Huge crowds hop along to Sydney Olympic Park for the Easter long weekend

19 Apr 2017

Carnival rides, show bags, animals, family fun, picnics, sport and music attracted huge crowds over the Easter long weekend, proving that Sydney Olympic Park is the best place to spend Easter in Sydney. 

The biggest drawcard was the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the biggest annual event in the southern hemisphere, where over 411,000 excited friends and families joined together to enjoy agricultural competitions, visit the 14,000 animals that called the Park home for the two weeks, entertainment, carnival fun and shopping. Almost 600 international delegates visited from 18 countries came to this uniquely Australian event, including China, USA, NZ, India, Brunei, Canada.

Tens of thousands of NRL fans flocked to the Park on Good Friday for the annual home team clash between the Bulldogs and the Rabbitohs and then again on Easter Monday when the West Tigers took on the Parramatta Eels.

Music lovers were not disappointed with the Cool for Summer festival at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, which had music fans dancing and singing along to their favourite DJ’s on Easter Saturday.

The popular parkland areas at Bicentennial Park, Wentworth Common and Blaxland Riverside Park also attracted thousands of Sydneysiders, taking advantage of the beautiful autumn weather to re-connect with family and friends. 

Anticipating that Sydney Olympic Park would be very busy with such a diverse range of events being hosted, Sydney Olympic Park Authority worked closely with the major venues, transport agencies and other stakeholders to provide helpful information to visitors and ensure their visit was safe and enjoyable. 

The Authority’s new and exciting ‘Gary the Grumpy Bunny’ campaign was very successful, communicating important Easter weekend messaging through social media which ensured visitors planned their trips and enjoyed their day at the Park.

Sydney Olympic Park once again showcased itself as the place to be over the Easter long weekend and demonstrated how it serves as Australia’s major events destination, with the adaptability and capability to stage a number of major events concurrently and successfully.