Parents hold onto your wallets! The Sydney Royal Easter Show returns for two weeks of fun, commencing Thursday 26th of March 2015 to Wednesday April 8th 2015. Splurge on carnival rides, choose from the largest line up of showbags yet and snack on the go with lots of treats on a stick.
Although shelling out cash might be the most common undertaking at the show, there are ways to save money whilst creating those wonderful childhood memories.
Here are our highlights covering the best show attractions and handy tips when bringing the kids to Sydney’s Royal Easter Show. From where to park, discount on Royal Easter Show tickets, free entertainment, affordable food and the best value showbags for the kiddies.
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The best things to do at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
- Buy showbags
- Catch the cuteness at Farmyard Nursery
- Enjoy a scone with jam
- Go on an Animal Walk – pat a pig, wash a chook, milk a cow and more
- Take a ride at the Kids Carnival
- Thrill seek at Coca Cola Carnival big kid rides
- Check out the Woodchoppers
- Watch a Grande Parade
- Get cooking for kids ages 6+
- Record your own Seven News and Weather Update
- Go for a pony ride
- See the Big Top shows
- Play with Ice Age Dino’s
- Eat Show treats – waffle dog, cake on a stick and more
- Catch the nightly extreme entertainment
- Stay for the fireworks
Sydney Royal Easter Show dates
Sydney Show Dates 2015
Thursday 26th of March 2015 to Wednesday April 8th 2015
9am to 9:30pm daily with the Coca Cola area opened to late.
See the Royal Easter Show dates and times for the latest information.
Sydney Royal Easter Show location
Address: 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
Map of Sydney Royal Easter showground
Plan your day and check out the Sydney Royal Easter Show Map below or view the online Sydney Royal Easter Show App.
Make sure you grab a map when you enter the showground or click on the map below to print one off.
Sydney Royal Easter Show tickets
Show tickets can not be purchased at Sydney transport this year
This year ShowLink tickets will not be sold from Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink stations or on Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses.
Free public transport to The Show
All pre-purchased ShowLink tickets include return public transport on the day of the Show. Click here for more details at Transport NSW.
A valid show ticket is required on your journey to and from the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Sydney Show Dates 2015 ticket costs
Single entry tickets – Showlink Ticket
FAMILY $114.20 (available online only)
For more ticket types and full details visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show ticket info page.
2-Day tickets allows you to attend any two days of the Show with 50% off on the second day entry. Tickets are not transferable.
Online Show tickets incur a fee
All Sydney Royal Easter show tickets (called Showlink Tickets) can be purchased online here.
Ticketmaster charges a card processing and transaction fee, so the advertised rate excludes the 1.95% fee that applies to purchases by credit card, debit card or gift card and the additional $2.50 handling fee when purchasing online. So the $114.20 Family Ticket actually costs $118.86 online.
Where to buy Sydney Royal Easter Show tickets
You can save the transaction fee by pre-purchasing show tickets at any of the participating Woolworths stores. However, Family tickets (for four people) can only be purchased online.
You can also purchase tickets on the day at the Box Office, but pre-purchasing reduces the need to queue.
Sydney Royal Easter Show discount tickets
- NRMA 20% off Show tickets
- Woolies 10% off
- Half price Seniors
- Free for kids aged 3 & under
- Half price Kids Day
- Cheaper After 5pm
Check out the 20% NRMA Members offer on all full price single adult, single child and concession tickets.
Offer only until 25th March 2015 with promo code PCO120SRES20.
Just be sure to use the NRMA link so you can enter the promo code and not the link from the Sydney Royal Easter Show page which doesn’t allow for a promo code.
Some local Woolworths have Show Tickets for sale at 10% off. Check your local Woolies for the deal.
New to 2015, seniors can take advantage of a 50% discount off admission, special activities and offers on Seniors Days – 31 March and 1 April. The discount is valid for entry on Seniors Days only and pay $14.5o at the box office or online for $17.86 including fees.
Children 3 years & under enter free of charge.
Wednesday the 8th of April 2015 is Kids Day. All kids aged 4-15 or kids with a ROA School Pupil ID Card (Form 202) or valid School Transport Pass (e.g.: State Rail School Rail Pass) only pay $12.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online which will incur a fee or at the Box office. Half price tickets are inclusive of public transport. These tickets are not available from Woolworths.
Discounted entry if entering after 5pm with the ShowLink After 5 ticket.
