How to do the Adelaide Show on a budget (but still have fun)

How to do the Adelaide Show on a budget (and still have fun)

Whether you’re the parents of a tribe of littleies or someone trying to impress a date, the show can be pricey. Never fear, we have your back (as always!) and are here to provide all the ins and outs of a more affordable day at the Show.


Have a plan of attack. Spend some time on your pre-show game and come up with a schedule for your showtime. This means you won’t be wandering around aimlessly and dropping cash randomly. FYI: We’ve cultivated some epic itineraries for you to maximise your time at the show.  


Use public transport. It’s the easiest and most efficient way of getting to the show. Did you know kids under five travel free at all times when accompanied by a fare paying adult? Seniors can travel free of charge at most times during the week and at all times on weekends. Also, if you’re a BankSA cardholder look-out EcoCaddy for a complimentary lift to and from the Show. All you have to do is show your BankSA card when you see an EcoCaddy between 10am and 7pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 4pm on weekends. Amazing!


Pack your lunch! Although there is EPIC delicious food coming at you from all angles, buying food at the show is hella expensive! To minimise the damage, we recommend packing a sambo (healthy option) and purchasing a really amazing treat (hello Bertie Beetles) so you can maximise your spend on rides and other Showbags!! BONUS - Your mum will be so proud!


Find the cheapest day to go. There are value deals all over that can have you sitting pretty when it comes to show entry. First up, you need to pre-purchase to get the best price. You’ll pay $24.50 online for an adult ticket or $27.50 if you buy at the gate! The Family Value Pack sounds like a big investment at $155 but it includes Show entry for a family of 4 people (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children), food & drinks for 4 people, $20 Showbag vouchers, $40 Ride coupons and Parking.


Showbag Haul prep. We upload all of our 2019 Adelaide Show Showbags leading up to the Show on the Show’s Official Website AND Do yourself a solid and plan what purchases you wish to make. Be mindful to come in the morning so that you don’t miss out on your picks. Sometimes on the final days there are discounts if you want to pick up a bargain. You can also find a snapshot of the showbags in the Showguide which is delivered to Adelaide home’s from the 13th of August.


CA$H ONLY BABY! Sounds a bit crazy but trust us – it works! This concept will minimise the impact on your wallet, especially if there are kids involved. You can’t spend more if you physically don’t have it with you. It’s exhilarating to plan with your crew what money is being spent where. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!


The Royal Adelaide Show is on from the 30 August - 8 September at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

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