Royal Adelaide Show parking

Side-show alley rides at the Royal Adelaide Show

We are excited that the Royal Adelaide Show will be held this year from Saturday 2 September to Sunday 10 September 2023. Visit the Royal Show web page to plan your trip.

Public Transport

Plan to leave the car at home and take advantage of additional public transport services. There are over 30 bus, train and tram stops within walking distance of the Adelaide Showgrounds, including a dedicated bus interchange and railway station. Plan your trip using the Adelaide Metro website. The Royal Show's website also offers good information about how to plan to get to the Show for more details.

You can now also access the show by using a Neuron or Beam e-scooter. A designated e-scooter parking location will be provided at the Goodwood Road entrance (Ridley Memorial Gates). The footpaths abutting the Showgrounds on Rose Terrace, Goodwood Road and Leader Street will become temporary No Parking Zones for the duration of the show to ensure safe pedestrian access is maintained at all times. Please ride and park safely and watch for pedestrians.

Parking Controls

Event Parking controls are implemented during the Show period, from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 September inclusive, to provide a safe environment for Show-goers and ensure parking is available for residents, visitors and patrons of local businesses.  If you choose to drive, be sure to check signage before you leave your vehicle.

Every effort is made to address traffic and parking concerns to minimise inconvenience. Public safety is – and has always been – our top priority. The combination of increased traffic and pedestrians in one location, especially young families, presents a real safety risk.

To find out more about your transport and parking options to the Show, visit the Royal Adelaide Show website

Parklands parking

The Parklands car parking areas are managed by the City of Adelaide. Parking availability is dependent on weather and the condition of the parking surface. Visit the Show's website to check for any changes to parking availability in these areas.

Resident permits

If you already have a Residential Parking Permit, your permit is valid during the show as per its conditions of use. Residents affected by the temporary parking controls will be posted one (1) Show Exemption Permit. The permit will allow you to park one (1) car, only in the street where the vehicle is garaged, and stay for longer than the permitted time during the show period. All other existing parking rules will apply..

Please note that any current Residential Parking Permits will also exempt holders from any Timed Event Parking restrictions installed in their street. As per previous years, a notification letter with exemption permits will be sent to residents closer to the Royal Adelaide Show commencement date.

Royal Adelaide Show Event parking notifications

Register below to receive email messages with information regarding the Royal Adelaide Show Event parking restrictions. We will send an email the week before the Royal Adelaide Show to help ensure you know when event parking restrictions will apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Will the changes impact my current parking permit?

No, any current City of Unley parking permit allocated for the affected streets will still exempt the holder from the Royal Adelaide Show Event parking restrictions.

Will Royal Adelaide Show Exemption Permits still be issued to the affected streets?

Yes, each year Council issues one Royal Adelaide Show exemption permit to each property along the affected streets just prior to the Royal Adelaide Show commencing. This activity will still take place.

Has there been any changes to restrictions compared to previous Royal Adelaide Show?

Only minor changes to some streets to improve safety and access. A map detailing the Event Parking restrictions will be sent to all impacted properties.

When will the Royal Adelaide Show parking restrictions come into effect?

Although the Event Parking signage will be permanently on display, these controls will only operate during the advertised Royal Adelaide Show days each year, which typically runs in late August and early September each year.

What days of the week and hours of the day will the Royal Show event parking restrictions be in operation?

The event parking restrictions will only be in operation on dates and times that the Royal Adelaide Show is on, outside of those times, all other existing restrictions will apply in your street.

Why are the Royal Adelaide Show Parking Restrictions ‘at all times’?

In previous years, event parking restrictions either operated between 9am to 9pm or 10am to 10pm.

However, as the start and end times of the Royal Show are subject to change, having the Royal Adelaide Show Parking Restrictions operate ‘at all times’ will ensure that the restrictions apply whenever the show is on, no matter the start or end times, which should also reduce any confusion to motorists.