The Best Easter Holiday Destinations in Australia
Where to go on a long Easter weekend
Thousands of people flock to Sydney Olympic Park every Easter weekend to join the Sydney Royal Easter Show. There are so many things to do and see in this event – from animal experiences and spectacular shows to fun rides and assorted goodies for the kids. This is the largest annual event in Australia so make sure to purchase a ticket and book your car rental in Sydney in advance to avoid all the fuss. It is also advisable to pre-book your parking ticket online since parking at the Sydney Olympic Park are high in demand during the annual event. If you will be arriving via Sydney Airport, you can also rent a car from there and head to the venue. 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.
The vibrant city is known for its goldmines; and anyone who goes here will feel like they have struck gold because of its world-class attractions including the Central Deborah Gold Mine, Golden Dragon Museum, and the Bendigo Art Gallery. It also hosts the annual Bendigo Easter Festival, which attracts thousands of tourists over the Easter weekend. The 4-day festival features live music, spectacular parade, family entertainment, children's activities, Easter egg hunt, and Chinese festivities. Start booking a car hire in Bendigo so you can easily visit the attractions and attend the events in Bendigo. 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.
Do you 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 the annual Bluesfest every Easter weekend, which features some of the world's best blues musicians. Headlining this year's fest are Tom Jones, Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Melissa Etheridge, The National, and UB40 . Hurry and rent a campervan in Byron Bay because most of the campsites are already sold out, but there are other alternative camping grounds nearby including the Beaches of Byron. 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 via car hire. If you are coming from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, it will be under 30 minutes drive from the airport to town.
Australia's capital city offers attractions that are suited for all ages and different lifestyles – from the family favourite National Zoo and Questacon to the distinguished Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, and National Gallery Australia. This upcoming long weekend, make sure to book a car hire in Canberraso you can easily attend the National Folk Festival, which is one of the longest running festivals in the country. The 5-day event is held at the Exhibition Park and features lively performances from the world's top musicians, sampling of delicacies, dance workshops, and more. There are free parking spaces at the Old Well Station Road entrance, but there are not enclosed or patrolled. If you are coming from Canberra Airport, you can also rent a car at the airport and go on a 15-minute drive to EPIC via M23 or Majura Road.
Some of these festivals offer camping opportunities to those who wouldn't want to miss any activity r event, or just want to stay closer to where all the action are. Aside from rental cars, VroomVroomVroom also offers campervan hire all across the country. Make sure to book ahead of time since most camper vans, RVs, and motorhomes get sold out fast!
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