When you think of the Perth Royal Show, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most of us, if we’re being honest that is, it’s the show bags. The most iconic and synonymous symbol of the eight-day festival. And with less than a week to go until the 2023 Perth Royal Show kicks off, it’s time to get out the notebook and strategise your plan of attack, show bag-style.
With more than 200 to choose from, there’s something for all tastes and interests. From pop culture and confectionary to footy buffs, sweet tooths, and everyone in between. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the new and oh-so-trendy Barbie Bag.
We’re talking beloved pop classics like Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Beatles, and Bluey. And tantalising treats like Allen’s, Cadbury, and Whistler’s. But if you’re out with the old and in with the new, this year brings the debut of the ACDC and Elvis bags, which are touted to please the masses.
We’ve put in the leg work and compiled a list of 13 of the best showbags at this year’s Perth Royal Show. You won’t know whether to take one, or the whole bunch. You can thank us later.
If you’re part of the proud Purple Army, give us a heave-ho, because we’ve got just the bag for you. Or prove West is Best with the AFL Eagles Showbag. If you dare to barrack for someone outside our sun-shiny state, don’t worry you’re covered, too. Each bag features a snap-back cap, playing cards, tattoo, sticker and badge set, flags, holographic cup, water bottle, and tote bag.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was chocolate? Well, the Favourites Showbag is. This Cadbury godsend will make all of your sweet tooth dreams come true, in the form of two Favourite’s boxes and a bounty of bite-sized Dairy Milk, Chunchie, Cherry Ripe, and Boost treats. It’s almost too good to be true.
Calling all Beatlemaniacs and aptly named “Apple Scruffs,” because this one will have you yelling “Here Comes the Sun” from the rooftops. Dedicated to the most influential band in pop music history, the show bag features iconic Abbey Road imagery and the unmistakable Beatles logo, coupled with a cap, key ring, beach towel, tumbler, tote bag, drink bottle, and socks. It’s the perfect gift for fans of all ages.
If you’re Barbie obsessed — and who isn’t these days — there’s a pretty pink bag with your name on it. Featuring a Barbie Dream backpack, headband, necklace, hair extension, pencil case, ring set, skirt, stickers, and woven bag, you’ll be right on brand and matching with Margot.
In the iconic words of Joey: “How you doin’?” Once we tell you about this one — if you’re a Friends enthusiast — you’ll be pretty damn good. It includes a backpack, bucket hat, travel mug, trivia cards, coasters, notebook, slippers, and bag. It’s a yes from us.
You’re gonna be nothin’ but a hound dog if you don’t get your hands on this one. The rockin’ Elvis Showbag is brand new this year and pays homage to the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Channel your inner Elvis Presley with exclusive merchandise that captures his iconic style and electrifying performances. You’ll score a beach towel perfect for the balmy summer ahead, socks, drink bottle, keyring, tumbler, bumper sticker, and bag.
Allen’s Lollies Superbag
Lolly lovers of all ages will adore this delightfully sweet show bag featuring an assortment of Allen’s treats. Think family-size Chewmix and Party Mix Classics, coupled with Pineapples and the iconic red frogs. At the rate our office goes through Allen’s lollies, this is one for us.
For fans of the adored and inexhaustible six-year-old Blue Heeler dog, Bluey, this one is for you. The showbag features a backpack, bucket hat, lunch box, and tumbler, as well as silly straws, a headband, and both colouring and sticker pads for endless entertainment.
If your favourite character of the award-winning television show is Bluey’s four-year-old Red Heeler younger sister, Bingo, don’t fret because there’s a bag in her name too. Packed with all the good stuff including a backpack, a plate and puzzle set, sunglasses, headband, and activity set, you won’t want to pass it up.
You’ll be “Thunderstruck” when you get your hands on this show bag from Australia’s most famous rock band. But if you don’t, you’ll be well and truly on the “Highway to Hell”. Jam-packed with must-have memorabilia, the bag is brand new this year and sure to please the rock-lovers of the group.
Rick and Morty
Inspired by the popular animated sci-fi sitcom, Rick and Morty, this showbag is sure to bring the biggest smiles to avid fans. Loaded with official merchandise, much of which includes the iconic ‘Pickle Rick’ design, you’ll be able to get your hands on a backpack, bottle opener, card game, cooler bag, and so much more. These are expected to fly off the shelves as quickly as the Space Cruiser, so be sure you snatch one up before they run out.
“Jam”-packed with all the good stuff, showcase your love for the 1965 London-formed English rock band with must-have merchandise from head to toe. You’ll get a t-shirt, cap and socks, as well as a can cooler, bag, tumbler and keyring. “Run Like Hell” to secure the bag.
The Simpsons — Homer
Prepare for one hell of a belly laugh with the Homer Showbag from American sitcom, The Simpsons. Buckle up and join the lovable, doughnut-chomping dad, on a hysterical journey of antics, catchphrases, and classic moments. Packed with Homer Simpson-inspired treats and surprises, this show bag is the dose of fun you’re looking for, that will leave you saying, ‘D’oh.’ in the best way possible.
The New App
To help you plan your show day, download the easy-to-use Perth Royal Show app to purchase your tickets, browse the show bags, navigate competitions and events, and stay up-to-date with all the information you need to know to make your Show day an awesome one. There’s also an interactive map so you can get from A to B with ease.
From Saturday, September 23, through to Saturday, September 30, the Perth Royal Show will be open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm to satisfy all your show-goer needs!
It’s not every day — it’s Perth Royal Show Day. Don’t miss out on the action and excitement, book your tickets online now. For more information, visit: https://perthroyalshow.com.au.
This article was sponsored by Perth Royal Show. All images supplied.