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5 Easter long weekend ideas

19th March 2012

Looking to go away for the Easter long weekend? Take inspiration from our five favourite local getaways and book your Easter holiday today before it’s too late.  Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic trip for two or a holiday for the family, there’s a destination ideal for you. We’re sure the Easter Bunny won’t mind hopping to the Whitsundays or Hobart to find you.

Though summer may be winding down for most of the country, it hasn’t wavered one little bit in tropical north Queensland, which is why the Whitsundays is the perfect destination for a long weekend away from it all. Leave work at 5 and within a few hours you could be enjoying a poolside cocktail at Airlie Beach. Soaked in sun and boasting the world’s largest coral reef, the Whitsundays offers a wealth of holiday options. Even if it’s just for a few days you can pack in a range of activities including sea plane rides, jet boating, swimming, golfing, cruising and of course snorkelling.

Gold Coast Enjoy the sun and surf on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast
An oldie but a goodie, the Gold Coast is a family favourite during the Easter break. Though the coastline stretches for 57 kilometres, most tourists tend to flock to Surfers Paradise thanks to its sparkling beach and popular strip of restaurants and shops. This central location is ideal for interstate tourists as accommodation is plentiful and family attractions such as Sea World and Dreamworld can be easily accessed. Whether you’re looking for lavish resort accommodation or great value for money, the Gold Coast is a perfect long weekend holiday option. Just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap!

If you’d prefer windy days filled with shopping, coffee and culture, then consider a getaway to Melbourne. A planned city, Melbourne is a tourist’s dream as accommodation is centrally located and getting around is easy. Catch the tram to the eclectic St Kilda, explore the city’s alleyways in search of hidden bars and boutiques, browse the fantastic galleries and museums or wander over to Lygon St in Carlton and iindulge in the local pizza and espresso. With so much to taste and so little time, you might want to put a ‘do not disturb’ sign out for the Easter Bunny and stick to the city’s gourmet sweets instead.

Hobart Hobart Harbour with Mount Wellington background.

Need some peace and quiet to yourself? A glass of wine and some picturesque scenery to look out on? Hobart is your answer. Hobart may be known as a sleepy town, but it’s far from boring. Even with a long weekend you’ll be lucky to fit it all in. As Australia’s second oldest capital city, Hobart’s history will keep you captivated. Wander the historic Battery Point and Salamanca Place or browse the markets on Saturday and taste the delicious local produce. Speaking of, Hobart is also a foodie’s heaven so you won’t want to miss the Cascade Brewery tour and, in the spirit of Easter, the Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy couple’s retreat or a family holiday for the little ones, Adelaide can accommodate. As the capital of the Garden State, Adelaide boasts magnificent scenery, a burgeoning café scene and surrounding wine regions such as the Adelaide Hills and famous Barossa Valley. Enjoy wine tasting amongst romantic hinterland during the day and a festive atmosphere in the city at night. For family holidays, be sure to visit the historic beachside city of Glenelg for a swim as well as the German settlement of Hahndorf which has a range of playgrounds, a chocolate factory and a strawberry farm where you can even pick your own strawberries.

Contact your local Escape Travel consultant to book any of these great escapes or more.