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Discover Australia's Popular Royal Shows and Top Exhibitions

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If you enjoy attending different agriculture shows, getting up close and personal with animals, watching world-class entertainment and more, we at VroomVroomVroom have compiled a list of the top royal shows and best exhibitions to see throughout the year in Australia. Stay up-to-date and experience a range of must-see shows, including the Royal Queensland, Sydney Easter show and many more.

Royal Darwin Show (Darwin, Northern Territory)

If you want to 'Experience the Best of the Territory,' drive your rental car to Darwin and be part of the Royal Darwin show usually celebrated in the last week of July. Run by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Northern Territory, 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.

Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane, Queensland)

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Known as the Ekka to locals, the Brisbane Exhibition or The Royal Queensland Show is 10 days of fun set in August for all ages. Run by the RNA for 10 days, the Ekka brings the country and city together for a true celebration of agriculture. 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.

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Royal Canberra Show (Canberra, ACT)

Staged annually by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society, the 2019 Royal Canberra Show is coming in 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".

Royal Adelaide Show (Adelaide, South Australia)

Every year, an average of half a million people attend the Royal Adelaide Show. Located in Adelaide Showground 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. Celebrated in September, it is at the show that rural South Australia and city businesses alike can showcase their best produce, wares and services.

Perth Royal Show (Perth, Western Australia)

Another entertaining and fun show not to be missed is the Perth Royal Show set from during the last week of September. 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.

Royal Melbourne Show (Melbourne, Victoria)

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Set in the last week of September to the first week of October 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.

Hobart Show (Hobart, Tasmania)

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 in the last week of 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.

Sydney Royal Easter Show (Sydney, New South Wales)

The Sydney Royal Easter Show set in 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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