Easter long weekend in Brisbane: What’s open and things to do

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Sort out your plans for the Easter weekend this year with our handy guide.

From bridge climbs, zoo entries, sunset cruises and rainforest tours, we've listed all the activities currently available over the Easter period, what's open in Brisbane and the events you won't want to miss.

Things to do over the Easter long weekend in Brisbane

High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure

High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure from RedBalloon

Get amongst the treetops this Easter long weekend with over 5 courses spanning 10 hectares of Aussie rainforest. Once everyone receives their safety briefing, you’ll have a whole day of hanging out in the canopies.

  • Location: Tamborine Mountain
  • Cost: $69 per person
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Brisbane’s Story Bridge Climb

Brisbane’s Story Bridge Climb from RedBalloon

Climb to new heights in the heart of Brisbane with the Story Bridge Climb. Enjoy a deluxe daytime climb, 360-degree views of the skyline and photos to capture your memorable day.

  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Cost: $129 per person
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Australia Zoo Entry with Koala Cuddle and Photo

Australia Zoo Entry with Koala Cuddle and Photo from RedBalloon

There's fun for the whole family on this day out with Australia’s cuddliest creatures. Enjoy pick-up and drop-off from Brisbane, a stop over at the picturesque Glass House Mountains Scenic Lookout and entry to Australia Zoo with a koala cuddle included.

  • Location: Beerwah
  • Cost: $159 per person
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Hot Air Ballooning over Greater Brisbane with Breakfast

Hot Air Ballooning over Greater Brisbane with Breakfast from RedBalloon

Soar across the Greater Brisbane region as you watch the sun come up from your hot air balloon. Expect to catch views of the Scenic Rim, Somerset and the beautiful heritage city of Ipswich. It doesn’t stop there with a full breakfast post flight.

  • Location: Brisbane
  • Cost: $360 per person
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Moreton Bay Cruise with Dolphin Feeding and Marine Discovery

Moreton Bay Cruise with Dolphin Feeding and Marine Discovery from RedBalloon

If it’s a once in a lifetime experience that you’re after, look no further than this Moreton Bay cruise. It features a wild dolphin feeding as the sun goes down, a return cruise from Brisbane, a day pass to Tangalooma Island Resort, a free drink on the boat transfer and lunch vouchers.

  • Location: Moreton Bay
  • Cost: $199 per person
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Scenic Biplane Flight with Aerobatics

Scenic Biplane Flight with Aerobatics from Adrenaline

Get flying again with a scenic domestic flight over Cape Moreton, the Tangalooma shipwrecks and endless strips of coastline. You also have the option to have some aerobatics included in your flight experience.

  • Location: Moreton Island
  • Cost: $840 per person
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Home Delivered Laser Tag

Home Delivered Laser Tag from Adrenaline

Keeping the kids entertained over the long weekend just got a whole lot easier. Get them up and moving with an at-home game of laser tag. With up to eight players allowed, invite some friends over and make a day of it.

  • Location: Brisbane
  • Cost: $284 per person
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Sunset River Cruise

Sunset River Cruise from Adrenaline

Bring Easter Saturday to a close with a 1.5 hour cruise of the Brisbane River. Relax as the skyline passes you by and the sun makes it way down for the day. Expect to pass attractions such as Storey Bridge and the Powerhouse.

  • Location: South Brisbane
  • Cost: From $35 per person
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Springbrook And Tamborine Rainforest Tour including Natural Bridge and Glow Worm Cave

Springbrook And Tamborine Rainforest Tour including Natural Bridge and Glow Worm Cave from Viator

Find out where the wild things are this Easter long weekend with a trip to the incredible Springbrook plateau, Numinbah Valley and Mount Tamborine. Enjoy stopovers at Story Bridge and see the illuminated glow worm caves along the way.

  • Location: Greater Brisbane region
  • Cost: From $169 per person
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Brisbane Kayak Tour

Brisbane Kayak Tour from Viator

If the sun is out, why not make the most of it with a tour of Brisbane via kayak. The 90-minute experience sees you passing Storey Bridge and the Southbank Parklands. Take your pick of a daytime or nighttime adventure (and just so you know, night tours include illuminated kayaks).

