Looking to get out of the city over the Easter long weekend? Jump in the car and head over to Melbourne's Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. We've got you sorted with fun events, outdoor adventure and Easter egg hunts for the kids.
Discover a festival of Flowers
KaBloom! Festival of Flowers will be an explosion of colour in nature, with over one million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden.
Themed weeks and weekends fill the schedule kicking off with a Flower Circus and Circus workshops, Eggsellect Easter Egg Hunts (April 19-22), SCulpture Walks, Obstacle Course, Historic Gardens and Nurseries (shop!), along with action packed family fun days during the school holidays (April 3 to 6 and April 9 to 13).
Live entertainment daily, delicious international and local food and children’s activities galore all contribute to this brand new carnival of colour.
Address: Tesselaar Flower Farm 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan
Date: April 6-28
Price: Adults $25 | Concession $22 | Children under 16 free
Check out an Exhibition
Spend the day visiting Tarra Warra Muesuem of Art and check out the Tracey Moffat: Body Remembers Exhibition. Body Remembers recalls a history that is at once personal and universal—alluding to Moffatt’s own matrilineal history of domestic servitude and the broader experience of colonisation.
To accompany the exhibition, a selection of works from the Museum’s collection will be presented in a display titled Thought Patterns: Selected Works from the Collection, featuring paintings and drawings from the Museum’s significant holdings of Australian art including works by Russell Drysdale, Rosalie Gascoigne, Aida Tomescu, William Delafield Cook, Louise Hearman, Charles Blackman and others.
Address: 313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Tarrawarra VIC 3775
Date: From March 23
Price: Adults $10 | Seniors $8 | Pensioners $5 | Children (Under 12) Free
Enjoy a day with your Aussie (Wildlife) Mates
Head over to Healesville Sanctuary this Easter Weekend and discover jam-packed family fun programs including Wine and Wildlife, Experience Wurundjeri Culture and Mega Beasts! The sanctuary is a bushland haven for Australian wildlife - the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne this Easter weekend.
Address: Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777
Price: Kids (4-15) Free | Adults $36
Visit an outdoor Adventure hub
Experience the exhilaration of a 240 metre dual flying fox, slide down the tube run or join in a game of laser skirmish.
Explore the resort's track and trail network on foot or hire a mountain bike from the Lake Mountain café, open for refreshments and home to an indoor jumping castle.
Come on up to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort over the Easter break - a huge Easter egg hunt to be held on Easter Sunday, 1 April - there are three golden eggs to be found with prizes.
Address: 1071 Lake Mountain Rd, Marysville VIC 3779
Date: Easter weekend
Price: $10 - $50 (refer to website)
Spend a day in the Sky
SkyHigh Mount Dandenong will be open all Easter Weekend bringing you stunning picturesque views of Melbourne, great food and family activities including pony rides, face painting, mini golf and much more. Easter Children's Events on too!
Address: 26 Observatory Rd, Mount Dandenong VIC 3767
Date: Easter weekend
Price: $7 Car entry fee
Go on an Easter Egg Hunt
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery are thrilled to bring free family fun for the Easter weekend.
Easter Egg Hunts will take place four times a day on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00pm (no bookings required) in the Chocolaterie’s picturesque grounds. Easter bunnies will help kids aged twelve and under search for a token to then claim their complementary Easter egg.
For the grown-ups, the Chocolaterie’s Café overlooking sweeping valley views will be offering Easter inspired cakes and tarts, as well as the usual all-day menu using ingredients from the Chocolaterie’s Café own kitchen garden. And for chocolate lovers of all ages, the showroom will be choc-filled with thousands of Easter inspired chocolate creations handcrafted by European chocolatiers and there’s always delicious house-made ice creams to enjoy.
A reminder, no bookings are required for the hunts and the Chocolaterie’s Café doesn’t take reservations for the all-day cafe.
Address: 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Date: April 19 - 22