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Top 7 Easter destinations in 2023: Australia & abroad

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Planning to travel in Australia or overseas this Easter break? If you need some travel inspiration and tips for where to go in April, we’ve got you covered with some top destinations for your holiday in 2023. 

It’s almost the time of year when supermarkets pre-emptively line the shelves with hot cross buns. That can only mean one thing: Easter 2023 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 19-day streak of time off across the Easter and Anzac Day period, by only taking 10 days off from work. Consider it Mozo’s Easter egg for you, in 2023.

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 in 2023

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne is not only Australia’s City of Culture, but it’s a walker’s paradise. Famous for laneways packed with food, drink, and coffee spots (like Centre Place in the CBD), a free tram network in the heart of the city, and its oozing creative nature, a trip to Melbourne during Easter is an easy choice for those looking to discover cool, new places and flavours. 

Explore Queen Victoria Market, 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. 

While you’re down there, check out the Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, in Southbank, before it ends on April 16, 2023. 

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 high 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 in to, 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. 

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 Coogie to Bondi walk, a 7km stretch of coastal scenery, dotted with outlooks and parks, that ends at one of Australia’s best-known beaches. The walk takes between and hour and an hour and a half, so try to pick a day with good weather, so you can go for a swim at the end of it. 

Kiama, NSW

Kiama, a couple of hours drive South of 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 its major draws, 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!

Where to travel overseas for Easter in 2023

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. 

Tokyo, Japan

Now that Japan’s borders have reopened for tourists, you might be thinking of heading over to the island nation during the April Easter break. 

If that’s you, then we have some good news. Japan’s cherry blossom season runs from late-March to mid-April, so you’ll be there at the right time to see a full-bloom blanket of pink in some parts of the country. 

Make sure you check out our Japan travel insurance guide for tips and tricks when it comes to travelling to Japan. 

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 holiday.  

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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