There’s lots coming up around Australia over the Easter long weekend, ranging from picnics and Easter Egg hunts, to a selfie with a crocodile. Here is our round-up of activities for the whole family.
A Sydney Easter wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show, taking place Friday 23 March to Tuesday 3 April 2018. This is one for the whole family, with rides, food, a petting zoo for the little ones and farm animals. Get there by train to Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park also has nearly 400 accessible and mobility car parking spaces.
If you’d prefer to go somewhere in the City, the Australian Museum has some exciting exhibitions at the moment, including Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age and 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum. Carers with a Companion Card can get in free. There is detailed accessibility information available on the website.
Melbourne also offers an Easter Show, with everything from a carnival zone to face painting and an animal farm. It’s located at the Cranbourne Turf Club near Cranbourne station, and opening hours Friday to Monday will be 10:00am – 9:00pm.
This year’s Easter Weekend falls at the opening of the Melbourne Comedy Festival with over 600 shows and free family entertainment at Federation Square. You can find out more here. Many venues are wheelchair accessible.
The Bellarine Railway will be offering steam train rides from Queenscliff station on Friday 30 March, and will donate the proceeds to the Good Friday Appeal. Trips will depart Queenscliff Station on the hour from 11:00am until 3:00pm. The station is wheelchair accessible.
Capri on Via Roma in Brisbane is offering a great morning of family fun, free of charge, on Saturday 31 March from 9:00am to 1:00pm. You can even snap a selfie with the Easter Bunny. You can also get there by boat.
Hosted by Youth with a Mission, North Brisbane Easter Festival will be kicking off at 10:00am on 30 March in Mitchelton Park. Entry is free and things in store include sack races and sideshow games. The festival runs 10:00am to 7:00pm on 30 and 31 March.
If the weather’s good and you don’t mind crowds, how about a visit to Wet ‘n Wild for a day of rides, water slides and family pools? It offers a discounted rate to anyone who uses a wheelchair or has a disability, and guests are encouraged to call Guest Services on (07) 5556 1610 to discuss accessibility requirements. Find out more.
At Perth’s Cathedral Square, there’s an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 1 April. You could also head to the Perth Zoo, which offers free admission to carers with a Companion Card. Find out more about facilities and activities for people with a disability.
In Hobart, the RHH Research Foundation will be running an Easter Egg hunt and offering an area for family picnics from 10:00am on Friday 30 March. There will be a quieter area for children with special needs to collect eggs. When booking online, you can indicate any special requirements or you can phone the office on (03) 6166 1319.
For something completely different, you could visit Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’, on Sunday 1 April for Mural Fest, a unique international art competition.
In Adelaide, this will be your last chance to catch Cirque Africa, the top-selling show at last year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. You’ll see 22 performers from 4 African countries performing a high energy 60-minute show. Book tickets here. Both venues offer wheelchair access.
Another option is the Meadows Easter Fair at the Meadows Memorial Hall in the Adelaide Hills. It’s on all weekend and just 45 minutes’ drive from Adelaide.
In Canberra, the National Folk Festival will be running over Easter Weekend. The Festival celebrates all things folk, with over 750 individual concerts by more than 200 local and national acts including music, dance and spoken word. There will also be crafts, bars and food markets. Primary carers are admitted free of charge. The Access Team will be available onsite for the duration of the Festival to indicate access points to venues and answer any other questions. They can be contacted on 0406 375 694.
In Darwin, you’ll be able to get a picture with a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove, which is hosting visitors over the weekend. There will also be an appearance by Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny at the Darwin Waterfront on Saturday 30 March, 9:00am – 1:00pm. The Waterfront Precinct and the Smith Street East Walkway both offer wheelchair access via lifts and ramps.
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