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

Yet to plan your Easter long weekend? Find out what’s open from Good Friday to Easter Monday in 2021.

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With the Easter long weekend (2-5 April 2021) just around the corner, we've got the information you need to plan your best Easter yet. From attractions to events and the stores open across Melbourne, this guide will help you lock in your Easter plans.

Things to do during the Easter long weekend in Melbourne

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo from Wotif

Visit Australia’s oldest zoo which is home to over 300 animals from Australia and abroad.

  • Location: Elliott Avenue, Parkville
  • Price: $40 per person
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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Wotif

Departing from Melbourne, you’ll take a scenic journey from the city to the coastline, arriving at the Great Ocean Road in time to watch the sunset.

  • Location: Departing from Melbourne
  • Price: $125 per person
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Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary from Wotif

Head to the Yarra Valley wine region to discover Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Kids under 16 receive free entry on weekends and public holidays.

  • Location: Glen Eadie Avenue, Healesville
  • Price: $40 per person
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Melbourne Highlights Sightseeing Cruise

Melbourne Highlights Sightseeing Cruise from RedBalloon

If your favourite thing to do over Easter is to sit back and relax, look no further than this two-hour cruise with commentary and picture-perfect views of Melbourne’s best sights.

  • Location: Departs Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank
  • Price: $39 per person
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Moonlit Sanctuary

Moonlit Sanctuary from RedBalloon

If you’ve got kids at home eagerly awaiting the Easter Bunny’s arrival on 4 April, why not use up some of their energy by visiting the Moonlit Sanctuary?

    It’s the perfect place for a family day out and you’ll meet some Australian native animals including koalas, wombat and dingoes. Feeling adventurous? Opt in for a kangaroo and wallaby feeding experience.
    • Location: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale
    • Price: $26 per person
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        Easter Polymer Clay Workshop for Kids

        Easter Polymer Clay Workshop for Kids from Classbento

        Add an Easter flare to your next creative experience. Kids will love this interactive activity where they’ll create a scene featuring bunnies, chickens and Easter eggs made from clay.

          At the end of the workshop, the kids will get to take their creation home.
          • Location: 11 Railway Place, Fairfield
          • Price: $43 per person
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              Gin Masterclass

              Gin Masterclass from Classbento

              Grab a group of your friends and gather for a gin-filled night. You’ll learn the history of the spirit, where it originates and how to make it. To top off the experience, you’ll receive a gin and tonic on arrival and conclude the evening with a secret cocktail.

              • Location: 115 Chapel Street, Windsor
              • Price: Available upon request
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                  Master Thai Dishes Cooking Class

                  Master Thai Dishes Cooking Class from Classbento

                  If you’re yet to find your signature dish to take to dinner parties, spend the Easter weekend perfecting your culinary skills with a Thai food cooking class.

                  • Location: This experience takes place in your own home
                  • Price: $30 per person
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                      Go-Karting Session

                      Go-Karting Session from Adrenaline

                      Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush to fill the Easter long weekend? Enjoy some friendly competition with friends or family with a 30-lap go-karting experience at an indoor Port Melbourne karting track.

                      • Location: 50 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne
                      • Price: $57 per person
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                      Melbourne Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

                      Melbourne Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast from RedBalloon

                      Make the Easter long weekend even more memorable with a hot air ballooning experience over Melbourne followed by a champagne breakfast located at the Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne.

                      • Location: Melbourne, VIC
                      • Price: $1,060 for two people
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                      Sparkling High Tea at the National Gallery of Victoria

                      Sparkling High Tea at the National Gallery of Victoria from RedBalloon

                      Dine in style during the Easter long weekend with a high tea experience at one of Australia’s most visited galleries. The high tea features favourites including scones, finger sandwiches, wagyu beef sausage rolls, a glass of sparkling wine, and of course, a selection of teas.

                      • Location: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
                      • Price: $79 per person
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                      Spirit of Melbourne River Cruise

                      Spirit of Melbourne River Cruise from Viator

                      Spend a night out on Yarra River and enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner with a selection of drinks including beer, wine and spirits. If that doesn’t completely satisfy you, there’s tea, coffee, dessert and a cheese plate to follow.

                      • Location: Southbank Promenade, Southbank
                      • Price: $145 for two people
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                      Skydive over the Yarra Valley

                      Skydive over the Yarra Valley from Skydive Australia

                      If you’re an early riser, there’s no better time to complete a bucket list experience than the Easter long weekend. Soar above the sky at sunrise, taking in views of the Yarra Valley, mountains and the countryside.

