Fun Things to do at Easter in Sydney 2022

Easter in Sydney, it’s a popular time of the year, not just for the excuse the Easter bunny provides for us to gobble way more chocolate eggs than we should, but because for many Sydneysiders the Easter long weekend is a 4 day holiday.

The Easter long weekend is the perfect time for a getaway, but if you have not planned an escape, you can still make the most of those days off enjoying the Easter weekend out and about in Sydney. We have pulled together a list of fun activities and events for all the family.

The Easter Holidays is a great time to use up some of your Dine and Discover or Parent NSW vouchers too!

When is Easter 2022

This year Easter falls mid April and Anzac day (25 April) is just a week later. Easter school holidays begin on 9 April and run until 22 April.

The Easter public holidays are:

  • Good Friday 15 April (lots of places in Sydney close on this day)
  • Easter Saturday 16 April (normal trading hours)
  • Easter Sunday 17 April (some places close today)
  • Easter Monday 18 April (normal public holiday trading hours)

This long break gives us plenty of time to enjoy Easter events

What’s open at Easter?

Friday is the only day things generally close in Sydney over the four-day Easter long weekend. In recent years more venues are staying opening or opening for half a day but staffing woes and penalty rates may see more businesses make the decision to close on Good Friday this year. Some shops and restaurants close Easter Sunday.

Things to do in Sydney at Easter

Check out one of the Sydney Easter Shows this holiday weekend. There used to be just one Royal Easter show but over the last few years alternative shows have popped up across the city.

Check out one of the Easter Shows

Sydney Royal Easter Show

A visit to the Sydney royal easter show is a institution for Sydneysiders. Young or old a visit to the Royal Easter Show is a must for many families.

The Royal Easter Show offers something for everyone with animal judging, craft and food displays, carnival rides and sideshow alley games and of course the every popular showbag hall.

The woodchopping competition at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show Credit: Destination NSW

Once you run out of energy head to the stands and watch some of the live entertainment from woodchopping to the showjumping or super cars.

Tip: Avoid Good Friday and the final tuesday to miss the biggest crowds. Tickets start from $33 for adults and should be purchased in advance.

Where:     Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
When:       8-19 April 2022
Cost:         Tickets from $33

Sydney Family Show

Not up for a huge day at the Royal Easter Show? Well the Sydney Family Show is a great alternative and much better suited to little ones. Entertainment Quarter plays host to heaps of free activities (after entry fee) and you don’t have to miss out on grabbing some showbags with a good range of offer.

Sydney Family Show
Sydney Family Show at Moore Park

Where: 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
When: 9-25 April 2022
Cost: Adult $20 | Child $10 | Family (4) $50

Fairfield Easter Fair

From side show alley and fairgrounnd rides to daredevil performances and Little Big Rigs the Fairfield Easter Fair is plenty for older kids and adults. For the younger ones farm animals will be on hand along with ponies and alpacas.

Stave off hunger with a bunch of great food truck eats including Brisket Boys and Yee Haw Chicken.

Tip: Thurs the 14th, is Heroes Day -all emergency services and first responders will be offered a free unlimited ride wristband as way of thanks for their hard work this year.

Where: Fairfield Showground, 443 Smithfield Road, Prairiewood
When: 14 – 19 April 2022
Cost: $2 per person entry, ride passes for $25 if purchsed online or $30 on the day

Join an Easter Egg Hunt

The highlight of Easter celebrations for most children is the annual Easter egg hunt. While a hunt around the family garden is great fun there are a number of organised Easter egg hunts across the city.

easter, eggs, basket

Centennial Parklands

Centennial park hosts the much loved Bilby hunt on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. A one hour activity where children enjoy nature-based play and art projects that highlight Australian animals and plants.

Follow up with your own easter picnic, pack the picnic basket with some hot cross buns and perhaps something other than chocolate, for a fun day out.

Where: The WILD PLAY Discovery Centre, Centennial Park
When: Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday
Cost: $20 (for one adult and one child)

Sydney Living Museums – Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm

Another fun easter weekend event, Sydney Living Museums will host special family day Easter activities at two of their properties. The gardens Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm will play home to an Easter trail with chocolate as the ultimate prize. Kids can also make some bunny ears to take home or choose to decorate an Easter egg. There will also be games the whole family can join.

