The four-day Easter break is only weeks away. Here are some great ideas to help you get your holiday plans on track.
Get cosy in the country
As the weather cools, it’s a great time to get out into the country. Embrace the Danish spirit of hygge and seek out roaring fires, cosy country pubs, natural hot springs and misty mountain walks. Visit a winery, brewery or distillery, regional museum or art gallery, and stock up on local produce at a farmers’ market or farmgate stall. Cycle trails are the perfect way to get out and explore – you’re sure to find the stunning Insta-worthy view you’ve been seeking.
Bendigo’s Gold Rush history is writ large across the city with its grand old buildings and impressive parks and streetscapes. But it’s also home to a happening art gallery, great local chefs and boutique accommodation. Don’t miss the Bendigo Easter Festival, when the city comes to life with a lively Dragon Awakening and live entertainment.—bendigoeasterfestival.org.au
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
The spectacular Blue Mountains World Heritage area offers hidden treasures, from charming mountain villages to luxury accommodation with a view. Check out the thriving coffee culture, take in the spectacular scenery and indulge in a little spa therapy and fine food.— visitbluemountains.com.au
Napier, New Zealand
A short flight from Auckland, Napier is located on the stunning Hawke’s Bay in one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine regions. Enjoy this charming art deco-style town, then head into wine country for a tasting or two.— www.hawkesbaynz.com
A long weekend is the perfect length of time to explore a new city. Base yourself in the heart of things and you’ll have the cream of the city’s restaurants, theatres, sports stadiums and shopping on your doorstep.
Sydney, New South Wales
Base yourself in this beautiful harbour city and explore, starting at Circular Quay (where you might decide to jump on a ferry) and the Opera House all the way to Barangaroo, Chinatown, Darling Harbour and the city’s harbourside parks and gardens. Then venture further afield to happening Chippendale or the deservedly famous Bondi Beach.— sydney.com
Wellington, New Zealand
Known for its coffee culture, great chefs, film community and all-round creativity, Wellington turns on the charm no matter what the weather (there’s a reason it’s called ‘Windy Welly’). Don’t miss the Te Papa museum or the cable car to the lookout above the city for stunning views.— wellingtonnz.com
Base yourself at a city hotel - Oaks on Collins offers studio apartments with views over Collins Street – and make sure you arrive hungry. Melbourne’s enviable food culture will leave you spoiled for choice. Check out the laneways and shopping centres, take in a football game and visit the National Gallery of Victoria in between checking out the bars and restaurants.— minorhotels.com/en/oaks/oaks-on-collins
Warm water, blue skies, white sand; there’s nothing more relaxing than a getaway to a beautiful beach. Pack your swimming costume and sunnies and prepare to soak up the sun.
Book into Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach and you’ll be in the best position to spend the long weekend exploring the famous Whitsundays. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel!— coralsearesort.com
Byron Bay, New South Wales
It’s the beach with a side order of healthy food, laidback surf culture and coastal style. Check into the luxurious Elements of Byron Bay and start the day with yoga on the beach.— elementsofbyron.com.au
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
A short ferry ride from Fremantle is a pretty island paradise that’s home to cute quokkas and beautiful beaches. Explore the island’s cycle trails (the island’s car-free) or Wadjemup Bidi – a series of walking paths – and discover why it’s Perth’s favourite weekend getaway.— rottnestisland.com
Gold Coast, Queensland
Paradise Resort Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise is right in the heart of the city and has a waterpark, ice-rink and kids club all under one roof, which means that parents can get a break too. The beach is a short walk away if you need some sand between your toes.— paradiseresort.com.au