Get outta town! The best daytrips to take during the Easter long weekend.
Easter has arrived, and with it, a four-day long weekend. With this much time off, it’s the perfect opportunity to really unwind and explore some of Australia’s stunning regional areas.
So, where should you go? We have handpicked some of our favourite daytrip locations all around Australia. So grab the car and some mates, pack a picnic basket, and get out there!
Before you head off, visit your local Tyrepower store to ensure your car is fit for a long drive, and get your crew there safely.
Blue Mountains: A favourite amongst Sydneysiders, a drive up to the Blue Mountains will reward you with some amazing bushwalking options, cosy lunches at local cafes and hotels, rainforests, lookouts and some great Instagram-worthy scenery. There is a plethora of different options if you’re up for an adventure in the Blue Mountains.
Hunter Valley: The beautiful vineyards of the Hunter Valley can be reached in less than two hours from Sydney via the M1, and once you’re there you will feel miles away from the daily grind. Take a tour around the numerous wineries and restaurants, or pick your favourite, sit back and relax for the afternoon.
Of course, you should nominate a designated driver for the day – or book a hotel in the area if your whole party is planning on enjoying the wine.
Healesville and the Yarra Valley: Craving some fresh air and lush green scenery? Healesville is the place for you! Whether you’re interested in sampling the local food (think delicious hand-made cheese and wine), want to kick back at a picturesque winery, or you’re keen to check out the local wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, it’s easy to fill a full day in this beautiful part of Victoria.
Daylesford: Located approximately 115 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Daylesford is like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if you’re looking for some R&R. Treat yourself to some downtime in one of Daylesford’s luxurious day spas (there is no shortage of them in Daylesford), then lazily meander the main street discovering the quaint shops and cafes.
Hungry? Daylesford is a foodie’s dream, with fresh produce, amazing restaurants and some great wine from nearby vineyards.
Fleurieu Peninsula: Just an hour south from Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a popular spot for those looking for quiet time away from the hustle and bustle. While it may be a little too chilly for the water at this time of the year, the beautiful beaches will entice you to take a walk along the sand, potentially throw in a line, or maybe just tuck into some freshly caught fish and chips. The more adventurous may even brave activities such as surfing, sea kayaking, jetskiing or even skydiving. If you don’t mind a detour up the hills, you will also be able to pick up some delicious regional produce and wines from the vineyards.
Barossa Valley: The most historic of Australia’s wine regions is within easy reach of Adelaide, and it allows you to step back in time for the day with its old world feel. There are approximately 200 wineries – both boutique and widely-renowned – along with sensational restaurants, and some gorgeous scenery. Be sure to bring along a camera and an appetite!
Serpentine Falls National Park: Just 60 kilometres south of Perth, Serpentine Falls is a popular swimming hole and a beautiful place to visit all year round. But there is more to this location than just the waterfall – pack some sturdy shoes and bucket loads of energy, as there are some great bush walks following the river over rocky surfaces and through the woodlands. Keep your eyes peeled for the local flora and fauna, with plenty of kangaroos, birds and colourful flowers to be seen.
Mandurah: The Mandurah and Peel region is the ideal daytrip from Perth. If you don’t feel like taking the car for the one hour drive, you can also take a short train ride to get to this seaside destination. Think white sands, blue waters, rugged terrains and tons of adventure. Get those legs moving and explore the vast waterways, national parks and trails of the Jarrah Forests.
Mount Warning: Get outdoors and burn off those Easter eggs hiking Mount Warning. If you’re feeling energetic, the Summit Walk is 8.8kms long and takes around five hours to complete. As a reward, at the top you will be treated to an incredible 360 degree view, stretching from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. You can then refuel with a big breakfast or lunch afterwards!
Tip: hit the hiking trail early to catch the magnificent sunrise.
Eumundi Markets: You will be surprised how much time you can while away at the Eumundi Markets. Head up to the Sunshine Coast to the markets, held on Saturdays and Wednesdays, for your fix of retail therapy. It will take you several hours to make your way around every corner of the markets where you can get your hands on everything from arts and crafts, to jewellery, clothing, toys and amazing food and coffee from the stalls.
East Coast: Jump in the car and explore the stunning East Coast from Hobart. Approximately a 1-3 hour trek, the East Coast is famous for its breathtaking beaches. Some noteworthy stops along the coast are Freycinet National Park – with its pure white sands, crystal blue water and rugged granite mountains – along with the extremely popular Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires.
Mount Field National Park: One of Tassie’s most loved national parks, Mount Field has a wide variety of scenery and wildlife. Offering extremely diverse vegetation – ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns, through to rainforest settings and alpine vegetation. There are picnic facilities, stunning walks and even skiing areas for the colder months.