Have an egg-cellent time in Sydney across the Easter Long Weekend
Sydney is the place to be for the 2018 Easter Long Weekend, with the Harbour City offering visitors a wide variety of cultural experiences, sporting excellence and world-class events to entertain and delight all-comers.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “The Easter Long Weekend presents a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, with Sydney offering a diverse and exciting line-up of world-class events.
“Visitors to Sydney over the Easter Long Weekend can immerse themselves in the spectacle that is the Sydney Royal Easter Show, be inspired by Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, the 21st Biennale of Sydney and The Lady and the Unicorn, or experience elite sport live with five NRL Premiership games taking place across the Harbour City, Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens and AFL Premiership action at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground.”
Here are just some of the activities and events taking place in Sydney across the 2018 Easter Long Weekend:
- The 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show is a highlight among Easter events around NSW, celebrating Australian country life with animal shows, agricultural competitions, food demonstrations, mini farms, sheep shearing, pony rides, fun fairs and much, much more. Running from Friday 23 March until Tuesday 3 April 2018, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a must attend event for both young and old, with 12 hours of entertainment plus 50 free shows daily.
- Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Bohème – will be mesmerising Sydney from Friday 23 March until Sunday 22 April. The romance of the original Bohemian love story, La Bohème, will captivate audiences on the magnificent floating stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Set in a wintery 1960s Parisian landscape, featuring beautiful cobblestone laneways, glowing street lamps and classical costumes, this production of Puccini’s renowned opera will demonstrate why Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has become revered as one of the world’s greatest outdoor operas.
- The 21st Biennale of Sydney comes to town on Friday 16 March for 12 weeks of art, ideas and conversation. Seventy artists from 35 countries will present their works across Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Since it began, Biennale has showcased the work of almost 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries, and has attracted more than 4 million visitors.
- On now until Sunday 24 June 2018, The Lady and the Unicorn at the Art Gallery of NSW is a rare opportunity to experience the beauty, scale and intricacy of a masterpiece of medieval French art that has captivated viewers across the centuries. Revered as a national treasure in France, and known as the 15th-century ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’, The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry cycle is making this exclusive appearance in Australia through a generous loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.
- Over the Easter Long Weekend five NRL Premiership games will be contested across Sydney. Cheer on the South Sydney Rabbitohs when they take on Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday 30 March or later that evening, watch Cronulla Sharks at home against reigning Premiers, Melbourne Storm. On Saturday 31 March, sports fans are spoilt for choice with Sydney Roosters hosting the New Zealand Warriors at Allianz Stadium and Manly Sea Eagles facing the Canberra Raiders on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. To round out the weekend of NRL Premiership action, head to ANZ Stadium on Easter Monday to witness the clash between the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels.
- Experience a fun-filled day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 31 March for Stakes Day, the finale of the 2018 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival. Be trackside with the kids to watch the Group 1 Tancred Stakes and Vinery Stud Stakes or enjoy the many family activities including a fashion competition for children aged between 2 – 12 years, free children’s entertainment, award winning hospitality and much more.
- Be in the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground when the Sydney Swans host Port Adelaide on Easter Sunday. Enjoy the high flying marks, unbelievable goals, game-changing tackles and fantastic atmosphere of an AFL Premiership encounter.
- While in Sydney, enjoy the city’s food scene, one of the finest in the world, with its reputation further enhanced with exciting new destinations. The Streets of Barangaroo has flourished into a dining destination by the Harbour, with leading lights of the Australian restaurant scene joining the party. In the inner west, Tramsheds at Harold Park is a cool home for culinary artisans and Chippendale’s Kensington Street is another hive of gastronomic activity.
- A visit to Sydney during the mild Autumn would not be complete without experiencing the city’s magnificent waterways, with golden beaches, vibrant tributaries and the spectacular Harbour offering a range of activities for all ages and abilities. Take in the splendour of the Harbour from aboard the famous Manly Ferry, stroll along the picturesque Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, or take a dip at one of six Harbourside pools.