Where: Vaucluse House /Elizabeth Farm Parramatta
When: 16 – 17 April 2022
Cost: $15 per person

Little Wings – Australia’s Biggest Easter Egg hunt

A fundraiser for Little Wings is billed as Sydney’s biggest Easter egg hunt. The idea is to raise much needed funds to support this fantasic organisation that helps support seriously ill children in regional NSW access the life-saving medical care they need with free flights or ground transport.

Your $15 ticket will get you into the action (BYO basket) and help them meet their goals for 2022.

Where: Bankstown Memorial Park – Chapel Road, Bankstown, NSW,
When: Easter Sat 9 to 11am
Cost: $15 per person 

If you are away from Sydney for the Easter weekend there is no need to miss out on the fun. There are Easter egg hunts in both north and south of the city.

Glenworth valley outdoor adventures Easter Hunt

Just an hour north of the CBD and only 20 minutes from Hornsby the Easter egg hunt at Glenworth valley is probably the best value you will find. With 25,000 eggs hidden there is plenty to go around.

Where: 69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley
When: Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022 – only the 8am session has tickets left.
Cost:  $7.50 for kids to 16 years, parents free.

Jamberoo Easter

No hunting required! Jamberoo will give each child aged (4-12 years) a bag of chocolate eggs. The Easter Bunny (and Sammy the Shark) will be in attendance and will hand out the eggs between 11-12pm, you can also snap a pic with the bunny or shark. Buy your tickets in advance as they will sell out.

Where: 1215 Jamberoo Rd, Jamberoo 
When: Easter Sunday 17 April 2022
Cost: Free with General Addmission

Easter Restaurant Offers

While not as popular as dining out for Christmas, special Easter meals with family and friends is becoming increasingly more common. A special Sunday lunch with family or friends is a great way to celebrate and in Australia, Easter, like Christmas, seafood is often the star of the show.

Epicurean Buffet Crown
Epicurean Buffet Crown

Epicurean

Enjoy the finest Easter feast at Epicurean Buffet and savour an impressive range of culinary specialties with fabuloius views overlooking Sydney Harbour. As well as the usual curated buffet favourites, guests can indulge in Easter specials and an extensive selection of decadent desserts bound to surprise and delight.

When: 16 – 17 April
Cost: $160pp
More: Check their website

Woodcut

On top of the extensive a la carte menu, enjoy luxe seafood delicacies from the Easter favourites menu at Woodcut including caviar bites, southern rock lobster with garlic kombu, grilled Murray cod, spanner crab and more.

When: 15-18 April
Cost: a la carte
More: Check their website

a’Mare

Celebrate the Easter long weekend over a lavish Italian feast. In addition to the spectacular a la carte menu, enjoy exclusive Easter specials including dishes like pappardelle pasta with wild boar ragù and a’Mare’s traditional Roman lamb cutlets with mint salsa Verde. a’Mare also has special cocktails available at the a’Mare Bar.

When: 15-17 April
Cost: $160pp
More: Check their website

Hyatt Regency Sydney invites guests and locals to come together with family and friends by Darling Harbour with Sailmaker’s Signature Seafood Table. Offering only the freshest seafood, mouth-watering roast dinner, antipasto selection, salads and decadent Easter-themed desserts.

Guests will be able to help themselves to a delicious array of fresh seafood from the seafood bar with chef’s selection of the finest produce from the Iconic Sydney Seafood Market (oysters, prawns, crab, octopus and more).

Sailmaker Buffet – Hyatt Regency

Offering only the freshest seafood, mouth-watering roast dinner, antipasto selection, salads and decadent Easter-themed desserts.

You will be able to help yourself to a delicious array of fresh seafood from the seafood bar with chef’s selection of the finest produce from the Iconic Sydney Seafood Market (oysters, prawns, crab, octopus and more).

The Seafood table at Sailmarker

Where: 161 Sussex Street, Sydney
When: 15-17 April
Cost: $65 for kids, $95-$129 adults.
More: Check their website

Lotus Dining

Easter Long weekend is the perfect time to sample Lotus Dining Group’s new autumn menu’s warming, creative and tasty new dishes. The new menus are in full swing across selected venues now.

