What to Do in Australia this Easter long weekend 2021
For most states, the upcoming Easter long weekend will coincide with the school holidays. Make the most out of the extended break with a visit to some of Australia’s best Easter events—from hip music festivals and family-friendly fairs to sweet chocolate experiences that will please every bunny.
For the ultimate chocolate experience...
The Easter weekend is a great excuse to treat yourself (and your kids) to copious amounts of chocolate. Between filling up your easter egg baskets and your tummy with sweet treats, join these behind-the-scenes tours and discover how your favourite chocolates are produced.
1. The Factory Tours
- When: Wednesday - Friday, 11am and 1pm
- Where: Gosford, NSW
Arguably the sweetest place on NSW’s Central Coast, the Factory is home to family-favourite Australian confectioners Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolate and The Sydney Marshmallow Co. Join their factory tours to learn about how chocolates are made, then visit their cafe for an indulgent cake, ice cream and hot chocolate treat. Kids can also sign up for a fun Junior Chocolatiers Workshop.
“The chocolate factory hosts factory tours which run for approximately 30 minutes where you can learn about the chocolate-making process and packaging. They also run kids classes or workshops where children can learn in small groups (only 8 per class) how to make chocolate, nougat and taste! They get to design their own treats and receive a medal at the end of the class. We had a try of the fondue machine ourselves, dipping the nougat into the machine for a sublime chocolate taste.” - Sarah C
2. Sweet Farm Tours
- When: Open Tuesday - Saturday
- Where: Whyanbeel Valley, QLD
Support locally-grown cocoa with a visit to one of Australia’s pioneering cocoa farms—Sweet Farm Tours. Get an insight into the bean-to-bar process as you join this guided tour around Daintree Estates, the first commercial manufacturer in history to make chocolate using Australian-grown cocoa.
“I enjoyed a wonderful tour of this trailblazing sugarcane and cocoa farm over Easter and can not recommend it highly enough! All the processes and innovations were explained and the mystery of how the beautiful cocoa pods transform into squares of delicious perfection was solved. The taste of the chocolate produced can not be compared to the bars that we are used to. I bought an embarrassing amount of chocolate from the fantastic gift shop but am finding it very difficult to give them up. Luckily I can order more online! Years of patient and dedicated farming have paid off with amazing niche products that you can enjoy guilt-free. This is a wonderful tour delivered by an impressive family business that everyone visiting Port Douglas will enjoy.” - _taniafiegert
3. Whistler's Chocolate Co
- When: Open Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm
- Where: Swan Valley, WA
Visit the showroom of Whistler’s Chocolate Co, Western Australia’s oldest chocolate company that has been making traditional chocolates and confectioneries for over forty years. Treat yourself to free tastings and peek into the factory viewing windows before filling up your easter basket at the gift shop. The property is also home to sister company Margaret River Providore—a one-stop-shop where you can get fresh produce, olive oils, wines and a very decadent chocolate liqueur.
“Chocolate lovers dream, great chocolate selection, especially with Easter fast approaching they have some great Easter eggs.” - Morena L
4. Chocoholic Tours
- When: Daily at 10.45am and 2.15pm
- Where: Melbourne CBD, VIC
Discover the sweet side of Melbourne with Chocoholic Tours. Join a local guide on this family-friendly walking tour and enjoy a variety of Australian chocolates while learning about the stories behind each maker.
“I had the sugary pleasure of this tour today with my 5-year-old. The tour experience was extremely professional and friendly. Booking online was easy and follow up before the tour was professional and appreciated. We visited 6 shops, enjoyed an extremely generous amount of samples and got to experience a great piece of Melbourne. Our tour guide had an impressive amount of knowledge about chocolate and Melbourne as well. I'd highly recommend this tour. It's very good value for money and great with young kids too.” - Sams_Family2014
For Australia's tastiest hot cross buns.
Hot cross buns—another sweet treat we can’t say no to every Easter. Travellers on Tripadvisor say these are where you can find Australia’s best buns.
5. Gumnut Patisserie
- When: Opening hours here
- Where: Various outlets in Mittagong, Berrima and Bowral, NSW
You’ll have to get up early for this—Gumnut Patisserie’s hot cross buns fly off the shelf real quick, and it’s easy to see why. Their hot cross buns are handmade using a traditional brioche dough mixed with juicy Australian sultanas, currants and mixed peel, then finished with a delicious glaze of vanilla, cinnamon, aniseed, nutmeg and sugar syrup. Definitely worth the early morning alarm.
“Best hot cross buns EVER. Purchased 1/2 dozen hot cross buns and froze for Easter. Wow they were great. Next time a dozen!!!” - Susan N
6. CJ’s Bakery
- When: Mon - Sat: 8am - 5pm; Sun: 8am - 3pm
- Where: Christies Beach, SA
CJ’s Bakery's vegan hot cross buns have won multiple statewide and nationwide awards. These sweetly-spiced goodies also come in three unique flavours—traditional, fruitless and chocolate chip.
“Best hot cross buns in the world. These guys do a great job, the shop is always clean and fresh and the selection of pies and cakes amazing. The shop is always busy but Andrew, Kerry and the staff always have time for a smile and a chat.” - kevinjbarry2017
7. Red Beard Historic Bakery
- When: Fri - Mon 9am - 3pm (Takeaway only)
- Where: Trentham, VIC
Every Easter, the artisan bakers at Red Beard Historic Bakery make thousands of certified organic hot cross buns by hand. The bakery is also famous for its sourdough bread and pastries, all of which are baked in an enormous 19th century wood-fired Scotch oven.
“So so good to see the tray of buns being finished with the glaze, how could I not get some to take home. They were too hot to put into a bag so sat bravely on the seat next to me all the way home. What willpower. Redbeards Blonde loaf is a must as well, very special bakery.” - b0ris2
For Easter egg hunting…
If you’ve had your fill of sweet treats, burn off those calories and join one of these family-friendly Easter egg hunts across the country.
8. Doggy Easter Egg Hunt
- When: 28 March 2021
- Where: Spotswood & Kingsville RSL, VIC
Bring your fur-kids to this adorable Easter egg hunt organised by Gourmet Pawprints. Humans can enjoy an afternoon tea picnic box filled with hot cross buns, croissants, tea and wine while the dogs sniff out hidden carob Easter eggs.
9. The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt
- When: 3, 4 April 2021
- Where: Centennial Park, NSW
Calling all young eggs-plorers—join Centennial Park’s educational rangers on this special Easter-themed event and learn about all things eggs-citing. Follow the trail map and learn about which Australian animals lay eggs, then complete the activities to be rewarded with—yes, you guessed it—more chocolate.
10. The Great Easter Egg Hunt of Corin Forest
- When: 2-5 April 2021
- Where: Corin Forest, ACT
Stage your own socially-distanced easter egg hunt in this snowy mountain resort just an hour away from Canberra. Book a ticket to Alpine Slide or Snowplay between 2 - 5 April and receive a free bag of easter eggs which you can hide around the resort’s expansive picnic area. Set out on an egg-hunting mission, then make it a full day of fun with a ride on their Alpine Slide. This scenic slide descends 1.2km through the Mountain Ash forest and is well-loved by travellers of all ages.
“If the scenery on the drive up isn't enough to make a trip to Corin Forest memorable and worthwhile, the alpine slide and the great hot chocolates should be! Definitely one of Canberra's best-kept secrets, the longest alpine slide in the Southern Hemisphere (or so they say!) is tremendous fun for all ages. I'm 31 and I loved every second. Try going down without breaking—it's an epic thrill! Going just once or twice isn't enough! You'll want to ride four or five times!” - Andrew K
For meeting Australia’s Easter bunny…
Easter bunnies are cute, but have you seen the bilby? Affectionately known as Australia’s Easter bunny, this marsupial has a distinctly-pointed snout, long ears and grey fur. Bilbies are endangered and are now only found in remote parts of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia—though you can still catch a glimpse of them at these animal sanctuaries.
11. Alice Springs Wildlife Park
- When: Open every day except Christmas, 7.30am - 6pm
- Where: Alice Springs, WA
This environmental education facility in Alice Springs is where the desert comes to life. Explore three re-created desert habitats to learn about the Outback’s unique landscape before spending some time in the Nocturnal House where you can spot a variety of endangered Australian animals including the bilby.
“We came back for a second visit as we enjoyed ourselves so much the first time. We again missed the bird show, we cannot quite get our timing right, but it is still a great place to spend a few hours. The Nocturnal House is world-class and we had the pleasure of seeing bilbies at Easter. This is a must-visit if in Alice Springs.” - TimberBlueMountains
12. Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary
- When: Open every day, 9.30am - 5pm
- Where: Calga, NSW
Explore 80 acres of bush and observe Australian wildlife—including bilbies, kangaroos, koalas and dingoes—in their natural habitat at Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary. For your best chance of seeing the bilby, book a night tour as these nocturnal creatures usually hide during the day.
“A hidden secret! I also highly recommend hiring a ranger for an hour for the private animal encounter. The kids got up close and personal with a bilby, wombat, koala, echidna and three dingos! WHAT AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!” - Doreen O
For a fun family day out...
These family-friendly festivals in NSW and SA are packed with fun for both the young and old.
13. Sydney Royal Easter Show
- When: 1 - 12 April 2021
- Where: Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
First held in 1823, the Royal Easter Show is Australia's largest ticketed event. The annual festival celebrates the products, talents, energy and passions of rural NSW. Visitors can enjoy agricultural competitions, animal experiences (some 14,000 animals from dogs to horses will be present), delicious food as well as an entertainment and fireworks spectacular at the GIANTS Stadium every evening. Kids may also be interested in the chocolate, candy and toy-filled showbags available for purchase at the show—check out the range here and put together a wishlist before visiting.
“If you only visit the Royal Easter Show once, you will probably not see everything! There is so much to experience and it is a show that will interest all ages. You do have to make a plan when you first arrive. Use the free pull out from the paper or you can miss something you really want to see. The woodchopping is amazing and the ingenuity and intricacy of the handicrafts, cake decoration and woodcraft will take your breath away. If you don't want to eat at the show, you can take a picnic as there are plenty of places to sit down in the shade.” - FJHH24
14. Meadows Easter Fair
- When: 2 - 5 April 2021
- Where: Adelaide Hills, SA
The Meadows 4-Day Easter Fair is a family-friendly market featuring a treasure trove of local produce, arts and crafts, food, plants, books, toys and more. Shop around for unique goods from local vendors while kids participate in a range of interactive games and activities.
For a great time with your mates...
These epic festivals are making a comeback in 2021. From action-packed rodeo and soulful blues to laugh-out-loud comedy, there's a lineup this Easter to suit every taste. Take advantage of the long Easter break for a great weekend out with your best mates—kids optional.
15. Roma's Easter in the Country Festival
- When: 1 - 5 April 2021
- Where: Roma, QLD
This iconic five-day festival in Queensland is a showcase of everything Outback Queensland has to offer. From camel rides to rodeo competitions and speedway races, this action-packed event will make for an unforgettable Easter celebration. To top it all off, the 2021 edition will culminate in a music extravaganza headlined by Australian country music icons Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers.
16. Byron Bay Bluesfest
- When: 1 - 5 April 2021
- Where: Byron Events Farm, NSW
If Blues 'N Roots music is more of your jam, round up your mates and spend the Easter long weekend at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia’s most awarded music festival. Headlined by Grammy-award winning Bon Iver, this mega festival will play host to 200 performances across multiple stages, over 100 food and market stores, 5 licensed bars as well as campsites to accommodate over 6,000 guests.
“I've been to Bluesfest many, many times. It's always the best time that I have all year. A beautiful part of the world to start. There are so many great artists on every bill and I discover someone new that I love with every visit. There's something for everyone. I took my teenage kids and even they were pleased with the line-up and found some favourites. The food, the drinks, the good vibes from all of the festival-goers. What's not to like? I highly recommend you experience this wonderful festival at least once in your lifetime, but I'd be very surprised if you didn't feel compelled to return again and again.” - jforge
17. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
- When: 24 March - 18 April 2021
- Where: Online and various locations across Melbourne, VIC
The world’s largest stand-alone comedy festival is back in 2021, and they promise lots of good laughs after a less-than-hilarious 2020. Expect four weeks of stand-up, sketch and satire as world-renowned comedians take to the stage all across Melbourne. If you can’t make it to Melbourne, take heart that virtual shows will also be streamed online this year.
“Exceptionally well organised, large, diverse and affordable comedy festival which brings extra life and laughter to the streets and performance venues of the city in April. We spent the Easter weekend sampling new and established performers, together with the coffee, arts and restaurants of Melbourne.” - Stedman E
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