The Melbourne Royal Show returns for 2023 with a promise to be the best value Show ever with tickets to go on sale Wednesday 9 August, from 9:30am AEST.
Visitors will experience great family fun and farm experiences by day, and a feast of food and spectacular entertainment by night, with the Melbourne Royal Show kicking off on Thursday 21 September and running until Sunday 1 October 2023.
With an incredible range of new entertainment offerings and activations, including over 100 free experiences, the Melbourne Royal Show is set to keep the whole family entertained from day to night.
This year, Melbourne Royal are amplifying the prominence of farm experiences and animals, with a celebration of agriculture to be a core focus of the Show. With two new animal precincts in the Farm Discovery and the Agricultural Hub, the new Rural Pavilion offering pony rides and a working dog showcase, and the PURA Pavilion offering a sheep shearing and milking experiences, there’s family fun farm experiences wherever you look.
The iconic Show favourites including the Animal Farmyard and Animal Nursery will also return, with showgoers able to enjoy feeding time and educational talks throughout the day. The Animal Nursery will also make its home in a new central location, with even more space to get up close with the animals.
The Main Stage will also come to life from day to night with daily entertainment for families, teens and adults alike. There will be daily shows from Australia’s favourite blue heeler, Bluey, as well as SpongeBob SquarePants and Cocomelon. There will also be a daily Paramount+ Parade, featuring characters from Paw Patrol and Teenage Ninja Turtles, to name a few.
All new for 2023 is the Colour of the Outback Immersive Experience, a daily fifteen-minute performance that celebrates country. International comic daredevil Bello Nock will also join the entertainment line-up in addition to crowd favourite Airtime Freestyle Motocross.
The Show After Dark will also return, featuring 11 nights of show-stopping live music from an incredible line up of amazing artists, with acts to be announced soon.
Showgoers will also get to experience a unique Jurassic Unearthed realistic animatronics exhibition, included within their standard ticket.
“We are very proud to present our biggest Melbourne Royal Show program and encourage everyone to get in early to purchase tickets and start their countdown to the Show. We are committed to providing incredible value for families across all facets of the Show. Never before can you do so much in one day, with just one ticket,” said Brad Jenkins, Melbourne Royal Chief Executive Officer.
In 2023, Melbourne Royal (previously the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) celebrates 175 years since the organisation’s inception, marked by the first ever ploughing match in 1848. This milestone was the foundation for agricultural shows in Victoria, and evolved to become the Melbourne Royal Show which we know and love today.
Foodies will also have a plethora of choices to whet their appetite, with an enhanced food and beverage offering with 15 unique food precincts including Graze and Gourmet Pantry + Cellar and some of Melbourne’s hottest names in food including Mr Miyagi, Tokyo Lamington and Wonderbao.
For those who want to plan ahead, early bird ticket offers are available from now until 9pm AEST 19 September, with 10-15 per cent discounts on ticket prices and 25 per cent off ride vouchers when purchased online with your tickets. Full price adult tickets will be $47.50 per day and $34 for concession holders, with children under 5 years to go free. Children aged 5 – 14 will be $25 each.
The Melbourne Royal Show has also introduced their best value package for families, with two adults and two children available for $99 (or $89 early bird), making children tickets just $2 each.
Those coming to experience the Show at night will be able to purchase a ticket to The Show After Dark for just $29 for adults, or $15 for children aged 5-14. The Show After Dark ticket permitting access to the Show anytime after 4pm, offering showgoers five hours of entertainment for a fraction of the price of a full day ticket.
All tickets will only be available to purchase online at royalshow.com.au, with no ticket booths located on site. Melbourne Royal encourages visitors to plan ahead this year and ensure tickets are purchased before heading to Melbourne Showgrounds. Customer service representatives will be on-site at each entry point to support visitors with troubleshooting any issues with ticketing upon arrival.
Visitors also have the option to purchase a Melbourne Royal Membership for $95, which provides entry for two adults to the Show on their choice of any two days.
To purchase tickets or for further information on the 2023 Melbourne Royal Show head to https://royalshow.com.au/.