.

Kids also love going to the Showbag Hall where they can purchase a range of goodies all packed into one awesome showbag! There are chocolates, lollies, toys, costumes for the kids and a range of cooking, fashion and sports showbags for adults. Buying a showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show is a tradition, so make sure you check out the range available.

During the day, the Royal Melbourne Show hosts demonstrations, competitions, fun rides and live shows. At night, the fun continues with carnival rides, food tasting and a spectacular fireworks display. There is so much to see and do at the Royal Melbourne Show, so plan on spending the whole day and evening here and experience everything that Victoria has to offer in one exciting place. Each night, there will be a huge fireworks show which will run between 8.15pm-8.30pm.

You can buy your tickets online, or at the gate. Ride passes are available (online only). Take public transport to get to the show. Catch the Melbourne Showgrounds train from Flinders Street, Southern Cross or North Melbourne. The first train arrives at Melbourne Showgrounds station at 9.23am and trains run every 15 minutes.

Royal Melbourne Show Information

Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road,
Ascot Vale, VIC
  Event Dates:
TBA - September 2017
  Event Times:
10am - 9pm
Phone: (03) 9913 3243
Email: [email protected]
 Ticket Prices/Admission:
Prices at the gate:
Adults: $39
Concession: $25
Child (5-14yrs): $19
Under 4yrs: Free
Family A (2Ad + 2Ch): $85
Family B (1Ad + 3Ch): $72

Discounts available for RACV members and those visiting after 5pm.

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  • Hi, I I still have close to $100 left on my ride card I was disappointed because I was thinking that now I’ve lost out on money. But seems as there is no expiration date, would I be able to use the rest of my ride credit next year?

    • Hi Mel,

      The terms and conditions on the Royal Melbourne Show website state the following:
      “Ride passes are not redeemable for cash, cannot be resold, no change can be given for unused credit and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. This offer is valid for purchase online only. Ride credits are not transferable and cannot be split between multiple ride passes. Ride e-vouchers are to be redeemed for a rides pass on any day during the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show.”

      Unfortunately it seems that the credit is only able to be used at the 2016 show.


  • Hi,
    I was wondering when it says 17th-27th, does that mean that the 27th is the last day of the show or does it mean that it’s not open on the 27th?

  • Hi Jess,
    The speed and quality of your responses is truly commendable. Even for questions that are repeated several times. Great work.


  • Can you get any further discount using your Racv card after 5pm? Or is it a flat rate of $15 no further discounts applied.

    Cheers lisa

    • Hi Lisa,

      This ticket offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other advertised or promotional admission ticket offer which means that a further RACV discount will not apply.

      Have a great time at the Show!


  • Hi we are purchasing tickets online using a friend’s RACV membership. Will we need to show the membership card at entrance? Thanks.

    • Hi Jukie,

      The RACV number is entered online at the time of purchase so I can’t imagine you would be asked for it again upon entry.

      I personally have used this discount in the past and have never been asked to present the card upon entry. However, you never know… you may get an over-zealous gate attendant. So if at all possible, try to bring the card to show with you on the day.

      But if you do have any issues at the gate, just state that there is nothing on the purchase page which states it must be shown on entry.


    • I would like to contact Rocky River Mining who had a stand where kids could pan for semi precious gems. My granddaughter panned for gems which were in a plastic bag which she lost the stones as the carry bag tore.

      I would like to buy some bags for my granddaughter from Rocky Mining if I can.
      Please advise website or phone number if possible.


      • Hi Jimmy,

        Sorry to hear. I can’t find any information about this company online, so I would recommend you contact the customer service department for the RASV (Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria – the organisers of the Show). They will have a full list of all vendors and should be able to put you in touch with the company.

        Hotline: 1300 656 547

        I hope you have some success at getting your granddaughter some new gems!
        All the best,

  • Hey, was just wondering how much it would be for me and a friend who are going this Saturday the 24th. My friend has an RACV card, can we both go go under that? And I’m also a concession card holder, so how much would it before both of us?
    Also with the ride passes online, how do you get them? Do you just show them at the gate?
    Are there ATM machines at the show grounds?

    • Hi Alexandra,

      Your friend will be able to buy both tickets (RACV members can buy up to 20 tickets) online. The cost for one adult + one concession with RACV discount is $53. You can buy tickets here.

