This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to experience the Sydney Royal Easter Show on the second day of opening. It was the Friday before public school holidays, which meant the show was not crowded at all. In fact a lot of people we saw walking around seemed to be filming and taking photos for media purposes, much like us.
We spent a good 6 hours at the show wandering around, exploring and, of course, eating lots of food!
Here’s how we tackled this year’s Easter show and a few tips on how to make the best of your day. Of course, we couldn’t possibly see, do and eat everything at the show, so use our experience as a bit of inspiration, but make sure to check out the official website to see what else is on offer.
WHO TO BUY TICKETS FROM
If you haven’t been to the Easter show for a few years, you may not know, tickets are no longer available from train stations. Instead, next time you go for a grocery run at Woolworths, do yourself a favour and purchase tickets there. Tickets purchased at Woolworths are 10% cheaper than at the gate, plus they include public transport to and from the show as well as the convenience of skipping the ticket queue. Adult tickets are $37.35 ($41.50 at the gate), Child tickets are $23 ($26 at the gate) and Concession tickets are $28 ($31.50 at the gate).
…unless you are purchasing a family ticket, it is still cheaper to buy from Woolworths.
For families, purchase your tickets online for a discount. Family tickets are $118 compared to $135 at the gate. Adult tickets are $38 ($41.50 at the gate), Child tickets are $23 ($26 at the gate) and Concession tickets are $28 ($31.50 at the gate). You will need to pay an extra $2.55 handling fee when purchasing online, so unless you are purchasing a family ticket, it is still cheaper to buy from Woolworths.
WHAT TO SEE
Our itinerary basically consisted of food-animals-food-showbags-food-carnival. If you are like us, read on:
The Animal Walk
I don’t know about you, but the highlight for every visit we’ve ever made to the show are the animals. As the animals usually close around 4-5pm, we always go straight for the animal walk first. When you enter the Easter show, make sure to grab a copy of the Daily Telegraph’s map being handed out by volunteers and look for the footprints on the map to find where the animal walk starts. Once at the entrance to the animal walk, follow the green path on the floor to make your way through. We especially love the farmyard nursery where you get to pat and feed the animals.
One of the most hilarious things we saw at the Easter Show this year were the balloon monsters. Find them daily at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm at The Intersection (corner of Grand Parade and Showground Road).
Coca Cola Carnival & Showbags
I don’t think a visit to the Easter show is ever complete without going on at least one ride and taking home at least one showbag. Well, this year it seems a lot of animal heads are coming out of the showbag hall instead of simply handfuls of bags (keep your eye out for horses, wolves and even unicorns). We decided to grab our usual Bertie Beetle and Ghost Drops bags. For those looking for the best value: The Women’s Weekly showbag has a whopping value of close to $1000 for the cost of $16. If you like the idea of fundraising, look out for the “Ag Bag“, that gives every cent from sales towards the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation’s Community Futures Grant program.
If you are looking for some excitement, make sure to check out one of the horror-themed attractions at the Easter show. It seems we’ve seen more and more of these popping up at the Easter show. As well as Kyle and Jackie O’s Haunted House, there is also Jackie O Panic Rooms, the Haunted Hotel, Escape of the Zombies and the Spook castle. I love this type of stuff, but couldn’t convince AK to go with me, please enjoy it on my behalf.
The Man From Snowy River
We didn’t catch this, but if it is something that interests you, make sure to see it this year as it will be the last year they are performing at the Easter Show. The show is on every night at 7:30pm in the Spotless Stadium.
Neaten up at the Barber Shop
Do you know someone that shaves in the morning and has stubble again by the evening? The Easter show has you covered this year, with it’s own Barber Shop. Located at the hip new “The Stables” precinct, it is also connected to a Whisky, Gin and Rum bar. It is a super chill place to hang out for a few drinks even if you don’t need a shave.
