Discover some of Australia’s hidden gems this Easter

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If you’re looking for a weekend away or a longer break for a holiday trip this Easter discover some of the enchanting landscapes Australia has to offer. From beaches to forest walks and outback adventures to town visits, Australia is the perfect choice for Easter activities for everyone.

Explore Alice Springs and the Outback


The magical landscape of the Outback is a haunting destination, full of the myths and stories of the indigenous people. This barren landscape is surrounded by red rock and earth and is one of the most remote places in the world. You can take a dip in waterholes, go star-gazing, and visit the kangaroo sanctuary. If you have a car, take a road trip along the desolate Red Centre Way. Marvel at the sight of Uluru in the distance and sense the mystique of this awe-inspiring landscape. Another way to make the most of your Easter break is to take a camel ride at sunset and enjoy the peacefulness that surrounds you as you watch the colours of the scenery change.

Visit Cairns and tropical Queensland

This stretch of coastline is home to the Great Barrier Reef, white sandy beaches, and miles of lush tropical rainforest. Spend a day in the ocean, snorkelling, and scuba diving, where you’ll experience the amazing colours of the fish in the clear blue waters. For a special treat take a boat trip to one of the Whitsunday Islands and experience a piece of paradise. No visit to Queensland is complete without a walk through the ancient Daintree Rainforest. The canopy that covers you as you trek through the undergrowth has been growing for more than 180 million years – this is truly one of the natural wonders of the world!

Be charmed by Kuranda

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This lovely little town lies 25 km from Cairns and the best way to reach it is on a scenic journey by cable car or train. Kuranda is the best place to learn about the ancient customs and beliefs of Aboriginal culture with dance performances, walks through the rainforest and Dreamtime stories. Take the kids on a tour of the Kuranda Koala Gardens to see these gorgeous cuddly creatures in their natural habitat.

Nature lovers will also be fascinated by the vast range of colourful birds at Birdworld, including parrots, cockatoos, and lorikeets. Once you’ve had your fill of nature and culture, spend some time browsing the Kuranda markets where you can pick up a souvenir or two of your Easter break. Sample the tempting local food, and don’t forget to purchase some of the artisan crafts to remind you of your Easter trip to Kuranda.

Take a road trip to Cooktown

Have you ever thought of making your way from Cairns to Cooktown? Stopping to see the sights along the way. You can either follow the coastal road or travel inland – both journeys offer many spectacular views – just remember to follow the rules of the road. Head north on one road and return on the other to make the most of the sights and things to do along the way. Stop off at Port Douglas and spend some time relaxing on Four Mile Beach before continuing your excursion. Your drive will take you through the Daintree National Park, where you can dip your toes in the waters of the Mossman Gorge, learn about the local wildlife at the discovery centre and take a guided walk with an Aboriginal expert.

Why not treat yourself and your friends or partner to a relaxing spa day at the Daintree Ecolodge, where you can enjoy a mud wrap, a massage or one of the other many healing treatments? Once you arrive at Cooktown reward yourself with a cool beer while watching the sunset over Cooktown harbour. 

Spend the Easter weekend in Sydney

Not sure where to go during Easter? New South Wales is the perfect place to spend your Easter weekend. Wander around Darling Harbour, visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, take a trip across the harbour and if you’re feeling brave you could climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! A fun event if you are not sure what to do in Sydney this Easter weekend is the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This colourful event promises fun for all ages – thrilling rides, animals, and a kids’ carnival, finished off with a spectacular evening of entertainment that includes stunt riders, trampolinists and aerialists hanging from a hot air balloon. 

From the rainforest to the beach – Cape Tribulation

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Part of the Daintree National Park, but worth a separate mention is Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the sea. Discover empty beaches, swim in water holes and walk through the rainforest. You can also discover the area on horseback or even take a guided night walk to experience the sights and sounds of the forest after dark. Take a trip to one of the local farms for some unique Easter lunch ideas and taste the exotic fruits such as durians (if you can bear the smell!), rambutans, and mangos. 

If you’re looking for something to do in Australia this Easter, renting a car or SUV is the way to ensure you see as much as you can of this diverse and magical country. 

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