April already! It’s hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way through the year. The Easter long weekend is strategically positioned in the year. By this point, many of us are hankering for a well-deserved break. The long weekend certainly creeps up on a lot of us and you might be wondering how best to spend the four days. The last thing you need to do is stress about how to relax! So, we’ve put together a few ideas for how you could spend the long weekend.
01. Explore a local Easter Fair or Market:
Australians love a goof farmer’s market and food stall! Easter time sees an exponential increase in markets and fairs all around the country. Many Easter carnivals will also host an egg hunt! Brisbane’s Sandstone Point Hotel hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza with 6000 eggs hidden. You could also check out the Easter Carnival in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. Sydney takes its egg hunt to the next level; the Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures Easter Hunt has 25000 eggs hidden! If you’re lucky, you might just spot the Easter Bunny hopping through the South Melbourne Markets too. Those are just a few honourable mentions, a quick google search will reveal many more local fairs and markets.
02. Spend a day at the Royal Show
Both Sydney (6th-17th April) and Melbourne (7th-9th April) host an Easter Royal Show. Now before you say that the show is only for kids, take another look at what’s on offer: food stalls, local produce, livestock events and live music are all part of the experience, and of course there are the show bags, rides, and games. There’s something for everyone at the Royal Show.
03. Take a day trip!
Whether you live in Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne, (or somewhere else!), you’ll have no shortage of day-trip options. Luckily for us Aussies, the weather in autumn is perfect for a day outdoors. Take a drive north or south of Brisbane to one of the gorgeous beaches, or for our Sydneysiders you might take a stroll along part of the Bondi-Manly walk. Hikes are another great option, and nothing beats finishing a hike with a spectacular waterfall view. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Or if just the picnic part appeals, there are no shortage of beautiful parks in nearly every Australian suburb.
04. Take a multi-day trip
Did the idea of a day trip appeal? How about extending it for an extra couple of days! The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the South Coast in NSW, or the Sunshine Coast are all beautiful road trip options. There are plenty of holiday parks along the way. Play it by ear, or plan ahead – whatever suits your style (and your timeframe!).
05. Have a Staycation
Sometimes there’s nothing better than just staying at home. It’s the perfect time to try a new recipe, finish off that project or do absolutely nothing! You could branch out and be a tourist in your own city – try a new restaurant, visit an art gallery, watch a theatre performance, or listen to some local music. There’s plenty of arts and culture happening over the long weekend, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste.
06. Plan an Easter party
Bring together family, friends or even co-workers and make the most of the beautiful time of year and a few days off. Whether you host at home or head out, keep it low key or splash out, spending time together is a great way to refresh and get stuck into the next quarter of the year.
Whether you have the whole weekend off, or just a day, hopefully you’re feeling inspired. Easter is a perfect opportunity to take time out for yourself. It’s also an excellent excuse to have a social event for your workplace, family, or your friends. If you don’t feel like organising an event, Team bonding are specialists at creating fun corporate and private events no matter the group size pr dynamic!