Best Road Trips to Take This Easter Weekend
The much-awaited Easter weekend is just around the corner. This is the time for Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, hot cross buns, and road trips. Australia is an amazing place to explore especially on Easter as there are many activities and events lined up across the country. To help you decide where to go, we at VroomVroomVroom have come up with a list of the best Easter destinations in Australia.
Feel like a kid again in Sydney
If you are travelling with small children, then Sydney is an ideal place to visit because all of the major attractions for kids such as Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Taronga Zoo which are open on the Easter holidays. Thousands of people flock to Sydney Olympic Park during this time of the year for the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which features animal experiences, live entertainment, a carnival and more. A trip to Sydney won't be complete without joining the Great CP Egg Hunt at Centennial Park. There are also many beautiful beaches and parks nearby that you can explore.
Where to stay? There are many hotels near Sydney Olympic Park including Novotel and Pullman so you will have easy access to Sydney Royal Easter Show. If you are looking for a budget hotel, then The Village Bondi Beach is a great place to stay and it is just a 5-minute walk from Bondi Beach.
- Watch the dog and other animal competitions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
- Join the Great CP Egg Hunt at the Centennial Park.
- Have a picnic while enjoying the view of Sydney Harbour Bridge at Barangaroo Reserve.
Getting there: If you will be arriving via Sydney Airport, you can rent a car from there and head to Sydney Olympic Park. The airport is approximately 40 minutes away via M5 and A3. But you can also take the Great Western Highway or the M5 and A6 route.
Experience eastern tradition in Bendigo
Celebrate Easter in a different way by heading to Bendigo, which is known for its goldmines and eastern influences. Anyone who goes here will feel like they have struck gold because of its world-class attractions including the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Experience eastern traditional by visiting the Golden Dragon Museum and joining the Chinese festivities at the Bendigo Easter Festival.
Where to stay? There are several accommodation options near the festival location - ranging from hotels to guest houses. If you want to enjoy a lakeside view, then Julie-Anna is a great choice because it is located opposite Lake Weeroona.
- Explore the underground tunnels at Central Deborah Gold Mine.
- Watch the Lion and Dragon Dance and Torchlight Lantern Procession at Bendigo Easter Festival.
- Learn about Chinese history and enjoy a cup of tea at the Golden Dragon Museum.
Getting there: Selected roads will be closed during the Bendigo Easter Festival, but there will be various detours around the CBD so just follow the signs. If you are coming from Melbourne, you can take the M79 route to reach Bendigo which takes approximately an hour and 51 minutes. There are two multi-story car parks near the festival that are free. The one in Hargreaves Street is just opposite the Bendigo Library while the one in Edward Street is at the corner of Edward and Queen streets.
Get that hippie vibe in Byron Bay
Do you sometimes get the blues? The best way to get rid of that is by heading to Byron Bay. Aside from its beautiful beaches, the town also hosts Australia's premiere music festival, Bluesfest, every Easter weekend. Enjoy live performances from some of the world's best musicians and go camping like you were at the Woodstock. If you don't have the perfect outfit yet for the festival, drop by the unique boutiques in Byron Bay.
Where to stay? There are campgrounds at the festival site but they get sold out real quick. Don't worry because there are alternative campgrounds and bungalows nearby including First Sun Holiday Park and Bayshore Bungalows.
- Enjoy 5 days of overflowing beer, food and live music at Bluesfest.
- Be one with nature by camping at Aboody Park Wiangaree and Bom Bom State Forest.
- Shop for bohemian outfits at Spell in Browning Street and Green Garage in Tennyson Street.
Getting there: Bluefest is situated at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm which is approximately 10 minutes away from north of Byron and 10 minutes away from south of Brunswick Heads. If you are coming from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, it will be under 30 minutes drive from the airport to the town. But if you will be arriving via Brisbane Airport, the travel time will take approximately an hour and 50 minutes to reach the venue.