Easter holiday weekend - activities, dates, free events, things to see and do to enjoy your time whilst your friends and family are away in Australia
The Easter Holiday long weekend in Australia is a time when many Australians leave the capital cities and enjoy some time out with their friends and families in various locations, mostly in regional areas of Australia.
There is a mass exodus from the cities and concerted road safety campaigns run by the Police and Road Traffic Authorities are designed to reduce the road toll as so many cars are on the road.
But if you are a newcomer to Australia, you may be wondering where to go and what to do as many people that you have met will be disappearing for four or more days.
At the same time, there are many regular activities that stop over Easter and resume again after Easter.
So this article gives you a variety of information on things that you might like to see or do over Easter in Australia. It will be a starting point for you to find something that you might really enjoy.
However, I guess we should start with the purpose of the Easter break. As you may be aware, it is a very important time on the Christian calendar when the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter. The date varies as it is the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon following the vernal equinox. You can find the dates for Easter public holidays in Australia via http://australia.gov.au/topics/australian-facts-and-figures/public-holidays. This includes Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Shops and retail outlet hours are also changed during this time with many stores closing on Good Friday.
As it is such an important time for Christians, you will find that there are many churches offering special services and you are encouraged to visit a church to see what it is all about. It is free to attend a church, however you may be invited to make a donation whilst you are there. You can find local churches in your local area through your Council Website, through the National Council of Churches http://www.ncca.org.au or the Yellow Pages http://www.yellowpages.com.au (enter your suburb details).
This Easter in Australia article http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/easter/ discusses Easter Eggs, Easter Bunny and Hot Cross Buns.
There are some well known activities that occur over Easter - for instance:
It is also the time (if it is the first Sunday in April) when Daylight Savings in Australia ends http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/our-country/time and you are also encouraged to change your Smoke Alarm Battery http://www.changeyourbattery.com.au
However, for many people, particularly newcomers without a huge budget to spend on entertainment, it can be a very lonely time. You may be a long way away from loved ones and the busy-ness of work or study subsides and everything appears quiet. So what can I suggest for you?
Firstly, it is a good idea to do some activities that you either want to finish or that you enjoy. It may be a particularly good time to reach out to people who have come from the same country as you - so find the details of the community groups designed for other people of the same nationality and contact them by email or telephone and find out if there is an activity that you can join. (For instance, Google 'Brazilian Association Melbourne' to find Brazilians in Melbourne).
Can I also suggest that you:
. visit the local tourist information centre and ask for suggestions
In theory, you have up to four days to do as you please if you have a 'holiday' from work - so I hope you have the opportunity to make the most of your break and have a lot of holiday fun! If you have any other suggestions, please contact us!
Written by Sue Ellson, Founder and Director, Newcomers Network, 31st March 2010
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