Thursday, 27 September 2018

Royal Melbourne Show 2018 Review. School Holiday Fun For Everyone!


For Melbournians, the arrival of spring in September heralds a time to move outdoors and into the 'funshine' after endless months of our famous southern cold. With the school holidays underway, the AFL Grand Final and the Royal Melbourne Show on-the-go during this monumental four week period, Melbourne residents are never short of entertainment choices in September.

Right now the Royal Melbourne Show is in full-swing, providing our glorious city with some much-needed fun time after a long winter spell. If you're a resident of our spectacular city or just visiting, make sure you have a day (preferably two), set aside to visit this annual attraction packed with entertainment for all ages, plus laughs, foods and all-round enjoyment.

Welcome to the Royal Melbourne Show 2018!

Whether it's the amusements and rides you crave, quality, big-name attractions and entertainers, international cuisines and wines, or you simply harbour a love of animals, the Show has the lot on offer in a big way for a very short time. This year's Royal Melbourne Show opened on September 22nd and closes on October 2nd. Be sure to catch it before it's gone!

Six Little Hearts headed off on day two of the Royal Melbourne Show to check out this year's line-up. Armed with a dog-eared copy of the Show Guide, the Royal Melbourne Show app loaded on the mobile, and after an extensive amount of online research into this year's show bag offerings, we were all set for our annual visit.

Not surprisingly, we are never disappointed.

This year there's tons to wade through. Visitors can enjoy the Show Bag Exhibition featuring bags from day-go when Show advertisers offered delightful paper show bags filled with old-time goodies. You'll recognise some of the older brands and enjoy the hip graphic design of era's past. There are also spectacular images of show-goers from earlier times to admire. It's a sentimental journey and a great way to reminisce about this annual event.

Remember this one? This iconic Sunny-Boy show bag was always a winner.
The Vintage Show Bag Exhibition is located at the Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion.
Kids will go crazy choosing from the enormous array of show bags in this year's line-up. As usual there are 100's to browse so be sure to jump online to get a gist of the offerings before you go. Some great value bags we recommend are the Country Women's Association and craft show bags for crafty types. There's a super nut show bag too, which is packed with delicious nuts and nibbles. (Grab this show bag in the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. Be warned, it weighs a ton!)

There are show bags to suit all budgets and age levels so there's no need for anyone to miss out.

Don't forget to visit the Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion to see the fine examples of cakes, millinery, sewing, knitting, crochet and photography. It' always a highlight and a tradition to scour these displays which comprise the very heart of the Royal Melbourne Show.

The Royal Melbourne Show 2018 has some huge acts to enjoy and they're all included in your entry fee. See Jimmy Barnes and international act Cosentino the Illusion Artist live on the Main Stage. Witness the wood chopping, monster trucks, Motocross, FMX Stunt Show, Great Aussie Tractor Pull plus the fireworks nightly at 7.45pm. There's also the opportunity to see the fascinating Body Worlds Vital exhibition which is touring Australia for the very first time. (This is an additional cost.)

Be awed by Cosentino live on the Main Stage at this year's Show.
Visit the Royal Melbourne Show website to see the daily attractions so that you can plan your visit.

Dutch pancakes.
Grab yourself some eats at the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. There are so many food choices here including an extensive array of brands to discover. For lovers of gourmet delights such as spices, jerky, nuts, wines and exclusive dairy produce, you can't go past the Show for choice. For those on a budget, there's always the $3 Cheese Toasties to enjoy.

Also try the Winning Tastes Pavilion and enjoy the courtyard there for alfresco dining. This year The Meadow has been introduced - a new place to wine and dine for grownups with live entertainment.

Finally, don't miss the animals! Get up close and personal with the baby animals in the Animal Nursery. Feed, pet and pose with the cute goats, lambs, chickens, ponies, alpacas and ducks.

For thrill-seekers, the Royal Melbourne Show has rides to keep you pumped with adrenaline. There's everything from fun carnival games and amusements to the high end rides that the courageous crave. Again all ages are catered for with most amusements offering prizes for every child who has a go.

The Royal Melbourne Show 2018 runs until October 2nd. There are multiple entry value offers available for families including 2 day VIP passes, After 5 Super Saver and Online Ticket Saver options. There are also discounts for RACV members and ride passes to save you money. Find out more here.

The Melbourne Showgrounds are located at Epsom Road, Ascot Vale. For further information, hours, parking, maps and ticket prices and purchases, visit the Royal Melbourne Show website. 

Six Little Hearts recommend visitors attend the Royal Melbourne Show at least twice to peruse all of the attractions. There's so much to see at this year's Show.

*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts were guests of the Royal Melbourne Show 2018 in exchange for our thoughts. 
All opinions expressed are our own and genuine. Thanks for having us!


  1. Ooh I'd love to go to the Royal Melbourne Show one year! I love our Adelaide Show and this looks very similar. I assume much bigger though because on the whole, Adelaide sucks. Hahaaa just kidding.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  2. Looks like soooo much fun! It's been way too many years since we've been to a show. Can't wait to take my munchies next year.

  3. I forgot this was on. We haven't been to the Melbourne one yet (we've done other cities we've lived in). Must go asap! Looks like so much fun.

  4. Oh I love a good show. We usually just go to the local country shows, so there aren't many show bags, and just a few rides to choose from. We used to go to the Brisbane Ekka when we lived there. I remember having to buy a trolley to carry the sample bags around because they were so heavy! Half the toys in them often broke the next day, which was always disappointing, but there were so good value ones, especially the ones in the Woolworths pavilion - that is usually my favourite part of the Ekka. I love the magazine and radio station bags in particular, plus all the food samples! One year we bought a cheese sample bag which was amazing value. It was all packed up in a soft cooler bag with ice-pack, crackers, several types of cheese, a cheese board and knife. Mr now 17 took it to the school sports carnival the next day to share with his friends and was very popular. (I don't think he was meant to take the knife to school though!) This post has made me quite nostalgic. Maybe one day we'll get to go to Melbourne together.

  5. So much there that is familiar to me too as a regular attendee with kids and grandkids to Sydney's Royal Easter Show. I have only had those little pancakes at one other place than the show. They are delish!! We used to limit our kids to showbags that we selected in advance from the guides in the papers. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt is Best Friend Stories. Denyse.


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