The Royal Melbourne Show is known for a few things, the Ferris Wheel, Bertie Beetle and of course, the notorious show crowds. A quiet Melbourne Show kinda sounds like an oxymoron and while we can’t exactly promise you a quiet experience but if you’d rather a show visit with chill vibes then keep reading, we got chu.
Firstly, it’s imperative you choose the right day and time to go.
The Melbourne Show is over school holidays so it’s quite busy everyday (not just weekends and public holidays) but you may find the week days slightly quieter. The Saturday of the AFL grand final is usually quieter so if you aren’t a footy fan that could be a good day to go! You can also keep an eye on the weather, the colder/rainier days are obviously less busy so if you are happy to keep your activities more inside then you could consider that!
Timing is also super important. Crowds pick up in the afternoon so if you make a nice early morning visit (gates opens at 9.30am) then you should expect it to be a bit quieter around the grounds and you can get your bearing. If you can, enter through Gate 5 on Langs Road rather than any of the main gates that have bigger queues. This is a good gate for families to enter as it’s right next to the children’s area.
For anyone who has been to the Melbourne Show before you would know about the queues to get into the Showbag Hall. This year the Showbag Hall has taken up residence in the Great Pavilion with plenty of space for people to wander around comfortably in the wide aisles and check out the new bigger showbag stands!
So, what about the most chill things to do? We’ve picked a few of the most tranquil Show day activities we could find to keep your day easy breezy lemon squeezy.
We suggest visiting the Animal Nursery as soon as it opens at 9.30am. You can get up close and personal with lambs, ducklings, chooks, goats and more! The crowds start from mid-morning and stay busy until it closes at 7pm.
Visit the Tea Cosy Collective in the Spotlight Makers Pavilion. Open from 9.30am, the collective support Dementia Australia with each tea cosy entered matched by a monetary donation. You can check out the colourful, creative and sometimes just plain crazy designs on display.
If you’re an RASV Member you can experience the Royal Melbourne Show in VIP style, with access to exclusive members-only areas, including the ringside RASV Members Stockman's Lounge and the RASV Members Restaurant and Bar.
Internationally acclaimed tribute band, the Elton John Experience is definitely worth a watch. They will perform 3 times a day in the Channel 7 Entertainment precinct.
Fancy a steak meal? To celebrate the Angus as the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show beef cattle feature breed, there’s a new spot for a restaurant-quality sit-down meal and some time away from the hustle and bustle out amongst the showgrounds. The Angus Steakhouse will be serving up hearty steakhouse fare, including specialty steaks, golden fries and wine in a relaxed cosy setting.
If you can’t escape the crowds, get above them! Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel for some peace and impressive views.
On a side note, if you want showbags – this should be your straight up first stop. Get in there at 9.30am, make your purchase and then get outta there. The closest gates are Gate 5 on Langs Road or Gate 10 at the Train station. It’s right next to the pie in the sky! If you really wanna nail it, you should get a locker so you can still use your arms for more show fun. There are lockers available just on the outside of the Showbag Hall itself!
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