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Easter Holiday Ideas on a Budget
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By MyBudget Editor

Australians are about to experience a perfect storm of holidays with the Easter long weekend running into Anzac Day just two days later. Employers all over the country are bracing themselves for a barrage of official and unofficial leave days. If you haven’t made plans already, here are a selection of budget-friendly Easter holiday ideas to get you in vacation mode, including day trips, last minute deals and “staycationing” ideas.

Last minute deals

One of the challenges of going away during popular holiday periods is that prices are inflated. So, whether you’re looking for accommodation, flights or car rental, prepare yourself for high season rates. Easter and Anzac Day also coincide with school holidays this year, which is why most caravan parks and camping grounds will have a five-day minimum.

But last minute deals will come up! Skyscanner has a web page dedicated to last minute Easter flight deals, including Sydney to Gold Coast return for $358, Melbourne to Adelaide return for $150, Brisbane to the Whitsundays return for $460, and Adelaide to Sydney return for $215 (current at the time of research). If you’re keen to holiday within driving distance of home, try contacting local hotels or holiday parks to enquire about cancellations or “orphaned” (un-booked days) between reservations.

Day trips

One way to slash your holiday costs is to sleep in your own bed. Day trips are a great way to experience the feeling of being on holiday, minus the logistics of travel and the cost of accommodation. To get you started, we’ve curated a list of Easter egg hunts and other Easter activities from around the country. Click on your state for more Easter activities from Eventbrite—please note that some free activities require online registration.

South Australia

Melba’s Easter Weekend, Woodside, every day of the Easter long weekend, Cost: FREE: face painting, chocolate sampling, colouring competition

The Adelaide International Kite Festival, Semaphore, 21-22 April, Cost: FREE: kites, markets, festival

New South Wales

Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt, Centennial Parklands, 20 April, Cost: $17.70: international Easter theme, egg hunt, activity trail

Rouse Hill Town Centre Easter Saturday Egg Hunt, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Cost: $5: egg hunt, free activities, petting zoo, funds raised go to Red Cross

Victoria

Cockatoo Easter Egg Hunt, Cockatoo, 21 April, Cost: FREE: egg hunt, markets, activities, petting farm

Melbourne's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt at the Melbourne Easter Show, Cranbourne, 19-22 April, Cost: $5 plus show entry ticket: egg hunt, activities

Western Australia

Children's Easter Day at Peninsula Farm, Maylands, 20 April, Cost: $5: treasure hunt, crafts, Easter eggs

Happy Cheese'Ter 2019, The Cheese Barrel, Millendon, 21 April, Cost: $10 kids, $20 adults: brunch board, cheese sampling, cheese hunt, petting zoo

Queensland

Bulimba Golf Club’s Easter Sunday, Bulimba, 21 April, Cost: FREE: jumping castle, egg hunt, egg-and-spoon races, live music

Easter Sunday Carnival by Mavis's Kitchen & Events Collective, Uki, 21 April, Cost: $25 kids, $45 adults: music, face painting, Easter Bunny, egg hunt, food and drink included

Staycation

If the idea of spending your holiday in airports and holiday traffic jams make you hotter and crosser than an Easter bun, you might be well counseled to contemplate “staycationing.” Staycationing involves adopting a holiday mentality in the comfort of your own home.

The key to successful staycationing is to release yourself from your usual responsibilities and routines. For example, it’s best to clean the house before your staycation begins, not during it. If making dinner is part of your usual routine, cook your meals in advance or budget for takeaway or dining out. Likewise, change the voicemail on your phone to let callers know you’re taking a break.

Just as you would if you were holidaying away from home, plan an itinerary for your staycation. School-aged kids love being involved in planning, and creating an itinerary is a good opportunity to talk about budgeting. Friday might be for going to the movies, Saturday for playing board games or doing Easter craft, Sunday for Easter fun in the morning and home movies in the afternoon, Monday for a picnic… you get the picture. Whatever happens, don’t let yourself succumb to housework and answering emails!

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