Easter – It’s not only about chocolate!

Easter is just around the corner and as we all know, this yearly celebration can very quickly become a holiday of overindulgence and before you know it you are surrounded by shiny Easter egg wrappers, feeling a sugar rush of epic proportions wondering where it all went wrong!

And whilst we would never suggest to completely forgo this now sacred ritual of chocolate worship (even we aren’t that strong!), why not make more of your Easter break by getting out and about to enjoy some of the great activities on in your area?

We have compiled a list of activities to enjoy this Easter break – including some great walks and runs for you to try to help balance some of the overindulgence. Afterall, we are all about balance here at Almond Breeze! 

 

Sydney

Sweet Addiction

The Botanic story of Chocolate.

This exhibition, in the new Calyx structure in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens is a sensory journey that follows the much loved sweet treat from plant to packaging. The exhibition also boasts an impressive vertical garden made up of over 18,000 plants and a tasting stand to sample the raw ingredients (and chocolate buttons, if you are so inclined). Lots of fun activities for kids as well as fascinating facts for adults. Sponsored by Lindt, it’s an indulgent day out.

Tickets support the gardens science, horticulture and conservation projects, and are available here.

The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt

What’s better than getting outside on a long weekend and getting the kids involved in a good old Easter Egg Hunt? Centennial Parklands hosts the annual hunt through the grounds over Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend. Each ticket holder is awarded a map for a self-guided tour. The parklands also have activities such as an Egg and Spoon race and meet and greets with The Easter Bunny and Bilby. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

Hermitage foreshore walk

Ease into the Easter weekend with a scenic walk in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. We recommend starting in Nielsen Park in Beautiful Vaucluse and concluding at Bayview Hill Road, Rose Bay. The walk is relatively short (1.8km) – perfect for the little ones or beginners. Arguably Sydney’s most picturesque walk, with views across the harbour to Shark Island, Sydney CBD and the North Shore.

 

Melbourne

Easter fun day

Head on down to beautiful Rippon Lea House and Garden for their annual Easter fun day. The event, taking place on Easter Sunday will feature an Easter egg hunt and a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. Other activities on offer include an African drumming workshop, a petting farm, market stalls, food trucks and face painting for the kids. Whilst there, we recommend taking a guided tour of the historic mansion. Tickets can be pre-purchased here.

Tour De Tarwin

Take an early morning drive to beautiful Gippsland. Lower Tarwin and Venus bay host the Annual Tour De Tarwin. Running over two days, participants can walk, run or ride on the Easter Saturday. Easter Sunday will see a change of scenery for a beach run. The event is suited for all ages and offers individual and family tickets. All proceeds go to the CFA in Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club and CERT to purchase equipment. Tickets can be purchased here.

Punting on the lake

Make the most of the warmer weather and get a group together for a tour of the beautiful Ornamental Lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Punts can fit up to eight guests and tours run for 30 minutes. Pre-purchased tickets available here.

 

Perth

Crazy Fun Carnival

Take the kids out for an exciting day out at the Crazy Fun Carnival. The event, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend offers unlimited rides, complimentary Easter treats, face painting, a magician, circus and a special visit by the Easter Bunny. Tickets are available here.

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival

If live music is more your scene head down to Fremantle for the International Street Arts Festival. Held over the entire Easter weekend, the beachside suburb will be filled with the sound of buskers, street theatre and live music. Relax and have a bite to eat at the festival’s food stalls and popup bars. The festival is free, however there are some paid shows. See what’s on here.

 

Brisbane

Live Large festival

Live large is a festival for everyone, held over Easter Saturday and Sunday. Kids will love the bouncing castle, face painting, dance and drama workshops and a visit from the Easter Bunny on Sunday. If your tastes run on the more grown up side, treat yourself to a unique gift at the bespoke market stalls, grab a bite to eat from the food trucks and enjoy the live music. Admission is free but bring some cash for the food, drinks and markets.

Easter in the Olden Days

The Museum of Brisbane is holding an exhibition on Easter in past years. The exhibition includes an Easter egg decorating area, a bonnet decorating stand and an Easter egg hunt for families. The event is free of charge and does not require bookings.

Maidenwell Running festival

Head out to Maidenwell for a full weekend of outback running. The event has walks and runs across the whole Easter break. Distances range from 2.2km to 56km – there is a variety of challenging distances for all. Tickets are available here.

 

Adelaide

Meadows Hall Easter Fair  

Held over the four days of Easter, the Meadows Easter Fair is a great family day out. This year will see 100 stalls exhibiting a variety of wares such as plants and bulbs, crafts and collectibles. Kids will especially love the native animal nursery, face painting and jumping castle. Food is available on the day to be enjoyed in the picnic area. The fair is open daily from 9am-4pm over the Easter weekend.

Brick-a-laide

Brick-a-laide, a Lego exhibition returns to the Adelaide convention over the Easter weekend. The event, open on the 14th and 15th of April promises a fun family day out. Brick-a-laide features a building centre, Lego stores and a plaster fun house to create your own unique work of art. Tickets are available here.

Good Friday Bun Run

Jog into the Athelstone Good Friday Bun Run. The race commences at 8:00am and participants can choose their length from 5km to 10.5km. There is no need to register, runners can turn up on the day. There will also be a raffle on offer with $5 entry for the chance to win a Weber BBQ.