Easter Holidays

Easter holidays 2016

It’s so close you can almost smell it. The long awaited four day weekend is almost upon us. The only question is: What are you actually doing these Easter holidays?

Four day weekends are a bit like the legend of the vending machine that someone accidentally left open. They're so rare you almost forget they exist, but when one does come along, you want to grab it for all it's worth.

Maybe we're just greedy. Moving on.

Sure, loads of people are going away over the Easter holidays, but let's face it — if you haven't booked anywhere by now, the chances of finding that beachside cabin and eight friends to fill it are next to impossible.

Luckily there's plenty of other things you could be doing this weekend. And finder.com.au is here as your ever trusty – but slightly stingier – friend to help you save money doing it, a.k.a the complete opposite of Tom Haverford Parks and Recreation biggest spender.

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Treat yoself to clothes

You heard the man. These Easter holidays… treat yourself.

Treat yo self…. to a fancy pants dinner.

Apart from the fact that Red Balloon hilariously named their gourmet dining section "Eating Out", they have some pretty amazing deals in there.

Eight course degustations, indulgent cocktails, positively decadent desserts… the list goes on.

And if you happen to be heading out in Sydney this weekend, don't be disappointed. Check out our guide to which venues are open over the Easter holidays first.

Modern Australian 3 Course Lunch or Dinner on the Waterfront for two from RedBalloon

It's a hatted restaurant, so you know they mean serious business.

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Modern 6 Course Tasting Menu with Sparkling for two from RedBalloon

It's a choose-your-own tasting menu on the South Yarra. Our pick? The salami plate and seared scallops to start, a few things from the butcher and the sea, and BOTH the decadent chocolate plate and the gourmet cheese plate for dessert.

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Indulgent Steakhouse Experience by the Harbour for two from RedBalloon

World class views over Darling Harbour are only beaten by just how perfectly that steak is cooked.

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Helicopter Flight, Massage and 3 Course Lunch for two from RedBalloon

Is there a better way to see the Hunter Valley than this?

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Progressive Dinner and Drinks at Three Venues for two from RedBalloon

Why eat at one place when you can eat at three?

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Dessert Platter and Cocktails for two from RedBalloon

Maybe this time you should skip dinner. Maybe you should just go straight to dessert. Maybe you should just go for drinks.

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What can you save with finder.com.au?

Easy. We're offering $30 off if you spend a minimum of $129, or $20 off if you spend a minimum of $79. Which is basically the price of another round of drinks, anyway. Winning!

Treat yo self…. to new clothes.

Now is the optimum time to buy new clothes. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is now over for another year, so all the designers are gearing up with fresh new trends, just waiting to be picked up and tried on by you.

Or ordered online, as it were. What's that? Brand new on ASOS? Lead the way...

Warehouse Applique Flower Dress from ASOS

This mint green dress is sure to be an Easter party favourite.

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ASOS T-Shirt with Breaking Bad Heisenberg Print from ASOS

The show may be over but there is nothing stopping you showing respect for Heisenberg.

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Criminal Damage Oversized Boyfriend T-Shirt Kisses & Bacon For Breakfast from ASOS

Pair with something leather, and you pretty much can't go wrong.

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Pencil Skirt in Textured Floral Print from ASOS

For the slightly more grown up look without ending up like looking like your high school teacher, go for something structured with a fun print.

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Oh, what’s that? You’re a dude? Never fear, we’ve trawled the ASOS interwebs for you as well.

ASOS Shirt In Short Sleeve With Cross Embroidery from ASOS

Is there anything that doesn't go with a beard? Well, yes, but this shirt isn't one of them.

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Cheap Monday Chambray Shirt from ASOS

It might be cooling down, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to dull it's tone.

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ASOS Shirt in Short Sleeve With Batik Print from ASOS

The short sleeved, collared shirt in an almost floral print has become the staple of the 20 something everywhere. We approve.

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Smart Shirt In Long Sleeve With Prince of Wales Check from ASOS

A good long sleeve is a must have for every man's wardrobe.

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American Apparel Long Sleeve Top In Slim Fit from ASOS

Let's be honest. You can't go wrong with a well cut, long sleeved shirt. It just works.

