What to do in Sydney this Easter Long Weekend

Maze - Sydney this Easter Long Weekend

From Sydney’s annual events like the Royal Easter Show, Good Saturday music festival to Easter treats in the local park or on the sand – there is a wide variety of things to hop along to this Easter long weekend.

The Easter long weekend is an exciting time in Sydney and all the iconic attractions, such as the Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo, are open! Sydney’s museums, Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World and shopping precincts like Pitt Street are all open too.

Head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show

The annual Sydney Royal Easter Show is a fun event with rides, show favourites like the wood chopping, the traditional Grand Parade and delicious rural produce, farm animals, nightly fireworks and choose from thousands of show bags. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is home to Australia’s largest carnival with literally hundreds of rides and games everyone can enjoy.

Buying a show ticket in advance will mean you can skip the queue to enter, use the ticket for free public transport to and from the show and receive a discount on purchasing carnival coupons. The easiest way to get to the Royal Easter Show from the CBD is by train to Sydney Olympic Park station. Entry after 4pm is discounted for thrill seekers heading to the evening events and carnival rides.

A glowing silent disco for attendees will be a first for The Royal Easter Show with dance lovers able to don headphones and lose themselves for free on the Amphitheatre Lawns at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. It’s running for three consecutive nights this year for 1000, 18+ show-goers on the 26th, 27th and 28th March so don’t miss out!

Heading outdoors

Easter is Sydney also heralds the start of Autumn with milder weather. Easter is a great time to head to Sydney’s breathtaking beaches – such as Manly Beach or Bondi Beach – to enjoy a picnic. Enjoy picturesque walks along the coastline like the Coogee to Bondi walk and explore trails through beautiful bush surrounding Sydney including Blue Mountains National Park (west of the city centre) or the Royal National Park just south of the city centre.

Hitting the water is also a fantastic option for visitors to Sydney over Easter with cruises departing from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour including meals and drinks packages. Sydney’s iconic green and yellow ferries also transport visitors across the sparkling harbour to highlights including Cockatoo Island, Watson’s Bay and Manly.

Easter treats and feasts

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Foodies have found the best hot cross buns in Sydney at Black Star Pastry (Rosebery, Newtown and CBD), Bourke Street Bakery (Surry Hills), Flour and Stone (Woolloomooloo) and Sonoma Bakery (Bondi, Glebe). Sinking into a batch of freshly baked buttery and warm Easter buns is an absolute must do during the Easter long weekend!

Good Saturday Festival

Headlining the event will be some awesome Australian music legends You Am I, Something for Kate, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Augie March and singer-songwriter Jen Cloher. It is an all-day and all-ages event, starting at 12 noon and going strong until 10pm. It’s an outdoor event held on the streets of Marrickville (Sydney’s Inner West).

Along with fantastic music, the festival will also feature some of the best local food and beverage providers including Porteno, Mary’s Burger, Lansdowne Hotel, Frank Strong’s Taco Stand, Vejoe’s, Sparky’s Jerk Chicken, beverages from Young Henry’s, Batch, Willie the Boatman, Sauce, Philter, The Grifter and Waywards. Tickets are on sale now! Visit the festival’s website for details.

Easter Parade

On Easter Monday the Sydney Easter Parade begins at 11.30am at Hyde Park (accessed best via St James or Museum Train Station). Christian groups, ministries, and churches from various denominations meet in the city centre for this traditional Easter Parade, a vibrant ceremonial march through Sydney. Giant inflatables, animal costumes, marching band, stilt-walkers and many creative and colourful displays. Celebrate this joyous weekend and the traditional meaning of Easter by heading along.

Doggie day

The annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday 17th March (ahead of Easter weekend), from 10am-2pm at Sydney Park. One for travellers who are missing their fur-babies and an event not to miss. There will be loads of fun for humans and pooches with games, prizes, activities!

Guests can meet Sydney’s dog whisperer Ron, who captivates pups and teaches human companions how to communicate effectively with a furry friend. The fun event is hosted by Mad Paws, Australia’s largest pet sitting network, which connects pet sitters and dog walkers with busy, local pet parents. You will also be supporting Maggie’s Dog Rescue, the no-kill animal welfare charity. Mad Paws is the perfect free event to take a picnic lunch along to as it’s held at Sydney Park (Village Green Zone), 416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria – a short stroll from St Peters Train Station.

Enjoy this Easter in Sydney

Stay close to the action this Easter at Maze Backpackers, a Sydney hostel who provide great value budget accommodation right in the centre of the city, with freebies like FREE event meals, inclusions like free airport transfers (staying 3+ nights) and all the facilities you need.