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Top 3 Easter break destinations

Published April 18th, 2014

Easter is just a few bunny hops away and if you’re anything like us, you’ve taken the three days off between Easter Monday and Anzac Day to score a luxurious 10-day break. We're taking full advantage of this public holiday calendar bonanza to eat our hot cross buns somewhere that isn’t home. But the question remains, where? Here's our top 3 Easter break destinations close to home and a slightly longer plane ride away. Totally doable in 10 days. Ready to go?

 

 

The local love-in: Byron Bay

A hire car, a passenger, a playlist and a whole lot of that special Byron Bay feeling is sounding pretty appealing after a frantic first quarter of the year. For those of you who haven’t visited Byron recently, the Northern Rivers town is the perfect combination of hippie vibe (hello yoga mats and glorious Zen-like state) and chic beachside culture. Take a flight to the Gold Coast before picking up a hire car and doing the one-hour road trip to Byron – just enough time to make the most of your fave driving playlist.

If you’ve got the cash, there are plenty of incredible resorts and spas that will deliver a dose of luxury with that relaxed, Havaianas-only Byron vibe. Otherwise, Byron Bay’s backpackers and motels are some of the best – just get in quick, Bluesfest hits over Easter and it's notoriously busy in town and on the roads.

 

 

The beach getaway: Phuket

If you’re chasing the sun, know that Phuket is at its hottest from April to May, making Easter the perfect time to soak up the rays. In addition, April 13 to 15 this year marks Songkran, the water festival that gives the whole of Thailand a celebratory vibe. The flight is just nine-and-a-half hours from Sydney and you can depart late afternoon to arrive in the evening to maximise your days in the sun. Check out what deals may be available - four nights is the perfect amount of time for a mini international getaway.

What we really love about Phuket is that you can make it whatever your heart desires - gather up your mates and let off some steam with big nights out and even bigger recovery breakfasts on the beach, or whisk your partner away for a romantic escape and enjoy all the happiness that beach life brings.

 

 

The exotic escape: Cambodia

For those looking for a dose of culture before returning to the desk, fly into Siem Reap and visit the incredible temples, take an elephant ride and soak up the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Angkor Wat. If you haven’t taken the extra three days off, you’ll likely want to stay around Siem Reap to soak up the culture, enjoy the nightlife and get some shopping sorted before you hop a flight for home.

If you’re able to linger a little longer, Phnom Penh is an eight-hour bus ride away and offers up some of the hardest, but potentially most life-changing, experiences you can have. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields will leave you emotionally wrecked, but are both experiences that will shift your perspective in the way only travelling can. For something a little lighter, the Royal Palace and National Museum are both amazing places to visit and offer the history and culture a trip to Cambodia calls for.

If all that has left you a little intellectually drained, seek out the sun at Sihanoukville where you’ll find bars and restaurants lining the beach and plenty of options for scuba diving and snorkelling.

 

Happy Easter fellow travellers!

 

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