                      • Location: Yarra Valley
                      • Price: $319 per person
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                      SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

                      SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium from Adrenaline

                      Hang out with marine life at SEA LIFE as you make your way around four areas: Antarctica, Weird and Wonderful, River to Reef and Sharks Alive – all filled with some of the most popular creatures in the ocean.

                      • Location: King Street, Melbourne
                      • Price: $46 per person
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                      Virtual Reality Experience

                      Virtual Reality Experience from Adrenaline

                      Perfect for a rainy day, gather your friends and family for a virtual reality experience in a prime Melbourne CBD location.

                      • Location: 555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
                      • Price: $35 per person
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                      Bouquet Workshop with Lunch and Wine

                      Bouquet Workshop with Lunch and Wine from RedBalloon

                      Let your creativity flow with a bouquet workshop guided by experienced florists. Learn all there is to know about what flowers should be used for different arrangements.

                        When you’ve put together your arrangement made from fresh seasonal flowers, you’ll enjoy a lunch of pizza or pasta paired with a glass of wine.
                        • Location: 360 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Kangaroo Ground
                        • Price: $150 per person
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                            Shops open during the Easter long weekend in Melbourne

                            Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
                            Swanston StreetSome shops openSome shops openSome shops openSome shops open
                            Melbourne Central10am-7pm10am-7pm10am-7pm10am-7pm
                            Southgate Melbourne10am-7pm10am-7pm10am-6pm10am-7pm
                            Highpoint9am-9pm9am-6pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
                            Westfield Doncaster9am-6pm9am-6pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
                            Northland Shopping Centre9am-9pm9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
                            Chapel StreetSome shops openSome shops openSome shops openSome shops open
                            Chadstone Shopping Centre9am-9pm9am-9pm10am-7pm9am-5:30pm
                            Clarendon Street, South Melbourne9am-6:30pm9am-5pmSome shops openSome shops open
                            Bridge Road, Richmond7am-11pm7am-11pm8am-10pm7am-11pm

                            Attractions open over Easter in Melbourne

                            AttractionGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster MondayWhere to book
                            SEA LIFE Melbourne AquariumOpenOpenOpenOpenAdrenaline
                            LEGOLAND Discovery CentreOpenClosedClosedOpenAdrenaline
                            Melbourne Star Observation WheelOpenOpenOpenOpenRedBalloon
                            Werribee ZooClosedOpenOpenClosedAdrenaline
                            Healesville SanctuaryOpenOpenOpenOpenWotif
                            Otway Fly Treetop AdventureOpenOpenOpenOpenRedBalloon
                            Melbourne ZooOpenOpenOpenOpenWotif
                            Eureka Skydeck 88OpenOpenOpenOpenAdrenaline
                            Melbourne MuseumOpenOpenOpenOpenBook through Melbourne Museum
                            Immigration MuseumClosedOpenOpenOpenBook through Immigration Museum

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

                            NameAddressOpening hoursCuisineWhere to book
                            F.M. Karaoke Bar2/146 Bourke St, MelbourneTBCBarGroupon
                            Happy Lamb Hot Pot173-175 Exhibition Street, MelbourneFriday - Monday:
                            11:30am-10:00pm
                            Authentic MongolianGroupon
                            Nirankar Restaurant174 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000Monday - Friday: 12:00pm-2:00pm
                            5:30pm-9:30pm
                            Saturday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
                            Indian and NepaleseScoopon
                            Rexy Kebab99 Sydney Road, BrunswickTuesday - Sunday:
                            5pm-1am
                            Middle EasternGroupon
                            Qipo Skewer Bar6 Sutherland St, MelbourneFriday -Sunday:
                            10pm-2am
                            BarGroupon
                            Pal Pal 88 Korean Hotpot470 Little Lonsdale St, MelbourneTBCKoreanGroupon
                            Bang Bang at the Rifle Club294 Glenhuntly Road, ElsternwickFriday - Saturday:
                            12-10pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-9pm
                            Monday:
                            Closed
                            Thai, Vietnamese
                            Bar Carolina44 Toorak Road, South YarraFriday - Monday:
                            7am-11pm
                            Italian
                            Bodega Underground55 Little Bourke Street, MelbourneFriday - Saturday:
                            11:30-3am
                            Sunday:
                            11:30am-1am
                            Monday:
                            5:30pm-1am
                            Mexican
                            Bomba103 Lonsdale Street, MelbourneFriday - Sunday:
                            12pm-12am
                            Monday:
                            5:30pm-12am
                            Bar, Tapas
                            Builders Arms Hotel211 Gertrude Street, FitzroyFriday - Monday:
                            12-11pm
                            Modern Australian
                            Cafe Di Stasio31 Fitzroy Street, St KildaFriday - Monday:
                            11:30am-late
                            Italian
                            Caffe e Cucina581 Chapel Street, South YarraFriday - Monday:

