The Outback Stockman’s Spectacular

Do you have what it takes to shear a sheep? Want to try your hand at milking a cow? Want a picture with the Working Dogs? Well now is your chance with the Outback Stockman’s Arena showcasing these fantastic people and animals.
The super-speedy world-champion shearers will showcase their sensational skills at both the Sheep & Wool Pavilion and Outback Stockman Arena – Daily Telegraph Paddock during the Easter Show. Jim Murray is Head -Shearer at the show and he’ll be joined by Ian Elkin and Dayne West who featured on Show Radio earlier this week.
A show favourite is the Dairy Farmers Milking Barn which is an interactive experience for the whole family with demonstrations to show you how farmers care for their dairy cattle. Watch how different dairy products are made from fresh milk, learn about milking hygiene, and find out what these animals eat to stay healthy.
The best part is that each session lucky audience members are invited onstage to help take the clippers to a woolly sheep or hand-milk one of the gentle, good-natured cows as the experts explain the tricks of the trade. You can also have your picture taken with the working dogs themselves.
These are just some of the wonderful things happening at the Outback Stockman’s Arena and below are the show times. Have a listen to the chat I had with Dayne the shearer, Luke the milker, and Murray Wilkinson.
Sheep Shearing and Display
When: 10:30am, 12:30am, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm and 5.30pm
Dairy Farmers Milking Barn
When: Daily, 11am – 5pm
Murray Wilkinson and his Working Dogs
When: Daily, 12:15pm and 7:35pm

Miss Showgirl, Nikki Gibbs, Won the Title and She Came Back to Chat to Claudia Hirst!

Claudia Hirst had the pleasure of chatting to Nikki Gibbs, the winner of the 2018 Miss Showgirl Competition who was lovely enough to come into the studio again.The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition is a statewide competition and it involves young women competing for the title.

Miss Showgirl is not to be mistaken for a beauty pageant. The women are judged based on their confidence, personality, life goals and also their rural knowledge and passion for their local community.

Nikki is a veterinary nurse in her hometown of Wauchope, near Port Macquarie and is now also the Ambassador for rural NSW, acting as a role model for women involved in the agricultural industry.

Congratulations Nikki!

Trump, Ed Sheeran and Kochie at the Royal Sydney Easter Show?

What do The US President, The UK’s number 1 selling artist and Australia’s highest rating TV breakfast host all have in common? Believe it or not they may all be at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… as Pumpkins.

Image: The Daily Planet

This year when you make your way to the Flower & Garden Pavilion you and the family will have a chance to come face to face with these playful pumpkins dressed as celebrities. The Pumpkin Challenge is your one and only chance to see pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, decorated in manners you have to see to believe. 

When: Daily 9.30am-8.30pm


This is not a Drill! Pig Petting is Back at the Easter Show

Petting a pig, or for that matter any adorable farm animal, is one of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately unless your lucky enough to hale from rural Australia, this indulgent practice is only too rare in everyday life. The Royal Easter Show plans to remedy this through the aptly named “Pat a Pig” event at the Pig & Goat Pavilion. Kids and big kids alike can pat playful piglets and lazy hogs, all the while taking photographs aplenty! Friendly farmers are also onsite to answer any of your pig related questions.

You can catch Pat a Pig sessions from Friday March 23rd to Tuesday April 3rd.

Bargain Bags!

The Showbags are back and ‘Bigger and Better’ than ever!!!

With less than two weeks until the Show starts everyone is keen to get the best value of money out of Showbags.

But with the regular lolly bags costing just as much as buying the same product from the supermarket, is it really worth the money anymore?


There are two amazing Showbags which you must be on the lookout for this year.

The first one is the Elle Australia show bag which comes at the price of $25. But, with a return investment of $704.81 (2711.68%) this is definitely something to get. One main reason to buy this bag is it comes with the inclusion of a Studio1000 Photography voucher valued at $495.00.