ShowLink After 5 Tickets can only be purchased at the Show entry gates for discount after 5pm entry.
The best things to do at The Show with kids
Buy those showbags
It’s all about the showbags and this year there are a record 349 showbags to choose from. With 149 of these are $10 or under but of course the good ones are double that price. Check out all the showbags alphabetically or according to price at the Showbag Listing here.
Showbags, to buy or not to buy?
Ever thought of bucking the trend and going without a showbag? If you have, then you’ll be part of a small minority. Last year showgoers walked away with over 1.4 million showbags. The pull of showbags is strong with plenty of reasons to keep the showbag tradition going, after all what’s a show without the goodies of a carefully chosen showbag? Then there is the added nostalgia of reliving your own favourite childhood memory.
I say No! Don’t buy them. Start a new trend and say no to cheap Made in China merchandise and lollies that will break or be devoured in a hot minute. I say this now but will probably buckle under the emotional blackmail of the kids sweet and continuous pleads and puppy dog eyes for the Repunzel bubble wand or TMNT backpack.
Here are our pick of the 10 best Sydney Royal Easter Showbags:
10 best Sydney Royal Easter Showbags 2015:
1. Disney Frozen, $30
A license to print money, they could have put any Frozen paraphernalia in a bag and it will sell. The Frozen bag costs a whopping $30 and contains a couple of value items like Elsa gloves, DIY charm bracelet and window decorating kit. Check out full contents of Frozen showbag here
2. Adventure Time #1, $25
The Adventure Time #1 bag looks like good value for money considering there is a backpack, hat, slinky and Dog Tag ID items to name a few. Click on image for full contents.
There’s also a Adventure Time Girls also for $25 which has a purple backpack, earrings, bracelets, caps, purse and cosmetic case.
3. Peppa Pig, $25
So popular is this pig that they have Peppa Pig bags to choose from. All at $25 a pop and great value comparatively. Peppa Pig #1 highlight items include an overnight bag, umbrella, finger puppets and slippers. Click on images for full contents.
The Peppa Pig #2 is equally great with a backpack, plate and bowl set, sunnies and a garden set as key items.
The boys won’t miss out with a Peppa Pig George bag which has a wooden puzzle, explorer kit, backpack and cap to name a few.
4. Minecraft Collectors Pack, $25
Generally the Minecraft merchandise isn’t all that exciting, however this showbag is value for money as it includes 6 trading card packs which retail for $6 each and two bag tags. A good choice for the Minecraft obsessed fanatics.
5. My Little Pony, $26
Another bag that seems fair value for money. This bag features a plush My Little Pony toy which you can pick from the main characters including Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. It comes with a handbag, hair accessories and a hair piece extension to name a few. Click on the image for full contents of bag.
6. How to train your dragon – Defenders of Berk, $26
A boy favourite, for $26 the the bag includes a a backpack, Toothless hat, torch and tattoos. Click on the image for full contents of bag.
7. Hello Kitty bag, $25
Quite a cute Hello Kitty showbag with some great little goodies including a backpack, hat, puffer paint and cooler bag. Click on the image for full contents of bag.
8. Octonauts, $25
Value for money here $25 will get you an Octonauts projector watch, umbrella, backpack, hat and alarm clock amongst other things. Click on the image for full contents of bag.
9. Disney Princess, $25
For a die hard Repunzel fan my 2 year old wanted this bag as the one and only.
For $25 your little princess will receive a Cinderella or Repunzel skirt (not both) and some Disney Princess themed Repunzel or Disney themed bubble wand, lipgloss and shimmer powder. Click on the image for full contents of bag.
10. Marvel Avengers Assemble bag $25
New this year is the Avengers Assemble Bag with a t-shirt, poster, cap and keyring. I don’t see the $69 value they say it’s actually worth, but it’s a good deal for a hat and cap.
Other showbags considered for the 10th spot was the Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Play Doh bags.
- To avoid queues and having to carry showbags around all day head to the showbag pavilion early and grab a locker for hire. Lockers can be hired for $2 per use or $8 a day unlimited use ($2 refundable key deposit).For locker locations see the Sydney Royal Easter Show map.
- Skip the queues if you know which bag you want, check the showbag stands outside the showbag halls as they sell the more popular showbags without having to manage the crowds. Although the main pavilion has more variety.
- Cash and eftpos are readily available for showbags.
- Blinky Bill bag is still $1 and the Bertie Beetle bag is still $2 at The Show.
