As the only four-day weekend where eating chocolate and sweet, buttery buns is almost universally encouraged, Easter is one of our favourite times of year. As appealing as sitting around at home in your tracky dacks with a chocolate bunny in each hand may sound, we think you’ll have a much better time if you get out and about and enjoy the festivities. Here are our top picks for Easter fun in Sydney.
Sydney’s biggest and best Easter-related event brings its fun-centric line-up to town again this year. You’ll find us at the Baby Puppy Competition, on the dodgems at the Kids’ Carnival and enjoying a sneaky snack at the De Costi oyster and wine bar.
Little ones (and big ones) will love this super-sized Easter egg hunt. Armed with a trail map, you’ll make your way around beautiful Centennial Park in search of chocolates and the Easter Bunny himself. After you’ve finished the hunt you can take part in a good old-fashioned egg and spoon race and find a nice spot for a picnic.
If there was ever a time to learn about the botanic story of chocolate, Easter is it. Taking place in the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the exhibition guides you through chocolate plantations, ancient history and a Lindt chocolate mill, teaching you all sorts of things you never knew about everyone’s favourite treat. If you time your visit right, you’ll even get to experience a chocolate appreciation workshop from a Lindt Master Chocolatier.
Watson Bay’s most iconic establishment will turn on the Easter charm in full force again this year. There’ll be daily Easter egg hunts, including an aqua egg hunt on Easter Sunday (yep, in the water) and a whole bunch of food and beverage specials to keep the celebration going all weekend.
For a harbour-front event of a different kind, buy yourself a ticket to Handa Opera’s production of Carmen. The event kicks off at sunset with champagne and a Spanish feast before the stars take to the stage to perform. World-class opera in a world-class location: Sydney you’ve done it again.
I am very excited that I have the opportunity to revisit this gorgeous production with incredible @kelleyabbey choreography, and this time as Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain. Pinching myself. A little. With my castanet. #olé 💃🏻 . . . . . . . . . . #carmen #bizet #opera #handaopera #hosh #sydneyharbour #dance #love #assistantchoreographer #dancecaptain #carmencita
The grand finale of Autumn racing takes place at Royal Randwick on Easter Saturday. Offering big prizes, fine fashion, themed bars and live entertainment, this is bound to be a race day to remember.
We couldn’t resist one final chocolate-themed event. Abode Bistro’s special high tea involves all the normal fare associated with the tradition (finger sandwiches and freshly-made scones) as well as six specially crafted chocolate desserts. Yep, six. You’ll get to try the Madagascan fondue, Dominican Republic white chocolate tiramisu, Peruvian chocolate roulade and three other delights. You’d best make sure you’re hungry.
As a final note, you may be wondering where to stay to make the most of all these events. We suggest Town Hall. It’s right in the middle of the city, meaning you can easily walk to three of the suggestions above, and located near all the public transport stops you’ll need to get to the other four hassle-free. Taxis and ubers also service the area very well if you’re after a slightly more comfortable journey. Find out more info here!