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Last-minute Easter breaks

Published March 24th, 2016

Last-minute Easter breaks are real. And possible - on a budget and with spare change for Easter eggs/buns/bake-offs/bar blow-outs/other incidentals. To prove it, here are some last-minute Easter holiday ideas under $500. Get in quick, really, as Easter starts (Good) Friday, March 25.

The Byron Bay BluesFest is notoriously muddy - pack your wellies! (Image: Getty)

BluesFest in Byron Bay, from $159

Jump in the car with your mates – or your mum – and join the blues, roots, folk, rock, reggae and R'n'B bonanza that is Bluesfest 2016. Spend Easter being serenaded by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Brian Wilson (yep, from Beach Boys), Melissa Etheridge ("Like the Way I Do"), D'Angelo, UB40 and about 200 other artists. Limited tickets still available.

On top of the world (literally!). (Image: Getty)

Himalaya & Everest View Trek, from $354

What did you do over Easter? Oh you didn’t see my Instagram? Not much, just explored five of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. It was a last-minute thing, you know, made it with little training and survived (yep, it’s more driving than trekking, but not cheating!). Obviously flights are not included in this price – but what a freakin’ amazing Easter this three-day trek would be!

Chasing an endless summer on the Goldie. (Image: Getty)

A 4.5-star, 3-night hotel stay on the Gold Coast, from $189

Enjoy the still-warm weather in the Sunshine State’s holiday capital – right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Hit up the theme parks, head to the beach or shop and eat your post-Easter fill (the offer is applicable from Easter Monday). At the end of the day, nestle into 4.5-star comfort at Mantra Legends.

Every long weekend needs inflatables and an esky, obvi! (Image: Getty)

Choose your own Aussie adventure

Student Flights has last-minute flights, including even cheaper deals for students with Black Market Flights, popping up all the time. A recent one-way Melbourne-to-Hobart flight was just $25! Check the latest airfares deals here.

Spinners are winners at the Royal Easter Show. (Image: Getty)

Take a quick city break

Battle the crowds at Sydney Royal Easter Show, battle children (not really, please don’t) in Melbourne’s Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt or battle the line at the pub in Perth before witnessing a rocking sunset-over-the-water moment. Check out last-minute city breaks.

Be the cat (bunny?) that gets the cream with a staycation with chocolate, while you save for your next overseas adventure. (Image: Getty)

Stay home and save your coin for your next overseas holiday 

Whether it’s on a beach in Bali, diving in Egypt or snowboarding in Japan, spend your Easter in your PJs, eating half-price eggs and saving money while browsing Student Flights’ latest holiday sales and deals.

Jolee Wakefield

A seasoned backpacker and travel writer, Jolee has spent the past decade wandering the globe in pursuit of good vibes, unusual conversations and unforgettable adventures like cave diving in Mexico, mountain climbing in Borneo and learning (failing at) local dances in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.