Around the Grounds – Sydney Showground
All facilities at Sydney Showground have been designed to ensure the best possible accessibility for all patrons.
As part of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority the Sydney Showground have adopted the SOPA Access Guidelines (https://www.sopa.nsw.gov.au/About-Us/Accessibility-and-Inclusion) that refer to all building works and infrastructure within the Park, including for temporary events.
All temporary structures at Sydney Showground are also compliant with Federal Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the NSW Anti- Discrimination Act (ADA), and the relevant Australian Standards including National Construction Code Series (NCC) and AS 1428 Design for Access and Mobility. This ensures that inclusions such as compliant ramps, height of serving counters and full accessibility to the space is across the whole site.
QUIETER DAYS AND QUIETER AREAS
The Show is a fun place to be with a hive of activity, however we understand that some families supporting people with a disability, may have to plan their day more carefully to ensure there are some quiet time and space to relax.
The busier days of the Show are over the Easter long weekend (Good Friday 19th April to Easter Monday 22nd April) and with the high volume of people, the noise onsite increases. We understand that some people with physical disabilities requiring a wheel chair, or people suffering invisible disabilities such as autism may find the environment more challenging.
We encourage Carers to bring their own noise cancellation headphones, ear plugs or devises to help people who are unable to cope with the noise generated at busy places and amusement rides. The RAS also provides, noise cancellation ear plugs available from the Customer Service Centre on Showground Road if you forget to bring your own.
Whilst everyone is welcome every day of the Show, if you prefer less people, the quieter days of the Show are likely to be:
- Friday 12th April
- Monday 15th April
- Tuesday 16th April
- Wednesday 17th April
Plan Your Day
Every day of the Show we produce a Daily Highlights schedule which you can use to either make your way to see that event, or use this as a guide to avoid that area! The website has an ‘Explore & Plan’ tab to help you produce a schedule of places you want to visit during the Show.
- The Showbag Hall is a Show tradition and it quieter in the mornings.
- The Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is quieter in the afternoon and evening, unless its 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. The Horse Pavilions at the back of the Showground (Falkner and Grace Pavilions) are also perfect for a relaxing quiet stroll.
All parking stations in Sydney Olympic Park are managed by SOPA. 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. Recommendation is to park in P1 with more information found here: https://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/parking/
Drop Off and Pick Up Zones
Patrons can also be dropped off on Dawn Fraser Avenue – from Olympic Bvd to Edwin Flack Ave, where it is a short distance to the main entry of the Sydney Royal Easter Show (located on Olympic Bvd). Please note there is no parking or waiting available at these locations.
Group transport for people with accessible needs may use the street parking in Dawn Fraser Ave (subject to availability).
With plenty of extra trains and Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses running regularly throughout the Show it’s easy to get there and back by public transport. ShowLink tickets include entry to the Show as well as your travel to and from Sydney Olympic Park on all public transport services.
Details on extra services and transport options will be available on transportnsw.info. Please note: not all special event (or TNSW) bus services have accessible ability – please the timetable before departing. Mobility scooter, stroller and wheelchair hire Strollers, wheelchairs and motorised scooters will be available for hire from.
Event Scooter Hire.
Click here to book or call Event Scooter Hire on 0428 694 335.
Toilets with greater accessibility are located around the grounds – they are within all permanent structures and additional portable options are also available. The find key locations of some of these toilets please view the Show Map.
Wheelchair bays and accessible seating
Within all permanent and temporary stadiums there are allocated wheelchair bays or accessible seating areas. This includes Spotless Stadium, Charles Moses Stadium and The Amphitheatre. All stadiums and buildings are also accessible by ramps or elevators (e.g The Stables and Spotless Stadium) to each level.
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.
Companion Cards (PWD)
ShowLink PWD tickets can be purchased by calling the Show Call Centre on 02 9704 1000 or purchased from the Show entry gates on arrival. A valid Companion Card will be required to purchase a PWD ticket. For more information regarding the NSW Companion Card, visit the NSW Companion Card website or call 1800 893 044.