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Best Easter getaways

Published March 18th, 2015

Ahhhh Easter….. time to take a breather after the warp-speed craziness of the beginning of the year. The much-needed and well-deserved loooonnng weekend gives us the chance to go and have some fun in the sun before the colder weather starts to creep in. Make the most of your Easter mini-break and head off on an adventure that will inspire lasting memories to keep a smile on your dial over the coming winter months.

 

Fancy a drop in the Hunter Valley?

Home Comfort:

Hunter Valley

The beautiful Hunter area is the perfect place to chill out over Easter. An easy trip from Sydney or Newcastle, the Hunter Valley delivers a healthy dose of beautiful countryside alongside some serious gourmet indulgence. Australia’s oldest wine region still turns out a tasty drop, and the cellar doors will be wide open over the Easter weekend.

If you’re up for a visit from the Easter bunny, head to pretty Hunter Valley Gardens where our furry friend will delight the crowds with sweet treats, and there’s a whole program of entertainment to amuse the crowds through the long weekend. After you’ve gorged yourself silly on chocolate and wine, work it off on a bush hike trail through one of the surrounding national parks.

 

How's the serenity in Cradle Mountain?

 

Tasmania

Embrace autumn in all its glory on an Easter mini-break to Tassie. From glorious drives through the countryside to long walks on wild, windswept beaches, the Apple Isle is the place to head for a dose of fresh air and a quick nature fix. While you may not be able to see it all on a four-day getaway, take your pick from some of Tassie’s finest assets, including the scenic Wineglass Bay, the iconic wilderness of Cradle Mountain, and the gourmet food and wine scene of Tamar Valley.

If the weather turns south, hit up the phenomenal architecture and curious exhibits of the renowned MONA art gallery in Hobart.

 

The surf's always up on the GC.

 

Gold Coast

Head to Australia’s favourite playground this Easter to soak up the Queensland sunshine and make the summer last even longer. Big kids can get their thrills at the legendary Gold Coast theme parks, and there’s also shopping, restaurants and entertainment galore. If you can tear yourself away from the resort pool, head to the beach and relax in the sand or hit the surf.

If nature’s your thing, enjoy the waterfalls, rainforest and caves of nearby Springbrook National Park, or the unforgettable canopy top Rainforest Skywalk near Mount Tamborine.

 

The too-perfect Perhentians in Malaysia.

Exotic Escapes:

Malaysia

Malaysia is totally doable for a four- or five-day break - close enough to Australia yet far enough away to deliver a fresh cultural experience a world away from home. Whether you’re after tropical island hippie adventures in the Perhentian Islands, gourmet street food indulgence and cultural heritage in Penang, or tribal longhouse village encounters in Borneo’s Sabah region, there’s something for everyone here.

Choose your adventure and map out an itinerary that will knock your socks off.

 

Hit the black sand beaches around Raglan.

 

New Zealand

Just a hop, skip and jump across the ditch lands you in the sensational land of the long white cloud. Adventures abound, from the mind-blowing geothermal hot spring geysers and accompanying unforgettable eggy odours of Rotorua to the good times and Tolkien-esque landscape of Queenstown, New Zealand is where it’s at.

If you’re up for a Kiwi surf adventure, hop on a plane to Auckland and make your way south to cruisey Raglan for some epic lefthand peelers. Mount Maunganui is another laidback surf town where you can catch the end of the summer sunshine alongside some good waves and chilled atmosphere.

 

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.