7 top value Easter destinations: Australia and abroad

Remy Taylor

Wednesday 23 January 2019

<p>7 top value Easter destinations in Australia and abroad</p>

Already planning your next holiday? Then you’ll be happy to know that if you play your annual leave cards right this Easter 2019 break, you can get a lush 10 days of holidays for merely 3 days of annual leave.

“How?” You ask. Well, this 2019 Easter break Good Friday lands on April 19, Easter Monday is 22 April and Anzac Day is Thursday, April 25. Plan to head to your destination after work on Thursday 18 April and book in annual leave until Tuesday 23 April, Wednesday 24 April and Friday 26 April and you’ll be back from your much-needed 10 days of R & R and ready for action by Monday 29 April.

With this much time on your hands, use it wisely with a value for money get away. Whether you're looking to escape to a ‘fly and flop’ location before winter, or prefer to stay closer to home, there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there.

Local Spots
Melbourne, VIC

If you’re into city events like pop-up food markets, free live music, art and some of the finest coffee in the world, then Melbourne’s city centre is the place for you to visit this Easter. Otherwise known as Australia's City of Culture, Melbourne comes alive in Autumn with tonnes of free holiday events, all sprawled throughout the CBD.

Our top pick:

 If you’re looking to have a laugh, then the eagerly awaited Melbourne International Comedy Festival with some of the best local and international comedians around is something to consider. Average ticket prices are around $27, but for those on a budget, there are $10 tickets or even free events on offer.

Cairns, QLD

Dreaming of a tropical, poolside vacay, but your budget only covers domestic flights? Then Cairns is your one-stop destination, for an exotic style holiday right here in Aus. With April’s daily temperatures of around 25°C and plenty of affordable accommodation featuring swimming pools, you won’t even need to leave your hotel.

Our top pick: 

Why not head to the Village in the Rainforest, a World Heritage Rainforest in Kuranda, 1,000 feet above Cairns and check its natural beauty. With a picturesque walking track, butterfly sanctuary, markets, a riverboat cruise, plus loads more, you won’t be lacking in cost-friendly things to do.

Kiama, NSW

There’s no surprise that Kiama, NSW makes the cut for valuable Easter destinations in 2019. Taking in its breathtaking beaches, rainforests, mountains, escarpment, and rural landscapes along with 22,000 locals won’t cost you a thing. However, if you’re looking to escape the crowds, why not head 10 minutes out of Kiama to Saddleback Mountain and enjoy a wander through nature. Keep in mind, this destination is a popular choice around Easter, accommodation is limited and therefore a bit more pricey than usual, so make sure to get in early and nab an ideal spot at a good price.

Our top pick: 

Check out the Kiama Blow Hole, where seawater shoots into the air, it’s one of the largest blowholes in the world and the town’s major tourist attraction. Plus it won’t cost a thing!

Sydney, NSW

If you’re really looking to immerse yourself in the spirit of Easter, head to Sydney’s Australian Botanic Gardens at Mt Annan for the annual Easter egg hunt. Follow the trail map for clues, complete challenges and collect eggs for a small price of $15 a ticket. Plus, there’s plenty of other workshops and activities around the city to get you in the Easter vibe. Although at that time of year accommodation could be quite pricey, deals are still available if you dedicate time to search for them.

Our top pick: 

Try out the Spit to Manly walk, a 10km scenic walk that takes you along the harbourside cliffs on the north side into Manly. With plenty of swimming spots, cafes and things to do along the way, see for yourself what all the hype is about.

International Spots

Auckland, New Zealand  

Great food, great wine and great nightlife. That’s what you’ll get when you pack your suitcase and head for Auckland, Newzealand over the Easter break. At that time of year, the weather is known for crisp sunny days with beautiful bright skies. And money conversion rates are around 1 NZD for around 1.06 AUD, so you won’t be out of pocket when you exchange your money.

Our top pick:

 Take the ferry to Waiheke Island and see where the locals get in on the action by hiking, canoeing and biking. And even if those aren’t included your ideal holiday, there are plenty of famous vineyards on the island that are worth a relaxing wine and dine in.

Tokyo, Japan

Spring (March to May) in Japan is the best time to visit Japan, with clear skies, mild weather and delicate cherry blossoms about, it’ll be a magical time to visit in your Easter break. Even if you just miss the blossoms in full bloom, seeing the radiant hues of Autumn leaves is undoubtedly something to tick off your travel bucket list. Japan is still a largely cash-driven economy, so exchanging your currency before you travel is a great way to get the best bang for your buck. And keeping a close eye on Mozo’s foreign exchange calculator, with up to date rates, will help you decide the best time to exchange your money.

Our top pick:

While the bright lights of Tokyo are entrancing, hotels can set you back roughly $200, whereas there are plenty family-run lodges just outside of town for far cheaper that will provide an authentic experience of the countryside.

Nadi, Fiji

Although you may have heard the contrary, there are actually affordable accommodation options in Fiji. Hostel prices can start at around $9 per night on the islands and for as little as $4 on the Mainland in Nadi. In terms of weather, one of the best months to visit Fiji is in April, so why not take advantage of this beautiful island when its waters and air are at a perfect temperature.

Our top pick:

For around $50 AUD a pop, you can visit some of Fiji’s most unique spots with guided tours of its traditional villages, botanical gardens, craft markets and best of all, the towering Hindu temple outside of Nadi.

Finally, don’t forget to snatch up a secure travel insurance policy before you book your flights, accommodation and tours. And by comparing travel insurance options, you’ll usually find some at a cost-friendly price. Then you can have peace of mind when you grab your scuba gear, go hiking or simply read a book and relax!

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