Catch the Farmyard Nursery cuteness
Fawn over the ducklings sliding down tiny water slides, there’s cuteness overload at the Farmyard nursery. Kids get to feed baby farmyard animals including: baby lambs, llama’s, goats, ducks, chicks, puppies, bunnies and even deer.
A firm show favourite, beat the crowds by getting to the Farmyard Nursery right at the start of the day to avoid the long queues. At peak times over 3000 eager little kids pass through the nursery gates.
Entry to the Farmyard Nursery is via the Food Farm. The nearest entry is the Plaza Entry on Olympic Boulevard.
Hand feed the baby farm animals, feed can be purchased for $1 a cup.
Enjoy a scone with jam
The ladies of the Country Women’s Association will sell over 40,000 of their famous freshly baked scones with jam and cream. Don’t miss this show tradition with the kids and head to the CWA Tea Room in the Home, Garden & Lifestyle Pavilion.’
Go on an Animal Walk
There are 14,000 animals at the Royal Easter Show. An Animal Walk has been created to take visitors through each of the animal attractions. Take the circuit around the showgrounds by following the purple paw prints past all the very best in breed alpacas, sheep, poultry, pigeon, pigs, goats, cattle, horses, domestic Animals, horses, dogs and even bees.
Head to the start of the Animal Walk (marked on the map) and grab a Junior Farm hands passport so kids can collect stamps as they follow the Animal Walk. An interactive learning experience to help kids learn about agriculture and where fresh food comes from.
Unmissable animal experiences along the walk:
Pat a Pig
One of the biggest attractions at The Show, kids get to enter the pig pen and pat cute little piglets.
Located in the Pig and Goat Pavilion. Quietest times would be the first and last sessions of the day. There are six Pat a Pig sessions daily at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
Watch working yard dogs
A must see at the Sydney Royal Easter Show are the Bonnie Yard Dog demonstrations, so highly skilled, obedient, intelligent and adorable are these Aussie kelpies and collies that you want to take one home. See these yard dogs herd a tight pack of sheep through a gate in record time or watch them run through obstacles and drills all whilst their laid back trainer narrate the goings on.
Bonnie Yard Dogs have demonstrations at the Davidson Plaza Daily at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm.
Wash a chook
Resembling a chicken day spa, watch chickens and other fine looking poultry being preened and pampered to compete in the best in show.
Also in the pavilion are chicken hatchlings, where 200 incredibly cute ducklings are hatched daily.
Daily Chook Washing demonstration in the Steggles Poultry Pavilion at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.
Pat a Chook 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm.
Milk a cow
The Dairy Farmers Milking Barn where the cattle are is a fun place for city kids to get up close and personal to cows. Kids can learn about the cattle industry and the products that come from cows.
Kids get a chance to hand-milk some of the cows with the farmers.
Demonstrations at The Barn daily at: 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4pm
Next door to The Barn is The Show’s Working Dairy with fully operational machinery where cows are milked daily on the hour.
Shear a sheep
Learn why sheep need a haircut and the best way it’s done at the Sheep Pavilion with daily sheep shearing demonstrations. A few lucky kids may get a chance to help shear a sheep on stage.
Sheep shearing demonstration daily in the Sheep and Wool Pavilion Sheep at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm and 4.30pm
*The Pavilion will be closed for cleaning and changeovers on:
Saturday 28 March 2015 at 3.00pm
Sunday 29 March 2015 until 10.30am
Wednesday 1 April 2015 at 3.00pm
Thursday 2 April 2015 until 12.30pm
Admire the handsome horses
Admire the handsome horses being showcased in world class competitions including: Best in Breed, Showjumping, Polo, Rodeo, Tentpegging and Vaulting to name a few.
Take a walk along the North Eastern section near Schmidt arena and you will find a number of stables housing the 6,000 entries to the Sydney Royal Horse Show.
As well as the official competitions scheduled throughout the show, the Horse Experience is something not to miss. Sessions range from whip making, harnessing and mounted police displays. Held daily in the Horse Pavilion at: 10am, 11am, midday, 1pm.
The highlight is the demonstration of talented horses used in film, TV and live performances by Dark Horse Productions. These showbiz horses will be appearing daily at 2pm and 3pm in the Horse Pavilion.
