The Royal Darwin Show public holiday is usually falls on the last – or second to last – Friday in July. The Show is on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is open from 9 am to 10 pm.
The show is the largest and most highly anticipated across the territory as it is a premier showcase of quality farming and production in the state. Many people attend for the equestrian events.
The Darwin Show is run by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Northern Territory and over 20,000 people visit each year coming from across the country to view and participate in competitions that include sections such as art, photography, stud cattle, baked goods, jams, relishes and home brew, horticulture and even fire lighting and spear throwing. Stalls, which bring local craft and foodstuffs into the area, sometimes number up to 250. Live entertainment throughout the three days adds to the overall merriment of the event.
The highlight, though, is the Grand Parade on Friday with everything from boats to parachutists landing in the arena to music groups playing live, as well as livestock such as horses, cattle and goats. Vintage cars and beaut utes are often a feature too!
One of the biggest attractions of the show is the colourful and action-packed Sideshow Alley. Young and old can enjoy stomach-turning rides, skill-testing shooting galleries, and a huge selection of takeaway foods.
The show is held at the Darwin Showground and Exhibition Centre, Winnellie, where parking is available. Free transport is also offered by the Northern Territory’s Department of Transport and more information is available on their website.