It’s that time of the year again and just like the rest of the world, the many exciting ways Easter is celebrated in Australia are quite distinctive. It could be attributed to the country being comprised of a diverse mix of people from different countries. The season also marks the start of autumn as there’s no spring in April in this side of the planet. Easter is celebrated with great amusement and splendor, and it is best enjoyed with someone who can make it more momentous and well-remembered. True enough, Easter is a perfect time for families to gather and spend time together. But that doesn’t mean you would miss out on these joyous events just because you visited Australia for a short while and without company – be it for a personal holiday break or business-related purpose. Yes, we got your back as a beautiful and elite Easter holidays companion can make sure to keep you regaled so you won’t need to celebrate Easter by yourself in this beautiful country.
Another thing worthy to know about Easter in the Land Down Under is that unlike other countries where the Easter Bunny symbolizes the season, Aussies deem that it’s actually akin to a bad omen ever since. It is believed that the reason behind the replacement of the bunny symbol is that, the bunny rabbit was responsible for the destruction of the country’s agricultural crops. In its place, a fictional rodent which they refer to as “Easter Bilby” is what they chose as their Easter symbol. It is made to replicate an endangered native Australian animal – a tiny rodent with a prominent nose and has ears similar to that of a rabbit. In all festivities, the “Easter Bilby” almost always steals the limelight. It also represents support to the Australian bilby conservation movement.
Public holidays start on Good Friday and is the start of the four-day long weekend until Easter Monday so it is indeed an ideal time to take a mini holiday with people who you want to spend precious moments with. Read on as we collated a list of all exciting things to do this Easter and take your pick as to which activities you think you can best enjoy with your stunning date (though we think you’ll find it hard to miss any of these!).
Australians are known to commence the season with Shrove Tuesday and culminates it with Whitsun. In between the 50-day long celebration, Australians observe a variety of ceremonies. Shrove Tuesday means Pancake Day during which they participate by making and selling pancakes – the proceeds of which all go to charity. You surely won’t also miss the famous hot cross buns, which are sweet-spiced bun topped with a white cross and are sold at almost all bakeries across the land in the weeks leading to the Easter weekend. But the most popular event would be the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which is held annually at the Sydney Olympic Park for a duration of 2 weeks comprising of the Easter long weekend as well. The show highlights the agricultural life in rural Australia and the vigor of the city life. It was known to be first held in 1823 and is the most spectacular annual event in the country, drawing in over 800,000 people every year. The revenue generated by the show is invested purposely by the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales in many agricultural, education and youth programs. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a festivity of Australian culture, from countryside traditions and modern day routines provide unique experiences for all of its guests to witness. During Easter, people from the country and the city assemble at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, for fourteen days of live entertainment, carnival amusement, agricultural contests, animal encounters, shopping escapade and more – leaving you and your lovely Easter holidays companion a lot of time to be even closer and be comfortable around each other.
There are also sports activities dedicated for the adventure lovers, and these almost always top all the social events as they draw the most number of audience among all of Australia’s local and tourist guests. You can amuse your date with your competitive side by trying out some of the contests on the Main Street of Adaminaby which include pie eating and tug-of-war. How exciting does that sound? If you visit Victoria, the annual Rip Curl Pro surfing competition at Bells Beach is also a must-try. It has been a long-running tradition during Easter and will surely appeal to nature lovers. If you and your date decide to give it a go, don’t forget to check the full details which will be listed on the World Surf League’s website.