I want something sweet for Easter.
Easter is rolling around fast. If you were thinking of getting away with the family or on a romantic long weekend escape, but haven’t got any further than that, here is a roundup of eight close to home destinations you can still get an excellent deal on.
Gold Coast, Queensland
The Gold Coast has come leaps and bounds from its reputation as the party capital of Australia. Today, with properties like the designer QT Gold Coast and Surf Regency, visitors can indulge in a sophisticated stay, surrounded by quirky design, and focusing on unique food experiences and a dose of culture all rolled into a beach holiday.
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney is a destination that never rests on its laurels. Over the Easter weekend, you can check out impressive artworks in the annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition at the Gallery of NSW, or catch the anticipated Faster ballet, inspired by the Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, at the Sydney Opera House. Kids both big and little will love Taronga Zoo, or a ride on the Manly Ferry, and of course foodies will find no end of the hottest new cafes and bars to pull a chair up at.
Fraser Island, Queensland
The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island is the ultimate outdoor and adventure lovers’ destination. If four-wheel-driving, fishing, dune surfing, swimming and wildlife spotting are amongst your hobbies, book a hot escape to the Kingfisher Bay Resort. The perfect way to get immersed in nature, take advantage of the resort’s 4-wheel-drive Eco tours, or bring your own 4x4 vehicle and explore yourself. Warning: You may not want to get back on the Ferry back to mainland.
A long weekend in Melbourne over Easter could just as easily revolve around the city or Melbourne’s alluring surrounds. The Bells Beach Ripcurl Pro is on for those looking to learn some tips from the pros, the Melbourne coffee and cafe scene is always a delicious idea, and retail therapy is never a difficult task in Melbourne.
Fitzroy Island, Queensland
If it’s a flop and drop holiday you seek, Fitzroy Island is the place to be. A 45 minute boat ride from Cairns, Fitzroy Island has just one luxury 4.5 star resort, plus a whole lot of tropical wilderness and reef to enjoy. Head off on one of the rainforest walking trails, kayak or stand up paddle board around the island, or simply make the most of the pool, swim up bar and movie screenings.
Margaret River, Western Australia
Hit the road south from Perth for a weekend of wining and dining on one of Western Australia’s most beautiful coastlines. Nestled on the white sands of Bunker Bay, the five-star Pullman Bunker Bay Resort offers accommodation in architecturally designed bungalow style villas, in an absolute beachfront location. From here, why not hop between the wineries, breweries and boutiques the region is best known for, or head to the beach, where renowned surf breaks provide hours of entertainment, both in and out of the water.
Daydream Island, Queensland
Are you looking for something a little more romantic this Easter? Why not take the family to Daydream Island for a mini Barrier Reef getaway. The gem in the crown that is the Whitsundays, Daydream Island Resort is luxury at its best, with the reef literally on your doorstep. Guests can snorkel straight off the beach on the fringing reef, explore the free form Living Reef that courses through the resort itself – one of the largest outdoor aquariums in the world, and choose from any of the resort’s eight food and drink outlets. If lazing by the pool isn’t your style, there is always a land or water based activity to get you up and going too.
Port Douglas, Queensland
Cairns’ more sophisticated older sibling, Port Douglas offers the best of luxury escape and Tropical North Queensland adventure. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, you can explore the magical world under water, or head into the rainforest in search of a mighty saltwater crocodile on a river cruise. Then at the end of the day, kick back in an oasis of luxury at the Mirage Port Douglas.
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