                            12-11pm

                            Italian
                            Carlton Wine Room172-174 Faraday Street, CarltonFriday - Monday:

                            12-11pm

                            European, Italian, Modern Australian
                            Daughter In Law37 Little Bourke Street, MelbourneFriday - Saturday:
                            12-2:30pm
                            5-9pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-2:30pm
                            5-9pm
                            Monday:
                            5-9pm
                            Italian
                            David's4 Cecil Place, Prahran
                            Friday:
                            6-10pm
                            Saturday:
                            11:30am-3pm
                            6-10pm
                            Sunday:
                            11:30am-3pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Chinese
                            Di Stasio Citta35 Spring Street, MelbourneFriday - Monday: 11:30am-11:30pmItalian
                            Entrecôte South Yarra133 Domain Road South Yarra 3141Friday - Monday:
                            7am-11pm
                            French
                            Estelle243 High Street, NorthcoteFriday - Saturday:
                            12-11pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-10:30pm
                            Monday:
                            6-10:30pm
                            European
                            Fancy's HankLevel 1 79 Bourke Street, MelbourneFriday - Saturday:
                            12-11pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-11pm
                            Monday:
                            12-9:30pm
                            American, BBQ
                            Feast of MeritRestaurant 117 Swan Street, RichmondFriday
                            5pm-11pm
                            Saturday
                            9am-11pm
                            Sunday
                            9am-10pm
                            Monday
                            9am-10pm
                            Cafe, Middle Eastern
                            Firebird223 High Street, WindsorFriday - Saturday:
                            12-11:30pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-10pm
                            Monday:
                            5:30-10pm
                            Vietnamese, Asian
                            Frederic9-11 Cremorne Street, CremorneFriday -
                            12-11pm
                            Saturday -
                            5-11pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-5pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            European, Italian, Spanish, French
                            Half Acre112 Munro Street, South MelbourneFriday - Saturday:
                            10:30am-12:30pm
                            1-3pm
                            3:30-5:30pm
                            6:15-10:30pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Modern Australian
                            Hanoi Hannah Vol. II306 Glenhuntly Road, ElsternwickFriday - Monday
                            12-10pm
                            Vietnamese
                            Ichi Ni12 The Esplanade, St KildaFriday:
                            12-3pm
                            5-11:30pm
                            Saturday:
                            12-11:30pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-10pm
                            Monday:
                            5-11:30pm
                            Japanese, Sushi
                            Ichi Ni NanaGround Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
                            Friday - Saturday:
                            5-11:30pm
                            Sunday:
                            5-11pm
                            Monday:
                            5-11:30pm
                            Japanese, Sushi
                            Ides92 Smith Street, CollingwoodFriday - Saturday:
                            6-9:30pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-2pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Australian
                            Kazuki's121 Lygon Street, CarltonFriday - Saturday:
                            6-10pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-2pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Japanese, Contemporary
                            L'Hôtel Gitan32 Commercial Road, PrahranFriday - Saturday:
                            12-11pm
                            Sunday:
                            12-5pm
                            Monday:
                            4:30-11pm
                            French
                            Matilda159 Domain Road, South YarraFriday:
                            12-3pm
                            6-9:30pm
                            Saturday:
                            11am-3pm
                            6-3pm
                            Monday: 6-9:30pm
                            Sunday:
                            11am-3pm
                            6-9pm
                            Monday: 6-9:30pm
                            Contemporary, Australian
                            Mrs Singh88 Flinders Lane, MelbourneFriday:
                            5-10pm
                            Saturday:
                            5:30-10pm
                            6-3pm
                            Sunday:
                            5-10pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Indian
                            Neptune Food & Wine212 High Street, WindsorFriday:
                            4pm-1am
                            Saturday:
                            12pm-1am
                            Sunday: 12-11pm
                            Monday: 4pm-1am
                            Bar, Mediterranean
                            Noir175 Swan Street, RichmondFriday - Sunday:
                            12-2:15pm
                            5:30-9:15pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            French, Australian
                            Nomada Food & Wine412 Brunswick Street, FitzroyFriday- Saturday:
                            5:30pm-11pm
                            Sunday: 5:30pm-10pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Spanish, Tapas
                            Oh Loretta!324 High Street, NorthcoteFriday- Saturday:
                            5pm-11pm
                            Sunday:
                            11am-5pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Modern European
                            Panama Dining Room and BarLevel 3 231 Smith St, FitzroyFriday- Saturday:
                            5pm-1am
                            Sunday:
                            5-11pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            European, French
                            Panda Hot Pot100 Victoria Street, CarltonFriday - Monday

