Our Travel Expert, Rose Jacobs, provides her top picks for the Easter break - to suit everyone!
There’s something marvelous about an Australian Public Holiday… and that is the word holiday! So, when two Public Holidays fall so closely together - namely Easter and Anzac Day - it would simply be un-Australian to stay at home and not explore the best of what our magnificent country has to offer.
Here are some of my personal suggestions for an Aussie Easter getaway, with something to suit everyone.
CAPE TRIBULATION, FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
Apart from the lush, warm, tropical environment that this region has to offer, perched proudly between the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and some of the most extraordinary beaches on earth, there’s another reason why you may want to head here. As with any great Anzac Day celebration, all Australians know it is compulsory to head to a pub. And there are no better pubs than Queensland pubs, which boast Cane Toad races, happy hour that lasts all day and lets face it, a cold beer always tastes better, the muggier the weather outside. For accommodation I highly recommend the Daintree Wilderness Lodge for a reasonable price and a holiday experience that leaves you feeling grounded once more.
JERVIS BAY, NSW
There’s something very unique on offer in Jervis Bay. And it’s known as Glamping. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s camping – the glamorous way. And thanks to Paperbark Camp, nestled here on the NSW South Coast, you will believe you have travelled to Africa, sleeping in luxurious African Safari style tents, decked out with king sized beds and soft Egyptian cotton sheets, claw-foot bath tubs under the stars, room service and massages available upon request and canoes and bikes available for guest use. The kids will love it, spotting kangaroos and picnics in nearby Huskisson and Mum and Dad will love to complete quiet, without the mozzies.
Stop groaning! It’s not what you think. The very fact that you automatically winced at the idea of a holiday in a bustling city is the very reason why this will be the best time of year to explore the big smoke – while everyone else has escaped town and taken the long queues with them! Breeze through the gates of Luna Park, the Melbourne Markets, enjoy a leisurely day shopping on Chapel Street, or take a trip to Melbourne Zoo and for once, you will have it all to your self!
THE BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Mum and Dad, I can’t deny there’s something in this destination for you – some of the best wines Australia has to offer. But wait, there’s more! It’s Easter and what do we all need to do for the kids at Easter time? An Easter egg hunt of course! There’s nothing better than the rolling hills of South Australia, with the perfect climate for this time of the year, after summer has departed and before the winter chill. Enjoy the space and sight of the horizon as you watch your kids roll around in the grass and do what kids love best – all the while, you’ve got a lovely drop of Yalumba red in hand. Oh, and the food’s not bad either.
BROKEN BAY, NSW
Broken Bay sits on The Hawkesbury River in NSW, about an hour and half drive north of Sydney. The Hawkesbury is argued to be the best oyster-farming destination in Australia due to its rich nutrients and water quality. What do we all eat at Easter time? Seafood! And what better way to spend a holiday than on the water itself, with a family sized House Boat! Here, they are in abundance, at very reasonable rates and without the restrictions of a boat license for the chosen driver. Picture it… in charge of your own destiny, chugging along, pulling into any bay that takes your fancy, swims all day, fresh fish for dinner and the sound of water lapping at the hull as you drift off to sleep at night, far from the maddening crowds elsewhere in the world.
So after a well earned break, a few Easter eggs, a reconnection with those you love the most and an insight into some of Australia’s tourism gems, I do hope you have a safe and enjoyable Easter and Anzac break. Long live Australia’s Public Holidays!