Your 2022 Easter Show Budget!

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The Easter Show is back! On from April 8 – 19 at the Sydney Showground, it’s an absolute fave family activity for many NSW families!

Excitingly, the NSW Government Discover & NSW Parent Vouchers may be used when purchasing Carnival Fun Pass Credits (a new feature – more info below) however, the vouchers cannot be used to purchase entry tickets to the Show.

Let’s talk $$

$260. That’s how much we reckon you need to “do” the Easter Show as a family of 4. Yes, you could spend more without batting an eyelid, but our guide is about avoiding blowouts.


  • Tickets – buy early bird tickets online = $99.50
  • Getting there – public transport is included in ticket price = $0
  • Carnival Fun Pass Ticket (new) 115 credits = $50 ($100 – $50 NSW Gov’t Parent Voucher)
  • Show bags (2 per child) = $80
  • Food – BYO lunch and buy 1 treat each = $30

TOTAL: $259.50


Let’s go into detail



  • The early bird Family Pass is $99.50 until midnight on the 7th of April so get in quick and buy your tickets now
  • Entry is free for children 3 years and under
  • If you don’t mind going after 4pm twilight tickets are $33 for adults and $12 for children
  • The last day of the show is known as Kids Day and tickets are half price for children



Getting There

  • The cost of public transport is once again included in the ticket price (last year it wasn’t due to COVID).
  • All the information about bus and train routes can be found here
  • Taxis will be available on Herb Elliott Ave (near Australia Ave) during the day until 5pm and then on Murray Rose Ave (near the Coca-Cola Carnival gate) from 5pm until 11pm


Free Fun

  • Good news – once you walk through the gates, most of the entertainment is free! From arts & crafts to patting farmyard animals, displays of milking cows or shearing sheep and competitions such as wood chopping and horse riding – there is HEAPS to see and do
  • Kids will love the animal walk, the farmyard nursery and the Woolworths Dome
  • Download the free Easter Show App (available soon) to get the latest on what’s on each day (and where the closest toilets are!)




The Sydney Royal Easter Show carnival is moving away from the traditional paper coupons for carnival rides and games to the easy-to-use Carnival Fun Pass. Simply Tap & Ride / Tap & Play across the carnival. It can be ordered when you purchase your Show Tickets from Ticketmaster and posted out to you,  or purchase on the day.

  • All rides and games at the Sydney Royal Easter Show accept the Carnival Fun Pass.
  • Loading credits in advance allows you to go straight to the carnival and start playing as soon as you get to the Show.
  • Take advantage of the early bird carnival ticket offer with discounts up to 27% ending 7th April 2022:
    • 140 credits $113 (save $41)
    • 115 credits $100 (save $26.50)
  • It can be used by multiple people and the whole family at the same time
  • Unused credits – apply for a refund wuthun 30 days, pass onto. friends or donate to the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation to build stronger regional communities through Scholarship and Grants programs.


  • If you’re on a budget or trying to eat healthily, definitely pack lunch and drinks
  • There are free water refill stations throughout the show
  • For a bargain lunch, look for the food truck selling cheese toasties for $3 and a 300ml Moove for $3.50 – winning!
  • As a guide, a bag of fairy floss is $5, a cup of Lemonade is $5, Cheese on a Stick is $5, a bottle of water is $5 and soft drink is $5.50 (as at 2020)




Research show bags in advance to see if you can get a step ahead when it comes to negotiating with the kids. Here is the show bag guide – you can filter by kids bags


Stay Strong!

Before you enter the show, explain to the kids exactly how the day will run, how many show bags you’re willing to buy, whether or not they can have fairy floss etc. Maybe they can decide between a treat and a balloon or another version of Easter show temptation. Be upfront and stick to your guns, kindly of course! 🙂