Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some questions you might have about planning your EQUITANA Melbourne Experience!

When is the next EQUITANA event?

The next EQUITANA will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, from 17th to 20th November 2016.

How can I purchase tickets, and how much is it to enter EQUITANA Melbourne 2016?

EQUITANA tickets will go on sale at the start of July 2016; please register for regular email updates and earlybird ticket sales, and like EQUITANA Australia on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and any early bird ticket offers!

What are the opening hours of the event?

The EQUITANA Melbourne exhibition will open to the public at 9:00am daily and close at 6:00pm from Thursday to Saturday. On the final day (Sunday), the exhibition will close at 4:00pm.

  • Thursday 17th November - 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 18th November - 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday 19th November - 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sunday 20th November - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Please note the evening programs (not included in General Admission) commence at 7.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.

Where are the Melbourne Showgrounds?

The Melbourne Showgrounds are located on Epsom Road, Ascot Vale (in near proximity to Flemington Racecourse). The Melbourne Showgrounds are only a 15 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD and a 15 minute drive from Melbourne International Airport. They are located on Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria 3032.

How can I get to the Melbourne Showgrounds?

Public transport on Metropolitan Zones 1 & 2 in included for the date(s) shown on your ticket.

  • TRAINS to the Showgrounds Station (on event days only) take approximately 15 minutes from Flinders Street Station stopping at Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne Station. A detailed timetable will be available a week before the event
  • TRAM number 57 runs from the corner of Flinders Street and Elizabeth Street, Melbourne City along Epsom Road. Alight at Stop 32, which is front of the Showgrounds Village shopping centre, then walk along Epsom Road where you'll see the entrance to EQUITANA via Gate 1. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for detailed timetables.
  • BUS numbers 404 Footscray, Moonee Ponds and 472 Williamstown, Moonee Ponds go via the Melbourne Showgrounds. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for detailed timetables.
  • CAR PARKING is available at the Melbourne Showgrounds off Langs Rd. Parking fees will apply.
  • TAXIS from the city to the Showgrounds take about 15 minutes. A taxi rank is located outside the Melbourne Showgrounds main entrance on Epsom Rd.
  • V LINE V/Line has services to Melbourne from all over Victoria, taking you to Southern Cross Station, the city’s transport hub. From here, catch a metropolitan train direct to the Melbourne Showgrounds. For more information visit www.vline.com.au

Is there parking at the Melbourne Showgrounds?

There will be plenty of parking near the venue. Event Parking will be $20 per day through gate 7 and the Belle Equestrian Shuttle Bus is a free service that will run from the carpark to the gate.

Is there accommodation close to the Melbourne Showgrounds?

There is limited accommodation in Ascot Vale and Flemington in near proximity to the venue, so a good thing to remember is that you can stay anywhere around Melbourne CBD and travel to the Showgrounds on the train! It only takes 15 minutes.

Will there be ticket and accommodation packages available?

Yes, there will be ticket and accommodation packages (flights, accommodation & tickets) available when event tickets are on sale. More information coming soon.

Can I buy food at the event?

There will be a variety of food and beverages outlets on site. Hot and cold food, healthy options, some Gluten free options, coffee carts and a fully licensed bar will be located throughout the EQUITANA Precinct including the Royal Cafe and the centrally located Outdoor Food Court. Exhibitors will also have access to the exhibitor’s lounge which will serve hot and cold meals throughout the day as well as coffee and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Those with specific dietary requirements are encouraged to bring their own catering. You are permitted to bring your own food to the venue.

How do I stay informed about all the ticketing and event information?

Simply register your details (name & email) on the EQUITANA website. Benefits include regular EQUITANA updates, early bird ticketing announcements and a monthly EQUITANA e-newsletter sent directly to your email. To become an EQUITANA member please register by filling out your name and email in the 'E-NEWS SIGNUP' box on the top right hand side of this page.

Is there disabled access?

The EQUITANA Melbourne precinct is a wheel chair friendly venue. There will be a limited amount of wheelchairs available to hire on event days. We also have a viewing platform in the main arena, specifically designed for patrons in wheelchairs. EQUITANA also offers a pass for carers that can be organised directly through our ticketing agency.

How long do I need to spend at EQUITANA Melbourne?

One day is not enough! Most visitors find it useful to spend at least two days at EQUITANA. With hundreds of exhibitors to visit, many specialist events to attend, numerous education sessions, competitions and interactive areas on offer, make sure you allow enough time to experience it all!

What should I wear to EQUITANA?

November is springtime in Melbourne and is usually very warm, but Melbourne weather can be quite unpredictable so be prepared for all conditions! Although EQUITANA is mainly an indoor event, there are still some elements of the show which are outdoors and will still go ahead rain, hail or shine. Make sure you wear lots of layers so that you can adapt to the temperature. Most importantly – wear comfortable walking shoes! The EQUITANA precinct is quite large so comfortable shoes are a must!

Can I bring a small child to sit on my lap?

Super Tickets include allocated seating for evening programs and everyone attending reserved ticketed events must have a ticket, including children sitting on your lap under the age of two. A “babe-in-arms” ticket can be obtained from the organisers’ office.

Any child who has reached their second birthday must have a reserved ticket for allocated seated events and occupy the seat allocated. Our reserved ticketed events run for up to three hours at a time in a quiet performance atmosphere with no long intervals.

If a baby becomes upset we respectively request you move to the foyer so as not to disrupt the performance and the audience. Please note prams/strollers/pushers are not permitted into the stand and must be left in a specific pram storage area.

How can I exhibit?

EQUITANA Melbourne is the perfect event to showcase your product or service directly to a large equine demographic. To find out more information about becoming an exhibitor at EQUITANA click here or email the Exhibition Manager, John Mitchell at john@equitana.com.au.

How do I become an EQUITANA Volunteer?

Our volunteers are a valued part of our EQUITANA team, every year they help us make each day run smoothly. You must be over sixteen to participate in the Volunteer Team and places are hotly contested, so please put your application in early! For more information click here.

When can I find out the event timetable?

A Main Events timetable will be made available in the coming months on the EQUITANA website including a detailed schedule of all education sessions.

Are there storage facilities on site?

There is limited storage facilities on site in the form of lockers, but please be advised these are not designed for the likes of large suitcases or travel luggage of any kind. We strongly suggest dropping off all luggage before attending the event to save disappointment. Locker hire charge per day will apply - more information coming soon.

Does EQUITANA Melbourne have Official Charity?

Yes, the Official Charity of EQUITANA Melbourne 2016 will be announced shortly.