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It's time for the Royal Easter Show! It is great to get out and see and do things again in 2021. 2020 was such a blur without any occasions to break up the daily monotony. Due to COVID-19, there will be less hustle and bustle this year as we are forced to maintain physical distancing and follow the COVID Safe guidelines set by NSW Health. For some people with disability, this might mean those big events like the Royal Easter Show are far more doable than any year before.

People with sensory processing disorders, autism, epilepsy, and many other conditions may feel more comfortable in a COVID Safe environment. Tickets for this event are pre-purchased and strict caps on patrons entering and exiting spaces and exhibition halls mean less crowding and less noise. All facilities at Sydney Showground have been designed to ensure accessibility for all patrons, including wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

The Show is a fun place to be with a hive of activity, but people with a disability and their families or supporters may have to plan their day more carefully. 


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Pre-book online

Roll up, roll up! Buy your tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased online.  Special rates and ticket types apply to people with disability with a valid Vision Impaired Person's (VIP) pass or Companion Card which enables people with disability to attend with a carer for no extra cost. 

Visit Easter Show - Ticket Deals to buy your tickets early.

COVID Safety

The following have been put in place to ensure COVID Safety:

  • Updated layout to enable increased physical distancing and 'air flow'.
  • Physically distanced queuing systems.
  • Set 'entry' and 'exit' points for all pavilions monitored by COVID Marshals.
  • Capped numbers of people at any one time in exhibition stands, pavilions and arenas. These numbers will depend on NSW Government event guidelines in place at the time of the event and are subject to change e.g. 2 square metres and 4 square metre ruling.
  • Increased venue cleaning including pre-event, during and post-event cleaning by trained hygiene officers with particular emphasis on high touchpoints.
  • Reduced patron numbers to allow for 1.5 m distancing at all times (the set attendance will depend on advice provided by NSW Health prior to the event, and these figures are subject to change).

Visit Royal Easter Show COVID Safety Information for more details. 

When to go

Busiest days – best to avoid.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is from 1-12 April 2021. The busier days of the Show are over the Easter long weekend (Good Friday, 2 April to Easter Monday, 5 April) and with the high volume of people, the noise onsite increases. Some people with physical disabilities, including wheelchair or mobility aid users, or people with invisible disabilities such as autism may find the environment more challenging.

The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) encourages people to bring their own noise cancellation headphones, earplugs or devices to help people who are unable to cope with the noise generated at busy places and amusement rides. The RAS can also provide noise cancellation earplugs, available from the Customer Service Centre on Showground Road if you forget to bring your own.

Best days – to avoid the crowds.

Everyone is welcome at the Show any and every day. However, if you need less stimulation or more space, the quieter and calmer days are likely to be:

  • Thursday 1 April
  • Tuesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 7 April (Senior's Day - half-price tickets for seniors)
  • Thursday 8 April
  • Friday 9 April
  • Monday 12 April (Kid's Day - half-price tickets for adults, kids and concession card holders until 4 pm)

Plan Your Day

Must-Do Inclusive Art Installation

Make sure to make time to interact and play with the inclusive art installation at the entrance to the Olympic Park train station as you arrive or leave the Showground precinct. A new 50m long Snakes and Ladders artwork at Sydney Olympic Park’s Station Square during this year’s Royal Easter Show.

Sydney artists Digby Webster and Nadia Odlum have joined forces to create Snakes and Ladders, a large-scale mural on the ground outside the entrance to the Olympic Park’s train station, which will feature as a new temporary art installation.

Visitors to Station Square will be able to play the giant game by bringing their own dice or using a custom-made digital ‘Digby Dice’ accessible onsite by using a QR code. Accessible elements of the artwork include digital Auslan interpretation and audio description of the artwork for visitors who are d/Deaf or have vision impairment.

Visit the Accessible Arts website for more information. 

Download the app

There is so much to see and do at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, and the official app includes all the essential information to help you plan your day at the Show. Explore all of the animals, entertainment, pavilions, carnival rides, food options and show bags. Select your favourites to create your very own itinerary and show bag wishlist.

The 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show mobile app will be available to download some time in March, from the App and Google Play stores on your smartphone or tablet device. Go to Royal Easter Show - Mobile app for more information. 

Daily Highlights

Every day of the Show there is a Daily Highlights schedule which you can use to either help you make your way to see events of interest or use it as a guide to avoiding certain areas! The app and website have an 'Explore & Plan' tab to help you produce a schedule of places you want to visit during the Show.