Take a ride at the Kids Carnival (young kids)
Rides, rides and more rides will keep those kiddos satisfied. Sydney’s Royal Easter Show carnival attractions are split into two sections. On the western side by Olympic Boulevard is the Kids Carnival best suited for the younger kids aged 0 – 12 yrs.
Transformers Meet and Greet
New this year Bumblebee and Optimus Prime will be around from 10am-6pm to meet and greet the kids at the Kids Carnival area and have their photo taken with them.
Another character making it’s debut is Oh from the new Dreamworks new release Home around the Kids World section in the Kids Carnival area daily at 11.00am-11.20pm, 12.00pm-12.20pm, 1.00pm-1.20pm and 2.00pm-2.20pm
The best rides at the Kids Carnival
With a quarter of million people sliding down the 8 lane Super Slide last year. A firm family favourite and one that has a moving walkway that takes your to the top of the slide. It’s also one of the cheapest at 3 tickets (one single entry ticket is $1.10).
Double Decker Carousel
I first saw double decker carousels in America, but Aussies need not miss out as they have flown one over from the USA for The Sydney Royal Easter Show. Choose to ride upper or lower deck on this whimsical merry go round for 5 tickets.
This takes me back to my Royal Easter Show days, the Wave Swinger soars your chair 15 meters above the ground in a oscillating wave-like motion for 6 tickets. For the very small that are not’ permitted on this ride, there is the Mini Swing that is the gentler and smaller cousin to the Wave Swinger.
You can take 4 friends on each elephant as it gently flies around. This is a good little ride suitable for the very small kids aged 18 months to 10 years of age at a cost of 5 tickets.
Some plane enthusiasts may prefer the Red Baron instead. Suitable for all ages and takes 2 per ride.
Wacky Worm Family Coaster
A small roller coaster that is designed for the little kids in mind where it features a gentle 5 meter drop and a ride through an apple tunnel. Costs 6 tickets.
For a full list of rides check out the Royal Easter Show’s Kids Carnival section
Thrill seek at the Coca Cola Carnival (older kids)
Ideal for kids 12 years and older is the Coca Cola Carnival located on the Eastern side of the showgrounds. However younger kids aged 8 and 130cm can go on accompanied rides such as Pirates Revenge.
Thrill seekers will have a ball in the Coca Cola Carnival and there’s even better news, when all the exhibits have shut, the fireworks and been set off and the animals are off to bed, the one attraction that stays open to “late” is the Coca Cola Carnival.
The best rides at the Coca Cola Carnival
Star of the Show
This is the first time The Star of the Show makes it appearance a 32 meter high ferris wheel with rotating gondolas. It will dazzle at night with LED lights and 35 different colour variations. The younger kids will enjoy this ride as well. Cost 7 tickets.
A much bigger version of the Wave Swinger, it soars 35 meters high above the showgrounds. Costs 7 tickets.
The only roller coaster at the Coca Cola Carnival, the Taipan features two speed spirals and two giant drop which cost 7 tickets.
A 45 meter drop in 1.8 seconds, this mega drop is for the adrenalin junky that wants to experience 5.5G’s of force and hand over 7 ride tickets.
This ride costs $30 and only for the the serious thrill seekers that are over 110cm tall. This sling shot does just that, sling shots the rider 7o meters in one second into the sky. You can video the ride for an additional fee.
For a full list of rides check out the Royal Easter Show’s Kids Carnival section
Check out the woodchoppers
See which burly man (chopper) is the quickest to bring down the log at a top of the tree. A traditional and historic event, woodchopping is quite exciting to watch. You can take in a few speedy rounds before the kids want to move on.
Try to get to the event early to secure a seat as the tree climb events draw large crowds.
Various competition sessions held daily at the Channel 9 Woodchop stadium starting at 9:00am – 6:30pm. Or check out the night time relay competitions before the fireworks at the Spotless Stadium daily from 7:30pm – 7:40pm.
Watch a Grand Parade
The heart and soul of the Sydney Royal Easter show will always be the competitions drawing the rural and city community together. Where urban dwelling kiddos get to celebrate with the producers and the best in show animals as they proudly walk in the Grand Parade at the Spotless Stadium.
Get cooking for kids ages 6+
Nestle will be heading up free cooking lessons at the Food Farm where kids ages 6+ to participate in daily cooking classes, which they prepare cook and get to eat.
Go for a pony ride
Pony rides are located in between the Spotless Stadium and the Schmidt Arena in a great sheltered track.
