Still haven't organised your Easter long weekend getaway? Whether you're looking for a city break, a relaxing escape or something totally unique, there's a corner of Australia that's close enough for a long weekend - or a week, if you have longer. From Margaret River to Lightning Ridge, there's still plenty of time to book a holiday in time for the Easter Bunny to arrive. So hop to it!
Margaret River, Western Australia
If you’re looking for indulgences that go beyond sickly sweet Easter eggs, Margaret River has the perfect array of flavours to keep you satisfied while all the shops are shut. But first, a trip to the Margaret River Chocolate Company (and the Margaret River Fudge Factory) is a must. Then embark on a flavoursome journey through this famous wine region, from one top-notch winery to the next, with extra stops at the Margaret River Dairy Company and Margaret River Cheese Factory. You’ll have a picnic basket full of wine, fine cheeses, quince and fresh fruit in no time.
If a break from work is all about getting some downtime for you, consider a quick trip to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. It touts the perfect mix of rainforest and sea. Go snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, take a day cruise to one of the nearby islands or simply relax on the beautiful Cairns Esplanade, which touts a fabulous lagoon with lovely sea views. When you’re ready to immerse yourself in a world of green, hire a car to explore the quaint artsy villages, waterfalls and rainforest walking trails – or catch the Kuranda Skyrail through the mountaintops for some of the best views in Queensland.
Uluru, Northern Territory
Did you know April is a great time to visit Uluru and the Red Centre? Sitting smugly between the blaring heat of summer and the freezing nights of winter, at this time of year the temperatures are tolerable and there’s little chance of rain. Four days is the perfect amount of time to explore by 4WD or camel-back, try some local walking trails or cultural tours, and soak up a few stunning desert sunsets. You may even fit in a trip to Alice Springs.
Byron Bay, New South Wales
Love your blues? The Byron Bay Bluesfest brings the best local, national and international acts to the stage over five days in beautiful Byron Bay. Usually a very laidback and chilled slice of the northern NSW coast, this colourful and alternative hub truly comes to life at Easter as the festival crowds arrive in droves. This year the headlining acts include Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows, Blue King Brown, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations, The Black Keys and the Alabama Shakes. Sound like your kind of music? There are still some tickets left but get in quick!
Sydney, New South Wales
For a traditional kind of Easter holiday experience, you can’t look past the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A celebration of Australian culture and the country’s largest annual event, it makes for a great day out or two for every age and interest. There are entertaining performances, show bags, rides, agricultural displays, arts and crafts and all kinds of fun events like wood chopping competitions and mustering shows. While you’re in town, check out all the rest of Sydney’s happening sights, from the iconic Opera House to sizzling Bondi Beach.
Where Else Could You Go?
Gold Coast, QLD... The weather is fabulous all year round at the Gold Coast, so it’s a no-fail Easter holiday getaway that’s full of sunny rays before winter sets in. Relax by the beach, check out all the theme parks and take relaxing day trip into the lush Gold Coast Hinterland.
Canberra, ACT... Make a quick trip to the nation’s capital in perfect time for the National Folk Festival. While the focus is on folk music and arts, there’s still a great line-up of blues, roots, acoustic, world, Celtic and gypsy styles on show.
Lightning Ridge, NSW... If you like the sound of opals, bull riding and outback scenery, don’t miss the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival. The rodeo is the main event, but there’s also tonnes of street stalls and novelty races, music and entertainment.
Donnybrook, WA... Swap the chocolate for apples at the Donnybrook Apple Festival, from 4 to 5 April. There’ll be plenty of fine food and wine tastings, sideshows, stalls, entertainment and, of course, fruit industry displays.
Melbourne, VIC... There’s no shortage of things to do in Melbourne – and this year the Brunswick Music Festivals falls over the Easter weekend, which has a fabulous lineup of acts spanning blues, folk and roots music.
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