It’s a good thing Easter falls in autumn—that way your chocolate eggs don’t melt…. Aside from that though, it also means that you get a long weekend in autumn, once of the most beautiful times of year. Check out some of the awesome Easter getaway locations below for a long weekend escape with the fam.
Autumn is the perfect time to go hiking, camping and exploring the wilderness in Victoria. By the time Easter has rolled round, the summer sun has chilled out, making outdoor exercise safer and generally more comfortable. The Grampians National Park is made up of sandstone mountains and forests, offering walking trails, lakes, springs and spectacular lookouts. Nights can still get pretty cold though, so rug up.
New South Wales
Autumn is wine harvest seasons, just the right time to visit one of the country’s best wineries. Hunter Valley shows off its spectacular autumn colours at this time of year, with golden and auburn tones spread across the hills. Wine and dine in this famous region, with plenty of activities for the family to enjoy.
Gold Coast Hinterland
This hidden pocket of the sunshine state may be less famous than some of the other destinations but lives up their standard of awesomeness. At Easter time, the temperature is still warm, with less rain and humidity than during summer. Here you can enjoy family picnics in scenic spots, wineries, glow worm caves, forests and more.
Visit this pristine South Australian destination at Easter time and be mesmerised by the sights and sounds. Autumn colours create an enchanting setting for drives, walks, visits to wineries, heritage towns and the famous Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
If you’re living in Western Australia, or hoping to spend some time there over Easter, then you’re in for a treat. Westralians haven’t given up their summer yet, making destinations like Broome’s Cable Beach ideal for anyone still after surf and sun. Swimming is safer and more pleasant at this time of year too, as it is the dry season.
Litchfield National Park
At Easter, Litchfield National Park has just entered dry season, meaning you can explore the beautiful forest in safety. (It’s usually inaccessible for half the year during wet season). Here you’ll find monsoon forests, waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, with plenty of wildlife to observe, only 100km from Darwin.
Lake St Clair National Park
Tasmania has a hidden marvel at Easter time. The state’s only species of deciduous tree goes off, spreading magnificent autumn colours across the landscape. This phenomenon called “The Turning of the Fagus” can be observed at Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park and the Mount Field National Park. Enjoy!
No chance to escape over Easter? Treat the family at your local Groove Train.