  • Location: Kangaroo Point
  • Cost: From $65 per person
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Stradbroke Island 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

Stradbroke Island 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane from Viator

Escape the city for a day with a getaway to Stradbroke Island. This experience includes lunch, morning tea, hotel transfers, off-roading with a 4WD and visits to beaches, lakes and viewing points.

  • Location: Stradbroke Island
  • Cost: From $262 per person
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Road trips over the Easter long weekend in Brisbane

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is located just off the coast of Brisbane and is accessible via scenic ferry. Once on the island, travellers can expect off-roading adventures, sailing across the waterways and a ton of fun in the sun via jet ski.

Moreton Bay Sailing Trip with Island Stop and Lunch
Moreton Bay Sailing Trip with Island Stop and Lunch

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Bribie Island

If an unforgettable experience is what you're after this long weekend, Bribie Island is where to be. Just 1.5 hours north of Brisbane, spend your days in the sun immersed in water sports or touring the island's historic gems.

Mount Cotton

Situated just 40 minutes south of Brisbane, Mount Cotton is home to national parks and wine country. Take the weekend to explore the different flavours amongst the reds at Sirromet Wines or get a quick game of golf in.

Classic Mustang Cruise with Wine Tasting at Sirromet
Classic Mustang Cruise with Wine Tasting at Sirromet

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Winery Tour and Tasting with Gourmet Cheese Platter
Winery Tour and Tasting with Gourmet Cheese Platter

RedBalloon

Mount Cotton SupaGolf One Day Unlimited Play
Mount Cotton SupaGolf One Day Unlimited Play

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Shops open over the Easter long weekend in Brisbane

Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
DFO Brisbane10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm
Queen Street MallStore dependentStore dependentStore dependentStore dependent
Strathpine CentreClosed9am-5pm10am-4pm10am-4pm
Westfield Chermside9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
Westfield Carindale9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
Westfield Northlakes9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
Westfield Garden City9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
Westfield Helensvale9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm

Attractions open over the Easter long weekend in Brisbane

AttractionGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster MondayWhere to book
Australia ZooOpenOpenOpenOpenRedBalloon
Trevena Glen FarmOpenOpenClosedOpenAdrenaline
Tangalooma WrecksClosedOpenOpenClosedRedBalloon
North Stradbroke Island TourClosedOpenOpenOpenFinder
The Wheel of BrisbaneOpenOpenOpenClosedDirect

Restaurants, cafes and bars are open over the Easter long weekend in Brisbane

NameAddressOpening hoursCuisineWhere to book
Sassy Spoon43 Ipswich Road, WoolloongabbaFriday-Monday
5pm-8:30pm
IndianGroupon
Il Baretto Espresso Bar13/700 Albany Creek Road, Albany CreekFriday-Monday
11:30am-2pm
BarGroupon
Galaxy Seafood & Mediterranean RestaurantShop 6/50 Marine Parade, SouthportFriday-Monday
12pm-7pm
MediterraneanGroupon
Curry n Cask5/670 Oxley Road, CorindaFriday-Monday
5pm-9pm
VegetarianGroupon
Maple Cafe10A Minimine Street, StaffordFriday-Monday
7am-4pm
CafeGroupon
At Mr & Mrs Jones39 Hercules Street, HamiltonFriday
4-10pm
Saturday
12-3pm, 5-10pm
Sunday
12pm-5pm
Monday
Closed
Modern Australian
Belvedere Bar n Grill1/39 Hercules Street, HamiltonFriday-Saturday
11:30am, 5pm-9:30pm
Sunday-Monday
11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Steakhouse
The Balfour Kitchen & Bar37 Balfour Street, New FarmFriday-Sunday
7:30am-11am, 12pm-1:30pm
Monday
7:30am-11am, 5pm-9pm
Vietnamese
City Winery11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude ValleyFriday-Saturday
11am-11pm
Sunday
12pm-9:30pm
Monday
Closed
Modern European
Donna Chang3/171 George Street, Brisbane CityFriday-Sunday
12pm-9pm
Monday
Closed
Chinese
Electric Avenue23 Logan Road, WoolloongabbaFriday-Sunday
12pm-11pm
Monday
Closed
Modern Australian
Farm House9 Somerset Road, KedronFriday
Closed Saturday 8am-2pm Sunday Closed Monday 8am-2pm
Cafe
Gusto Da GianniRemora Road, HamiltonFriday-Monday
11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Italian
Happy BoyEast Street, Fortitude ValleyFriday-Sunday
11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Monday
Closed
Chinese
Industry Beans18 Proe Street, NewsteadFriday - Monday 8AM-3PMCafe
La Lune Wine Co44 Fish Lane, South BrisbaneFriday
12pm-12am
Saturday
4pm-12am
Sunday
12pm-5pm
Monday
Closed
European
Les Bubbles144 Wickham Street, Fortitude ValleyMonday Closed Friday-Sunday 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8:30pmSteakhouse
Mons Thai12A Martha Street, Camp HillFriday-Saturday
5-10pm
Sunday
5pm-8:30pm
Monday
5:30pm-9pm
Thai
Morning AfterCambridge Street, West EndFriday-Monday
7am-3:30pm
Cafe
Pawpaw Cafe898 Stanley Street, WoolloongabbaFriday 8am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 7am-3pmCafe, Asian
Proof BBQ & Booze14/104 Newmarket Road, WindsorFriday-Sunday
12pm-10pm
Monday
Closed
American
Mr Percival'sHoward Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, BrisbaneFriday - Monday 5pm-lateBar
Tetto Rooftop Bar1/807 Stafford Road, Everton ParkFriday Closed Saturday - Sunday
12pm-late Monday Closed
Bar
Stone & Wood99 Bridge Street, Fortitude ValleyFriday-Saturday
12-10pm
Sunday
12pm-8pm
Monday
Closed
Bar
Catchment Brewing Co.150 Boundary Street, West EndFriday-Saturday
12pm-12:30am
Sunday-Monday
12pm-9pm
Bar
  • Note: The above is accurate as of 22 March 2021. Public holidays may affect normal trading hours. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm their trading hours for 2 - 5 April 2021.