                            11:30am-2pm, 5-10:30pm

                            Chinese
                            Pepe's Italian & Liquor275 Exhibition Street, MelbourneFriday - Monday

                            12pm-12am

                            European, Italian
                            Pinchy'sLevel 1 200 Bourke Street, MelbourneFriday - Saturday
                            12pm-late
                            Sunday:
                            Closed
                            Monday: Closed
                            Seafood
                            Point Leo Estate3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, MerricksFriday
                            Closed
                            Saturday - Monday
                            12pm-late
                            Contemporary, Australian
                            Ryne203-205 St Georges Road, Fitzroy NorthFriday - Saturday
                            6pm-11pm
                            Sunday: 12-4pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Contemporary, French
                            Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen302 Toorak Road, South YarraFriday - Saturday
                            11am-9:30pm
                            Sunday:
                            Closed
                            Monday: Closed
                            Bar, Modern Australian
                            Steer Dining Room15 Claremont Street, South YarraFriday:
                            12-3pm
                            5:30-11pm
                            Saturday:
                            5:30-11pm
                            Sunday: 6-11pm
                            Monday: Closed
                            Modern Australian, Steak
                            Tokyo Tina66A-B Chapel Street, WindsorFriday - Saturday:
                            12-11pm
                            Sunday: Closed
                            Monday: Closed
                            Japanese, Asian
                            • 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 Melbourne during the Easter long weekend

                            • Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 24 March -18 April. Fans of festivals and comedy alike won't want to miss one of Melbourne's most anticipated events making a return in 2021.
                            • Easter Wonderland at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie: 3 March - 5 April. Get a glimpse of over 30,000 Easter products ranging from chocolate bunny figurines to freckled eggs and everyone's favourite Easter eggs.
                            • The (Very) Big Laugh Out Festival: 2 April - 17 April 2021. Featuring acts from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the whole family is bound to have a laugh.
                            • Made in Melbourne: 2 April 2021. Some of Melbourne's most loved DJs will all be under one roof for a night filled with live music and entertainment.

                            Free things to do in Melbourne during the Easter long weekend

                            • Have a picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Dust off the picnic blanket, pack some snacks and sandwiches for a lunch in the gardens.
                            • Take a drive down the Great Ocean Road. Take the scenic route down Melbourne's Great Ocean Road. The endless views are sure to keep everyone entertained.
                            • Relax on Tideways Beach. If the sun is out then this strip of coastline is the perfect quiet weekend getaway.
                            • Spend a day at Fitzroy Gardens. From Sinclairs' and Cooks' Cottages to the fairies and water statues, there'll be plenty to do come Easter weekend.
                            • Hike through the Dandenong National Park. Discover the great outdoors with a day out amongst the tree lines.
                            • Take to the coast at Half Moon Bay. Its lengthy sandbank means you can enjoy the waves with your family without the crowding.
                            • Visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary. If the statues are anything to go by, this one puts a fairytale spin on your walk through the park.
                            • Walk through the Organ Pipes National Park. What a better way to spend the weekend then seeing some of nature's best work at the Organ Pipes National Park.
                            • Go back in time with a trip to Fort Nepean. Take the whole family out on the walk up to Fort Nepean. Bring a blanket to enjoy the afternoon down by the beach.
                            • Explore Kitty Miller Bay. Between the long stretch of beach and the shipwrecks left on the shore, there's so much to enjoy at Kitty Miller Bay.

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