Click here to If you’re in Sydney during April, you absolutely can’t miss a visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This year, it’s running from April 12th - 23rd, and they have a range of ticket options available, starting at $22 for children and $37 for adults - including return train fare to the Olympic Park Showgrounds.
Get up close and personal with Australia's agriculture - the kids will love seeing some of the huge cows and horses, not to mention the puppy, rabbit, and goat shows.
The gourmand won’t want to miss the honey competition (daily, 9:30 am- 10:30 am), and the athleticism and strength displayed at the woodchopping competition make it a crowd favourite every year.
Once you’ve had your cultural fix with the food, art, and animals, indulge the children (or your inner child, why not) with some rides and show bags. The selection of world-class attractions brought in will get your adrenaline pumping, and the selection of show bags always provide a value-filled shopping experience.
The Easter Show isn’t the only thing to do in Sydney during April though!
With the slightly cooler weather, Easter is a fantastic time for outdoor activities. The Bondi to Bronte walk is as beautiful, and much less crowded this time of year, or check out the jaw-dropping South Head Heritage Trail starting from Watson’s Bay - or for something a little different, why not try out horseriding in Centennial Park?
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade (March 2nd, 7pm) is a one of a kind event. The vibrant celebration of the LGBTQ+ community draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over Australia and the world.
The parade itself snakes from Hyde Park in the CBD down Oxford St, ending up in Moore Park. You can settle in pretty much anywhere along the streets to see the parade, but it does tend to get full so it’s worth getting in early to make sure you have a good view. The floats, dancers, and extravagant costumes are worth it!
Some things to remember:
Due to road closures, getting around the city can be a bit tricky, so check out Mardi Gras’ parade transport guide, as well as their accessibility viewing options.
But did you know it’s not just about the parade day?
Every year, Mardi Gras is accompanied by a festival showcasing the incredible talent within the LGBTQ+ community. The festival program covers every aspect of entertainment, including music, parties, sports, talks and workshops, and performing and visual arts.
This year, the festival is running from February 15th until March 3rd, so you’ve got plenty of time to explore.
Fair Day (Sunday February 17th) is a good place to start. Held in Victoria Park, the fun kicks off at 10 am. There are rides and stalls, games in the Sports Village, and the wildly popular Doggywood (yep, Fair Day is family and pet-friendly). When you’ve worked up an appetite, stretch out on a warm patch of grass with your BYO picnic, or grab something from Sydney’s finest food trucks. There’ll also be a mix of current LGBTQ+ artists performing at the main stage so go and have a dance.
- Liv Steigrad for Ruby’s Residences.
Australia: A country with architecture as unique as its environment. The Sydney Opera House, perched on the tip of Circular Quay, alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is one of the most well-known and iconic images of Sydney.
Did you know that the creative design was the result of a competition? Back in 1956, The Hon. Joe Cahill (the NSW Premier at the time) ran a worldwide design competition for an opera house. Little-known Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s design was selected from over 200 entries.
However, when it came time to start planning, his curved design (radically different from the more common cubes and squares) stumped engineers for years. Eventually, Utzon himself came up with an idea: basing the curved shells on the face of an imaginary sphere.
Construction began in March 1959, and Utzon and his family moved to Australia shortly after. However, in 1965, Minister of Works Davis Hughes questioned Utzon’s grand designs for the interiors, particularly their schedules and costs. Despite huge protests throughout Sydney, Utzon was forced to step down from the project in 1966.
That year, architect Peter Hall took over the project, bringing the iconic building to its completion.
The Utzon family left Australia, never to return. However, in 1999, Utzon was engaged to create a set of Design Principles to guide any future changes, thereby ensuring his impact on the Australian cityscape to live on.
Now, the Sydney Opera House regularly hosts all types of events: opera, modern dance, comedy, burlesque, music, art, and children's’ event.
Not to mention all the postcards and photos!
- Liv Steigrad for Ruby’s Residences.
Liv- Tender L Creative and Deb - a long term resident of Sydney.