Running from Friday 23 March until Tuesday 3 April the Sydney Royal Easter Show is back and bigger than ever. First held in 1823, it’s now become Australia’s largest ticketed event.
850,000 people from around Australia attend the show each year. With large crowds on the grounds at times, it’s best to leave the car at home, all travel on public transport is included in your Sydney Royal Easter Show ticket.
Spanning across the Sydney Showground and Sydney Olympic Park, there’s live entertainment, agricultural competitions, animal experiences, shopping and carnival fun for the kids. Here’s a look at some of the most popular activities you can enjoy at the Royal Easter Show – no matter how old you are.
1. Watch the famous Woodchopping & Sawing Competition
It’s the largest competition of its kind anywhere in the world, with over 240 local and international competitors pitted against one another in a battle of power, strength and precision.
There’s tree felling, sawing contests and standing block challenges – each just as intense as the next. It’s one the most popular events at the Royal Easter Show, so make sure you arrive early to get the best seats.
Where: Channel 9 Woodchop Stadium
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/woodchop-competition/
2. Head over to the Flower & Garden competition
Months of care and planning goes into this particular competition, as growers and farmers from around the state showcase their finest flowers, plants and produce. There’s also free flower arranging demonstrations designed to help inspire your next trip to the florist.
You’ll find the famous great backyard pumpkin challenge taking place here too. The largest pumpkin ever recorded at the show was in 2015, it weighed an astounding 728kg! Will this be the year the record is finally broken?
Where: daily at the Flower & Garden Pavilion
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/flower-and-garden/
3. See NSW’s best breeds at the dog show
If you’re a fan of man’s best furry friend, then a trip to the Dog Pavilion is a must. There you’ll find hundreds of different breeds in all kinds of shapes and sizes. From pampered purebred pugs to beautifully groomed Afghan hounds and everything in between, all doing their best to take home the coveted award of Best in Show.
Where: head to the Howie Pavilion and dog judging lawn
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/dogs/
4. Get revved up at the racetrack
After a busy day exploring the showgrounds, head to the Main Arena at Spotless Stadium to watch Goliath the Trophy Kart and David the Stadium Truck go head-to-head. These powerful vehicles will attempt to race and out manoeuvre each other in a contest that is anything but sportsmanlike.
Where: Main Arena Spotless Stadium (8.30pm every night)
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/explore-plan/attractions
5. Tuck into a Bertie Beetle chocolate
No trip to the Royal Easter Show is ever truly complete without taking home a Bertie Beetle showbag. The Bertie Beetle was first produced in 1963 and sold in shops until 1970 when Nestle entered into an agreement to sell the chocolates only at shows. Withdrawing them from sale at one point resulted in such community uproar that Nestle bowed to pressure and recommenced their sale at the show. Young or old, a Bertie Beetle showbag is an essential part of going to the Royal Easter Show – head to the Showbag Hall to pick up your bag.
Where: Showbag Hall
Find out more: http://www.eastershow.com.au/explore-plan/showbags/
6. Explore the local stalls
Aside from the countless events, showcases and competitions, there’s also plenty of great shopping to keep you entertained. You’ll find hundreds of independent stalls selling all kinds of unique items from homewares and small gifts through to artisan goods and fresh organic produce.
One of the best places to explore is the Spotless Stadium concourse which sells a wide selection of sporting and adventure goods. In among the shopping you’ll also find food vendors serving up snacks and drinks, as well as stalls that cater specifically to children.
Where: various locations
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/explore-plan/shop
7. Take part in the Alpaca Promenade
It’s not everyday you get to take an exotic alpaca for a walk – but that’s exactly what you can do during your visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Alpacas are closely related to Llamas and despite being just as fluffy, they are far more gentle and sociable.
With an experienced handler overseeing the enclosure, you can take your very own alpaca on a little walk around a simple obstacle course. Due to the alpaca’s kind and friendly nature, even young members of the family are encouraged join in on the walk. It’s also a fantastic photo opportunity for the whole family.
Where: head over to Munro Pavilion
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/animals/
8. Go for thrilling ride in the theme park
If you’re not afraid of heights, then taking a ride on one of the ferris wheels will give you some of the best views on offer at the show.
The Star of the Show is the only ferris wheel in Australia that features rotating gondolas or jump onto the SkyWheel to take you up to the breathtaking heights of Sydney Showground for an unforgettable view.
But if spinning around high above the ground doesn’t sound appealing, you’ll find all sorts of rides that allow you to keep your feet on the ground.
One of the most popular is the dodgem cars (don’t forget your seatbelt) and kids will have a blast on the vintage merry-go-rounds as well.
Where: Kids’ Carnival
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/carnival
9. Stay for the stunning firework finale
What better way to end your day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show than by experiencing a magnificent firework send off? At 8.50pm each night in the main arena, a stunning array of multi-coloured fireworks light up the evening sky.
The explosive display only runs for a few minutes, but long enough for you take some incredible photos as the hundreds of fireworks crackle and sparkle overhead. Just make sure you get there early to get the best view.
Where: Main Arena Spotless Stadium (from 8.50pm)
Find out more: eastershow.com.au/fireworks-finale/
With so much to see, experience and do, a trip to the Sydney Royal Easter Show really is fun for the whole family.