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Easter in Sydney
Things (What) to do over the Easter Holidays in and around Sydney including the Autumn School Holidays in April
What to do at Easter in Sydney and over the Easter Long Weekend
The Easter Holidays bring with them a challenge. Go or stay in Sydney? If you really aren't that keen on joining the painfully slow migration out of Sydney, there is an alternative.
Things to do in Sydney at Easter
You don't have to go far to have a good time and it doesn't have to cost much. It is easy to forget just what a wonderful city this is and it is amazing just how much there is to do over Easter in Sydney. We have researched the best events and activities on in Sydney over Easter and listed them below to complement the Top 100 Things to do - Happy Holidays!
Climb the Harbour Bridge (Pylon)
I think most people know about the Harbour Bridge Climb but you might not know about the much cheaper option that predates the Bridge Climb by some margin. If you climb the 200 steps to the top of the Harbour Pylon you will not only be rewarded with magnificent views of Sydney, but also be given an insight into Sydney and her magnificent harbour bridge. For me, the best part of this experience, apart from the view of course, are all the amazing stories such as that of Vincent Kelly and his life (saving) belt...more
Sydney Royal Easter Show - Thursday, 21st March - Wednesday, 3rd April
Famous for show bags, smelly animals, a rodeo and wood chopping. Kids love it. Make sure you bring buckets of patience (and cash) with you. Sydney Royal Easter Show has introduced a 'Show Planner' to make the whole experience a little easier.
A highlight of this year's show will be Darcy's Quest, a futuristic story aided by pyrotechnics and spectacular special effects. The Easter Show also features a range of games, entertainment, education and, of course, those farm animals. Whatever your interests, the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013 has something for everyone baa baa none.
The Powerhouse is, well, a powerhouse of things to do on a normal day; on a school holiday, it is hard to know how they pack it all in. You can even have fun activities, great games and clever craft for children to make and do at home - so you don't actually even need to visit the Powerhouse to enjoy the Powerhouse.
The Powerhouse is a playground, a playhouse, a space lab and much more besides
The Powerhouse is a playground, a playhouse, a space lab; in fact the Powerhouse has something for everyone, even Mum and Dad - you just need to look.
The Wiggles Exhibition
It has yet to be decided if the Wiggles exhibition will be extended over the Easter Holidays - all our Wiggly fingers and toes are crossed, and very uncomfortable it is too!
More things to do during the April School Holidays
Thomas the Tank Engine
This is a small persons Thomas the Tank Engine on account of it being a miniature train. Don't let that put you off though. Adults can ride to, it is not overly expensive, there is a winery just walking distance away and all of Thomas's friends will be there.
Royal National Park and the Tramway Museum
After a visit to the nearby Royal National Park (listed at No. 27 on the Top 100 things to do) or not, you could take a look at an old Sydney tram (yes, once trams roamed Sydney's streets just like Melbourne). In fact, if you visit the Tramway Museum on Wednesday or Sunday you can even ride on one. With the recently announced scrapping of the Monorail, maybe they will make a comeback!
Easter Parade - Hyde Park - Saturday, 6th April 2013, 10am-3pm
Come to Hyde Park on Saturday 6th April, to celebrate the true meaning of Easter and have a great time in the process.
The Bald Archy - Independent Theatre Foyer, 269 Miller Street - 5th April to 5th May
The Bald Archy is a less serious, well, very unserious version of the Archibald Prize (see below). The Bald Archy fits nicely into the irreverence that Australians have, or are supposed to have, for authority and for people in the limelight. The paintings can be quite uncomplimentary shall we say. Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest woman was the subject of some ridicule. This is obviously very unfair and if you know Gina please let her know we feel her pain and her financial support would help us to feel it even more.
People's Choice Award
You can vote for the portrait you like the best and I think can buy them after the exhibition has finished so Gina! I can get them for you and you'll never see them again, just send the money.
Archibald Prize, Wynne and Sulman Prizes - Art Gallery of NSW - Saturday, 23rd March – Sunday, 2nd June 2013
The Archibald Prize is a much sought-after award for portrait painting, Wynne is for Australian landscapes and he Sulman Prize covers just about everything else. Everybody wants to win the Archibald Prize for the standing and exposure it gives you. So perhaps unsurprisingly there is usually a fair amount of 'discussion' about the outcome. See for it yourself and you be the judge.
Visit a National Park
As well as the Royal National Park (see above) there are many more National Parks all offering a variety of fun things to do including bike riding, swimming in clear water creeks and lagoons, snorkeling, canoeing...more
The Royal National Park
We forgot to mention that the Royal National Park is also a great place to go Kayaking
Visit Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River and hitch a ride on the Riverboat Postman
The Hawkesbury River is picturesque and grand river with many fine and attractive islands and bays to explore. The Hawkesbury flows north and west of Sydney and acts as a natural border between Sydney and the Central Coast. There are many ways to enjoy the Hawkesbury, one of the best is to visit Brooklyn (because from Brooklyn you can catch a ride on the Riverboat Postman, or go Kayaking) and think to yourself, what a wonderful world more (oh yeah!).
Family Show - Friday, March 22nd - Monday, 1st April
The Family Show is all about rides and entertainment for the whole family. Highlights this year include:
Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Just quietly, Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo consists of real dinosaurs pretending to be puppets through 'sophisticated design, electronics and theatrical presentation'. Obviously this is a must for any kid who is into dinosaurs but it is also quite educational as, being real dinosaurs, they are quite life like from the babies all the way up to the big mummy dinosaurs - Grrrr!
The ever popular Lego never ceases to amaze. If you come along to Lego® Mania you will not only get to see some amazing Lego creations but also meet Australia's sole certified professional Lego guy. What a job! Which Uni will be first to come up with a Lego degree?
You will find the Family Show at the Entertainment Quarter Showring at Moore Park.
Check out your local library
Penrith Library often wins the prize for best for kids when it comes to the holidays. In the past they have run reptile and magic shows. Most libraries will be hosting activities for kids over the holidays, even if it's just storytelling. Check out yours for details.
City of Sydney Libraries often have a range of activities on offer, from short film festivals and architecture talks, to local heritage tours.
Get out of Sydney
I guess we all need a change of scene sometimes. Go on an adventure. Head north and enjoy the bonus of marginally warmer weather.
There's much more to do
As well as all the special Easter events and activities, there are many more top things to do, hundreds in fact: