Where To Head Over The Easter Long-Weekend All Around Australia!

Where To Head Over The Easter Long-Weekend All Around Australia!

Hello, annual leave.

By Sophie Venz | 9th April 2019

The year is quickly creeping by and summer is rapidly coming to an end. But just because colder evenings are on the horizon, doesn’t mean our holidays have to stop! With the Easter long-weekend fast approaching, we’ve found the best places to zip away for a few days all around Australia.

LAUNCESTON | TASMANIA

 

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Tasmania’s second major city is the elegant Launceston, known as the vibrant hub for food, wine, arts and culture. As one of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved cityscapes in the whole country.

A long-weekend with Launceston leaves you with plenty of choices for activities, dining, and accommodation. With its Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks, you can lose a whole day simply wandering around the streets of this scenic city with its country charm!

While you may spend your days indulging in the food and wine hubs, be sure to not miss a visit to Cataract Gorge: the unique natural formation that sits a brief 15-minute walk away from the Launceston’s centre, known as the slice of wilderness right in the city.

ULURU | NORTHERN TERRITORY

 

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All thanks to Jetstar, we can now get to Uluru in under three hours – making this iconic site the perfect destination for your Easter escape. Since Uluru itself is a world heritage site, coupled with Easter being flanked with school holidays, you can be certain that there will be plenty of tourists flocking about. But, for a view of the 348m sandstone rock formation that appears in the middle of our country, crowds are a small price to pay.

While there are plenty of packages, tours, and accommodation choices on offer at the sacred site, the must-do is to see Uluru at both sunrise and sunset. When the sun light strikes the formation at different times throughout the day, the changing of colour to a glowing red is a wonder all in itself!

Plus, this year will be the last year that tourists are allowed to climb Uluru, so book your flight now for that bucket-list experience!

PORT DOUGLAS | QUEENSLAND

 

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The Great Barrier Reef is a must-see, well-known wonder of the world. But when it stretches over 2,300km and consists of 900 islands, where do you begin? There’s plenty of choices to base yourself over the long-weekend, such as Cairns, Airlie Beach, or 1770. Our pick, however, for best base this year is Port Douglas – where the rainforest meets the reef.

A quick and easy one-hour drive from Cairns Airport, Port Douglas is the perfect choice for a brief weekend away. If that isn’t enough to convince you, this spot is also the only place where two world heritage sites adjoin one another – and that’s certainly not something to miss!

So whether you want to relax on the family-friendly Four Mile Beach, explore the Daintree Rainforest or snorkel with the turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas has you sorted.

BAROSSA VALLEY | ADELAIDE

 

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Only a 50-minute drive northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is an internationally-acclaimed wine region. Founded on passion, pride, and South Australian spirit, the Barossa Valley is the boozy-yet-bougee weekend break you need in your life this Easter.

With over 80 cellar doors, you’ll be able to taste some of the most awarded wines in the world while simultaneously divulging in the local produce. The winemakers are always around to share a story and introduce you to their enthusiastic staff, or you can spend your day mingling with the locals.

But wine isn’t the only winning factor for the Barossa Valley; if you feel like a day-off the booze, you can explore the lush gardens, national parks, or biking and hiking trails – or leave the walking shoes at home and take a scenic helicopter ride over the region itself!

MARGARET RIVER | PERTH

 

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Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital city, and home to the small-town gem of the Margaret River. It’s so small, in fact, that tourists usually outnumber the locals all year round!

This little gem is popular for a reason, with its country charm, bustling wineries, and beautiful coastal views. Spend your Easter long-weekend shopping for produce at the local farmers markets held every weekend, and then head to Surfers Point for a picnic on the grass before watching a stunning WA sunset over the Indian Ocean.

If you’re looking for a bit more adventure during your getaway, make sure you head to the easily accessible Mammoth Cave. This natural time capsule is a self-guided cave where you can wander through at your own pace while listening to an informative audio tour!

MORNINGTON PENINSULA | VICTORIA

 

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The Mornington Peninsula sits south-east of Melbourne and is one of Victoria’s premier holiday destinations, attracting millions of visitors the whole year round. Owed to the regions compact size and diverse array of activities, there’s plenty of options to fill up your days over this upcoming Easter break.

Known as the spot that oozes a combo of European coastal living with traditional Aussie charm, the Peninsula plays host to plenty of seaside villages and beaches for the optimal coastal-escape.

If you’re seeking the hinterland this Easter, Mornington Peninsula can offer that too: with gourmet delights and boutique wineries nestled in the native bushland. Make sure you also take a trip to the nearby natural hot springs for relaxation and rejuvenation on your getaway!

BYRON BAY | NEW SOUTH WALES

 

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Want to relax this Easter long weekend with the sound of good music and the beach nearby? Luckily, Byron Bay can offer just that!

Celebrating its 30th birthday is Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia’s premier contemporary blues and roots music festival. The event is renowned for being a fun, safe, and family-friendly weekend, so grab the whole crew and head down south!

Hosted on the 120-hectare Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, the five-day festival has camping for up to 6,000 people. If you’d prefer to stay in town, Byron Bay has plenty of accommodation and transport options to make this festival experience one to never forget. With headliners such as Jack Johnson, Hozier and Tash Sultana, (plus the beach nearby for that post-festival recovery), you’d be crazy to miss out!

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Article by Sophie Venz

Soph is a Gold Coast girl born-and-bred, who thinks there’s always a reason to celebrate… or is just always looking for an excuse to drink champagne. If she’s not lost in a daydream or the latest bestseller crime novel, Soph is planning her next overseas adventure. She believes tea is the cure to everything and that cheese is a suitable meal replacement, and will never go a day without consuming a copious amount of them both.