Wonderful Sydney Fun subscribers and readers, when I refer to the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the twilight hours, I am referring to attending the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney's Olympic Park after 5pm on any given day that the show is open.
Easter Monday, yes I was getting bored because I accomplished all of my Easter business and home tasks on my to do list. So to celebrate (and to fill in some time) I decided to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show on a whim. That makes two years in a row now. Did not attend the show in 2012 as yours truly was not a Sydney sider at that point. Anyway, let's not digress.
There is so much value to attending the Sydney Royal Easter show at night. Come right on 5pm, and you enjoy a bit of daylight before the skies become pitch black. Then again, it depends on when our Easter is on. Easter has occurred later in 2014 (as at the time of writing this), and believe it or not, attending the Easter show on Easter Monday was awesome, and yes it was packed to the rafters. Literally.
No doubt, the Showlink tickets represent the best value. You're able to buy after 5pm tickets from 4pm, hence allowing you sufficient time to get to the show and enjoy it. That way you're saving over $12 off an adult entry fee.
At this time of day, $26.50 is fairly good value for twilight show entry, as well as your transport fares included in the same ticket price.
I arrived just after 5pm on Easter Monday, and the atmosphere was electric and happy. Ensure you have an abundance of notes with you to splurge and spare, yet you can still enjoy the show on a budget. As you walk in, free musical entertainment ensues, as well as those novelty games than reminisce back to your childhood. Think about those clowns you have to throw your balls into...you'll never know what you'll discover at the show. Yes, even at night.
The rides are alive, and being a child, the kids of Sydney will love the colourful slippery slide large en masse. Next door at the ANZ Stadium, I could hear an abundance of cheering going on too...the footy must have also been on. All happening in an area that can get quite deserted at times.
The rides continue, and the dodgem cars also rock. So does the ferris wheel (birds eye view) and a rock star themed ride, of which used to be a rainbow theme.
Yes, the animals are still alive and well with after 5pm entry - in the twilight zone indeed. Even when the sky is pitch black, you can still view some cows, sheep, pigs and goats to name. Although the judging takes place during the day, it was pretty cool to watch a farmer shear some sheep live.
Keep moving, and the Spotless Stadium featured some horse riding event. I just love the atmosphere, and did not pay much attention to the actual event itself. People, food, fun and loud music dominated. No woodchopping occurs during the twilight hours, yet there was still some kid-friendly events at night too. Think kids world, and there was a free disco right near the Fresh Food Dome.
The Deal or No Deal guys (right near many of the rides near the main show bag hall) were hilariously funny. The stall was similar to the actual game show. Whichever numbered box you picked, you might win a prize.
Wanted to see the dogs, yet there was nothing much to see. If you like the more domesticated animals, it is advisable that you attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show during the daylight hours. The chickens came home to roost, and they were adorable to view.
The show isn't the show without the show bags in addition. On a dark and pleasant Easter Monday evening, you could barely move inside this buzzing space. Naturally, Easter Monday is towards the end of the show. Sadly. Therefore many of the show bags had sold out. There were many cool bags of goodies for adults and kids alike. I had my eyes on the Elle show bag ($25), but it was sold out, unfortunately. Instead I purchased the Marie Claire (Normally $20, but only $15 when I attended) show bag instead. The tote is already quite dirty, yet a few of the beauty products are quite useful. Needed a new can of dry shampoo, there was some there. Additionally I also purchased a $2 Bertie Beetle show bag to snack on the treats during the show for energy, and I also purchased a $1 Blinky Bill show bag. Still enjoying those chocolate treats as we speak.
Even though Sydney Fun is not a food site, however, you need to stay full and content at the show. A water bottle is a given. A great workout walking the entire course twice was awesome. The Fresh Food Dome was foodie paradise. I passed on the food show bags. I enjoyed the tastings, especially the chicken sausage. Loved the $2 Cheese Toasties. I had two of them. Such great value. Many people loved those pluto pops - a show favourite.
Also loved the fashion, arts and crafts exhibition. Real artworks can be purchased, and there were a few cool sculptures in the grassed lawn area right near ANZ Stadium...just super cool to chill out there.
Therefore, the show can be quite affordable with some self restraint. I also loved the fireworks in the last 15 minutes of the show. Sorry wonderful readers, I don't have any fireworks pictures to share as my phone battery well and truly conked out by then, and so did my portable mobile phone charger. So fun.
Where: 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush.
Why: Animals, show bags, rides, food and fun in the one place - to celebrate Easter at night. Super cool.
Cost: $26.50 for an adults entry (Showlink) after 5pm. Of course, show bags and other treats come at an extra cost. $100 maximum budget. All in all I spent around $50 for a good few hours out, and that included food and three show bags - as well as show entry.
When: After 5pm. Easter Monday is awesome, provided you can cope with the crowds.
Good for kids: The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) definitely have kids and families in mind. Perfect for those little ones. Just when it is crowded though, take extra care.