Theses sweet and patient kid sized ponies are suitable for kids aged 3 and up. The smaller kids younger than 3 can still enjoy a ride around the track but accompanied by an adult. Cost was $5 last year. Cameras and loose items such as food and bags are not permitted on the horse track. There is plenty of space around the outside of the circuit for photo opportunities.
Record your own Seven News and Weather Update
At the Channel Seven Live Village in Davidson Plaza kids get to read their very own Seven news and weather update.
Watch my neice and nephew in action here:
The very adorable recordings complete with polished graphics and a cross from 7 News Anchor Chris Bath can be sent straight to email for a keepsake. You can also record your own weather report on Sunrise set or take a snap on the House Rules set.
Daily from 10am-5pm.
Catch a free show under the Big Top
New Feathered friends free-flight bird show
I love a bird show, how trainers don’t watch the birds fly away is a talent in itself. See this educational free-flight bird show at the Big Top Amphitheatre. Learn about the variety of exotic birds on show and watch as birds of prey such as a wedge-tailed easter soar about your heads.
The Bird Show is on daily at 1:30pm – 2:20pm (except 26 and 29 March) at the Big Top Amphitheatre.
Hoot & Hootabelle Show
Hoot and Hootabelle will be at The Show for the first time bringing their favourite songs and dances from the hugely popular ABC TV show.
10:30am at the Big Top Amphitheatre from Friday 27th March to Wednesday April 8th.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live on Stage
See the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live on Stage as Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael demonstrate their signature moves, with help from the audience! Kids will also be able to meet their favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters after the performance.
Daily at 11am-11.25am except Thursday 26 March, at the Big Top Amphitheatre.
Where: Big Top Amphitheatre
My Little Pony Live on Stage
My Little Pony favourites, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash will be singing and dancing to their favourite numbers in a live concert.
Daily at 10am except Thursday 26 March, at the Big Top Amphitheatre.
Zimboyz returns with a African acrobatic show, demonstrating their agility with acts like chair balancing, human pyramids, fire hoops and Chinese Pole. On daily at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm at the Big Top Amphitheatre. Ref: Map J15.
Play with Ice Age Dino’s
A interactive walk-through exhibition of animated moving Ice Age dinosaurs where kids step through snow trees, ice rocks and even falling snow to discover life-size dinosaurs like the Woolly Mammoth. Put this as a must see on you Show Day as there is a competition to win a family trip to experience a Night at the Museum in London.
Eat tasty Show treats
Try a waffle dog
The Waffle Dogs are unique to Sydney Royal Easter Show. A hotdog on a stick wrapped in pancake mixture complete with a little happy face. The kids will love them, adults it appears not so much. The Waffle Dog costs $5 and is located at the Presidential Plaza (Grand Parade + Orana Parade) by the Carousel and Star of the Show ferris wheel.
If a Waffle Dog does not tickle your fancy, you can’t go wrong the traditional Dagwood Dog for $5.
Grab a cheese toastie at Woolworths Fresh Food Dome
The cheese toastie is a show favourite, cheap, quick and affordable at $2. Available in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome amongst other great food options. Map ref: N6.
After a tasty cheese toastie, bag some grown up showbags, sample fresh produce and watch food and cooking demonstrations.
Look around at the District Exhibits
Whilst you sample a fresh cheese toastie be sure to look up and see the Districts Exhibits adorning the pavilion walls. This year the displays commemorate 100 year Anniversary of Gallipoli.
Each display takes up to 10 days from volunteers to assemble each tapestry of over 10,000 fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses and produce in a creative show piece. The food does not go to waste either, at the end of each day food is sold at cost to patrons. At the end of the day you can grab a bargain as they sell off some of the fresh produce. On the last day of the show at around 3pm, all exhibit tapestry goes for sale to show-goers at a bargain price.
Nibble the new Cake on a stick
Food on sticks are the hot snack items at The Sydney Royal Easter Show. One of the newest additions is the Cake on a Stick. A long donut with fluffy funnel cake batter. They are available for $5 at the Carousel Cafe on Presidents Plaza
Dig into a Cheese on a Stick
The Sydney Royal Easter Show’s quintessential food on a stick is the Fried cheese on a stick. Resembling a Dagwood dog shape, a block of cheese is deep friend so that it becomes warm, gooey and runny and is held together by a chewy crunchy batter. Wash it down with some American style lemonade.
