Easter escape

With the Easter long weekend coming up, now’s the best time to start planning for a mini Easter escape getaway to rest and recharge.

Stuck for ideas? Here are 4 suggestions to get you inspired.

Road trip to the capital

Canberra Easter escapeNot the Capital in The Hunger Games, but rather, the capital of Australia. Canberra has a lot going for it, which may seem difficult to believe. It’s become a foodie hot spot with the impressive Lonsdale Street in Braddon offering diverse and trendy eateries, as well as boutique shops which you can hop between breakfast, lunch and dinner! Stay at Hotel Hotel Canberra, a stylish and modern establishment that’s only 2 minutes’ drive from The Canberra Museum and National Gallery of Australia. If you’re a first time visitor, plan a visit to The Australian War Memorial to get a better understanding of Australian history and tour Parliament House. On Sunday, head to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets to sample delicious organic produce, shop homewares and hipster clothes or simply to embrace the buzzing atmosphere.

Wine tasting in the vineyards

Hunter Valley Easter escapeWho doesn’t like the idea of wine, chocolate and cheese for 4 days? Escape to the Hunter Valley and spend your days vineyard hopping and wine tasting. For those who like to keep active, go cycling around the Hunter to take in the scenic beauty at your own pace, or head to the nearby golf courses for a fun round of golf. Make your getaway one to remember and go hot air ballooning, to take in aerial views of Hunter Valley at 3000 feet.  Stay at The Carriages, a boutique hotel and vineyard in the heart of wine country. This enchanting retreat will a guarantee a memorable stay and is a stone’s throw away from legendary vineyards, wineries and restaurants. You’ll even wake up to a fresh breakfast basket at your door every morning!

A cosmopolitan escape

Melbourne Easter escapeVisit Australia’s cultural capital for a fun-filled long weekend experience. Take advantage of Melbourne’s culinary delights starting with brunch at the famous Hardware Societe, followed by an exquisite fine dining bonanza at Vue de Monde. Take in Melbourne’s celebrated laneway street art with a visit to Hosier Lane – you’ll find yourself Instagramming all the edgy graffiti installations to no end. If time permits, book a day tour to soak up the sights of Australia’s most scenic drive via the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at the rugged splendour of the Twelve Apostles and take in the panoramic views of the coast. Stay at The Olsen, a premium contemporary hotel that’s adorned with artworks from revered landscape artist Dr John Olsen.

Beachside fun at Noosa

Noosa Easter escapeStep into sunshine paradise with a weekend stay at Noosa, a beautiful destination that’s surrounded by unspoilt beaches and a lush tropical rain-forest. Take in the natural beauty and enjoy a wide range of water activities such as canoeing, sailing, surfing and even sea-turtle spotting. The recently refurbished 10 Hastings Street is a go-to accommodation of choice if you want something boutique style but affordable.  Located just minutes away from Noosa Heads Main beach, this is a beach lover’s dream. Laze around on the soft white sand or take a relaxing stroll down the trendy Hastings Street, where you’ll discover a stretch of Noosa’s popular cafes, ice cream parlours, bars and fashion boutiques.

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu is a writer and digital content specialist for First. You can contact Jennifer here.


TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR GETAWAY

  • Pick a place that speaks to your interests. For example, if lounging by the pool isn’t your cup of tea and you prefer outdoor adventures, look for locations that offer an abundance of activities.
  • For those who are on a budget, take the time to research and shop around for a good bargain. Look to daily deals sites like Scoopon for travel deals and holiday packages. You can enjoy a fun getaway without creating a serious dent in your wallet.
  • If you have a lot of annual leave to spare, it may be worthwhile taking a few extra days off to maximise the 4-day long weekend.
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