Top 7 Easter destinations: Australia & abroad

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Do you smell that? That slightly sweet scent with a hint of cinnamon? That’s the smell of supermarkets lining the shelves, long before they need to, with fresh hot cross buns. That can only mean one thing: Easter 2022 is coming. 

Like the supermarkets, you too can get in early and make the most of your Easter holidays by planning ahead with your annual leave dates. If you play your cards right, you could even score a 17-day streak of time-off across the Easter and Anzac Day period, by only taking 8 days off from work. Consider it Mozo’s Easter-egg for you, in 2022.

That’ll give you plenty of wriggle room if you’re itching for a getaway over the Easter and ANZAC Day period. With that much time on your hands, you could head interstate, or even fly overseas to one of our nearby neighbours.  

Your head might be swimming with possibilities, and if so, we thought we’d give you a helping hand and bring you some of our top value Easter destinations in Australia, and abroad.

Where to travel in Australia for Easter

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne is not only Australia’s City of Culture, but it’s a walker’s paradise. Known for its alleys packed with food, drink, and coffee spots, free trams through the CBD, and creative nature, a trip to Melbourne during Easter is an easy choice for those looking to discover cool, new places (and flavours). 

Explore the Queen Victoria Markets, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Catch the 86 tram over to Collingwood and have a bite to eat on Smith Street, home of some of Melbourne’s most popular bars, cafes, restaurants and vintage shops. 

Or if you’re looking to add a road trip to your Easter getaway, drive on over to the Twelve Apostles, located roughly 3 hours from the CBD along the ever-scenic Great Ocean Road. 

Just remember to pack a jumper and jacket, as Melbourne is notoriously windy and cool during the Autumn months.

Cairns, QLD

If the Easter weather where you are is a little brisk, then maybe you’d fancy the tropical climate on offer in Cairns, where they haven’t seemed to invent cold weather yet. With April’s daily temperatures in the ballpark of 25°C, it might feel like Summer never left. 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and is right near tropical Cairns. It’s the world’s largest coral reef, home to a diverse underwater ecosystem. There are plenty of tours to book into, including snorkelling and diving trips, so you can get an up-close look at the undersea locals. 

If finding Nemo isn’t your thing, there’s also the village of Kuranda, located within the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest. Apart from walking the trails through the rainforest, there’s plenty to see and do in Kuranda, like the Kuranda riverboat tour, cuddling up to cute Koalas at the Kuranda Koala Gardens, or even heading to the local markets.

Kiama, NSW

Kiama, a couple hours drive South from Sydney, boasts breathtaking beaches, rainforests and mountainous peaks. One of these peaks is Saddleback Mountain, just 10 minutes out of Kiama. If you’re the adventurous type, you might fancy a hike to the top of Saddleback, where you’ll have views from Cronulla to Milton.

One of the major attractions however, is the Kiama blowhole. It’s actually one of the largest blowholes in the world, making it a very popular tourist attraction. Plus, it’s free! 

Sydney, NSW

Sydney is the largest and most popular city in Australia, and for good reason too. With attractions like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanic Gardens all in close proximity, there are plenty of ways to pack your day full with the sights Sydney offers. 

If you’re looking to really get into the Easter spirit, then there’s the Sydney Royal Easter Show to check out, which is located at Olympic Park in Homebush.

For the more active sightseers, you might be interested in the Spit to Manly walk, a 10km stretch of coastal scenery that takes you along the harbour-side cliffs on the north side into Manly. With plenty of swimming spots, cafes and things to do along the way, this walk has something for everyone.

Where to travel overseas for Easter

Auckland, New Zealand  

Great food, great wine, and great nightlife. That’s what you’ll get when you pack your suitcase and head to Auckland, New Zealand over the Easter break. At this time of year, the weather is known to bring crisp sunny days with beautiful bright skies. 

Take the ferry to Waiheke Island and see where the locals get in on the action by hiking, canoeing, and biking. But if those activities aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of world-class vineyards on the island where you can wine and dine. 

Los Angeles, USA

If you’re desperate to escape the incoming cold weather, then a flight to LA over the Easter break is an option. Even when you factor in the length of flights, you should still be able to almost get a solid 2 weeks out of your trip.

Nadi, Fiji

In terms of weather, one of the best months to visit Fiji is in April. It’s the final month of Fiji’s Summer season, so you can expect heat and humidity from this tropical island getaway.

Relax on the beach, eat great local food, or check out the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple in Nadi.

Travel insurance for your Easter vacation

Wherever you end up going, taking a travel insurance policy with you is a great way to help ease you into your holiday. By knowing that you could be covered if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to enjoy your break. 

If you’re travelling somewhere in Australia, then a domestic travel insurance policy is the way to go. You might want to look for a policy that includes rental car insurance excess cover, if you’re hiring a car on your holiday

If you’re heading overseas, then purchasing an international travel insurance policy is a good idea. When it comes to things like overseas medical, cancellations, and losing your luggage, your Easter holiday could quickly turn into an expensive endeavour.

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