Easter can mean many different things to many different people. For some, it’s a celebration of faith, a chance to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For others, it’s all about the chocolate and the anticipation for the Easter Bunny’s arrival. In Bermuda, the people celebrate by flying homemade kites. In Norway, everyone curls up with a good crime book. In Sweden, children dress up as old witches and trade paintings, drawings and sweets. And in Australia, it’s all about the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event, attracting close to 900,000 people each and every year. It’s a celebration of Australian culture, from the rural traditions to the more modern day lifestyles.
The Royal Easter Show first began in 1823 as a way to raise revenue for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS). Each year, RAS invests nearly $7 million in activities designed to promote agricultural excellence and keep NSW’s rural communities strong.
Something for everyone
From the action-packed international rodeo, to the carnival rides, fireworks and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Climbing the walls of the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is the uniquely Australian District Exhibit, which this year will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landing.
Consisting of five regions, the District Exhibit represents the best produce of Southern, Northern, Western, Central NSW and South East Queensland. More than 10,000 pieces of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, and pulses will be on display. Fresh produce will also be available for purchase each day.
CWA Tea Room
The Country Womens Association has long been a part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s history, and a visit to the Show wouldn’t be complete without a serve of freshly-baked scones from the CWA Tea Room. Take a break from exploring the Show and enjoy tea and cakes from some of the state’s best bakers.
Each night, witness the country’s best bull riders, steer wrestlers, bareback riders, and barrel racers as they perform as part of the Sydney Royal Rodeo Series. Featuring an AllStars competition, you can find it at the Spotless Stadium nightly from 6:30pm. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks after!
The Sydney Royal Easter Show offers entertainment to suit every age and, whether you like action-packed or smooth, mellow sounds, you’ll find it here at this year’s Show. Exclaim over the woodchopping and chainsaw challenge, a human cannonball lady, a wool industry showcase, and razor blade swallower. Be awed by African acrobats “The Zimboyz”, get transported back to the Ice Age with Dinosaur Ice World, have fun with talented whipcrackers, or sit back and enjoy the sounds of live country and blues music available all day in the Woodchop Bar. For kids, the Hoot & Hootabelle Show and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live Stage Show should not be missed, and they’ll love being able to meet Transformers and My Little Pony’s.
Each year, close to 30,000 entries are received across 40 competitions which range from livestock and horticulture to arts & crafts and sustainability. A big highlight is the Sydney Royal Horse Show, which sees prizes for breeds, heavy horse obstacle, show jumping, team yarding, vaulting, and more. Another popular competition is the Showgirl competition, which sees young women battle it out to become a young female ambassador for rural NSW.
No day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show would be complete without a visit to the Showbag Tent, a tradition of the Show since the 1920s. Traditional favourites include the Bertie Beetle Bag, which parents can pick up for a mere $2, but the list of available showbags grow every year. This year features 349 different bags ,and favourites are expected to be the Frozen showbag ($30), Dora the Explorer ($25), Peppa Pig ($25), and Shaun the Sheep ($22).
For Mum there is the Sukin Pamper Pack ($25), for Dad there is the Western Sydney Wanderers ($25), and for those on a budget you can’t go past the Blinky Bill Bag or the Hillier’s Flip the Tree Frog, both just $1.
Food and Drink
With a Snack Shack offering food-on-the-go for as little as $3, a series of exclusive ticketed events with industry experts, the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome and the Australian Women’s Weekly Theatre Kitchen, there’s almost too much food and drink to taste and experience at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. Enjoy a beer in the Beer Garden, a milkshake in the Old Fashioned Milk Bar, and get just about anything on the end of a stick.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show will this year be held from Thursday 26 March to Wednesday 8 April at Sydney Olympic Park. Conveniently serviced by trains and buses, getting to the Show is a simple and easy process. All pre-purchased ShowLink tickets come with same-day return public transport.
Car parking options are also available, however, Show goers are encouraged to make use of the flexible public transport. Visit Transport NSW for more information.