With Easter just around the corner, you may be wondering, “Does Australia celebrate Easter?” The answer is yes, we do! In fact, there are many different ways to celebrate Easter in Australia in 2022.
While celebrating a holiday away from home can feel strange, there are plenty of activities and events taking place that are sure to entertain you over the long weekend.
Below, we’ve put together a list of Easter events happening across the country, as well as a brief explanation of what is open on Easter in Australia. No matter your interests, you’ll have no trouble finding fun and creative ways to celebrate Easter in your city!
Ways to celebrate Easter in Sydney
Head to Western Sydney for a day of fun at the Fairfield Easter Fair, running from 14-19 April. With amusement rides, entertainment, food trucks and firework shows every single night, it’s a great way to get in touch with your playful side. Entry is $2pp and unlimited ride passes are available for $25 online or $30 at the fair.
Want to go a little mad? Check out the Easter Sunday Mad Hatters High Tea at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. This Alice in Wonderland-themed event is perfect if you’re looking for a slightly more luxurious Easter treat, complete with incredible food, drinks and decorations. Tickets are $110pp, so this is only suitable if you’re keen to splurge!
Ways to celebrate Easter in Melbourne
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter Sunday in Melbourne, look no further than the Flinders Easter Market. Held on Easter Sunday at the Flinders Cricket Ground, the market boasts over 100 stalls of fresh produce, crafts and trash and treasure. There’s plenty of space to sit down and relax, enjoy some tasty food and soak up some Autumn sunshine. There is no entry fee for the market, although a gold coin donation is appreciated.
Ways to celebrate Easter in Brisbane
Looking for something a bit different to do on Good Friday? Why not head to the Bluewater Festival for a memorable day and night of fun? Held in Shorncliffe on 15 April, the annual festival features the iconic Gladstone Yacht Race, live bands, rides, food, a nighttime beach party and an epic firework display!
Ways to celebrate Easter in Perth
Head to the Perth Makers Market on 14 April from 4-9pm to check out the Easter Twilight Market. Here you’ll find more than 80 of WA’s best vendors, tasty food, a pop-up bar, live music and much more entertainment.
Additionally, the Perth Easter Parade is being held in the Perth Council House Gardens on Easter Sunday from 4:30-6:30pm. The Easter Parade team invites people from all walks of life and all cultures to come together in collective prayer and worship.
Ways to celebrate Easter in Adelaide
The Meadows Easter Fair has become an Easter staple in Adelaide – and it’s back in 2022! From 15 to 18 April, you can explore an incredible range of over 140 vendor stalls, including food, crafts, books, gourmet produce and much more.
If you love to dance, then you’ll definitely want to hit up the Latino Easter Carnival on Easter Sunday. With DJs, live music and dance performances, this is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss.
Ways to celebrate Easter in Canberra
If you’re keen to see snow in Australia, then the long weekend is the perfect time to get your fix in Canberra. From 15 April to 20 May, the Snowplay area at Corin Forest is offering hour-long sessions for $20pp with free toboggan hire available.
If you’re keen to splurge a little over the long weekend, a luxury breakfast could be a great option. Visit Hotel Kurrajong to spend Easter Saturday spoiling yourself with a chocolate-themed brunch, including crepes, brownies, doughnuts, Nutella sandwiches and even a chocolate cocktail. Bookings are essential, so secure your spot while you can!
Ways to celebrate Easter in Darwin
You’ve likely heard of the Easter Bunny, but what about the Easter Tawny Frogmouth or the Easter Emu? No? Well, it’s about time you met them! Territory Wildlife Park is open all Easter weekend and is even hosting Good Friday Easter Markets. There will be plenty of stalls to browse and furry animals to meet.
Ways to celebrate Easter in Hobart
Easter eggs in Australia are a classic symbol of the holiday, which is why many cities around the country host massive Easter egg hunts – and Hobart is no exception! Hobart’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is predominantly targeted at children, but adults are more than welcome to enjoy the free live music, tours and tastings, and delicious cocktails.
What is open on Easter in Australia?
Major supermarkets (such as Coles and Woolworths) tend to close on Good Friday. They are usually open the rest of the Easter weekend, although they may have slightly different hours of operation than usual.
If you’re wondering whether or not your favourite local café, grocer or restaurant is going to be open over the long weekend, don’t hesitate to visit their website, call them or ask them in person.