Add these things to do and places to visit to your Sydney Easter itinerary
Easter weekend in Australia is a four-day holiday, and this year, Easter will be celebrated starting Good Friday on the 2nd of April until Easter Monday on the 5th of April.
For many Australians, the long Easter weekend means quality bonding time. It also means air travel and Sydney accommodation bookings are in high demand as families and friends take advantage of the holiday to travel and enjoy some R&R.
If you’re looking for your next Easter accommodation, Sydney is the place to be! Although most stores are closed on Good Friday, the city comes back to life on Easter Saturday when most shopping centres open for business. Movie theatres, restaurants, and many Sydney attractions such as SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb remain open during the holiday.
What are the Must-Do’s and Must-Visit Places in Sydney during Easter?
Here are top attractions and things to do that are sure to make your Sydney Easter an egg-cellent one.
1. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognisable structures in the world – no postcard from Australia is complete without an image of this magnificent landmark. Located near your Sydney accommodation in the central business district, the Opera House was built in 1973 and continues to attract millions of visitors every year.
Featuring an iconic towering white roof created in the shape of shells, the Sydney Opera House showcases many international performing artists in its vast concert hall, theatres, studio, and playhouse.
If you’re in town this Easter, take a Sydney Opera House tour and visit areas behind the scenes that are not readily accessible to the public. The tour lasts for around an hour and is suitable for children.
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is another iconic landmark in Sydney that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.
Opened in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring a whopping 134 metres from the top down to the water level. It connects the Sydney CBD to the North Shore, providing quick access for visitors booked in a Sydney accommodation.
If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb should be on your bucket list!
The Bridge Climb is scheduled at dawn, mid-day, twilight, and night. You will be required to wear outdoor clothing, and a safety officer will brief you before you ascend. The climb restricted to people over eight years old and 1.2 metres tall.
Get ready to sustain your energy (and boldness!) as the climb lengths up to two kilometres and takes up at least 3.5 hours. You should be prepared to walk up and down the hundreds of stairs. Don’t worry, the view up there is exceptionally enchanting!
3. Bondi Beach
Famous for its turquoise blue waters and pristine white sand, Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s most popular destinations during Easter.
Bondi Beach is not just a swimming beach – there are plenty of things to do from your Sydney accommodation as the shore is always buzzing with activity. You might even want to take a dip or swim between the red and yellow flags in front of the Bondi Pavilion.
Bondi is also a haven for surfers. If you are a beginner, surfing lessons are available right on the beach for those who want to try them out. You can also find surfboards and wetsuits for rent.
Across the road from the beach are dozens of restaurants and cafes that open early in the morning and continue to serve customers until late at night. Your culinary options range from laid-back bars to fine-dining venues. Do note that alcohol is not allowed on the beach at any time.
4. The Sydney Royal Easter Show
First held in 1823, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event drawing over 828,000 visitors every year.
Every Easter, Sydneysiders and out-of-towners gather together at the Sydney Olympic Park for 14 days of carnival fun, live entertainment, food fairs, and agricultural/animal competitions.
The Show is a celebration of Australian culture where rural traditions converge with modern lifestyles – providing a unique experience for every age, ethnicity, and background. All of the Show’s revenue is invested in agricultural programs, education, youth, and the rural region of New South Wales.
The Show will be back this year, running from the 1st of April through Easter Sunday on the 12th of April. Featured events will include:
- An amazing display of horsemanship, motorbikes and trucks in GIANTS Stadium every night
- Baby puppy competition
- Kids’ Carnival
- Grand Parade
- Flower and garden show competition
- Sydney Royal Dog Show
- 10 Shake Animal Walk and Farmyard Nursery
- Polo match
- Pony Club show and competition
5. Taronga Zoo
Are you staying at a Sydney accommodation near the iconic Harbour? The world-class Taronga Zoo is located right on the shore!
Opened in 1916, the Taronga Zoo is home to more than 350 animal species, and it is divided into distinct regions. With more than 4,000 animals to see and many events to watch, there is something for everyone at Taronga Zoo.
Start with the animal encounters – get up-close and personal with owls, giraffes, penguins, koalas, and other amazing species. You can even cuddle with a koala or hand-feed a giraffe during your visit.
