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In its 162nd year, the Royal Melbourne Show is an event brimming with entertaining, interactive and fun activities and attractions. To help you make the most out of your Melbourne Show experience, we’ve made a handy guide to help you plan an unforgettable day out with your family and friends.

Animal Attractions

The show is an animal lover’s dream, with a huge variety of displays, competitions and parades taking place. Cuddle up with baby farm animals at the Animal Nursery or watch primped pooches compete in the All Breeds Championship Dog Show. From the Animal Farmyard to the Herald Sun Arena, it’s animals galore.


With hundreds of entertainment options, you’ll be spoiled for choice at the Royal Melbourne Show. World-class performances from Australian talents are on the cards, as well as live music, fireworks and spectacular stunts. Don’t forget to check out Gunther von Hagens’ Body World Vital: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. This exhibit can be an eye-opening experience where you can learn about the wonders of the human body.


Of course, with aching feet and happy hearts, you’d love to complete the perfect day out day by experiencing a variety of mouth-watering cuisines at Woolworths’ Fresh Food Pavilion. Head over to the Winning Tastes Pavilion for a choice of Melbourne’s best eateries featuring Australia’s acclaimed chefs and producers. There are vegan and vegetarian options as well. For a quick bite, you can visit the many food trucks located around the showgrounds. Cap off the day with a sensational cocktail or a craft brew.


Last year, there were 375 different themed showbags to choose from. And this year you can expect just as many, if not more. From the celebrated Bertie Beetle Bag to your favourite AFL team colours, there’ll be showbag for everyone to enjoy.

Essential Information

When: 22 September – 2 October 2018
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale.
How: The Melbourne Showgrounds is accessible via public transport (bus, trains and trams) but parking is also available with a daily fee. It’s only approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Thornhill Park.

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