Keep the kiddies (big and little) entertained this Easter school holidays with Sydney’s jam-packed event’s calendar, plus a round-up of the best places to find tip-top hot cross buns, and of course, chocolate!
The Great Garden Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney this Easter long weekend!
Follow the trail – children run around the beautiful gardens between five activities such as an egg and spoon race and an egg hunt. There will also be a family photo opportunity at the end with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera!
Where: The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd
When: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April; Choose a start time between 10am and 3pm (should take 45 minutes to complete)
Sydney Royal Easter Show
Every Easter, the country and city join together at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Show is a twelve-day celebration featuring agricultural competitions, animal experiences, live entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.
Some great events to check out with the kids include the Baby Puppy Competition and the Alpaca Promenade!
Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 12th – 23rd April
Cost: At the gate – adult $43, child $27
Sydney Easter Parade
Join thousands of other Sydneysiders celebrate the true meaning of Easter and have a great day filled with lots of fun for the whole family.
Sydney Easter Parade is expected to attract over 3,000 paraders this year. Fun features to look out for include giant inflatables, animal costumes, marching band, stilt-walkers and many creative and colourful displays.
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney.
When: 22nd April, all day.
Ferry to Taronga Zoo
This is hands down one of the best experiences you can enjoy with your family whilst visiting Sydney. Children love riding the ferry; for many, it is the first time on a boat!
Hats are on and parents smother their kids in sunblock. It’s full steam ahead for Taronga Zoo, where the animals have the finest views in the world.
One of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals.
Taronga Zoo is 12 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry.
Where: F2 – From Circular Quay, Wharf No. 4 to Taronga Zoo Wharf (Mosman).
When: Sydney Ferries services depart Circular Quay every 30 minutes.
Cost: Plan your trip here
Best hot cross buns in Sydney
Easter would not be complete without a hot cross bun. But you know what is even better? A freshly baked, buttery hot cross bun!
Black Star Pastry in Newtown fills their hot cross buns with fat juicy sultanas, raisins, and fragrant chunks of orange peel, as well as a special touch – a Frankincense glaze. Plus, they are vegan-friendly!
At Sonoma outlets across Sydney their ‘not cross buns’ are marked with an ‘S’ instead of an ‘X’. Just the ticket for people who are a little skittish about heavy peel content. The Sonoma ones are made with a mix of sultanas and dried cranberries, which add extra sweetness. They go light on the citrus, too. For an extra 50c they’ll toast and butter them for you, or you can have jam for a dollar.
Best places for chocolate in Sydney
Some of our favourite spots for chocolate in Sydney include Adora in Rose Bay, serving up over 40 chocolate products from truffles to chocolate lollipop sticks; Belle Fleur in Rozelle, always with an impressive window display (Easter is no exception!) and Kakawa in Kings Cross, where, as soon as you walk inside, the warm, dry scent of toasting nuts, praline and cocoa hits you. There’s nothing fancy about the shop, which doubles as a chocolate factory, but their wares are second to none, with a mind-boggling range. And the best part? Kakawa is a five-minute walk from Holiday Inn Potts Point!
Travel Tip: To travel on the ferries and all other public transport in Sydney you need an Opal card. Opal allows you to travel on all public transport in Sydney for $15 per day for an Adult, $7.50 for a Child and $2.50 for a Pensioner. They are available from most newsagents, convenience stores and the Transport Information shop opposite jetty 5 at Circular Quay.