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Load up the car, head out of the city and join the traffic jam… Sometimes a trip to coast for the Easter break can be challenging. So if you’re planning to stay home with friends and family instead, there’s heaps of activities to ensure you get your chocolate fix!
Easter time in Sydney means one thing – the Royal Easter Show. First held in 1823, this celebration of Aussie culture runs over 14 days with agricultural competitions and demonstrations, entertainment, an endless variety of food, thrilling rides and of course, animals of all shapes and sizes. And for a serious chocolate fix, don’t forget to pick up a showbag or two.
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, 6-19 April.
Frankston, on the edge of Port Philip Bay has an Easter egg hunt with a difference, giving kids of all ages the chance to search for sand carved eggs among the beachside Sand Sculpting exhibition. Always a hit with the locals and visitors alike, this year’s Lands of Imagination exhibition transformed 3500 tonnes of sand into a world of dinosaurs and dragons, sea creatures and spaceships, pirates and princesses. Over Easter, other activities include face painting, art and craft activities and sand sculpting workshops. And whatever sand eggs you find can be traded in for a bag of real chocolate ones...
McComb Reserve, Frankston Waterfront, 14-17 April.
Easter is often a time to think of others, so in Hobart, why not head on down to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens where you can not only enjoy a fabulous day out, but also help raise money for the Royal Hobart Hospital at the annual RHH Research Foundation's Easter Egg Hunt & Family Picnic. With a Cadbury easter egg hunt, face painting, games and entertainment from the children’s Exit Left Performance Academy, there’s sure to be plenty of family fun - and you will be supporting local medical research in the process.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, 14 April.
Easter is the perfect time to get down to the beach in Adelaide and if it’s Semaphore beach, you can take in all the colour, fun and flying action at the annual Adelaide International Kite Festival. With participants from around Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, there are some serious flying machines here… but you don’t need to be an expert to join in, with kite making and flying workshops. Important to note: The Easter Bunny drops in for a visit on Sunday and Monday.
Semaphore Beach, 15-17 April.
Some of the world’s best artists and performers will take over the parks, gardens and streets of the port city as the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival fires up. Having started in 1999 as a humble platform for buskers, it has grown into a huge explosion of street arts, circus acts, comedy, theatre, music and dance featuring entertainers from the across the globe. You’re guaranteed to have a great time.
Fremantle, 13-17 April.
Hop on down to Darwin’s Easter festivities on the waterfront near the Convention Centre where there will be plenty of entertainment, arts and crafts, water slides, jumping castles, food stalls and of course, chocolate egg giveaways from Mr & Mrs Easter Bunny.
Darwin Waterfront, 15 April.
Head to the Museum of Australian Democracy on Easter Sunday and follow the clues to find the Easter eggs! And just in case you’re not full on chocolate, there’s also a BBQ offering hot food...
Museum of Australian Democracy, 16 April
The Museum of Brisbane takes you back in time with activities like decorating Easter bonnets and eggs. Just make sure you don’t leave without completing the Easter egg hunt through the museum for hidden treasures...
Brisbane, 15 -17 April.
Whatever your plans are this Easter, drive safely.