Easter can mean many different things to many different people. For some, it’s a celebration of faith and 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. 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). Since the RAS was founded, it has helped to become an influential force in the direction and the overall growth of Australian agriculture. As it is a non-profit organisation, they are dedicated to providing and supporting agricultural development, rural communities and helping to put funds back into the agricultural sector. Each year, RAS invests nearly $7 million in activities designed to promote agricultural excellence and keep NSW’s rural communities strong.
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.
CWA Tea Room
The Country Women’s 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. You surely won’t be disappointed by the cakes and scones this great association will conjure up!
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. The rodeo can often be a fun and exciting experience and will be a whole lot of fun for everyone in the family. Providing great, unique entertainment, the rodeo will be something different for you to indulge in. 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. This year, The Man From Snowy River will be providing some great entertainment for the whole family. This show is a must watch and will definitely be one of the highlights to this years show.
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. If food is more your forte, you can check out some of the competitors for the awards in excellence for preserves and cakes.
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. Whether you’re a child or just young at heart, there will definitely be a showbag for you. There are many different themed show bags, from cartoons for the kids to adult cartoons for the older kids, and bags full of treats and sweets. There’s plenty of variety and many different showbags for different tastes. There are also some bags that include beauty products, perfumes, and jewellery for something a little bit different. With over 300 showbags to choose from and prices varying depending on the show bag of choice, you can still buy a showbag for $1, so no one will miss out.
Food and Drink
With the huge selection of foods and drinks to try out, eat, and buy, there’s almost too much food and drink to taste and experience at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. When you’re at the Royal Easter Show, you really cannot pass up the opportunity to eat a fresh Dagwood Dog or a sweet treat with fairy floss. There’s something to eat, no matter what your tastes are. Whether you’re looking for something a little gourmet or whether you want to reenact being a child, carnival treats are in abundance here.
The pavilions at the Easter Show are always filled with some great wears for you to browse and purchase. You can really spend the day shopping and browsing during the Easter Show with so many different types of goods available. From food and wine, right through to home and lifestyle products, fashion, jewellery, and technology, the Easter Show really is a shoppers’ paradise.
It goes without saying that one of the biggest reasons people enjoy visiting the Easter Show is the carnival rides. From the traditional ferris wheels and dodgem cars to the Pirate’s Revenge, Sky Flyer, and the giant Super Slide, everyone can enjoy a ride or two. Parents can take a ride with their kids on some of the rides if they’re feeling up to the challenge, but the kids will be more than happy jumping on and enjoying a fun night/day out.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show will this year be held from 17th of March to 30 March 2016 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park opening from 9am till late. Sydney Olympic Park was designed to be easily accessible for the Olympics, which now benefits anyone heading to the Easter Show. 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, Showgoers are encouraged to make use of the flexible public transport. If you’re going to the show with your family, sometimes it’s just easier to bring the car. There are even free shuttle services available to get you from the car park right to the gates of the Show. Parking is often in high demand, however you can pre-book your parking online.
Where to stay
Since the Showground is so easy to get to, it almost doesn’t matter what part of the city you choose to stay in, though if you are coming from out of town and want to get a look at other Sydney highlights while here, stay as close to the CBD and Sydney Harbour as you can. Sydney is certainly not short on accommodation, and you’re going to be pretty wiped after a big day at the show, so make sure to get somewhere quiet and comfortable.
There are plenty of accommodation options, but to avoid disappointment it is best to book early. Many people across the state and country make their way to Sydney for the Easter Show, so the quicker you have your accommodation booked and confirmed, the less stress you’re more likely to run into! Short term accommodation in Sydney is world class, and between the Sydney apartments, hostels and hotels, you’re sure to find just the right spot.
What to bring
Travelling to the Sydney Royal Easter Show is always a big day out, so you’d be well advised to come prepared. As usual, there will be a large variety of food and drinks for sale at the Show, though it is a good idea to bring along some snacks for the journey there. Be sure to bring some water with you in case you’re in need of a quick thirst quencher, however as mentioned, there will be plenty of food and drink at the venue. If you’re bringing kids, just prepare the same way as you would for any other family day out, though make sure you bring some sort of backpack for all those show bags. Sunscreen, hats, and comfortable shoes are also a necessity, so be prepared for the impending weather and be sure to dress comfortably.
Even if you’ve been ten times before, every trip to the Royal Easter Show promises to be one you’ll remember forever, whether you’re a child or an adult. Sydney is well set up for tourists and this helps everyone travelling to the Show make it there easily; and with the Show being a huge event on its own, you’ll want getting there to be as easy as possible so you can conserve your energy for the day itself.