50-Year Anniversary


The 50th Anniversary celebration of the Swiss Yodlers of Sydney was held over the last weekend in September at Riverview College, Lane Cove.

Over 300 people attended the festivities including former members from as far as Switzerland, guest, sponsors, friends and curious Swiss folklore – loving people.

Yodler groups arrived from Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, together with a choir from Canberra, as well as our closest friends from the Sydney dance group “Alpegruess”.

Together with guests attending hte Oceania Swiss Club Presidents Conference ( hosted by the Swiss Club of NSW) taking place on Saturday, all groups went on a harbour cruise on Friday evening, where there was much camaraderie and a lot of singing whilst taking in the sites of our beautiful harbour City.

Harbour Cruise Friday Night Pictures – click here.

While the Presidents Conference took place on Saturday, other guests went on a city sightseeing tour. At the same time, the Sydney groups were preparing final details for a successful event.

A great well-organised spectacle with the Jubilee Dinner took place that evening with each group performing in a different style and together with the dance group was a huge success. The opening words of the Committee President, Peter Pluess, and our Consul General, Bernadette Hunkeler Brown, reflected in a fantastic way how Swiss traditions abroad are part of our lives. All presentations were highly entertaining and of high standard. The finale of the combined choir was certainly the musical highlight of the night. Over 100 Yodlers cant’t be wrong.

Each club was presented with a trophy and our thanks were extended to Peter Pluess for chairing the organising committee and to Astrid Perry for her role as MC for the evening. Well done! the whole event was truly ‘Swiss at its best’!

Gala Dinner Saturday Night Pictures – click here.                         Gala Dinner Saturday Night VIDEOS – click here.

A farewell BBQ breakfast was held on Saturday morning. The venue was perfect for our guests to mingle, many making promises to meet again, and on Sunday evening, we enjoyed dinner at the Willoughby Hotel together with the New Zealanders, who performed a haka for us. A fitting farewell!

Breakfast Sunday Morning Pictures – click here.


Thank you all again to all helpers, supporters and promoters and see you again when we celebrate our next big birthday.



Swiss National Day Picnic 2018

Swiss National Day Sunday 5 August 2018

The Swiss National Day celebrations were again a huge success this year.Despite the strong winds the day before, the setting up of the market stalls finished just in time.

We wish to thank the Ambassador Mr. Pedro Zwahlen, his wife Mrs Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen, Ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and also the Consul General, Mrs Bernadette Hunkeler Brown and her husband Nigel for attending the event.

The highlight this year was being able to welcome the Small Swiss Military Band together with the combined Australian Army / Navy band, both of which gave rousing performances. Our thanks go to the embassy for organising the bands to attend.


Swiss Yodlers Harbour Cruise 2018

Swiss Yodlers Harbour Cruise 25 February 2018

The Swiss Yodlers look forward to welcoming you on board for an evening of entertainment provided by the Yodlers with traditional Swiss music. With the background of the Sydney harbour, the scene will be set for the most enjoyable time on board the old ferry ‘M.V. Vagabond Star’.


Swiss National Day Picnic, 2017

The sun shone brightly, the wind blew gustily and the crowd came willingly!

What a wonderful day it was and being able to welcome our newly arrived, first female Consul General, Mrs. Bernadette Hunkeler Brown and her husband Nigel to the Yodlers annual Swiss Community, 1 August Celebration.

With a new look band in place, the stage was set for an inclusive celebration with various groups from our local community running stalls and local Swiss market stalls as well.

The day cannot come together without the help of our hard working volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors, who make this day possible.

So until next year,

Alois Kretz






Harbour Cruise 2017

Again this years Harbour Cruise was a great event with some terrific weather.

Our first daytime harbour cruise was held on Sunday, 26 February and proved a great success by all on board.  Guests were entertained by the alphorns and hand orgeli players whilst waiting to embark. The weather defied the forecast and the harbour sparkled, delighting visitors from Germany and Switzerland.  The yodellers did a great balancing act during their performance as the ferry was sailing  over wake from other vessels. We would like to thank the Consul General, Mr. Ernst Steinemann and his partner Mrs.Edit Hueck for their attendance and support over the past few years and wish them every success in their new posting.
Below is a link to some pictures, enjoy!


Swiss Festival, Melbourne

As a group. we were invited to perform at the Melbourne Swiss Festival 2016 at South Bank on Sunday 8 October 2016, together with the alphorn players. We also combined with the Melbourne Matterhorn Yodel Choir to sing Kammerade. A highlight of the entertainment was the performances by the Guggemusik Band from Auckland, NZ. One could say it was hair raising – partly due to the gale forced wind which did not let up the whole day and which caused blackouts throughout the State of Victoria.

Swiss Festival in Melbourne



Swiss National Day Picnic

The highly reviewed and always successful Swiss National Day (organised by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney and The Swiss Folks Dance Group Alpegruess) at Castle Hill Showground was once again a great success with many patriotic visitors braving the cool weather to join in the festivities. The variety of stalls kept everyone busy by offering many Swiss delicacies and products. The BBQ proved to be very popular with bratwurst, cervelats and fleischkäse available. The tombola prize list was fantastic this year and many attendees won great prizes. There were also many attractions for the children, including a huge selection of rides, a petting zoo and bottle fishing.


We would like to acknowledge and say thank you to all our great sponsors  that supported the Picnic.






Harbour Cruise 2016

The annual Harbour Cruise was most enjoyable; the weather and a bigger, better boat provided a perfect ambience for a relaxed and musically rewarding evening. Ruth served up our favourite fare, “Chrigu” from Melbourne entertained us with his “Schwyzerörgeli”, and the Yodlers’ performance was greatly enhanced by the good acoustics aboard the “Vagabond Princess”

Dinner mit Reise Gruppe aus Sarnen

Was für ein Abend! JP und die Gäste waren voll des Lobes. Ich habe einige stimmungsvolle Fotos von JP bekommen. Da wäre ich auch gerne dabei gewesen! Auf diesem Weg ein ganz herzliches Dankeschön für die feine Bewirtung, die tolle Unterhaltung durch die Jodler und den Alphornbläser. Dieser Abend gehört ganz sicher zu den Top-Highlights unserer Reise.

Herr Steinmann, danke, dass Sie dabei waren und Sie uns mit Ihrem Besuch beehrt haben.

Allen Helferinnen und Helfern, einfach allen, ein grosses Dankeschön! Es ist uns bewusst, wie viel Arbeit es gibt, so einen Abend auf die Beine zu stellen.


Liebe Grüsse aus der Heimat

Lisa Wirz-Beckmann

Wirz Travel AG , Bitzighoferstrasse 16, 6061 Sarnen, Switzerland

Swiss Yodlers Dinner with Sarner Reisegruppe 1

Swiss Yodlers Dinner with Sarner Reisegruppe 2







Swiss National Day Picnic

IMG_7988IMG_3677The Swiss National Day Picnic at Castle Hill Showground, organised by the Swiss Yodlers of Sydney and the Swiss Folksdance Group Alpegruess, was once again a great success.

This is the largest gathering of Swiss compatriots and friends in the Southern Hemisphere and again, we looked  forward to welcoming over 1500 patriotic visitors this year.

The variety of stalls kept everyone busy offering many Swiss delicacies and products. The BBQ proved to be very popular with bratwurst, cervelats and fleishkase available. The tombola prize list was massive this year and many lucky visitors won some great prices. The bar was also very busy offering wine, beer, schnapps, coffee and tea. There were also many attractions for the children, including a huge selection of rides, a petting zoo and bottle fishing.