Nathan Smith won the chance to be Nova’s All Access Reporter for the Royal Melbourne Show. He got himself - and nine of his mates - a free day at the Show. This is what he thought of it...
For as long as I can remember throughout my school years, the highlight of the September holidays was the Royal Melbourne Show.
The animals, the rides, the showbags, the food, the excitement, the overall experience. But now, six years out of school, the idea of the Show began to lose its appeal. Do I still want to go on the rides that made me scream and feel nauseous and be stuck in crowds fighting over who gets served next in the showbag pavilion? But then again, who doesn’t want to relive a piece of their childhood?
Attending the Show turned out to be a fantastic idea. Leaving age at the gates and climbing onto the scariest looking rides was the youth reminder I needed to verify the show was, and still very much is, a paramount event.
Starting on the Techno Jump was the perfect welcome back with fast spinning as well as rising and falling thrills, this was the way to ease into the rides. But after getting off a pure fun ride, you wonder if it’s time to get on something bigger, faster and scarier.
The Hangover (pictured) felt like the opposite extreme, heart pounding scary fun. Being hurtled in the air and held upside down before being plunged 360 degrees back down then up to the top again was sure to get anyone’s adrenalin pumping.
The classic dodgem Crazy Cars are thankfully the same as I’ve always remembered. Rough bumps and jaw dropping fun while chasing and crashing into friends and strangers, this is the only place bad drivers should be aloud to drive.
Back on the lookout for a ride that will bring on the screams, the Crazy Spinning Coaster was a spinning mad mouse. The unexpected revolving only adds to the thrilling scream-out-loud fun and makes a simple mad mouse much more exciting.
Where most ghost trains have predictable crops and “BOO’s” in their dark halls, the Carnevil had more of a dark fun edge. The bumps, movements, “BOO’s” and the “did something just touch me” feelings leave the PG frights that ghost trains should leave you with.
As if the rides weren’t spectacular enough for the day, the showbags are enough to get anyone’s inner child elated. With hundreds of options, desires are sure to be satisfied, and rightly so with sweet, savory, novelty and articulate showbags. Leaving empty handed is not an option.
Throw in lunch from a selection of one of the many delicious food stalls, a trip to visit the barn animals and the mind blowing diving show, a day of action packed fun is guaranteed.
The Royal Melbourne Show has not lost its touch with a feeling of enthusiasm that comes over you as soon as you step through the gates and stays with you until you leave with the fun filled memories of an unforgettable experience.