      The process for redeeming the passes is as follows: After purchase, you will receive an email with your ride e-voucher attached. The Melbourne Show website states: “Take a printed copy of your e-voucher, or show the e-voucher barcode from your mobile device, to any information booth or ride redemption booth to receive your activated rides pass. Go to the ticket box office of the ride operator of your choice to swipe your card and use the ride credits from your rides pass.”

      Yes, there are ATMs inside the Royal Melbourne Show at the following locations:
      – Entry to The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion
      – RACV Members Café
      – Grand Boulevard opposite the Ferris Wheel
      – Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion
      – China as a Guest Nation Pavilion
      – Outside Winning Tastes Pavilion


    • Hi Gigi,

      Rides at the Royal Melbourne Show vary in cost from approximately $5 – $20 so it depends on the rides you will be taking. The Royal Melbourne Show hasn’t published the ride prices this year, so unfortunately this is the best info to hand.

      The larger rides such as Kamikaze and the Big Drop will cost more than the smaller children’s rides, Carousel or the Ferris Wheel.


    • Hi Jen,

      On both days the Freestyle Motorcross Stunt Show will be on at 1.15pm & 7.45pm at the Herald Sun Arena (weather permitting) and runs for approximately 30 mins.

      Have a great time at the Royal Melbourne Show!


    • Hi Dylan,

      I have read the terms and conditions and there is nothing that prevents it.

      The process for redeeming the passes also seems to allow multiple parties to use the same pass. After purchase, you will receive an email with your ride e-voucher attached. The Melbourne Show website states: “Take a printed copy of your e-voucher, or show the e-voucher barcode from your mobile device, to any information booth or ride redemption booth to receive your activated rides pass. Go to the ticket box office of the ride operator of your choice to swipe your card and use the ride credits from your rides pass.”

      There appears no reason why the pass can’t be swiped twice or three times for multiple people on the same ride.

      Hope this helps,

  • Hi,
    Roughly how many rides will I be able to go on at the Royal Melbourne Show with a $20 ($26 worth) ride pass and the $30 ($40 worth) ride pass? Thanks

    • Hi Carla,

      Rides at the Royal Melbourne Show vary in cost from approximately $5 – $20 so it depends on the rides you will be taking. The Royal Melbourne Show hasn’t published the ride prices this year, so unfortunately this is the best info to hand.

      The larger rides such as Kamikaze and the Big Drop will cost more than the smaller children’s rides such as the Carousel and the Ferris Wheel.


  • Hi, I will be visiting the show on Sunday. Are the additional prices (apart from the entry fee) only for rides only or are they applicable to various other shows during the day?

    • Hi Sam,

      The admission fee gets you into all events and exhibits at the show apart from “meet and greet” sessions with singers which require the purchase of a single or album to get an autograph.

      All other shows including dog shows, fireworks, Loony Tunes Live, Motorcross show, etc are all included in your admission price.

      So the only extra things you will need to pay for extra are any rides, food and showbags.


    • Hi Amanda,

      Yes, careers cards are accepted. Carer card holders coming to the Show with the person they are caring for will be admitted free.

      Companion Card holders are eligible to purchase the concession rate entry into the Show.

      So the Concession rate if you purchase online is $22.50.


    • Hi Jane,

      Sometimes RACV and RACQ have reciprocal discount offers and other discounts are unique to the state auto club.

      Unfortunately, I cannot find any reference to discounts for RACQ members for the Royal Melbourne Show. If you plan to purchase your tickets on the day, it can’t hurt to present your card, as you may get a friendly cashier that will give the discount anyway.

      Kind regards,

  • Hello,
    After entering the show, can I leave and be re-admitted? I need to leave at midday, but I want to come back later in the afternoon. Thanks.

    • Hi Susana,

      Short term pass outs to collect or drop off items to your car are allowed but are only valid for around 30 minutes as your ticket is only a single entry ticket. I suspect this stops people from leaving and passing their ticket onto another person to come later in the day. Hope this helps!


    • Hi Gianne,

      Concession includes people with: Senior card, Student card, Pension card, Companion Card and Health Care card. The ID must be presented upon entry or when purchasing tickets at the gate.


    • Hi Jessica,

      I have just checked the terms and conditions and there is nothing there that says the tickets are non “transferable.” So I can’t see any reason why you cant share them between your family.


