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10 Ways to Spend Your Easter Long Weekend That Aren't Eating Chocolate

While Easter immediately conjures images of easter egg hunts, hot cross buns and chocolate, this doesn't have to be the only way you spend your long weekend.

There are plenty of other interesting events, exhibitions and activities going on to keep you entertained. Here are some of our top picks.

Melbourne


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Visit the National Gallery of Victoria

With constantly changing exhibitions and an incredible permanent collection, the NGV is a great place to while away the hours on a long weekend.

While you're there, check out Escher x Nendo - Between Two Worldsa groundbreaking exhibition that displays the works of Dutch artist M.C Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio Nendo.

The works of the celebrated father of haute couture, Charles Frederick Worth, and the iconoclastic Alexander McQueen, are also on display at The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift. This exhibition gives you a look into the world of haute couture, with over 200 garments, sketches and workbooks on display.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival

One of the city's most exciting (and surely the most hilarious) events of the year, the comedy festival features international headliners to those new to the stand-up comedy game.


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Treat Yourself

Since you don't have to go to work on Monday, treat yourself to a dinner at one of Melbourne's top restaurants. Some of our team favourites include Saint Crispin, Cumulus, Kisume, Marion Wine Bar and Navi.

 

Sydney


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The Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House

Vervethis latest performance from the Australian Ballet was inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi – repairing cracked pottery with precious metals. The work explores damage, healing and the beauty of our flaws. 

A breathtaking performance that shouldn't be missed.

Take a Hike

Take a day to enjoy some of Sydney's less trodden paths and get some fresh air as you explore the beautiful coastal walks this city has to offer. Find a list of day hikes here.


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Byron Bay Bluesfest

If you feel like heading out of the city for the long weekend, what better way to do it than by visiting Bluesfest.

Held every year over the Easter long weekend since 1990, this is the place to listen to more than 200 talented musicians play some incredible live sets.

 

Brisbane


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The Designers Guide: Easton Pearson Archive

The artistry, techniques and demi-couture practices that placed this Brisbane label at the forefront of Australian fashion for 27 years will be on display at the Museum of Brisbane until 22 April.

The storytellers of Australian fashion, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, have personally selected 200 garments they feel have highlighted the greatest innovations of their practice.


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See the Book of Mormon

If you haven't yet witnessed this incredibly funny and ludicrously rude musical, you're missing out.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book of Mormon was created by the team behind South and Avenue Q. Needless to say, it's not one for the kids.

 Adelaide


Image source: Art Gallery of South Australia

Quilty at the Art Gallery of South Australia

This is the gallery's first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty.

The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.


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Discover Fine Food & Wine at Tasting Australia

Over 10 days this festival of food and wine showcases the best of the country alongside the home-grown heroes - be they chefs, winemakers, producers or restaurateurs.

Enjoy a line up of workshops, long lunches, exclusive dinners, farm tours and tastings. We guarantee you won't leave hungry.


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