Planning Your Easter Long Weekend
We’re not quite sure how it happened but Easter is a bunny-hop away! There’s a lot to love about the Easter long weekend…..chocolate, four days to relax with family and friends, chocolate, fresh seafood, chocolate, crisp autumn days……oh, and did we mention chocolate??
If you’re not sure what to do this long weekend, check out all these events, or have a read below. We’ve come up with some egg-cellent activities and ideas. Perfect for keeping you, the family and any visitors busy, and away from the four-year-old’s Humpty Dumpty smarties……
GOOD FRIDAY // APRIL 19
Kick start your Easter long weekend with a visit to the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre. Open 9am-5:30pm, you’ll find scenic bushwalks, bird and wildlife watching and spectacular views. With a short boardwalk to see awesome waterfalls, it’s an ideal location for families. Bring a picnic or grab a bite at the friendly Falls Café.
If the prospect of a bushwalk has got you thinking “Um, yeah… no thanks”, that’s quite alright! Good Friday can be tricky for eating out, but we do know that The Glass Cafe in Mittagong (open all long-weekend), The Mill Café and The Press Shop in Bowral will be open. Why don’t you head out for brunch and follow that with a movie at the cosy Empire Cinema (open all long weekend). Here's a list of all the local cafes - perhaps just call ahead to check before you go.
There is also a super-fun Easter Egg Hunt at Bradman Oval. Hosted by The Plaster Pitt, this awesome activity for the kids kicks off at 10:00am.
If you do happen to spend the morning bushwalking – congratulations! You have earned yourself a hearty lunch! Dine at Robertson Public House & Kitchen and enjoy a leisurely afternoon spent exploring the home of the Big Potato (there's a fab park for the kids just down the road). Or head to Moss Vale and head into The Taphouse for some thirst-quenching ales and something delish from their new autumn menu.
Take a scenic drive… If you’re in the mood for some sightseeing (or you want to show off to any long weekend visitors) why not take a drive through rainforest on stunning Jamberoo Mountain Rd and visit Jamberoo Lookout? Or take in the rolling green hills of Robertson, Kangaloon and Glenquarry. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to add on a bit of a hike, try Belmore or Carrington Falls. So many amazing spots - we are seriously spoilt for choice!
St Jude's Church in Bowral are presenting 'St Luke Passion' (J S Bach) on Good Friday at 5.30pm. According to St Judes Music Association, “this work is a narration of the Passion of Jesus as contained in the Gospel of St Luke. It is a moving account of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion interspersed with some of the great chorales of the Lutheran Church.”
And don’t forget fish is traditionally eaten on Good Friday – be sure to order your seafood to avoid disappointment! Here’s a list of where to get seafood locally.
EASTER SATURDAY // APRIL 20
Easter Saturday in the Highlands means Burrawang Easter Markets! From 8am-3pm the entire main street of Burrawang will be buzzing with 150 stalls selling locally grown food products, art and crafts as well as rides, face painting and animals. It’s a must do. See you there!
Take a stroll! Have you tried; Cherry Tree Walk in Bowral, Berrima River Walk, Hammock Hill Reserve in East Bowral (where you’ll find some really cute wombat statues) or the Moss Vale to Burradoo Bike Track. If you’re feeling up for a challenge head to Bundanoon National Park, Box Vale in Mittagong, Mount Gibraltar or Cave Creek Track in Hill Top. You’ll find the ice cream you’ve earned right here - when you’re done!
Grab your snags and head to Nepean Dam for a picnic and some impressive views of the lake and gorge. Kids will love the walk along the dam wall.
Create your own Art Gallery Trail. We have so many talented people in the Highlands – here’s a list of local art galleries and current exhibitions for you to start with. Don’t miss Artists of the Round Yard’s homage to all things cherished at their stunning Old Favourites exhibition at Retford Park, open every day of the long weekend 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Image Credit // Darren Hopton
Mittagong Markets are also on today 8:00am – 2:00pm in the grounds of Mittagong Uniting Church at the corner of Alice and Albert Streets, Mittagong. At these dog-friendly markets, you’ll find pet treats, unique jewellery, hand-made clothing and children’s items, wood products and plenty of yummy stuff.
