The Royal Agricultural Society of the NT inc

Darwin Showgrounds and Exhibition Centre - 1 Tate Place Winnellie


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The Royal Darwin Show is on again from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 July 2018 at the Darwin Showgrounds, Winnellie. Celebrating 67 years as the Territory’s oldest and largest community event, the Royal Darwin Show offers showgoers young and young at heart an incredible opportunity to experience the best of the Territory. Come on down to celebrate the diverse talent, local produce, plants and animals, arts, cultures and more of what makes the Territory great.

Royal Darwin Show CEO Cherry Court says the Show always has something for everyone, and this year’s Show will celebrate ‘the Year of the Dog’, and this will be acknowledged throughout the many categories in the Show.

Below are some of the highlights during the Show’s three exciting days, and best of all, they’re free with your entry ticket. So grab your friends and family and enjoy the Royal Darwin Show!


Don’t miss this charming exhibition which combines education with professional comedy and family entertainment

There are 3 interactive sessions per day each including a 30 minute educational talk on dinosaurs followed by a 30 minute comedy dinosaur puppet show with ventriloquist Ranger Jim. The dinosaur trail is open all day and Ranger Jim will be around between shows to answer any questions on dinosaurs and fossils etc

SHOWTIMES: 10.30 am, 1 pm and 3.30 pm

TREX ENCOUNTER: 12 pm and 2.30 pm Daily




These skills and diversity allow them to travel far and wide, by plane, by sea and in ‘Ruby’ their trusty van, packed to the brim with costumes, props, toys and hilarity!
To entertain and teach the young, the old and all those in between!

First Light Entertainment has a long history as travelling performers throughout Australia
This is the 15th Darwin Show!


Daily morning, afternoon and evening shows

Come and join the Vandeleur Family and participate in this amazing small arena act

Daily morning, afternoon and evening shows.

Come and join the Vandeleur Family and participate in this amazing small arena act

The Drumming Monkeys

This immensely popular variety show is aimed at 2–8 year olds, and is also great entertainment for all ages. The 2 monkey puppets (Bongo and Congo) play African drums, lead audiences in songs, dances and perform magic tricks.

They have been regulars at the Darwin show but sadly this will be their last year so do not miss them

Skills of Yesteryear

Australia’s Living History demonstrating arts of a bygone era, including rope making, broom making and butter making. Amazing old tools, crafts and dogs, ducks and chooks. It’s both fun and educational for all the family and will run continuously throughout the show.

Come and have a chat to John near the Joe Yates Pavilion and see his amazing craft

Roll Up…Roll Up…The Rooftop Express Wild West Arena Spectacular to headline at the Royal Darwin Show 2018.

After runaway success around Australia the Rooftop Show is bringing the Heroes of the Outback to the Top End with some highly refined and visually enchanting stunts and moments that will take horse play and cattle mustering to a new level. Don’t miss it!

The Rooftop Express Show is a first class arena spectacular that features world first stunts, true blue Australian comedy and awe-inspiring horsemanship. Its loveable bush characters and amusing storyline encourages crowd participation and family fun.

The show will gallop in to the Darwin arena nightly and it is the perfect show for anyone who has ever wanted to put on a cowboy hat!

The Rooftop Show pays homage to our primary industries and shows how the bush will continue to prosper in today’s modern Australia.


The Royal Agricultural Society of the NT is proud to support the No More campaign.

We thank its founder Charlie King for his ongoing dedication to promote respect and the importance of linking traditional dancing and spear throwing together to tell stories and say “No More” to family violence. Both have been passed down for thousands of years and will be at the Show on Saturday at 3pm


You’ll be amazed by the master skills and speed of Rob Bast. Rob is a full time sculptor from Victoria who works mainly with wood and steel but has also carved ice and stone. Rob won 1st place at the 2015 Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships, 2nd place at Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition BC Canada and 4th place at the Husky Cup Germany, rated as the two biggest chainsaw carving competitions in the world.


Rob was awarded first place with his piece called ‘The Man from Snowy River’ in the Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships held in January 2017. Come down and see Rob’s carving action over the three days at the Show.


Rob will be situated near the dynamic Racing Pigs on the southern side of the main arena.

You even have the chance to take home one of his unique handmade sculptures, with an auction taking place at 5pm on Saturday. But you’ll have to be quick as all of Rob’s masterpieces were quickly snapped up last year!

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