  • Hi, We are booked to be at the Royal Melbourne Show on Fri 23-Sep-2016. I have not been able to download a planner of events on the day. This would be ever so useful in charting out what we’d like to do.
    Fashion, ringside and show events, food precincts are part of what we’re looking for. We know where to find the standards like the wonderful Art & Craft.
    Great if you are able to help.

  • Hi,
    I was wondering if you could please tell me if there are going to be the ultimate ride wristbands this year (they give you access to any ride for free as long as you show the wristband). As there has been in previous years. If so I do I get my hands on a couple of them!?

    • Hi Blue,

      There is no “unlimited ride pass” this year. There are passes which you can purchase which give you a discount on rides. Eg: Pay $20 and get $26 worth of ride; pay $30 for $40 of rides; pay $50 for $70 of rides, etc, etc.

      You can find all the details here. Just note that these ride passes are only available online, you cannot purchase them at the gate.


    • Hi Brooke,

      You can purchase tickets online or at the gate.

      For online tickets, get them through the official website here. You can also add ride passes to your ticket which will save you money on rides on the day. Just note that if you want a ride pass, they cant be purchased at the gate and must be purchased online.

      If you purchase online, you will receive an email immediately with your tickets.


  • Hi, I was just wondering if Student ID is valid for the purchase of a concession ticket?

    Also my mum has a concession card which has my name and my siblings names on the card. Does this mean I can use this concession card to purchase a concession ticket?

  • Hey, just wondering what the price range is for unlimited rides and if they are available on the day? Also, what are the opening and closing times?

  • Hello,
    I am wanting to go to the Melbourne show with my friends and i which we are 14 years of age. Do we need to have someone over the age of 18 if you are under the age of 18.


    • Hi Thomas,

      There is no requirement that you be accompanied by a parent to the show, as it is a family friendly event.

      But I still recommend checking with your parents to make sure its ok to go without them… you never know – they might want to go too!

      Have a great time!

  • Hi Jess, I was wondering when they will be announcing which live acts or star celebrity/singers that will be performing live on stage as well as doing the meet and greets, cause on the Royal Melbourne show website it still says details coming soon. I do know they have already announced that Taylor Henderson will be there, but the website hasnt announced anyone else as of yet, thanks.

    • Hi Ross,

      I am expecting an update this weekend. I will update our page with new info as it comes to hand. I understand the cast of Home and Away will be doing meet and greets and a few more artists will be announced. Check back with us!


  • Are there any Show tickets that include the cost of the train tickets? I saw there is discount for RACV members, can you tell me the discount amount please?
    How do we get to the show from Watergardens Station? Someone said we go to North Melbourne then take the show train. Can you tell me how to get the information, please. Thank you.

    • Hi Mary,

      Show tickets must be purchased separately from train tickets.

      For a limited time RACV Members can purchase early-bird admission tickets online for family and friends and save up to 30%. This offer ends at 9pm on the 16 September 2016. Purchase your discounted tickets here.

      For public transport from Watergardens, you will need to travel to North Melbourne and catch the Show Train from North Melbourne station. This will take you to the Showgrounds Station. These trains leave North Melbourne approximately every 20 minutes and run all throughout the show period. You can check specific times through the Public Transport Victoria website here.

      Enjoy the Royal Melbourne Show 2016!


  • Hi there, I have a carer card for my son and I’m on the pension for him. Just wondering if there is any further discount for carer card?

    • Hi Tina,

      Carers are able to enter for free when attending the person they care for. No need to purchase a ticket, simply show your carers card at the gate when entering with your son.

      Tickets go on sale on 18 July 2016. Have a great time at the Royal Melbourne Show!


  • Hello. We are coming to Australia from the UK in September and will be visiting the Show. I see you offer reductions for “concessions” and I’m wondering if this includes overseas visitors. My husband is registered disabled I’m his full time carer and he is the holder of a BLUE BADGE in the UK which entitles us to free disabled parking and reduced rates on tickets to events like yours here in the UK. Are the concession prices there going to be available to us as well?
    Kind regards, Susan

    • Hi Susan,

      This is a good question and unfortunately, I am not sure of the answer.

      We are not the official organisers of the event, so I recommend that you contact them via this email address: Email:

      I note that there is disabled parking located right next to the Showgrounds at our famous Flemington Racecourse. However I understand there is still a fee attached.

      I hope the RASV is able to assist you. Enjoy your time in Australia.