Starting on the 6th of April, this two week festival is one of Australia’s largest annual events held at the Sydney Showgrounds at the Sydney Olympic Park. The event celebrates all things to do with showcasing our Australian country and rural origins. Dating back to the first festival in 1823, this event brings locals and visitors together, to show some of the activities, events and skills only seen in the country side of Australia.

With a range of different activities and events taking place over the two week period, there is something available for every age group. Anything and everything from holding baby ducklings, to milking a cow to washing a pig can be found in the animal section. With over 14,000 animals on display, kids can pet and feed almost any animal. One of the famed events of the animals is watching the pig diving, where a trained pig jumps off a 2 metre ramp into a pool. 


If animals aren’t your thing then maybe the fairgrounds would interest you. With the largest fairgrounds in Australia, there are rides for kids in the Kids Carnival, or more adventurous rides for the older kids at heart. 


Other attractions include artistic fruit displays, the world’s best axe men and woman take the stage in one of the world’s largest competitions, pop up food stalls, all ending with a beautiful grand finale firework display on the last evening to close the event.

getting there

Car parks are available around the Showgrounds, however do become fully very quickly. The best way to get there would be by public transportation (train or bus).

event details

Dates: Thursday 6 – Wednesday 19 April 2017

Price: Free Entry

Time: 9am until late


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