Make the most of your Easter long weekend with an escape that won’t break the bank. Australia is filled with a wide range of terrains and natural attractions, so you don’t have to go far to experience something completely different. Whether you are travelling alone, with friends or are wanting to set out on a fun-filled family break, make your Easter special with some time away exploring your own backyard.
Check out some the best Easter getaways near you and start planning your own autumn adventure!
Newcastle, New South Wales
Spend your Easter on the sun-drenched shores of Newcastle. Newcastle is a cosmopolitan city with a string of art galleries, craft breweries, local markets and cool waterfront cafes to explore. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, there’s plenty of opportunity for sun, sea and sand, just a couple of hours’ drive from Sydney.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
For a countryside retreat, take a trip to the Hunter Valley. Australia’s oldest wine region, the area is known for its sprawling vineyards and abundance of cellar doors and wineries. Whisk your partner off to a luxurious spa day, treasure a romantic stroll through picturesque gardens or go on a horseback adventure through the area’s lush hinterlands.
Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Head to Jervis Bay to see some of the most stunning, untouched parts of New South Wales. World-renowned for its pure white sands, Jervis Bay is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or an extended Easter trip with the family. Just a few hours’ drive from Sydney, take the coastal route to enjoy some amazing views on your way.
Phillip Island, Victoria
Phillip Island is the perfect Easter break for animal lovers. Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the island is famous for its little penguins and beautiful nature parks. Relax on the beach, look out for the local seals on Seal Rocks, and be sure to watch the penguin parade at sunset.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect seaside getaway from the city. Relax on the beach or spend a day unwinding in gorgeous surrounds at Peninsula Hot Springs, a natural hot mineral water spring. Sip local specialty wines, wander through vibrant farmers markets and indulge in the region’s sumptuous, handcrafted cheeses and vintage-style chocolate shops.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
A one hour drive from Melbourne will take you into the heart of the Yarra Valley, famous for its exceptional cellar doors and vineyards. Enjoy lush hinterland views as you pick up delicious gourmet treats and local produce, or admire the mix of artworks at local art studios and galleries. Spend a romantic evening having dinner for two overlooking the vineyards for a truly unforgettable night.
Batemans Bay, New South Wales
Batemans Bay is a beautiful coastal town around a two hour drive from Canberra. Spend your day out on the water surfing, fishing or sailing, before going into town to enjoy fresh local seafood delicacies. Sample the finest, freshly-shucked oysters from the region’s three oyster farms and be dazzled by the stunning bush and cycling trails.
Thredbo, New South Wales
High in the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo is Australia’s premier skiing destination. While ski season may not be in full swing at Easter, there are still plenty of great activities to keep the whole family entertained, such as hikes, bike rides and a great lineup of special events. Indulge at one of the area’s gourmet restaurants before spending your evenings drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire – all just a two and a half hour drive from Canberra.
Armadale, Western Australia
Travelling just 40 minutes by car from Perth takes you to a quaint town filled with blossoming trees and exotic flora. Take the family on one of Armadale’s picturesque walking trails and discover the beauty of nearby Araluen Botanic Park. See historic landmarks, such as the Serpentine Monastery or take in more contemporary works at the Waterway Gallery & Tearooms.
Fremantle, Western Australia
Filled with delicious food, cool craft beers, kitsch cafes and quirky boutiques, Fremantle is a great place to escape to this Easter weekend. Take a drive 35 minutes south of Perth and discover an exciting music, arts and culture scene set against a 19th century cityscape. Visitors with an interest in history should also take the chance to visit the infamous Fremantle Prison.
Noosa Heads, Queensland
Located on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads is famous for its stunning beaches, relaxed markets and surfing heritage. Just under two hours north from Brisbane by car, Noosa Heads is filled with natural beauty. Surrounded by beach, river, hinterland and national park nature lovers will be spoilt for choice.
A little further afield, the historic town of Bundaberg is a great location for an Easter getaway. Clocking in at just over a four hour drive by car, the lively bars and restaurants, cultural landmarks and stunning beaches around the town make up for the longer trip. Head to Mon Repos Conservation Park to help baby turtle hatchlings find their way to sea and discover the amazing beauty to be found along the long stretches of coastline.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Head to Kangaroo Island to get up close and personal with penguins, kookaburras and kangaroos. Home to a huge variety of native wildlife over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves. Visit the Remarkable Rocks and marvel at the 500 million year old rock formations and amazing scenery within Flinders Chase National Park.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Spend your Easter weekend nestled in a cosy bed and breakfast taking in the stunning sights of the Adelaide Hills. Famed for its sprawling vineyards, spend time sampling sumptuous local wines and delectable gourmet food. For perfect panoramic views, walk up to the summit of Mount Lofty at sunset.
Berry Springs, Northern Territory
Situated around a 40 minute drive south of Darwin, Berry Springs is a beautiful, rural area perfect for getting away from it all. Sparsely populated and filled with natural splendour, head to Berry Springs Nature Park to discover crystal clear spring waters and bushland. April is a great to visit too, as many of the native plants within the park are in bloom.
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Stargaze late into the night on a camping adventure in Litchfield National Park. Discover cascading waterfalls, dramatic rock formations and stunning vistas. Just an hour and a half drive south of Darwin, the rugged sandstone surrounds and vast desert plains will make you feel like you are millions of miles away.
A traditional Tasmanian beach holiday destination, Swansea is home to gorgeous beaches and wild greenery. Relax on the secluded beaches and revel in amazing views of the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula. There are a number of landmarks and heritage walks for history buffs as well as the famous Spiky Bridge, just under two hours’ drive away from Hobart.
Coles Bay, Tasmania
Located a two and a half hour drive north of Hobart, Coles Bay is a stunning seaside village overlooking the clear waters of Oyster Bay. The town is a great base for exploring Freycinet National Park and the beautiful Wineglass Bay. Spend your days swimming, hiking, boating or fishing and camp under the stars to get the full nature experience.