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 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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Shops open during the Easter long weekend in Melbourne
|Shopping centre||Good Friday||Saturday||Easter Sunday||Easter Monday|
|Swanston Street||Some shops open||Some shops open||Some shops open||Some shops open|
|Northland Shopping Centre||9am-9pm||9am-5pm||10am-5pm||9am-5:30pm|
|Chapel Street||Some shops open||Some shops open||Some shops open||Some shops open|
|Chadstone Shopping Centre||9am-9pm||9am-9pm||10am-7pm||9am-5:30pm|
|Clarendon Street, South Melbourne||9am-6:30pm||9am-5pm||Some shops open||Some shops open|
|Bridge Road, Richmond||7am-11pm||7am-11pm||8am-10pm||7am-11pm|
Attractions open over Easter in Melbourne
|Attraction||Good Friday||Saturday||Easter Sunday||Easter Monday||Where to book|
|SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium||Open||Open||Open||Open||Adrenaline|
|LEGOLAND Discovery Centre||Open||Closed||Closed||Open||Adrenaline|
|Melbourne Star Observation Wheel||Open||Open||Open||Open||RedBalloon|
|Otway Fly Treetop Adventure||Open||Open||Open||Open||RedBalloon|
|Eureka Skydeck 88||Open||Open||Open||Open||Adrenaline|
|Melbourne Museum||Open||Open||Open||Open||Book through Melbourne Museum|
|Immigration Museum||Closed||Open||Open||Open||Book through Immigration Museum|
Restaurants, cafes and bars are open over the Easter long weekend in Melbourne
|Name||Address||Opening hours||Cuisine||Where to book|
|F.M. Karaoke Bar||2/146 Bourke St, Melbourne||TBC||Bar||Groupon|
|Happy Lamb Hot Pot||173-175 Exhibition Street, Melbourne||Friday - Monday:|
|Nirankar Restaurant||174 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000||Monday - Friday: 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Indian and Nepalese||Scoopon|
|Rexy Kebab||99 Sydney Road, Brunswick||Tuesday - Sunday:|
|Qipo Skewer Bar||6 Sutherland St, Melbourne||Friday -Sunday:|
|Pal Pal 88 Korean Hotpot||470 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne||TBC||Korean||Groupon|
|Bang Bang at the Rifle Club||294 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick||Friday - Saturday:|
|Bar Carolina||44 Toorak Road, South Yarra||Friday - Monday:|
|Bodega Underground||55 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne||Friday - Saturday:|
|Bomba||103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne||Friday - Sunday:|
|Builders Arms Hotel||211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy||Friday - Monday:|
|Cafe Di Stasio||31 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda||Friday - Monday:|
|Caffe e Cucina||581 Chapel Street, South Yarra||Friday - Monday:|
|Carlton Wine Room||172-174 Faraday Street, Carlton||Friday - Monday:|
|European, Italian, Modern Australian|
|Daughter In Law||37 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne||Friday - Saturday:|
|David's||4 Cecil Place, Prahran|
|Di Stasio Citta||35 Spring Street, Melbourne||Friday - Monday: 11:30am-11:30pm||Italian|
|Entrecôte South Yarra||133 Domain Road South Yarra 3141||Friday - Monday:|
|Estelle||243 High Street, Northcote||Friday - Saturday:|
|Fancy's Hank||Level 1 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne||Friday - Saturday:|
|Feast of Merit||Restaurant 117 Swan Street, Richmond||Friday|
|Cafe, Middle Eastern|
|Firebird||223 High Street, Windsor||Friday - Saturday:|
|Frederic||9-11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne||Friday -|
|European, Italian, Spanish, French|
|Half Acre||112 Munro Street, South Melbourne||Friday - Saturday:|
|Hanoi Hannah Vol. II||306 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick||Friday - Monday|
|Ichi Ni||12 The Esplanade, St Kilda||Friday:|
|Ichi Ni Nana||Ground Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy|
Friday - Saturday:
|Ides||92 Smith Street, Collingwood||Friday - Saturday:|
|Kazuki's||121 Lygon Street, Carlton||Friday - Saturday:|
|L'Hôtel Gitan||32 Commercial Road, Prahran||Friday - Saturday:|
|Matilda||159 Domain Road, South Yarra||Friday:|
|Mrs Singh||88 Flinders Lane, Melbourne||Friday:|
|Neptune Food & Wine||212 High Street, Windsor||Friday:|
|Noir||175 Swan Street, Richmond||Friday - Sunday:|
|Nomada Food & Wine||412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy||Friday- Saturday:|
|Oh Loretta!||324 High Street, Northcote||Friday- Saturday:|
|Panama Dining Room and Bar||Level 3 231 Smith St, Fitzroy||Friday- Saturday:|
|Panda Hot Pot||100 Victoria Street, Carlton||Friday - Monday|
|Pepe's Italian & Liquor||275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne||Friday - Monday|
|Pinchy's||Level 1 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne||Friday - Saturday|
|Point Leo Estate||3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks||Friday|
Saturday - Monday
|Ryne||203-205 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North||Friday - Saturday|
|Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen||302 Toorak Road, South Yarra||Friday - Saturday|
|Bar, Modern Australian|
|Steer Dining Room||15 Claremont Street, South Yarra||Friday:|
|Modern Australian, Steak|
|Tokyo Tina||66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor||Friday - Saturday:|
- 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.
See the latest deals for the Easter long weekend in Melbourne
Popular Travel Easter deals in Melbourne - AU coupon codes
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|25 Mar 2021||$15 off all Australian activities with code||KLK****|
|5 Mar 2021||Free romantic picnic experience for 2 on stays||ZLJ****|
|25 Mar 2021||Get $5 off activities with code||FD2****|
|25 Mar 2021||Get $10 off activities with code||FD3****|
|5 Mar 2021||Up to 10% off sightseeing cruises||FD2****|
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