19 Apr 2014

Royal visit to Easter Show & the beach

9:15 am on 19 April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their third day in Sydney with a trip to the Royal Easter Show, a stroll on Manly beach and a visit to a children's hospice on Friday.

The Duchess of Cambridge on the beach at Manly.

The Duchess of Cambridge on the beach at Manly. Photo: AFP

Huge crowds cheered and applauded Prince William and Catherine when they arrived on the beach.

The couple were met by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as they walked on the sand to meet members of the NSW Surf Life Saving Club.

The pair watched a range of demonstrations by life savers.

Earlier Prince William and Catherine were at Homebush for the Royal Easter Show. Kate wore a white dress created by Australian designers Nicky and Simone Zimmermann.

The ABC reports they were shown through a new pavilion designed to showcase arts and craft exhibitions, and spoke to prize-winning exhibitors from the popular fruit and vegetable displays.

The Prince was even given a few tips on sheep shearing.

Then they visited Bear Cottage, a children's hospice established in 2001, in Manly.

In a prepared speech, Catherine praised the work she and her husband saw there.

"It really is wonderful to be here. First class delivery of children's palliative care is life-changing," she said.

"When families are confronted with the shattering news that their children have a life-limiting condition, their world can fall apart.

"It is at those times that professional support is imperative."

The couple are visiting Amberley Airforce Base in Brisbane on Saturday.