Other show favourites
Catch the nightly extreme entertainment
If the kids haven’t had a full meltdown by 5pm, check out the Sydney Royal Easter show night time line up of free entertainment at the Spotless Stadium. There will be a showcase of Australian Wool Industry with real-life farming and stockman skills, merino sheep, stock handers, shearers, horses and working sheep dogs. For the dare-devil kids the Xtreme Korruption session will feature MotoX bike stunts, Team DMax Precision Driving Team and a Human Cannonball Lady.
Typical nightly line-up at the Royal Easter Show (for Saturday 28th March 2015)
A note on the 5pm start, this is probably when people start filling up the arena, with little kids it maybe a long stretch to last the entire program until the fireworks. Below is a typical nightly program so you can decide whether to get in their early and reserve a good seat. Or take your chances, perhaps hover around the outskirts a little later on in the program say 6:30pm.
- 5:20pm: Official Opening of the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show
- 5:25 – 6:20pm: Grand Parade Spotless Stadium
- 6:35pm – 7:30pm: Sydney Royal Rodeo Series Aus Vs NZ
- 7:30pm – 7:40pm: Woodchopping & Chainsaw Relay Showcase
- 7:40pm – 7:55pm: Australian Wool Industry Showcase
- 8:05pm – 8:45pm: Xtreme Korruption: Cannonball Lady, Mr Boom, Showtime FMX, Team DMAX Precision Driving Team & Flair Riders
- 8:45pm – 9:00pm: Fireworks Finale
Whilst the program is similar each day, the times vary slightly depending on the day. Plan your day here at the Show Planner.
The main program starts at 8:00pm depending on what you want to see. Head to the arena early to secure seats earlier in the arena as seats fill up fast. Alternatively you can reserve your Spotless Stadium seats for the entire day for $10 per person. Click here for Reserve Seating.
Stay for the fireworks
If your little family can survive until the very late time of 8:45pm. The Sydney Royal Easter Show ignites the night sky with a show of fireworks capping off each day before closing the showgrounds at 9:30pm.
Understandably, with smaller children fireworks sounds better in theory, the kids have probably just gotten over their sugar high and melting down after a long yet fun Show day.
TIPs for the Sydney Royal Easter Show
Buy your showbags & hire a locker straight away
To avoid the painful queues towards the end of the day, go early (at 9am on opening) and buy your showbags. This does mean you will be lugging around showbags all day.
There are however lockers just outside the showbag pavilion at a bargain cost of $2 per use or $8 per day unlimited user with a $2 refundable hire key.
Hire a locker straight away
Hire lockers straight away on any given day, as they fill up quickly. You can pay $2 per use or $8 per day with a refundable $2 key deposit. An attendant is available to hire lockers.
Lockers are available at the following locations:
- Map Ref: K10 – Right next to Information booth on Channel 9 Grand Parade are a bank of lockers that is the most central in the showgrounds. I suggest these as the locker location of choice.
- Map Ref S8 – Right in front of the Purina Pro Plan Dog Pavilion, opposite the Showbag Hall toilets are a bank of lockers easily accessible to the Coca Cola Carnival. So you can quickly pop a stuffed animal collected from a Sideshow Alley win.
- Map Ref K5: At the Woolworth Fresh Food Dome entrance by the ATM and baby change area are a bank of lockers for hire.
Driving to the Royal Easter Show? Prebook your parking spot
Don’t miss out on a parking spot at Sydney Olympic Park during the Sydney Royal Easter Show especially at peak times during week-ends and public holidays. Guarantee a space by pre-booking your parking ticket.
Visit www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/prebook to book online (please note that pre-book parking is available until 23:59 the night before your visit.)
The cost of single entry parking during the Show is a daily flat rate of $25, regardless of the length of your stay.
Ask for tips from the staff at the Information Booth
Head to the Information Booth (Map ref: J10) and ask for tips and info, the staff are extremely knowledgable and there to help. They might know where there is a locker if the ones you want have filled up. This is also a good meeting point if members of the family gets lost.
Plan your day
Whilst casually strolling through The Sydney Royal Easter Show and seeing what happens randomly maybe good for some, for families you need to be methodical to avoid crowds, catch all the things you want to see and so not to miss out due to time. Here are some things to help you plan your day:
Royal Easter Show Map to see the lay of the land.
Royal Easter Show App an online map in the palm of your hand as well as information on event times and showbag details.
