Where To Go & What's Open On Good Friday 2021

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Marking the start of the Easter long weekend, families are often keen to get out and about on Good Friday. Here's our guide to what's open in Sydney on Good Friday 2021, including what to do and where to go with kids.

What to Do and Where to Go on Good Friday

1. Royal Easter Show and Sydney Family Show

Sydney Family Show
All the fun of the fair awaits on Good Friday at these iconic Easter shows in Sydney!

The Sydney Family Show at Moore Park and the Sydney Royal Easter Show are two of our top picks for Good Friday. While everywhere else in Sydney may seem a bit dull, these two epic Easter events definitely don’t slow down! There is petting zoos, carnival rides, carnival-style food, showbags, entertainment, music and more – guaranteeing you the best Good Friday around!

2. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Good Friday
Did someone say free pancake station? Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the place to be this Good Friday!

The stunning Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is not only a memorable place for kids and families to spend the Easter long weekend, but it's a darn good way to spend Good Friday, too! There will be a Pancake Parlour from 10 am with FREE pancakes for the kiddies, plus visits from the Easter Bunny from 11 am - 2 pm and DJs from 4 pm onwards. Sounds like a pretty great line up to us!

3. Watch a Movie

Family at the movies
Kick back and relax with our best Easter movie recommendations!

Spend your Good Friday in the comfort of plush seats with boxes of salty popcorn and the best part… entertained children! If you're keen to make Good Friday a super quiet one, check out our list of epic family Easter movies to lose yourself in over the long weekend!

4. Chinatown

Because dumplings are always a good idea! 

Chinatown will still be hustling and bustling this Good Friday. Take the kids to the ever-exciting yum cha experience, and have an indulgent day of dumplings and san choy bau. We recommend Marigold for an authentic and delicious Chinese feast.

5. Sydney Fish Market

Make your Good Friday delicious with a trip to the Sydney Fish Market! This is their BIGGEST day of the year and will be open from 5 am to 5 pm. With Sydney’s recent abundance of rain, fresh seasonal fish will be plentiful, in particular: Tiger Flatheads, Octopus, Sea Mullet, Yellowtail Kingfish and Ocean Jacket!

6. Visit Some Creatures

Taronga Zoo
What better way to spend Good Friday than hanging out with some of the locals? 

Make the most of all the amazing attractions Sydney has to offer by visiting one this Good Friday! Are sea creatures your thing? Check out SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium at the stunning Darling Harbour for some all-Aussie marine life or WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for some Australian faves—and you might even get to meet PJ Masks while you're at it! Taronga Zoo is always a winner too, of course, with beautiful city views and a great range of animals. \

7.  Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY at Sydney Tower Eye

 Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY at Sydney Tower Eye
Open on Good Friday, little LEGO® fans will love this super-cool exhibition!

LEGO® lovers—listen up! The large-scale LEGO® experience Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® City is coming to Sydney Tower Eye this March as part of the Tower’s 40th-anniversary celebrations! The experience explores the life and architecture of five of the world’s greatest cities; Dubai, London, New York, Tokyo and, of course, Sydney! The focal point is a replica of the Sydney Tower made from over 30,000 LEGO® pieces. For kids, there is a kid play area where they can get creative and build their own LEGO® models!

7. Catch a Ferry Ride

Rug up and use this exciting mode of transport to travel somewhere like Taronga Zoo or Manly. It doesn't matter where really, because this is ideal for little boat-lovers. Check out the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and maybe dine at one of the gorgeous restaurants along Darling Harbour for an adventurous day that celebrates the very best of our city. Just check the ferry timetable for any holiday changes.

8. Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens
Meet some of Australia’s largest animatronic bugs, dinosaurs, and dragons at Mega Creatures in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

If you fancy a trip slightly further afield, Hunter Valley Gardens is showcasing its epic Mega Creatures exhibition, and if you visit on Good Friday (or any time throughout the Easter long weekend!), you can expect free chocolate and to bump into the Easter Bunny!

What's Closed on Good Friday?

Closed on Good Friday
If you want a drop or two of the good stuff on Good Friday, take note!

First and foremost: alcohol! For those who want to really relax on the weekend, you'd better stock up! Takeaway sales are banned in NSW, with pubs and hotels only permitted to open until 10 pm. Small bars are not allowed to open at all, but there will still be a few places around to grab a drink, including The Winery, The Glenmore, Brew Pub Manly, Newtown Hotel, Archie Rose Distilling Co in Rosebery and the Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills.

It's not the best day for shopping because the following centres will be closed for trading: QVB, Westfield Pitt Street, Westfield Bondi Junction, Broadway Shopping Centre, Supa Centre Moore Park, Westfield Warringah Mall, Chatswood Chase and the Macquarie Centre. Remember to stock up on Good Friday goodies too, because the biggies like Coles, Woolworths, ALDI, Liquorland and Dan Murphy's will be closed. We do hear that Maloney's Grocer in Coogee, Surry Hills and Woollahra will be open for any emergencies!

More Easter Fun 

How To Celebrate Easter At Home With Kids
How To Be The Best Easter Bunny Ever!
Top Easter Egg Hunts for Kids In Sydney 2021

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Apr 18 2019

Stockade Barrel Room at 25 Cadogan st Marrickville is also open. Craft beer, burgers and chocolate eggs for the little ones


Mar 30 2018

Wet and Wild Sydney is open with good discounts on vuchers sites, like Groupon