The second is the extremely popular Womans Weekly Bag which also includes a Studio1000 Photography voucher valued at $495.00. And at a price of $18 with a return investment of 3492.89%, this is definitely something to buy. It also includes a great beauty back for people looking at all different ways to improve and change their appearance.


Do you love cute puppies? Do you want to see hundreds of cute puppies in one place? Can you even contain yourself with the thought of cute puppies? Then this is for you!


The Sydney Royal Easter Show has a daily Baby Puppy Competition where 3 to 6 month old puppies roam around a ring, capturing every heart that sets eyes on them. They are small, adorable, and totally irresistible.


Happening everyday from 3pm – 5pm in the Dog Pavilion, this is a not to be missed show for those of you with a soft spot for these cute and cuddly canines. Each day one lucky doggo will be awarded Best Baby Puppy and on April 2nd the major prize will be announced for the Sydney Royal Dog Show Best Baby Puppy at 2:30pm.


With all the admin out of the way, let’s look at some puppies!


Image: Pardot

Floral Fun: Flower and Garden Pavilion Set to Grow for Another Year

Looking for a quiet place to stop and smell the roses? Then pull up stumps at the Flower and Garden Pavilion this year and take in some of the breathtaking floral arrangements and landscape displays. The displays will be running for the entirety of the show with competitions being held daily 

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Green thumbs who haven’t entered in the competitions this year will have a chance to show off their artistic skills at Ready, Steady, Flowers! In this event audience members will be invited on stage to show off their floral finesse to win a $50 Interflora voucher. Plus, all participants get to keep their arrangements! Dates for this event will be released closer to the event. Make sure to check our website closer to the event for date and times.

Wanting to watch the Leather? 3 Tips to never get caught by Wet Weather:

While the Sydney Royal Easter Show offers a torrent of food and activities for the whole family, we can’t guarantee the weather won’t offer a torrent of its own. We know you and your family will just love the show, but you might not be the biggest fan of when the farm meets inclement weather. Here are a few tips to brave the Royal Easter Show when the weather is a roller coaster of seasons:

  1. Check the Weather Beforehand!:

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Radar Loop offers a real time representation of weather events surrounding the Sydney metropolitan area. If live radar loops aren’t for you, the Bureau offers up to date details hourly. Failing that, just look outside!

  1. Dress to Impress:

There’s no shame in wearying gumboots to the show grounds. They might not be the height of fashion but when it comes to scaling mountains of mud around the agricultural areas, anything less than enclosed waterproof footwear isn’t going to cut it.

  1. Power to the Poncho:

If the rains have set in but your still determined to have a great family afternoon out, remember, there’s always the poncho. Yes its not the biggest fashion statement but it’ll get the job done!

Hot 2 Chop- Your guide to the ’Wimbledon of Woodchopping’ at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

Whether it’s tree felling, juniors, teams, womens, veterans, single, double or under handed the woodchopping competition undoubtedly remains the crowning jewel of regional exhibition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. From opening day March 23rd until gates close on the 3rd of April the Channel 9 Woodchopping Arena will showcase the best of the best in Australian axe swinging and hard yakka saw slashing. Grab the whole family, find a seat in the sunshine and prepare yourself for high octane thrills as the wood chips whirl and the saw dust settles. Come and see if our nation’s Jack and Jills have got what it takes to chop their way to the top of the pile in these World Championship events.

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A Sweet Tooth’s Guide to Success at the Sydney Easter Show

For dessert lovers who are searching for new, wacky and delicious delights to tempt their palate, you can’t go past the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

If you are happy to have your coffee in a cone, your cheesecake on a stick or your donuts injected with Nutella then this is absolutely the place for you!

We wouldn’t miss the deep fried Oreo- it is everything we dreamed of and more. Available from Sweet Treats on the Channel 9 Grand Parade, this dish is a warm, gooey, dreamy delight- an absolute must eat!

You’re welcome taste buds.

The Sydney Royal Easter show runs 23 March to 3 April 2018.

Try a great recipe to make your own by going to the below website.