WHERE TO EAT
The Easter Show has really outdone itself with food this year. Gone are the days of choosing between pluto pups, cheese on a stick or hot chips. This year the selection of food is so huge we could easily buy an Unlimited VIP ticket for unlimited entry to the show just to try all the food on offer. Among the must-try food at the show this year are: fairy floss flowers, deep-fried lasagne on a stick, cheese burger pies, metre-long Schnitzel burgers and deep fried oreos. Yummy! This is what we ended up eating:
The main purpose of our visit to the Easter Show this year was to check out “The Stables” precinct and, boy, were we impressed. As well as the Barber Shop and Whisky, Gin and Rum bar I mentioned earlier, the precinct also houses foodie favourites like Koi Dessert Bar and Burger Head! “The Stables“, like it’s name suggests, is located near the horse stables and has it’s own upstairs dining area to chill out and relax among comfy coaches and fairy lights. It’s such a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the show.
If you don’t know what to order, we highly recommend “Balls Sydney“. This was our first time coming across them and their meatball sub was delicious! They are the first store on the left as soon as you walk in to the precinct from the main entry. Think juicy meatballs, homemade pesto sauce and torched pecorino – so good!
Also, make sure to walk to the back of “The Stables” to find their bar which offers award winning beers and cider. We had “Frank’s Summer Pear Cider” from Franklin Cider Co. and “Silent Night Porter” from M.O. Brewing Company. Both were so refreshing and easy to drink.
Dessert lovers rejoice! Conveniently located at the end of the animal walk is “Waffleland”, which serves, Waffles (pointing out the obvious? =p)! We had the Nutella Waffles and Waffle shake. The waffles were made fresh, so they were nice and fluffy. Unlike many waffle places these days, these waffles do not have a sugary coating, which helps it balance out with the toppings. If they had a sugary coating, this would have been sugar overload. As it wasn’t overly sweet we managed to eat through most of it.
If you are sharing between two people, the waffles are enough. If you aren’t a huge fan of sweets, it could even be shared between 3 people.
The waffle shake just tasted like milk with oreo cookie crumbs unfortunately. Maybe because of the sweetness of the Nutella waffles we couldn’t taste any sweetness from the waffle shake.
Woolworths Fresh Food Dome Tastings
The Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is a great place for those that like to nibble and try different things. Towards the back of the dome you will find people queuing up to sample some delicious recipes using produce from Woolworths. Right next to it is the Woolworths theatre, where you can enjoy a cooking demonstration and try out some of the recipes being shown on stage. For the curious, you can wander through the aisles of stalls to sample and purchase some of the finest regional produce.
WHEN TO GO
If you don’t like crowds, it’s obvious to avoid weekends and public holidays. But as school holidays have now started, even weekdays will still be quite busy. For future reference, the first few days of the show is always the best to avoid crowds. We went on the second day and didn’t have to queue up for anything. Even popular rides and attractions had no waiting time.
If you like showbags, try to visit in the first week, as many of the popular showbags always end up being sold out towards the end. If you prefer rides over showbags and have kids, visit on the last day of the Easter Show (19th April). Also known as “Kids’ Day“, kids enjoy discounted $12.50 tickets as well as 2-for-1 rides until 5pm. If you stick around until almost closing time, many of the carnival games will start selling their toys for cheap. So, instead of spending a fortune on trying to win one, just buy one.
For those that don’t care too much about seeing the animals, visit after 4pm for discounted “Twilight” tickets. “Twilight” tickets are available online (with $2.55 handling fee) or at the gate (you will need to pay for public transport if you purchase at the gate). Adult tickets are $31, Child tickets are $10 and Concession tickets are $22.50. Make sure to stick around for the 8:30pm fireworks.
For seniors, visit on the 12th April for 50% off pre-purchased tickets – $15 each.
HAPPY EASTER! xx
Disclaimer: Although we were provided with complimentary tickets to the Easter Show, all reviews and opinions are our own and in no way influenced by the organiser.