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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 barnyard animals.

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

Royal Melbourne Show 2019 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.

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.

Event Dates

21 September 2019 to 01 October 2019

Event Times

9:30am - 9pm daily
The firework show runs from 7:45pm to 8pm every day

Pavilions open at 10am

Venue

Melbourne Showgrounds

Address

Epsom Road
Ascot Vale , VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9913 3243
customer.service@rasv.com.au

Prices

Adult (Age 15+): $42
Child (Age 5-14): $21
Concession (Valid card holder): $28
Family A (2 Ad, 2 Ch): $80
Family B (1 Ad, 3 Ch): $70
2 Day VIP Pass: $85

Pre-book your tickets online by September 21 to save up to 20% on the above prices
Online Saver - Save up to 20%
RACV Members - Save up to 30%
After 5pm Super Saver - Save up to 50%
Group Bookings (20+) - Save up to 30%

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  • I remember in past years i was able to get a discounted ticket when returning a second day. Eg. Bought a full priced adult ticket and went on a tuesday. Then presented that ticket at the gate on the thursday and got entry much cheaper.
    Do you know if that’s being offered again this year?

    • Hi Claire,

      What you have described seems to be similar to the “2-Day VIP Pass”, although it seems to have changed slightly.

      The “2-Day VIP Pass” is now entry for 2 people on any two days of the show and includes access to VIP hospitality areas and priority access to the Animal Nursery and Showbag pavilion. So it’s not 2 day access for just 1 person anymore.

      In terms of pricing, there doesn’t appear to be any online discounts for the 2 day tickets (eg RACV), so the pass s $85 in total. Since you can get 2 adult tickets for $64 with the discount, the 2-Day VIP Pass is only worth it if you are definitely attending 2 days.

      Thanks
      Michael

    • Hi Jess,

      Having been there today, i do recall ride passes being able to be collected from the information stands around the showgrounds.

      The main information kiosk that stands out is the Pie in the Sky, but looking at the map, there seems to be stands located near each of the entrances.

      Thanks
      Michael

    • Hi Louis,

      I have done a lot of searches and although i can see references to passouts being available at the gate, there is not much detail other than that.

      Looking at some of the information from previous years, it appears that pass outs are only valid for a short time (like 30 minutes) so you can go to your car to drop off items – not for returning back later in the day.

      Hope this helps.
      Michael

    • Hi Louisa,

      The show is in fact open during the AFL Grand Final public holiday on the Friday. Be that everyone else is off work, it’s either going to be quiet because of the parade in the city, or it’s going go the other way to be swamped with people.

      Have a great time!

      Thanks
      Michael

  • has it been released yet what times specifically the dogs are on at. we only want to watch the Alaskan malamutes but it doesn’t have a time as to when they are being shown on the website just the date

    • Hi Maddie,

      Unfortunately, that is all of the information i could find too – even then so, trying to get the information off the official website is painful.

      I did do some Google searches and all i could find was the date as well – no times.

      The official showguide does come out this week, but i have a feeling the information wont be out until closer to the event, or even on the day.

      Thanks
      Michael

    • Hi Jas,

      The Royal Melbourne Show doesn’t offer ‘unlimited’ ride passes, but rather a series of value saving cards. Eg: $35 worth of rides for $25; $70 worth of rides for $50; $200 worth of rides for $140. There are typically 6 different value options offered.

      Best regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Marie,

      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 so you are actually not able to return later in the way on the same ticket. Hope this helps!

      Regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Troy,

      Great question. You can get $200 worth of rides for only $140. It looks like they are transferrable between people. Here are the conditions:

      “Ride vouchers are to be redeemed for a rides pass at information booths inside Melbourne Showgrounds on any day during the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show. 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. Ride credits cannot be split between multiple ride passes. A rides pass can be transferrable from person to person. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other advertised or promotional ride offer. Transaction fee of $2.00 including GST per transaction apply. 1.3% credit card fees apply.”

      Have a great time at the Melbourne Show!
      Jess

    • Hi Raelene,

      Yes, show and ride combo tickets are available. Based on previous years, you save around 30% on rides when you purchase the bundle. There will be plenty of advertising when they go on sale, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for the announcement.

      Kind regards,
      Jess

  • 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.

      Regards,
      Jess

    • 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.

      Regards,
      Jess

    • 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.

      Thanks.

      • 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.

        Email: customerservice@rasv.com.au
        Hotline: 1300 656 547

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

  • 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

      Regards,
      Jess

    • 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.

      Regards,
      Jess

    • 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,
      Jess

    • 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.

      Regards,
      Jess

    • 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.

      Regards,
      Jess