Australia & NZ

Top 10 Easter Escapes for 2011

Good Friday is a month away and the old egg knocking games aren’t cracking good fun anymore. You need some serious whoopee this long weekend. Check out ten dynamic destinations guaranteed to get your mind off Easter Bilby and the start of Term 2.

10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora – Photo credit

So nice you have to spell it twice. Bora Bora is pure paradise on a plate, with picture-postcard vistas to tailor-fit the fantasy.

Where to stay: Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

9. Rotorua, New Zealand

The distinctive whiff of sulphur in the air may not rank up there with Easter chocolate but at the end of the day, is probably a lot better for you. Succumb to the curative powers of New Zealand’s standout thermal area for a holiday to remember.

Where to stay: Hamurana Lodge

8. Tanna, Vanuatu

While a safe play to assume that telltale South Pacific scenery and the presence of Mount Yasur, a spectacular active volcano, will win the day in Tanna, what proves most indelible on the Vanuatu island is the sincere hospitality of the locals.

Where to stay: White Grass Ocean Resort

7. Margaret River Wine Region, Western Australia

Fancy a little wine to unwind Easter weekend? Hunter and Yarra will do quite nicely of course but Western Australia is where the cool oenophiles slip away to for Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Verdelho.

Where to stay: Quay West Resort Bunker Bay

6. Gold Coast, Queensland

Gold Coast hotels will teem with tourists this Easter, as hordes flock to the beach and hinterland to enjoy the late subtropical summer. Crowds or not, ever the solid holiday weekend bet for the entire family.

Where to stay: Peppers Broadbeach

5. Byron Bay, New South Wales

Byron Bay – Photo credit

Beautiful Byron Bay can be whatever you want it to be. As a counterculture commune, sattvic sanctuary or kid-friendly spot, it delivers the goods.

Where to stay: The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

4. Yasawa Islands, Fiji

If Fiji’s Mamanucas have lost some lustre of late, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the gorgeous Yasawa Group. Twenty islands, unimaginable beauty and more accessible than ever.

Where to stay: Navutu Stars Resort

3. Fraser Island, Queensland

Fraser Island is the first of a titanic trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to crown our Easter top ten. The singular feature here, of course, is the alabaster silica sand. Do remember not to feed the dogs.

Where to stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village

2. Tasmania

Nonpareil wilderness, vibrant viticulture and a lovely capital in Hobart make Tasmamia a desirable early autumn destination.

Where to stay: Islington Hotel Hobart

1. Te Anau, New Zealand

Typical April fog over Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park – Photo credit

The gateway to Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park inspires a torrent of excusable hyperbole from travel writers. Slip a chunky memory card in your digital camera for the trip.

Where to stay: Anchorage Motel