Perth Royal Show 2019 guide

Pictures: Royal Agricultural Society WA
Pictures: Royal Agricultural Society WA

THE annual spring school holiday event is back with new attractions and quality showbags, starting tomorrow!

Since 1905, the Royal Agricultural Society held the Perth Royal Show at Claremont Showgrounds, and has no plans to relocate.

The hustle and bustle of this iconic WA show will soon start as doors open to the week-long attraction at 9am.

Grab friends and family and head to the showgrounds with our hacks and tips for this year’s attractions, rides and showbags.

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OUR SHOW ‘HACKS’

Save on show tickets by pre-purchasing online. Take advantage of discounted ticket days and times; kids will be half price on October 3 and on October 5 seniors will pay less.

Cheap tickets for Kiddie Land is on sale from 3-4pm each day and valid for use until 7pm that day. Show-goers can get two rides for the price of one from Gate 10 near Ashton Avenue.

Kids have the choice of riding the Storm, Runaway Train Rollercoaster, Fiesta Balloon Ride, Mini Ferris Wheel, Cup and Saucer, Taxi Jets or Jurassic Temple.

No need to find parking, with Transperth’s Family Rider and the train stopping right at the entrance to the Show. ACROD parking is available on-site.

Make sure to stop for a quick bite to eat at one of the many picnic tables or grassed areas located in the Showgrounds. The Perth Royal Show is one of the only venues that allows you to bring in your own esky filled with food and soft drinks.

Claremont Showground.

WHAT’S NEW?

The Story of the Rainbow Serpent

See a 35m-long inflatable serpent lit from within with hundreds of individual LED lights around the Main Arena each evening just before the Flight Centre Fireworks Spectacular.

Produced specifically for this year’s show, Wagyl the Rainbow Serpent will light up the main arena each evening and bring the Indigenous Dreamtime story to life.

Discover WA

Previously known as ‘Walk Through WA’, the daily exhibit will allow visitors to experience and be educated about the state’s agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture.

Gold prospecting, cooking demonstrations and wool spinning also feature.

New rollercoaster

It will see riders seated in circular, free moving carriages, which rotate through 360 degrees as the ride climbs and falls through tight twisting turns and sudden drops.

Ningaloo Reef Experience

Jump aboard the mini-submarine Odyssea as it explores Ningaloo Reef.

The 180-degree dome theatre will take show-goers on an immersive underwater tour of one of WA’s greatest natural wonders.

Fro-Zone – #ItsSnowTime

A European ice-skating rink, toboggan slide, igloo disco domes and hot chocolate will bring a small slice of winter wonderland to this year’s Show.

Throughout the day you may even see some of your favourite characters take to the rink for short performances.

Monster Circus

Monster trucks and Monster Jeeps will present an exhilarating family motorsports experience.

A unique combination of family-friendly circus entertainment and the high-octane performances of monster truck stunt drivers can be seen every evening, on the main arena at 7.30pm and a short show at 1.30pm.

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SHOWBAGS

Royal Show visitors will be spoilt for choice with 73 new showbags added to this year’s list, alongside returning classics and favourites.

The cheapest showbags for 2019 are the $3 Rip Snorter Brain Blaster Special and the Rip Snorter Little Ripper Special, both containing super-sour lollies.

Selected showbags will offer two for $5 such as Rip Snorter, three for $12 on all Nestle and Cadbury ranges or buy two get one free for Rock Candy ranges.

There are more than 100 showbags for less than $10 too and here are some of our favourite showbag picks:

Picture: Showbag Alley

Pop-culture bags 2019

Stranger Things

Return to your favourite Netflix show while it’s on hiatus with the Stranger Things showbag.

This bag for the ultimate fan includes a backpack, cap, mug and more, for just $28.

Harry Potter Classic

Grow your Harry Potter merch collection with the addition of the Harry Potter Classic Showbag!

This bag is $28 and filled with school essentials like a backpack, drink bottle and of course, a wand!

Fast and Furious

Get your hands on the showbag filled with daily essentials, including a cooler bag, sunglasses and wallet.

Relive the action-packed movie franchise Fast and the Furious outside of the big screen with the $28 showbag.

Disney Princesses

Live your princess dreams with the $30 Disney Princesses showbag.

You are sure to live out your Disney fantasy with practical yet cute accessories including a carry bag, necklace set, clip on bow and braid.

The Beatles

Take a trip down memory lane with the Beatles showbag, which will get the nostalgia running.

Let it Be known the Beatles collection is complete with a drink bottle, bag and cap for $26.

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Cheap bags

Glow – Explore the dark in style with the Glow Showbag, including a glow party pack and sticky glow creature for $6.

Red Rock Deli – Immerse yourself in exotic flavours with the Red Rock Deli showbag.

Filled with your favourites such as sea salt and sea & balsamic vinegar, this bag is sure to be a delight at only $5.

Maltesers – Packed with confectionery goodness, the Malteser bag brings you funsize Maltesers, Mars, M&Ms and Milky Way for only $5.

Allen’s Killer Pythons – Allen’s Killer Pythons showbag includes Redskin sticks, Milko sticks, Allen’s Lollipops and an 8 pack of Killer Pythons, all for $6.

Mega Warheads – Satisfy your sweet (and sour) tooth with the Mega Warheads showbag! It costs only $5 for assorted Warheads, Sour Spray, Sour Bombs, Jelly Beans and more.

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RIDES

$10 rides

Fly high on the Dream Swinger by yourself or with a friend or board the classic Gravitron and get glued to its walls at high force.

Race friends and family on a big track in Raceway Super Dodgems for a group activity.

For the thrill-seekers, the Super Nova ensures a stomach-churning, jaw-dropping experience.

Cheap rides

Enjoy a traditional favourite with the whole family for only $6 each while riding laps on the Galloper carousel.

See the Royal Show grounds from the sky in the Chair Lifts for $8 each in singles or pairs.

Ride on the Skymaster Ferris Wheel and see the city and surf, alone or with a small group in an open carriage, for $8 per person.

Experience the fun of Flight simulator, a virtual reality ride sure to impress at $8 each.

Cool off on the Show’s Splash Down waterslide that descends steeply with a splash. It’s fun for the family at $9 per person.

Ride the spooky The Big Ghost Train with the family or alone (if you’re brave enough!) at $9 admission to frightful fun.

DISPLAYS

Blacksmiths’ Association – Head to Heritage Hall to see items crafted out of iron from hard-working blacksmiths.

Official Opening Ceremony – Witness an Indigenous tale and a firework show as well as a 35m long illuminated serpent.

Name the three little pigs – Visit piglets at Name the Three Little Pigs. Find them in The Creatures Great & Small Pavilion and try name them.

Wood Chopping Events – Come see the axemen exhibit their skills in one of the most exciting daily attractions.

Animal Nursery – Visit the Animal Nursery for Goat Milking Demonstrations and see the farm animals – and don’t forget to ask Farmer Nigel any questions you might have.

Some of Farmer Nigel’s animals include cattle, sheep, alpacas, pigeons, poultry, horses, cats, and dogs. The grand parade is at 1pm daily.