Avoid peak times in main pavilions
Avoid the peak times and you should be able to find a space for a small reprieve. Most exhibits, stalls and attractions are ready and prepared for the over 900,000 visitors to roll through the showgrounds. Queues are therefore orderly and move quickly.
To maximise your personal space and be served faster head to the Woolies Food Pavilion early (10.30/11am) to get ahead of the lunch time rush which starts just before noon. This is the same with the nursery section of Animal Boulevard. It gets super busy by midday.
Bring a stroller
It’s a long day and there is plenty of ground to cover. Bring your stroller to navigate between pavilions and keep the kids from making a break in a busy crowd. There are large crowds so manoeuvring quickly can be an issue, though it beats ultimately carrying your child around when they tire.
Alternatively you can hire strollers and wheelchairs in the showgrounds, located by the Main Entry (map ref: G3). Click here for hire rates and information.
Toilet before Kids Carnival
There are no toilets in the Kids Carnival area, the nearest toilets are by the Food Farm Map Ref: D19 or the Telegraph Park Map Ref: E10. Save time back-stepping by going before you ride.
Come back later, Pass-Outs
Want to go home and return later for the fireworks? You can obtain a pass-out stamp to be used on the same day from the gate staff when exiting.
$3 and under snacks at the Snack Shack
This year, the show brings you the Snack Shack where snacks such as pies and chicken tenders are $3 and under. Affordable treat perfectly sized for kids on the go.
Available at the Spotless Stadium from 9am to 9pm.
Things to pack for the Sydney Royal Easter Show
- Spare plastic bags. You never know when you need to store extra goodies you receive at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
- Hand Sanitiser. With lots of people comes lots of germs, keep washing and sanitising those hands.
- Spare change of clothes. You don’t want to go home due to a snow cone mishap.
- Picnic and snacks. It’s a long day with lots of sugary temptations. Save on cost and bring your own healthy picnic lunch or snacks.
- Water bottles keep hydrated by bringing your own water bottles and save on costs for drinks.
- Picnic rug. Seating is limited, so bring a picnic rug if you have the space. Stow these away in the locker so you can roll it out at lunch in the Sunday Telegraph Park area. Map ref: K10 lockers is a quick walk to the park to grab the rug and supplies.
- Sunscreen and hats.
- Extra layers. Layer up especially as the Autumn nights gets quite chilly.
- Raincoats / Ponchos. Lighter and can stow under a pram or in a locker easily in case the day calls for rain.
- Nanna trolleys or a Stroller. Kids too old for a stroller but still want to lug all the showbags and freebies you acquire at The Show? Bring a nanna trolley to store all your stuff and save your back. You can even buy some for $15-20 at The Show.
Lost persons and managing crowds at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
You don’t want it to come down to this, but if you have lost your child at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, there is a Lost Persons Centre (LPC) on Map ref: M10, near the information booth, baby change area and ATM on Channel 9 Grand Parade opposite the Spotless Stadium.
The LPC operates from 9:30am to 9:30pm with a direct line on 02 9704 1236.
Here are some methods to managing your kids at the Sydney Royal Easter Show:
- Wristbands / brand them with emergency contact – make sure your kids have on them an emergency mobile contact number. You can mark your kids with a pen or just before the entrance there are free wristbands to record important details of your child in case they get lost. Do not write their name on for security reasons, predators are usually men and a child might trust them if they use their first name.
- Step through the rules – remind them to stay close, hold mum or dads hand or the stroller and don’t run away. Keep these simple and reiterate them the day before and on the day.
- Discuss what to do in the event your child gets lost – remind them to stay still, that the adults will find them and to call out for mum, dad or the guardian. Ask them to look out for safe strangers such as policeman, other mums with kids or store owners.
- Take a photo of your kids on the day – have an up to date photo of your child on your phone to make it easier for people to look for them and know exactly what they look like and what they are wearing.
- Make sure your mobile is fully charged – that way police or staff can contact you in the event they find your lost child.
- Wear bright clothes – a good tip is to dress your kids in matching bright clothes to spot them easier in crowds. Or alternatively dress yourself in bright clothes so they can find you easy in a crowd.
- Assign a child to an adult – have clear responsibilities by dividing the kids up with each parent or adult. They are primarily responsible for them on the day, this avoids any assumptions of “I thought you were looking after him!?” If you swap for instance to take someone to the toilet, voice it out. Eg you can say “I got him, you take her, OK?” wait for the acknowledgement to avoid any confusion.
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