Sheep being towed into line in the Bonnie Yard dog demonstration
The adorable animals is what makes the Sydney Royal Easter Show unique. This is where the bush meets the city, and a rather educational and enjoyable day is on show (sorry, terrible pun) for families. All you need to do once you have left the Kids Carnival, is to follow the white footprints in a blue background (Harry the dog's blue paw print trail) to various animal displays. Just ensure that your child is in the mood to see the animals, and ensure they are well fed in order for them to sustain their energy for this mammoth walking experience.
A chance to pat the sheep, provided you sanitise your hands before walking in. Also the little ones will be given a Junior Farm Hands activity book to fill out along the way. This activity book is designed for pre-school and primary school aged kids. Watch a number of sheep shearing displays at the Sheep and Wool pavilion. This session is run at various times throughout the Easter show each and every year. It is a matter of pot luck in nabbing a suitable seat, otherwise you might need to stand.
A talk on sheep as part of the animal walk
In the milking barn area, see cows being milked first hand. It was great to learn what a cow needs to eat in order to stay healthy, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed hand milking one of the cows. You can plan ahead in terms of timing for this one.
Yes you can pet me
An abundance of kids always love patting the chooks. Then again it is rare to be able to pet a bird in the first place. A great way to watch the chooks being lathered, fluffed and preened. The animal walk experience also enabled families and all show attendees the opportunity to pat pigs as well as watch dogs and cats being judged.
Rabbits being judged
The animal walk also features a Bonnie Yard dog demonstration. Watch a hard working dog at work in taming a herd of sheep, and also watch farmers use their tools in bringing dairy food from the bush into the city for us. This helps the kids of Sydney be more grateful for their milk, cheese and yoghurt that lands in their school lunch boxes to name. Follow the paw prints and you won't miss a thing.
Inside the dog pavilion as part of the animal walk