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Smart Long Sleeve Polo Shirt With Woven Collar & Tipped Placket from ASOS

Get a little preppy with your winter wardrobe and add in this long sleeved polo. Fun fact: it even makes jeans look smart.

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Awesome, new season clothes? Check.

You standing by with a maxed out credit card and an empty (ish) closet? Check.

Discounts codes? Wait, what?

That's right. Until April 22nd (that's a Tuesday), finder.com.au is exclusively giving you 15% off all full-priced items. You're welcome.

Treat yo self…. to a romantic getaway.

That's right. There ARE a few places still left for a quick and dirty Easter holiday getaway.

Okay. So it doesn't have to be quick and dirty. Luxurious might be your speed… and luckily, every decent hotel comes equipped with a day spa for relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials and more tea candles than you can find outside of a discount IKEA bag.

Hotels in Sydney

The Hilton, Sydney from Expedia.com.au

Rooms from $956.

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The Grace Hotel, Sydney from Expedia.com.au

Rooms from $816.

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Adina Apartment Hotel, Sydney from Expedia.com.au

Rooms from $816.

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Hotels in Melbourne

Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne from Expedia.com.au

Rooms from $970.

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Art Series - The Olsen from Expedia.com.au

Rooms from $677.

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Stamford Plaza, Melbourne from Expedia.com.au

Rooms from $800.

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Treat yo self…. to a day of pampering.

Easter holidays might be four days of doing very little besides eating chocolate, but you know what's really relaxing? Massages. Facials. Somebody else painting your left hand nails.

That's what relaxing is supposed to be about. Not wondering if the Easter egg you just found in the annual hunt is actually left over from last year.

Reiki Wellbeing Treatment at Home - 60 Minutes from RedBalloon

Experience the ancient form of hands-on healing, without having to leave home.

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Flotation Tank and Massage - 2 Hours from RedBalloon

Sooth all the tension away as you float with 350kgs of Epsom Salts in warm water followed by a one hour massage.

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Back, Shoulder, Scalp and Neck Massage - 30 Minutes from RedBalloon

You'll be so blissed out, you may just fall asleep. Oops.

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Body Cocoon and Scalp Massage - 60 Minutes from RedBalloon

What is a body cocoon, you ask? Well, it involves getting slathered in some good stuff (algae, mud, lotion etc), and then wrapped up tightly. Sounds like perfection.

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Massage and Footbath - 75 Minutes from RedBalloon

I's an entire spa designed to be understated and chilled out for even the bloke-iest of blokes', so you won't feel awkward about running into your girlfriend's mates.

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Massage and Facial - 2 Hours from RedBalloon

A deluxe one hour facial, followed by a one hour full body massage? Yes, please.

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Treat yourself… to a healthy makeover.

Are you feeling the full effects of eating too much chocolate these Easter holidays? It's understandable. Nothing quite screams "eat me" like the head of a gold Lindt bunny.

What? It's the part with the most chocolate. We're not sadistic, or anything.

But if you are feeling like there was one too many Easter eggs this year and are consequently swearing off chocolate, here's a few ideas to kick your healthy habits into gear.

It's like New Year's Resolutions: Take Two.

Blackmores Odourless Fish Oil 1000mg Bulk Pack 500 Capsules from My Chemist

You know how every year you tell yourself you'll start taking fish oil regularly? Well, maybe it's time you put your money where your mouth is.

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Classic Box from Hello Fresh from Hello Fresh

Seriously. What could be better that someone sorting your meals out, making sure they're healthy, and delivering the idiot-proof recipes and ingredients straight to your door?

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Base Camp Duffle Extra Large from THE ICONIC

Motivated yourself to head to the gym after work by actually bringing your gym gear to work.

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Adidas Originals Honey Stripes Low W from THE ICONIC

Because nothing makes you run faster than racing stripes.

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Nike Mod Tempo Emboss Run Shorts from THE ICONIC

The Dri-FIT fabric wicks moisture away from your body, keeping you cool and dry.

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Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at finder.com.au, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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