Events happening in Brisbane over the Easter long weekend

  • Redcliffe Festivals of Sails: The annual Good Friday festival is back for another year of celebration. Enjoy a full day of Easter entertainment, including an egg hunt for the little ones, live music and a plethora of market stalls. Runs on 2 April. Free entry.
  • Sandgate Bluewater Festival: Spend a day by the beach this long weekend at the Sandgate Bluewater Festival. The event is set to feature market stalls, rides, plenty of food options, fireworks and entertainment for the whole family. Runs on 2 April. Free entry.
  • Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race: Get the best seat in the house for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. Climb aboard at 9am and enjoy a guaranteed window table in the main cabin, full access to all the viewing decks, mixed cakes for morning tea, a gourmet picnic lunch and a bar for your beverages purchases. Runs on 2 April. Tickets from $119 per person.
  • Fernvale Country Markets: Keep it simple on Easter Sunday with the Fernvale Country Markets. Explore the countless stalls on offer, from local produce to handmade gifts. Runs on 4 April.
  • Bauhaus Now: If you're keen on getting amongst the art scene this Easter long weekend, you can't look past the Bauhaus Now exhibition on at the Museum of Brisbane. Showcasing the refugee and migrant contribution to Australia, the exhibition offers a take-home activity kit and a colourful light installation. Runs on 5 April. Free entry.

See the latest Easter long weekend deals

Deal

Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on 2+ days rentals until 11 December 2021 when you book 21 days in advance. Destinations include Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

$15 off all Australian activities with code

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

Get $10 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

Get $5 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

Get 12% off Australia tours and experiences

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select travel dates on activities such as sightseeing tours, Vivid Sydney cruises, jet boat rides, hot air balloon flights, wine tours and more. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 40% off things to do in Australia

Available on select travel dates on select activities including hot air balloon flights, skydives, sightseeing cruises, whale watching cruises and dining experiences. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Perth, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane and more.
Deal

Up to 50% off Australia experiences

Available on select travel dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Code

Up to 23% off flying experiences plus an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights. Destinations include Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 42% off activities for kids

Available on select dates, including school holidays, for activities like sandboarding, whale watching, jet boat rides, indoor skydiving, swimming, go karting, sightseeing tours and much more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and more.
Deal

Up to 15% off local activities

Available on select travel dates on activities including day tours, skydiving, hot air balloon flights, transfers, quad biking, attraction passes and cruise. Destinations include in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 69% off things to do in Australia

Available on select travel dates across Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and more. Activities include day tours, zoo and animal interactions, tandem skydives, hot air balloon flights, jet boat rides and more.

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