After an action-packed day, it’s probably best to outsource dinner. Check out our Where To Eat Dinner With Friends for some dinner venue ideas, or this list of restaurants. Or if pub-grub’s more your thing, take a look at our Bars of the Highlands post for inspiration. You’ll be sure to find the perfect spot to wet your whistle and feed a hungry mob. Again, make sure you check their socials,website or call ahead to make sure they are open.
EASTER SUNDAY // APRIL 21
There’s LOADS going on this Easter Sunday, so work your hot-cross-bun-consumption in around these awesome activities. Speaking of HCB’s, how lucky are we?! Each of these local, awesome bakeries have some seriously good buns to be tasted. I think we might need to seek help for this obsession…
Music in the Vines at Joadja Estate will be buzzing from 1:00pm on Easter Sunday to the rhythm of awesome local band The Black Dogs. Entry to this event is free! Children are welcome (there’s a playground!), wood fire pizza and cheese plates will be on offer. Sounds like a plan to us!
On Sunday you’ll find the Bundanoon Makers Market operating from 8:30am – 2:00pm. The name says it all really; it’s a craft lovers paradise. They have some fabulous fresh produce as well as an assortment of yummy things…..’cause that’s what we need more of on Easter Sunday!
If your family likes a bit of competition and action, book a lane at Highlands Tenpin and throw some down. Do it for the fancy shoes, if nothing else! Another option for the fam is to head to The Farm Club for their farm walk where you learn about the farm animals and have a chance to feed them. Lovely start to the day!
Finish off the day with a night time adventure to Glow Worm Glen. Located inside Morton National Park and roughly a one hour walk (not suitable for babies and toddlers) it’s worth the trip if you come across these shiny little critters. Pop into the newly refurbished wood-fired pizza or something delicious from their new carvery.
EASTER MONDAY // APRIL 22
There really is something for everyone in the little village of Berrima and at the top of our ‘Easter Monday’ list we have Harpers Mansion. The gigantic maze is fun for all ages and the grounds are the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed hour or two… or more if you get lost in the maze! While you’re in this gorgeous town, be sure to visit the Berrima District Museum’s Story Centre. They are celebrating the makers and artisans of The Highlands, in high definition no less, at the A Butcher, A Baker, A Bunch of Makers exhibition.
If you have tiny people to entertain, take the opportunity to check out an unexplored playground. Renwick, Berrima, Robertson, Lake Alexandra (make sure you take suitable food to feed the ducks!), Bradman Park, Exeter, Bundanoon. So many slides, so little time!
The gorgeous Retford Park gardens are open every day of the long weekend. Food and refreshments are available, although we love the idea of taking your own picnic and just relaaaaxing in the beautiful surrounds of this historical estate.
It’s easy to make a day of exploring the limestone caverns and picturesque surrounds of Wombeyan Caves on the outskirts of the Southern Highlands. Tours are available and you’ll find great picnic facilities.
When’s the last time you gathered some friends and had a twilight picnic? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, all you need is a big, soft blanky and some goodies to share. Think, Berrima Park, Bradman Park, Lake Alexandra, Fitzroy Falls Sailing Club, Berrima River - or even your own backyard! Don’t forget to pack the drinks. Local, of course! Southern Highlands Brewing Co, Eden Brewery, Artemis, Cherry Tree Hill, Centennial…. Joadja! Tertini! Bendooley! Oh My!
Take some time to explore this long weekend. You’ll be amazed by the gems you’ll find at your own doorstep. Exeter, Sutton Forest, Bundanoon, Robertson, Burrawang, Avoca, Berrima, Fitzroy Falls, Kangaloon, Glenquarry, Werai, Wildes Meadow, Joadja… can you tell we love the Southern Highlands? Start with our Towns Of The Highlands article and go exploring.
Wishing you and your crew a safe and happy Easter. And remember, the best thing about memories is making them!
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