Shhh… Some quieter times and spaces

  • The Showbag Pavilion is a Show tradition, and it is quieter in the mornings.
  • The Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is quieter in the afternoon and evening unless it’s raining.
  • The Paddock with wide-open green spaces to relax is a fantastic place to find the shade of a tree to have a picnic.
  • The Arts & Crafts Pavilion is a quiet zone where many parents take their toddlers in prams to settle them into a midday nap.

Calming and sensory-friendly activities

  • Pat a chick and chicken hatching at the Poultry Pavilion, daily from 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm. 
  • Perishable Cooking, Arts & Crafts competition and feature display at the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, daily from 9 am - 8:30 pm.
  • Floral and garden displays, Bee Hotel workshops, flower arranging, Flower and Garden Pavilion, daily (times vary). 

Parking

All parking stations in Sydney Olympic Park are managed by Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Pre-booking of parking is recommended and must be done before the day of the event. If parking within a disability bay, a valid Mobility Parking Scheme permit must be visible. The recommendation is to park in P1.

Visit Sydney Olympic Park - Parking for more information.

Drop off and pick up zones

Patrons can also be dropped off on Dawn Fraser Avenue from Olympic Boulevard to Edwin Flack Ave, where it is a short distance to the main entrance of the Sydney Royal Easter Show (located on Olympic Boulevard). Please note there is no parking or waiting available at these locations.

Group transport for people with accessibility needs may use the street parking on Dawn Fraser Avenue (subject to availability).

Public Transport

With plenty of extra trains and Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses running regularly throughout the Show, it is easy to get to the Show and back by public transport.  Please note public transport is not included within the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show tickets.

Details on extra services and transport options will be available at transportnsw.info. Not all special event public bus services are accessible. You can check the timetable for accessible services on the Transport NSW Trip Planner.

Accessible toilets

Toilets with greater accessibility are located around the grounds - they are within all permanent structures and additional portable options are also available. To find the locations of these toilets view the Royal Easter Show Map on the Royal Easter Show app or ask for a copy of the map at the entry or information point.  

There are six accessible toilets listed on the app at the following locations.

  • Near the Main Entry, in front of the Paddock and Tucker Box areas off Olympic Boulevard.
  • Inside the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome, near Sydney Gift Fair.
  • At the GIANTS stadium off Hawkesbury St, opposite the Royal Stables and behind Mr Alloo's Noodle Market. 
  • Near the Showbag pavilion (Exhibition Hall 4) adjacent to Murray Rose Ave and the Olympic Park Railway station.
  • In the Coca-Cola Carnival precinct off Australia Ave.
  • At the Woolworths Food Farm off New England Ave (adjacent to the Riverina Fresh Working Dairy). 

Public toilets within the Sydney Olympic Park precinct can also be found on the National Public Toilet Map

Equipment hire

Mobility equipment available for hire during the Sydney Royal Easter Show includes:

  • Medium Scooter
  • Large Scooter
  • Bariatric Wheelchair
  • Standard Wheelchair
  • Single Stroller
  • Twin Stroller

How to book

Mobility equipment can be hired online at www.eastershow.com.au or on the day from the Show Mobility sales booth located on Olympic Boulevard (subject to availability). Please note, the hire of all equipment on the day will require a valid credit card.

Contact

For more information or enquiries, or to report any difficulties with equipment on the day of hire call 0459 335 319 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wheelchair bays and accessible seating

Within all permanent and temporary stadiums, there are allocated wheelchair bays or accessible seating areas. This includes GIANTS Stadium, Charles Moses Stadium and The Little Big Top Amphitheatre. All stadiums and buildings are also accessible by ramps or elevators (e.g The Stables and GIANTS Stadium) to each level.

Carnival Rides

Each individual carnival ride has set guidelines of usage that need to be adhered to at all times. Should these guidelines be met by the patrons, carnival operators are available at all times to assist with access. This means, that depending on your disability and the way the ride is set up, you may or may not be able to access the carnival rides. 

PWD Tickets (Companion passes)

ShowLink PWD tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Show Call Centre on 02 9704 1000 or purchased from the Show entry gates on arrival. A valid Vision Impaired Person (VIP) Pass or Companion Card will be required to purchase a PWD ticket.

PWD tickets include one complimentary Adult ticket for your accompanying carer. 

For more information regarding the NSW Companion Card, visit the NSW Companion Card website or call 1800 893 044 or for more information on the Vision Impaired Person (VIP) Pass visit the Transport NSW website or call 131 500.


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