Hold baby chicks, ride on teacups, take alpacas for a walk and load up your arms with show bags... it's Royal Easter Show time!
For two weeks over Easter, Sydney Showground is home to a country fair on an epic scale. The Royal Easter Show brings the country life to the city; showing off the brawn of the woodchoppers, steady hands of the sheep shearers and the core strength of Australia’s best bull riders.
For kids it’s all about the show bags: how many can you carry? How many can you convince your parents to buy for you? For teens, the fairground is the main attraction with thriller rollercoasters that run until late into the evening. Plus, there are daily fireworks displays and an international marketplace to explore.
So what’s new this year? The Easter Show is putting on a new evening production of the beloved Banjo Patterson poem ‘The Man From Snowy River’. The show features 100 animals galloping around the Spotless Stadium.
There’s a Cheese Toastie Factory churning out tasty toasties all day, every day for $2 a pop. There’ll be cheeseburger pies for sale this year too – that’s a meat patty topped with cheese and a pickle inside a golden pie crust. And to top it off there’ll be Nutella donuts and cold brew coffee, to truly bring the Show into 2016.
Our picks include taking an alpaca for a walk around the Alpaca Promenade, meeting the pure breed stud pigs and learning a little something during one of the Easter Show’s paddock-to-plate events. This year’s Show features an area dedicated to dairy farming, showing a behind-the-barn-door look at the workings of a modern dairy.