Lotus’s new autumn menu Credit Alana Dimou

Head to Lotus The Galeries to try the Typhoon shelter style Balmain Bugs with chilli; Lotus Barangaroo to try Tomato, prawn and egg Sui Mai; or try Fried tofu, curry leaf, spicy soybean sauce at CHI by Lotus.

  • CHI by Lotus – open good Friday and Easter Sat for lunch and dinner
  • Lotus at the Galleries – Open Easter Sat for lunch and dinner
  • The Gardens By Lotus – Open Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday from 11am-3pm
  • Lotus Barangaroo – Open every day over Easter for lunch and dinner
  • Lotus Double Bay – Open for lunch and dinner Easter Saturday and Sunday

Harbour View Hotel

Harbour View Hotel is welcoming families and friends to enjoy their Easter with some special menu items and some fun activities. There will be live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoon with a special appearance from the Easter Bunny on Sunday. 

Easter seafood plate at Harbourview Hotel
Easter seafood plate at Harbourview Hotel

The delicious additional Easter menu items consist of a Seafood Platter which includes cooked prawns, Sydney Rock oysters as well as tasty dressings. The special main course will be a Roasted Lamb Loin stuffed with Chestnut. Guests will then have a choice of two delectable desserts, a Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding and a Meringue Easter Nest Surprise. For those adults looking to get their extra choccy fix, they can treat themselves to the special cocktails: ‘It’s Bunny Hunny’.

Where: 161 Sussex Street, Sydney
When: 15-17 April
Cost: al la carte – seafood plate $35 Lamb main $38 and dessert from $15
More: Check their website

Easter High Tea

High tea is pretty decadent any day but at Easter things go up a notch!

TWR

Celebrate Easter with TWR’s exclusive High Tea menu, available every Friday – Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Feast on a delicious array of savoury and sweet treats including pulled lamb sandwiches, hot cross bun scones and more with coffee, glass of sparkling wine or Champagne.

High Tea at Crown’s TWR

When: 1-17 April
Cost: $85-105pp
More: Check their website for the full menu

Mode Kitchen & Bar – Four Seasons Hotel

A special treat for kids these Easter holidays, at Mode Kitchen the can decorate their very own chocolate Easter egg. Pastry Sous Chef Quentin Zerr has created a large chocolate egg that is nestled on top of a fluffy bed of Pariyas Persian fairy floss accompanied by edible chocolate paints for the kids to create a delicious masterpiece. 

Mode Bar high tea TravMedia_Australia
Mode Bar high tea

Inside two of the eggs are Golden Tickets that will give the winners a chance to enjoy an overnight family fun package at the Four Seasons.

When: 8-10 and 15-17 of April from 2-5pm
Cost: $85-105pp
More: Check their website for the full menu

Easter Sunday Church Services

If Easter is one of the times you like to attend church there are a number of services in the CBD you are welcome to join.

  • St Mary’s Cathedral (Catholic) will offer five services on Easter Sunday and the very moving Passion of the Lord service at 3pm on Good Friday. All are welcome
  • St Andrews Catheral (Anglican) will haveat least three Easter Sunday services
  • Wesley Mission will offer a sunrise service at the Sydney Opera House as well as services in Chinese, Indonesian and Samoan.
  • Historic St James Church, Sydney’s oldest church will offer two Sunday services

Many attractions are open every day over the Easter break. These details were correct at the time of publication, but please check for any changes before you head out.

Easter shopping

Sydney Fish Markets

Sydney Fish Market will offer extended ours over the holiday break. They will be open on Good Friday from 5am to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday are 7am-4pm daily.

It’s not just seafood either, along with the 6 fish retailers, the market is also home to a fruit and vegetable shop, butcher, bakery, gourmet deli and bottle shop so you can gather all the needs for a big Easter celebration.

Sydney Fish Market
Credit: James Horan, Destination NSW

Major shopping centres

  • Closed Good Friday: QVB, Westfield city, Bondi Junction, Boardway, Macquarie Centre, Warringah Mall, Chatswood Chase
  • Closed Easter Sunday: Westfield city, Bondi Junction, Macquarie Centre, Warringah Mall, Chatswood Chase.
  • Open every day over easter: World Square, Westfield Miranda, Parramatta, Hurstville, Chatswood, Moore Park Supa Centre,

For more ideas check out our guide to things to do in Sydney in April.

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