Top 5 tips on making the most of the Melbourne Royal Show

Thursday, 22nd September – Sunday, 2nd October

1. Accessible Parking and Transportation

Firstly, think about how you’ll get there. Melbourne Showgrounds is easily accessible by public transport or car and is located just 7 kms from Melbourne CBD and 15 minutes from Melbourne Airport.

Public transport is the most efficient way of reaching the Showgrounds, particularly by train. While the Melbourne Royal Show is on, the Showgrounds Station will be open right outside the venue. You can find more information on the various public transport options here.

If you do plan on driving, get there bright and early to ensure you can secure a parking spot as there is limited accessible parking at the Showgrounds. Why not book an accessible taxi and get here without worrying about the parking.

2. Carers and Companions eligible for free admission

Own a Carers Card or a Companion Card? Good news, you can get along one support person complimentary entry if you have a government issued Companion Card. A ticket is not required for individuals that hold a Victorian Carers Card and are accompanying a person who requires support.

If you have one of these cards and are above 14 years old, you’re also eligible for discounted tickets. So take advantage of this opportunity, and don’t miss out!

If you have a Guide Dog or assistant animal, they’re welcome and the Melbourne Royal Show can provide water for them if needed.

3. Get close to your favourite fluffy friends

The animals are the real stars of the Melbourne Royal Show. You can meet, feed and get up close to all your favourite animals while the Show is on.

Start at the Animal Nursery to play with new-born lambs, chooks, ducklings and baby goats. Then make your way to the Sushi Hub Farmyard to watch animals wander around as they do in their natural habitat. Try your hand at milking a cow, shearing a sheep or just settle for a pat and a photo opportunity with friendly pygmy goats.

If you are dog lover, then do we have a treat in store for you! Head to the Best Friends Pets Dogs Pavilion to see more than 3000 dogs run, jump, dance and tackle obstacles for the opportunity to be awarded the Melbourne Royal Show’s Best in Show Award. Incredibly, this is also the 150th year of this coveted competition. To find out when your favourite dogs are on, check out the calendar.

4. Take your taste buds on a world tour

The food alone is worth the visit! Get adventurous as you sample global cuisines like Asian, Mediterranean, American and Aussie fare.

Bite into the freshest sushi or tuck into a hearty pie with lashings of gravy. Try a meaty smokehouse BBQ washed down with an award-winning beer. For those with a sweet tooth, there is always the cold, creamy gelato to finish off the meal in style.

Whether it’s a snack on-the-go or a leisurely lunch with old friends, you are sure to find something tasty at the Show.

5. Activities for people with a disability

The festival has a range of activities and entertainment that are suitable for people of all abilities. Get inspired by live demonstrations of craft techniques, book binding, leatherwork, modern mending and paper jewellery. Explore the cookery shows, take a walk-through the MasterChef Kitchen or learn how to bottle feed an animal. There’s so much to see and do at the Show.

Finally, if you ever find yourself lost at the show, don’t panic! The Melbourne Showgrounds is fully wheelchair accessible and has signage, including symbols and icons, to help find your way. Accessible bathroom amenities are also available. Furthermore, elevators are accessible with auditory functions and braille controls. If you’d like to rent a mobility aid on the day, they are available from all the information kiosks. Additionally, they also offer wheelchair accommodating seating arrangements and storage for mobility devices.

Have a great time at the show and tell us all about your experience!