How about taking the opportunity to be ‘Keeper for a Day’? This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes you behind the scenes on how our beloved keepers run the zoo. Another fascinating adventure is the Australian Walkabout tour which takes you through immersive displays, allowing you to come face-to-face with Australia’s native wildlife.
6. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
If your Sydney accommodation is along Darling Harbour, then the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is just around the corner. It is one of the largest aquariums in the world, providing visitors with an incredible underwater journey through 14 themed zones.
Just how gigantic is this aquarium? The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is home to more than 700 species comprising more than 13,000 sea creatures, contained in six million litres of water!
An awesome experience for every age, Sea Life lets you peek into Australia’s water habitats through over 100 metres of glass-viewing tunnels. Explore aquatic life in themes such as the Great Barrier Reef, Shark Valley, Dugong Island, Discovery Rockpool, Jurassic Seas, South Coast Shipwreck, Penguin Expedition, and the Bay of Rays.
The Great Barrier Reef Zone has a floor-to-ceiling window that provides views of Grey Reef sharks and sawfish cruising the reef.
The South Coast Shipwreck exhibit features penguins, while the Jurassic Seas displays some of the earliest fossils in Australian waters.
Not for the faint-hearted, Shark Valley brings you front and centre with some of the most majestic but dangerous creatures deep into the underwater world.
7. Sydney Fish Markets
A great addition to your list when visiting Sydney would be the Sydney Fish Markets. Located at the Blackwattle Bay, Pyrmont, and a few walks away from Downtown Sydney, the fish markets are the perfect go-to place for seafood (and food) lovers out there!
You can choose from a wide selection of Aussie and international seafood to eat, including:
- Sea Urchin
- Spanner Crab
Aside from the fresh seafood you can buy to cook, some restaurants offer a cooking service where you can choose seafood and have them freshly served! There are also delis, cafes, and restaurants offering one-of-a-kind seafood menus that you can try.
After your meal, treat yourself with sweet delicacies from different chocolate shops offering Easter-themed chocolates such as saffron, truffle, and bonbons nearby to serve as your dessert. Taking a quick trip to the fish markets will surely make your stomach full and satisfied!
8. Shop for Hot Cross Buns.
A typical Easter in Sydney would never be complete without the presence of the hot cross buns! These savoury and spiced-yet-sweet buns have been part of the Easter tradition of every household in Australia.
Traditionally made with raisins and currants, the buns are usually topped with a cross. For the Aussie-Christians, the cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus, while the spices inside the buns represent the spices put to Jesus after He died. It is best served hot – thus the association of ‘hot’ to its name.
Wondering where you can find them in Sydney? This list from Timeout got the best hot cross buns shops in Sydney. If you want to have them delivered or picked up personally, you can choose a shop from the list and give them a quick call!
9. Watch a movie under the stars at Moonlight Cinema.
One activity that you can enjoy during the night in Sydney is to watch a movie under the stars! Located at the Centennial Park, Moonlight Cinema is one of the go-to places for movie lovers across Sydney. They offer a unique movie screening in an outdoor park set-up that makes you appreciate the open space as well as have a refreshing nightlife after a long day.
There is a wide selection of movie titles that you can choose from! Whether old or new films, the titles offered every day generally vary, except when there is a special screening or event. You can also book your tickets with premium movie experience and choose from among these three:
- Connoisseur Lounge – comes with one ticket for your chosen session, one beanbag, and a complimentary ice cream
- Gold Grass – comes with one ticket for your chosen session, one deluxe bean bag situated in an exclusive area with a good view, and waiter services
- Platinum Experience – comes with two tickets for your chosen session, one premium double bean bed in an exclusive area with a good view, a food package that includes popcorn, water, chocolate, a box of canapes, and a complimentary bar drink, and a blanket to take home
Moonlight Cinema will give you a unique viewing experience during your Easter trip to Sydney. You can enjoy this experience alone or with your loved ones.
Ready to Book Your Sydney Accommodation for Easter? Hurry!
As thousands of people travel during the long Easter weekend, Sydney accommodation fills up quite quickly. Since accommodation in Sydney is quite in-demand during the long Easter weekend holiday, it is best to make reservations as early as possible.