Venue - Expo Hall
Expo Hall - Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road
Ascot Vale

Conveniently located in close proximity to the Melbourne CBD and only 15 minutes from Melbourne's Airport, Melbourne's Showgrounds is easily accessible by car or public transport. It is only 5 minutes by car from the Quest Apartments.

Showgrounds Map
Click here for Showgrounds Map

Exhibitor Parking
$5.00 per car payable on the day of the show at the gate

General Public Entry

Open to public 9am to 3.30pm (Supreme Panel approx 3pm)
Entry: Adults $6, children and pensioners $3 and families $15
Showground public parking: $10

Tall Small Hollow Scratching Post

Fundraiser Raffle

2012 ACF National Show Fundraiser Raffle
Tickets - $5.00 each
Prize - Tall Small Hollow Scratching Post (98cm high to top level)
Prize Includes - Free freight to anywhere in Australia with the winner selecting the colours
Drawn - Sunday 10th June 2012, Melbourne Showgrounds, at the conclusion of the show
Click here for Fundraiser Details

Major Sponsors

Advance OZ Pet

Supporting Sponsors

Secureakat      Funky Cat     

ACF Judges Guild Seminar

Guest Speaker
Leslie A. Lyons, MS, PhD
Department of Population Health & Reproduction
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis

Leslie Lyons
Dr. Lyons received her graduate degrees from The University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Human Genetics. In 1992, Dr. Lyons joined the National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Genomic Diversity for her post-doctoral career in comparative genetics. Whilst at the NCI, she helped organized the Feline Genome Project. Dr. Lyons developed a feline genetic mapping pedigree using natural mating and assisted reproductive techniques between domestic and Asian Leopard cats. These hybrid cats are known as Bengals by cat breeders.

In the fall of 1999, Dr. Lyons joined the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health and Reproduction. The laboratory's major focus is the genetics of the domestic cat, including disease, inherited traits, and population diversity. Dr. Lyons' research laboratory has had success with the identification of the gene causing Persian cat polycystic kidney disease. The laboratory has also identified the mutations for Siamese, Burmese, albino, chocolate and cinnamon coat colours as well as the mutation causing cat blood group B. Each of these mutations can now be used as a genetic test in cats. The Lyons' laboratory has been used to confirm the cloned domestic cats and African wildcats and also the first green fluorescent protein (GFP) cats. Recent work has included the analysis of the origin of cat breeds and the sites of cat domestication, which resulted in a documentary with National Geographic as an episode of Explorer entitled "The Science of Cats".


Pet Friendly Accommodation

Quest Apartments
600 Epsom Road

We have a block booking for these apartments and bookings must be made through the show secretary, Robbie Walker who will email a booking agreement form that is to be completed and returned to him with the deposit.

1 bedroom apartments $189.00 per night - SOLD OUT
2 bedroom apartments $289.00 per night
3 bedroom apartments $309.00 per night

A $300.00 cleaning cash bond or pre authorisation on a credit card is required.
Please note NO ENTIRE MALE CATS ALLOWED. Cats must be toilet trained and kitty litter must be supplied by owners and cleaned regularly.
All bookings are pay on arrival; or a credit card required to secure the payment on arrival.

Birches Apartments
160 Simpson Street East Melbourne
(03) 9417 2344

Stayz - click on pet friendly in the options section

Boutique Stays

Rent a Home

No Cats Permitted

Vibe Carlton
441 Royal Parade
Parkville VIC 3052
(03) 9380 9222
15 minutes from the show venue and around the corner from the Treacy Centre.

Boarding Facilities

Essendon Veterinary Clinic
89 Buckly Street Essendon
(03) 9375 1039

Pascoe Vale Veterinary Hospital
Cnr Kent Road & Derby Street Pascoe Vale
(03) 9350 2955

Fitzroy Vet Clinic
102 Scotchman Street Fitzroy
(03) 9489 2195
Lots of space available


If you would like a stall we would love to hear from you. We can provide an area for you to set up a display or sell products.
Contact: Carole Galli -

Rosette Sponsorship

Click here for Rosette Sponsorship Details

National Show Team

Show Manager/Co-ordinator: Lesley Morgan Blythe (CAT Inc)
Show Sec/Treasurer: Robbie Walker (QFA Inc)
Ass. Show Manager: Matt Woods (GCCFSA)
Sponsorship co-ordinator: Carole Galli (FCCWA Inc)
Chief Steward: Scoot Andresen (CANT Inc)
Website: Pamela Lanigan (FCCWA Inc)


Lesley Morgan Blythe - Show Manager/Co-ordinator
Home: (03) 6223 8341
Mobile: 0438 338 341 (Show Weekend)

Robbie Walker - Show Secretary
Home: (07) 5525 2104
Mobile: 0429 422 131 (Show Weekend)