Discover Australia's Popular Royal Shows and Top Exhibitions
1. Royal Darwin Show
If you want to 'Experience the Best of the Territory,' drive your rental car to Darwin and be part of the 66th Royal Darwin show (from 27th - 29th July 2017). Celebrating 'Year of the Rooster,' the Royal Darwin Show is the premier event on the Top End community calendar, where city and country come together for three days of competition, entertainment and displays of primary industry, horticulture, art, craft, cooking and photography. Venue is at the Darwin Showgrounds and Exhibition Centre, which is central to the City, Palmerston and surrounding areas.
2. The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)
Known as the Ekka to locals, the Exhibition or The Royal Queensland Show is 10 days of fun (from 11 - 20 August) in Brisbane for all ages. Not to be missed, Ekka marks the 140th show this year. There are heaps of events and attractions at the RNA Showground, including fireworks, concerts, displays, fashion parades, prize-winning animals, craft and food. Plus there's always the fun of the rides in Sideshow Alley, tonnes of showbags and live music. Getting to the Ekka is easy. There are ample parking areas if you are wanting to drive, however the rates can be quite high. But if you want to travel in style, why not book a car hire in Brisbane through VroomVroomVroom. Reserve early to enjoy big discounts.
3. Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady
Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady masterpiece will arrive in Sydney in August under the direction of Julie Andrews, with an stellar cast. My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from phoneticist Professor Higgins in order to pass as a lady. Expect to hear crowd favourite tunes such as "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "On The Street Where You Live," "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Get Me to the Church on Time."
4. The Royal Adelaide Show
Every year, an average of half a million people attend the Royal Adelaide Show. Located at Goodwood Road in Wayville, this is the best time to enjoy carnival rides, sideshows, exhibitions and attractions, exquisite handicraft and arts, cookery and wide variety of champion livestock and animals. Set on 1 - 10 September, it is at the show that rural South Australia and city businesses alike can showcase their best produce, wares and services.
5. The Royal Melbourne Show
Coming on 23 September - 3 October 2017 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, admission to the Royal Melbourne Show is your ticket to extraordinary value for the whole family. Show is a fun, interactive, unforgettable day out and your chance to experience live entertainment, first-class animal competitions and demonstrations, heaps of free activities including a new adventure trail for kids, interactive sports and leisure games, blue-ribbon food and wine tasting, all your favourite showbags and much more.
6. The Perth Royal Show
Another entertaining and fun show not to be missed is the Perth Royal Show. An annual agriculture show held just 10 minutes west of Perth CBD, the Show highlights the highly-anticipated IGA Fireworks Spectacular and also features agricultural competitions and free display animals, exhibits, and with more than 200 showbags for sale.
7. The Royal Hobart Show
If you are looking for an event that celebrates all things Australian, don't look any further. Attracting more than 40, 000 people each year, The Royal Hobart Show, which begins on 25 - 28 October, is hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania. It is at the Show that rural Tasmania and city businesses alike can showcase their best produce, wares and services. The Royal Hobart Show is the "people's event" and truly offers something for everyone, no matter what your age or interests.
8. The Royal Canberra Show
Staged annually by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society at the , the 2018 Royal Canberra Show is coming on 23 - 25 February. While having agriculture at its core, the Show in Canberra has broadened over the years to reflect more entertainment, educational features and exhibitions, ensuring that there is a vibrant mix of "city meeting country" and "country meeting city".
9. The Sydney Royal Easter Show
The 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show set on 23 March - 2 April is the largest annual event in Australia. Attracting nearly a million showgoers each year, the Show aims to highlight Australian agricultural excellence through Competitions and education. Approximately 15,000 competitors submit some 35,000 entries for judging in over 40 diverse Sydney Royal Competitions spanning livestock, domestic animals, District Exhibits, apiculture, poultry, arts, woodchopping and horticulture and many more. There's plenty to do with rides, races, food, fashion, and countless showbags to choose from, everyone will find something to entertain.
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