An insiders guide to see the Royal Melbourne Show like a pro
It’s that time of year again! The Royal Melbourne Show is back and better than ever, entertaining visitors for over 160 years with its unique ‘foodie’ experiences, agricultural exhibitions and interactive activities, all within the carnival-type atmosphere. This is our Insider’s Guide to help you navigate the Royal Melbourne Show 2019 – so you can spend less time on logistics and more time planning how many Bertie Beetle Show bags to buy!
How to get to the Royal Melbourne Show
Planning your commute to Royal Melbourne show 2019 is simple, meaning you can spend more time soaking up all the event has to offer. The show gates open daily during the 21st of September until the 1st of October 2019 from 9:30am, with all main pavilions granting entry at 10:00am. The gates will close at 9pm each evening.
How to get to the Royal Melbourne Show by public transport
The Royal Melbourne Show is housed at Melbourne Showgrounds, which sits conveniently next to the ‘Showgrounds’ railway station. Trains run from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations to the Melbourne Showgrounds Station every 10-20 minutes during showtime, with the first train arriving at the Melbourne Showgrounds at 9.25am, and the last train to depart around 10.30pm.
The easiest way to plan your journey from anywhere in Melbourne is by visiting www.ptv.vic.gov.au (or downloading the PTV app), which will give you up-to-date schedules and route information. If you’re staying at Holiday Inn Melbourne On Flinders during showtime, just ask our friendly reception staff to help you find the most convenient way there and home.
How to get to the Royal Melbourne Show by car
If you plan on bringing home more showbags than your arms can carry, the Melbourne Showgrounds has a parking available at Flemington Racecourse. Access to the car park is via Epsom Rd or Smithfield Rd and $25 allows you to park all-day, to ensure no limit to your show experience. The Epsom Rd car park is open from 7am – 11pm and the Smithfield Rd car park is open from 8.00am – midnight.
The Unmissable Royal Melbourne Show experiences
- Meet the animals
There is no shortage of furry friends at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show, with attendees being able to get up close and personal with ‘the real stars’ of this year’s show. The multiple animal precincts provide hands-on animal activities, so even the the most city-accustomed Melbournian and try their hand at milking a cow for the first time. Whether it be feeding an alpaca its morning tea or viewing the majestic trot of show horses in awe, The Farmhouse or The Animal Farmyard will give you an unforgettable and authentic agricultural experience.
- Buy showbags
A rite of passage – the Showbag! No Show visitor can go home without one. Head to the Showbag Pavilion to decide between hundreds of traditional favourites, curated fine-food hampers or ‘mixed-bag’ samplers that allow you to transport the best of the exhibitors to your home. There is no shortage of fun for the little ones as well, with major kids’ brands, novelty and fun confectionery ensuring endless entertainment for the whole family!
Our pick for the best showbag? The Bertie Beetle – A Show Classic.
For over 25 years the bright blue of this unmistakable has remained a token of Melbourne show attendance. At only $2, this is the bag to buy when… you don’t plan on buying one at all!
What to eat at the Royal Melbourne Show
Would it be a quintessential Melbourne event without a focus on food? Melbourne reigns as the capital of creative and curated eating experiences, meaning dining at the Royal Melbourne Show is no exception! Check out our top culinary picks from this years show.
- The Show After Dark
A new addition to the show line-up is ‘The Show After Dark’, which is an evening festival of pop-up foodie experiences, showcasing Melbourne’s best restaurants, bars, live music and entertainment. Running for 11 evenings, there is ample time to sample delicious eats, grab a drink from local producers while delighting in live music and the nightly fireworks display.
- Winning Taste Pavilion
The Royal Melbourne Show is a way to sample the high-quality produce available in the local area, as agricultural producers, winemakers & chocolatiers from the region come together to showcase the best they have to offer. The Winning Tastes Pavilion houses award-winning experts in food and drink, hosting a variety of Melbourne’s most acclaimed eateries that will offer masterclasses and tips to enhance your own culinary creations at home. Tantalise your tastebuds with the finest, a gastronomical experience like no other.
- Food Trucks & Carnival Tastes
A show isn’t complete without a crispy dagwood dog dowsed in tomato sauce or a bright pink cloud of sugary fairy floss to complete the true carnival experience. The show is lined with classic food vans serving old-school showtime treats, with options for the whole family. For the more modern foodie, specialty coffee and brioche slider trucks will satisfy that trendy Melbourne palate.
Why to stay at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders for the Royal Melbourne Show 2019
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is perfectly located in the Melbourne CBD. We are located a 5 minute walk from Southern Cross Train Station. With our best price guarantee, it’s our guarantee that you will pay the best price. If you find a lower price , we’ll not only match that lower price, we’ll give you up to 5 times the IHG Rewards Club points (up to a maximum 40,000 points on room rates for that stay.
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