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Last-Minute Easter holiday ideas around Australia

Do you want to get away for Easter? You still can, here are some last-minute Easter ideas around Australia which are perfect for the whole family.

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Cable Beach, WA

Why not visit Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region for Easter. Broome is a 22 kilometre-long stretch of pure white sand, set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset. Immerse yourself in the town’s romantic pearling history and multicultural society. Shop for precious pearls. Marvel at the natural phenomenon of the staircase to the Moon. Learn about one of the oldest cultures on Earth from the local Aboriginal community. From pearl diving to dinosaur footprints – Broome’s history is captivating.

Broome’s Cable Beach is known around the world for its sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water, rich red soil and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. Cable Beach is a long, flat beach, with rolling waves perfect for swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing.  Temperatures over the Easter break range  25 – 33.6°C – perfect for an Easter getaway.

Canberra, ACT

Take the family to the nation’s capital these Easter holidays.  Canberra offers a great diversity of attractions and experiences all within close proximity to accommodation and transport. For solo travellers, couples, families and groups, Canberra has something to appeal to the curious, adventurous, foodie or explorer within us all.

Home to the Australian National Collection, you can explore significant culture, art and history throughout the museums, galleries and archives. You can discover embassies, landmarks, markets, shopping, food and wine. Then why not throw in some recreational activities spanning the lakes or bustling precincts, or explore fresh, natural surrounds including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Corin Forest.

This Easter, experience for the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles which is being held exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history.  This exhibition brings to life the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience.

Perth, WA

Perth is a great city to explore.  You could also take full or half day trips to experience the best that Perth and Western Australia have to offer.  Some trips to experience over the Easter break are to visit the Swan Valley which is only a 25-minute drive away from central Perth.  The Swan Valley wine region has a wide range of vineyards and restaurants. The Pinnacles are a two-hour drive north of Perth located in the Nambung National Park which is the most awe-inspiring Pinnacles formed thousands of years ago and set in a desert landscape.  A bit further south of Perth is the stunning Penguin Island and Shoalwater Marine Reserve where you can see Penguins, Sea Lions and Dolphins.  A little further south of Perth is the world renowned Margaret River region with its amazing beaches, beautiful vineyards and stunning scenery.

If you want a wilderness experience this Easter, why not walk The Bibbulmun Track.  This is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.

Sydney, NSW

Spend Easter in Sydney which is both a laid-back beachside town and a thriving metropolis which boasts some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best surf, landmarks and activities. Whether you’re looking to watch a show at the iconic Opera House, take to the waves at Bondi Beach or explore trendy areas like The Rocks and Darling Harbour, Sydney features something for everyone. It’s no wonder this vibrant city is a natural choice to visit.

In addition to the beaches and top-notch restaurants and bars, Australia’s most populous city features an array of things to do. Thrill-seekers can participate in heart-pounding activities like a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, while visitors looking to unwind will appreciate a relaxing day at Coogee or Manly Beach or a peaceful stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Melbourne, Victoria

Why not visit the National Gallery of Victoria this Easter which was opened in 1861, the oldest and most visited art gallery in Australia. You will also find the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a must-see attraction for any sports fan, while history buffs will enjoy seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and wandering around the State Library of Victoria.  Other quintessential things to do in Melbourne include shopping at The Block Arcade, riding the City Circle Tram and sampling the region’s famous wines and foods.

Take a drive down the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell National Park to see the Twelve Apostles rock formation, which is one of Australia’s most stunning natural wonders.  Seven stacked rock structures constitute the Twelve Apostles, six of which can be seen from the attraction’s main viewing platform. Other landmarks situated in the park include The Arch, London Bridge and a grotto.

The annual Rip Curl Pro surfing competition at Bells Beach is a long-running Easter tradition and a great way to be out in nature on the Easter 2017 long weekend.

Alice Springs, NT

Alice Springs and Central Australia are the heart of Australia. Alice Springs is also Australia’s best-kept mountain biking secret.  It has hundreds of kilometres of flowing mountain bike tracks, all within a short ride of Alice Springs.

There’s a certain magic when the morning sun hits the ranges around Alice Springs.  They glow in an explosion of colours. Red rocks and blue skies. You could also begin to understand part of an indigenous belief, that the rocks are indeed alive.

You might want to head to Uluru and surrounds – its boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and a has an interesting cultural centre. Learn a few new things about our country. You can even hire a bike and cycle around the rock! It’s a completely flat and a smooth 15 km circuit, ideal for all the family.

Adelaide, SA

Head to Adelaide this Easter – Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World.  With 200 cellar doors only a short drive away from the CBD and world-renowned wine regions nearby.

Adelaide has had a resurgence in the past few years with a vibrant small bar scene reinvigorating the city’s laneways. Famous chefs and high-end boutiques have made Adelaide their new home. It’s full of vibrant cafés and eclectic restaurants as well as a strong events scene which incorporates all manner of tastes.

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