A collective sigh of relief can be heard around Melbourne this morning as the Easter break approaches. The morning temperature has already begun to dip into single figures, and for most the Easter break marks the last celebration of sunshine and the summer warmth.
With that in mind, there is no better time to throw on the jeans and jumper and get out to explore our state this long weekend.
GRAM has compiled a guide to what’s on over the next four days:
Markets of Melbourne A collective between four of Melbourne’s longest running cultural icons –Prahran Market, Queen Victoria Market, Dandenong Market and South Melbourne Market, the Markets of Melbourne have plenty on offer over the Easter break: South Melbourne Market Market Jazz – Thurs 17, Sat 19 and Sun 20 1am – 1.30pm
Easter egg hunt – Sat 19 from 10am
Meet Easter bunny – Thurs 17 11am – 2pm and Sat 19 10am – 1pm
Prahran Market Great Easter Egg Giveaway – Sat 19 11am – 2pm
Queen Victoria Market Easter Sunday Treasure Hunt – Sun 20 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Dandenong Market Easter bunny visit – Sat 19 and Sun 20 10am – 1pm
Easter Sunday Breakfast at the Melbourne Aquarium Enjoy an egg-cellent start to your Easter Sunday with a morning of family fun and entertainment at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Adults $50 per person, Children (3-12 years) $35 per person, Children (under 3 years) $15 per person.
Bookings essential. Email the events team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9923 5952
Bendigo Winemakers Festival The annual Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is on again this Easter Sunday. Meet the winemakers of the region, sample the best Bendigo wines and enjoy live music in a tranquil garden setting of the stunning Botanical Gardens in Castlemaine on Easter Sunday, 20th April 2014.
Bendigo also comes alive with the annual Bendigo Easter Festival. Since 1870, Australia’s oldest community festival, has attracted tens of thousands of people to the region every Easter. This is definitely an event not to miss. Where:Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, VIC When: Sunday April 20
Visit Bendigo Tourism here for more info on the full program of Easter activities in Bendigo.
Brown Brother’s Estate Wine and Food Festival
Held in the beautiful grounds of Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, there will be a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including live entertainment, delicious food and local produce stalls. Held on April 19 and 20 the festival offers fabulous wine and food matching, live music in the grounds, a farmers’ market, wine and chocolate masterclasses and lots of fun for the kids. Where: Brown Brother’s Winery – 239 Milawa Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, VIC When: Saturday April 19 – Sunday April 20
Visit Brown Brother’s website for more info
Falls Creek Easter Festival This April Falls Creek will again host the annual Easter Festival. There are loads of activities for all ages including the Easter Egg Hunt, the Eggstra-ordinary Egg Toss, FREE kids club activities, outdoor cinema, summit chairlift rides, face painting, sunset tours, colouring in competitions and of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny. Where:Falls Creek, Vic When: Friday April 18 – Monday April 21
Visit Falls Creek website for more info
OWOCV Easter Egg Hunt and Food and Wine Festival The Our Women Our Children Volunteers host their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the gorgeous surroundings of Bellarine Estate Winery on Easter Sunday!
The family friendly event gives kids the chance to hunt for chocolate Easter eggs and join in the other fun activities on offer.
Parents can also enjoy the entertainment and the local food and wine available to sample. Where: Bellarine Estate Winery, 2270 Portarlington Rd When: Sunday April 20
Visit the OWOCV website for more info
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Cadbury continues to share the joy of Easter with Victorian families with the annual Werribee Park Easter Egg hunt, the largest Easter egg hunt in Australia, which raises much-needed funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal. Where: Werribbe Park, Weeibee When: Friday April 18
Visit the Cadbury website for more info