Sydney Royal Easter Show 2019

Calling all big kids! The Sydney Royal Easter Show is back for its 196th year, and will be held from 12th – 23rd April 2019. Sydney Olympic Park will be transformed into the ultimate playground, boasting rides, loads of animals to meet, shows and demos, tasty food and goodies at a bargain. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festivities - love yourself this Easter and hug your inner child!

Animals!

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Adorable and eccentric animals spark joy at any age! The Easter Show animals are some of the cutest and most interesting you'll ever see, from giant pigs to goats who know yoga. Doggo lover? You’re in luck! On 15, 16 and 18 April there will be Guide Dog demos – you can look on in wonder as these special guys show how they help their handlers! Prepare to melt at the Baby Puppy Competition, where 3-6 month old puppies romp around the ring for your delight. Meet show dogs, police dogs, watch agility and obedience competitions and more! Pups are only the tip of the iceberg – you can check out a whole range of farmyard animals, alpacas, birds, cats, cattle, goats, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep. Other highlights include the rabbit racing competition on 17 April and the alpaca promenade, where you have the opportunity to spend some quality time with these friendly fluffy guys, walking them around an obstacle course. You’d be hard pressed to find a stretch of the Easter Show where you can’t meet some awesome animals – don’t miss the opportunity to see some up close and breathe in that farmy air!

Food!

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Carnival food is a guilty pleasure, but the food at the Easter Show is actually the real deal! The Edge Food Truck Feedlot is home to a variety of delicious food trucks such as Greek Street Truck, American BBQ, Mr Tortillas for you Mexican lovers and delicious handmade ice cream. The Easter Show will also play host to Sydney Harbour Mobile Seafood, offering everything from fresh oysters to good ‘ol fashioned greasy fish and chips. Try the famous Cheese Burger Pie at the Woolworths Food Farm, which is exactly how it sounds – a cheesy burger pie. Gorge yourself at the Schnitzel Theatre, go for a caffeine hit at Cold Brew Nitro Coffee, get a lil’ bit tipsy at the Sydney Royal Beer & Wine Bar and save room for the endless tasty desserts on display – such as waffles and the “Flurrito,” a fairy floss burrito! Acquaint yourself with the full smorgasbord here and plan your food ahead – you’ll probably want to be back for a second or third day just so you can try everything! PSA: there's also foot-long fries.

Showbags!

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The end of a day at the Easter Show means a visit to the Showbag Hall, to stock up on goodies from your favourite brands at a steal! Ranging in price from $2 to $40, you’re highly unlikely to walk out with just one. Chocoholics will be cheering with 24 delectable Cadbury bags to choose from, from the $20 Big Bite kingpin (valued at $44.39) to the simpler pleasure of the $5 Caramello Koala bag (valued at $14.85). Other brilliant steals include the $30 Athletica Ultimate Health and Fitness Bag valued at $197.53, the Men’s Health Bag ($28 valued at $202.64) and the Women’s Health Bag ($27 valued at $244.14). A sneaky way to stock up on travel-size toiletries ahead of an epic backpacking trip! Showbags are also a great way to get merch from Aussie sports teams on a shoestring, with bags from Sydney FC, the Sydney Swans and the Wallabies available for under $40. The Sydney Easter Show only comes once a year and you’d be hard-pressed to find another opportunity to nab so many goodies at such low prices – don’t leave without checking out the Showbag Hall.

AND LOADS MORE!

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If you’re an adrenaline junkie, there is a whole range of terrifying rides to experience at the Coca-Cola carnival, which the children of Australia wait their whole childhood to be tall enough to experience. Giant drops, swingers, sling-shots, roller coasters – the possibilities are endless. Not into rides? There’s plenty of shops and markets to browse where you can discover your new favourite cosmetic or item of clothing. The Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is guaranteed to convert you into a foodie, where you can buy and sample the best and freshest of Australia’s famous produce. The Easter Show is also packed with free shows throughout the day – watch the iconic Grand Parade, Woodchopping and Sawing Demos and epic car shows. Watch people’s lives change right before your eyes, at an Australian Citizenship Ceremony on 16 April as 197 new Australians are named. Visiting in the evening? Enjoy spectacular performances from stunt riders, see the best Australian cowboys strut their stuff at the rodeo and enjoy a gorgeous display of fireworks every single night.

Whether you visit morning or evening, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is guaranteed to fill you with childlike wonder and epic memories. Book your tickets now and also a stay at one of our Sydney Sydney Surrounds hostels while you're at it, for an easy breezy commute to Sydney Olympic Park!

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