Congratulations, you’ve almost made it to the Easter long weekend. That means four days of uninterrupted bliss for you to spend however you choose. Maybe you’re planning to spend it on a neverending bender, or with family and friends, but if you have grand plans to hitch a ride out of town and getaway, then please, read on.
From magnificent bastard-worthy R&R in the hot springs of the Victorian countryside, to up close encounters with Canberra‘s wildlife, adventure sailing the high seas of the Whitsundays and finding the finer things in life with some very posh truffle hunting in Western Australia, here are 10 amazing Australian Easter long weekend getaways that have got to be better than sitting in bed alone with a milk chocolate bunny. Just saying.
#1 Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra
Discover your wild side at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra. Stay in 5-star accommodation in the heart of the National Zoo and Aquarium, with a choice of the Giraffe Treehouse, Jungle Bungalow or uShaka Lodge. These African inspired luxury suites let you get up close and personal with some (almost) real wild things.
#2 Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria
Victoria's first natural hot springs and day spa centre could be yours for the Easter Long Weekend. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this award-winning coastal oasis, providing the idyllic setting for magnificent bastard-worthy R&R.
#3 Truffle Hunting, Western Australia
Explore the finer things in life over your Easter break with some truffle hunting with Western Australia's Truffle & Wine Co. It's one of the few truffières in the world that allows a select number of people to participate in the rare privilege of truffle hunting during the cooler months. #highsociety
#4 A Barn In The Barossa, South Australia
Peace and privacy can be found at South Australia's Barn in the Barossa over the long weekend. Tranquil natural surroundings, a therapeutic country garden, plenty of food and lots of good wine, you'll be a new man.
#5 Adventure Sailing, Whitsundays
If you're keen to soak up those very last Summer rays, head to the picturesque Whitsundays for a bit of adventure sailing. Is there anything that a day in the great blue outdoors cannot cure?
#6 The Cullen, Melbourne
Get cultured this Easter at The Cullen hotel in hipster central, Melbourne. The Cullen is a daring and unique boutique Prahran hotel, inspired by and featuring lashings of original artwork and prints by Aussie artist Adam Cullen.
#7 Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island
We've only JUST entered the cooler months, so make the most of those last rays of sunshine at the luxurious Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. Commanding stunning ocean and mountain views, the lodge is a civilised, stylish and truly sophisticated long weekend escape.
#8 Blues Fest, Byron Bay
Why not head to Byron Bay for the Easter long weekend for Australia's premier contemporary Blues & Roots festival, Blues Fest. Soak up that relaxed Byron culture amongst a crowd of 100,000 blues enthusiasts, watching headliners like Kendrick Lamar, The National & D'Angelo.
#9 Glamping, QLD
Want to get in touch with mother nature over the long weekend without the threat of mosquitos and lack of shower? Then spend it glamping at Nightfall's luxury tent camp located beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and QLD's ancient Lamington National Park rainforests.
#10 Seidler House, Southern Highlands
Escape to this Joadja masterpiece designed by Australia's iconic architectural master, the late Harry Seidler. Built into natural rock formation in 2000, the Seidler House is spacious, light, airy and warm. Perfect for a romantic weekend in or entertaining the crew come Easter.