22 Mar 2016
Easter is everyone’s favorite excuse to eat chocolate and be merry, yet there’s plenty more fun to be had. If you’re in need of an Easter break, follow our ultimate guide to a great long weekend.
E is for EAT
Easter Bunny, Easter Schmunny. While there’s no doubt the furry one has long been part of Easter tradition, perhaps it’s worth exhibiting some Aussieness this holiday period by embracing our native bilby, a delightful little marsupial that is seriously endangered.
Support the cause by purchasing its deliciously edible self from one of Australia’s renowned chocolatiers, or if you’re a non-chocolate aficionado, check out your local organic farmer’s market and stock the fridge with some waistband-friendly delights instead.
A is for ATMOSPHERE
Heaps of activities are happening Australia-wide over the Easter break, so there’s no excuse for couch potato-ing (unless you really want to). If you’re into medieval magic, catch the Symbols and Splendour exhibition at the Queensland Museum, or a childhood classic and take a Build your city LEGO workshop at the Museum of Brisbane.
If you’re venturing interstate over the break, Sydney will be launching its Royal Easter Show on 17 March, Canberra hosting the National Folk Festival and Melbourne will be laughing it up with the 30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 23 March. If you’re headed west, why not sip on a cheeky cocktail at one of Perth’s best bars or explore one of Adelaide’s top live music venues.
S is for SUN
With the onset of cooler weather, this can be one of the most beautiful times of the year to be out and about, especially in the Sunshine State with the 68th annual Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race kicking off on the 25th March.
T is for TUNES
For the Easter break traditionalists, catch the ever-popular Bluesfest in idyllic Byron Bay. You will be astounded by the showcased collection of world-class contemporary blues and roots artists. If you’re in Brisbane, embrace a smaller crowd with a gig at one of your local venues.
E is for ENTERTAINMENT
Whether it’s enjoying the Australian Street Entertainment Championships on Queensland’s glittering Gold Coast, wearing your most impressive fascinator to Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival or cheering on your favourite code at one of the many sporting events happening around the nation, an (extra) long weekend means you’ll have ample time to put your happy face on.
R is for RELAXATION
Embrace your inner namaste-ness with a backyard yoga session, pamper yourself with an at-home facial, head to the local recreation area for a gourmet picnic or curl up on a comfy couch with a good read. Some of us just need to recharge the batteries on our time off. No guilt trip needed.
So whether you’re embracing religious or cultural traditions, giving your ears a lyrical treat, sampling some new cuisine, or winding down after a busy week; enjoy!