April is usually holiday month in Australia when Easter and Anzac Day meet the first term break resulting in lots of people having time off work.
Temperatures continue to decrease and rain is not unusual. We have stopped camping at this time of year because we have been rained out so often.
It’s the perfect time for locals to plan a getaway but start early if you are considering an Easter weekend. If you are visiting from out of town, then either book early or avoid that week entirely.
Note: Please check opening hours and booking requirements for these venues in regard to current health restrictions.
Average Temperatures: 23-15°C ( 63-43°F)
While each year varies the last April was unusually dry with only 2 days of rain.
Key events in April are:
- The Royal Easter Show
- Australian Heritage Festival
- Autumn Racing Carnival
- Sydney Comedy Festival
- Anzac Day
New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available.
The Royal Easter Show
Since 1823 farmers have been bringing the country to town for the Royal Agricultural Show is a two-week agricultural affair held at the Sydney Olympic Park.
The show awards over 15,000 trophies for everything from livestock and farm skills to photography and cake decorating.
Enjoy seeing the baby farm animals, sample produce from around the state, play all the old school sideshow games and then head to the stadium for precision driving and the nightly fireworks show.
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
When: 1-12 April 2021
Cost: $40 approx. (almost sold out)
More: Find out everything about the show here.
The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival
The biggest event on Sydney’s racing calendar, the Autumn Racing Carnival, is made up of six spectacular days of racing at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.
A feature is the world’s richest race for 2-year-old’s the Longines Golden Slipper, and the grand finals of Australian Racing The Championships.
Where: Rosehill and Randwick Racecourses
When: 13 March-24 April
More: Find out about all the events on the Australian Turf Club site.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate Australians and New Zealanders service people who have served their county in any way.
Dawn Services are held in every town across the country with the biggest one is in Martin Place. If you get the opportunity to attend I highly recommend it.
The service is followed by breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Once the official ceremony is complete everyone hit the pub to try their luck at Two-Up.
Where: Martin Place and George St Sydney
When: 25th April
More: Find out more about Anzac Day here
Markets, Fairs and Festivals
Australian Heritage Festival
A celebration of the heritage and culture of Australia through ceremony, song and dance, performance art, talks and tour.
Key free events in Sydney and NSW include:
- Free tours of the Fullerton Hotel and GPO Sydney
- Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival
- Tours of historic Lindsay at Darling Point
- Kurnell Village Fair
Standout ticketed events
- 1942 submarine attack in Sydney Harbour – Special Harbour Cruise
- Heritage Fleet tours of Sydney Harbour
- Heritage tram rides and guided walks in Royal National Park
Where: Across the country
When: 18 April – 19 May 2021
More: Check their website for updates
Sydney Square Dance
Sydney Square Dance is possibly not the best name for this event as it highlights many forms of dance and a lot of fun.
The ten-day festival features
- Dance battles under the Darling Harbour underpass
- Dance Cinema – Watch dance films and videos at Darling Square
- Test your skills or watch the pros on the arcade dancing game Dance Dance Revolution
- Join dance workshops in a huge variety of styles from Bollywood to Afro-Fusion, hip hop to salsa
- Take part in a Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Workshop
- Impromptu flash mobs (if you’re in the right place at the right time)
Where: Darling Harbour and The Rocks
When: 7-18 April
Film, Theatre and Stage
The talk of the town – we still have not managed to get along; however, a new round of tickets was recently released with some availability from June right through until October, so don’t delay. Choose midweek performances for the best availability
Where: Lyric Theatre at The Star
When: Until at least 14 November 2021
More: Bookings at Ticketmaster
The Disney classic comes to life at the heritage listed Capitol Theatre.
Where: Capitol Theatre
When: Jan 6 2021-May 2 2021
More: Check out more details and the covid safe plan here.
Magic Mike Live
Looking for a fun night out with the girls? The show features live dance and acrobatic feats and is based on the hit movies featuring Channing Tatum.
Where: Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
When: in its final weeks with plenty of deals on offer
More: Check out more details here.
Monet and Friends – Hordon Pavillion