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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 2024.

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With the Easter long weekend (7–10 April 2023) 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 Klook

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

  • Location: Elliott Avenue, Parkville
  • Price: $42 per person
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Cocktail Making Class

Cocktail Making Class from RedBalloon

Learn the art of shaking and stirring your favourite cocktails – so you can be the bartender at home, naturally. This class comes with a matching meze to tuck into.

  • Location: 260A Swan St, Richmond
  • Price: $200 for 2 people
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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 2-hour cruise with commentary and picture-perfect views of Melbourne’s best sights.

  • Location: Departs from Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank
  • Price: $48 per person
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Paint and Sip Class

Paint and Sip Class from Classbento

If you believe that the long weekend is all about relaxing and catching up with family and friends then why not throw an activity into the mix with a learn-to-paint class? At the end you'll even have a unique artwork to show for it.

  • Location: 579 High St, Northcote
  • Price: $55 per person
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Entry to Enchanted Adventure Garden and Maze

Entry to Enchanted Adventure Garden and Maze from Adrenaline

Drive south to the Mornington Peninsula for a relaxing day with the family. Wander among the mazes, puzzles and sculptures then relax on the green with a picnic.

  • Location: 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat
  • Price: $35 for adults, $25 for kids
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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 17 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: $29 adults, $15 kids
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        ARTVO Melbourne Entry

        ARTVO Melbourne Entry from Klook

        Be part of the artwork at ARTVO, an art museum that defies reality and lets you step into the picture. It's great for all ages and is bound to entertain the smaller members of the family with their big imaginations.

        • Location: Shop NCF, 07 Level/1 26 Star Cres, Docklands
        • Price: $30 adults, $20 kids
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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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            Self-Drive Boat Hire

            Self-Drive Boat Hire from RedBalloon

            Grab 9 of your closest mates and spend a day on the water steering your own luxury boat down the Yarra. A fridge and esky are included so don't forget to bring some food and drink to share.

            • Location: Departs from Docklands, Melbourne
            • Price: $299 per hire
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            Otway Fly Treetops Walk Entry Ticket

            Otway Fly Treetops Walk Entry Ticket from Klook

            Steal away from the busy city today and immerse yourself in nature by walking the canopy of this local rainforest. It's a 1-hour, family friendly walk with plenty of stops for kids to learn about the habitat.

            • Location: 360 Phillips Track Beech Forest, Weeaproinah
            • Price: From $23.40
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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: $62 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: Around Melbourne CBD
            • Price: $1,218 for 2 people
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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 4-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: $175 per person
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            Gumbuya World Entry Ticket

            Gumbuya World Entry Ticket from Klook

            Gumbuya World has all the makings of a fun family day out – from roller-coaster rides and wildlife encounters to themed food. There's even water slides and wave pools to cool your jets on balmy days.

            • Location: 2705 Princes Hwy, Tynong
            • Price: $78 for adults, $73 for kids
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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 4 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: $47 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: $45 per person
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            Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

            Old Melbourne Ghost Tour from Adrenaline

            Visiting Melbourne? Perhaps you're a history buff (or are the parent of one)? This ghost tour takes you through the city's spooky past where decadency and opium dens ruled the streets. Tours run from Friday to Sunday.

            • Location: Central Melbourne location
            • Price: $39 per person
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            Shops open during the Easter long weekend in Melbourne

            Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
            Swanston StreetSome shops are openSome shops are openSome shops are openSome shops are open
            Melbourne CentralClosed10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm
            Southgate Melbourne10am-8pm10am-8pm10am-6pm10am-7pm
            Highpoint Shopping CentreClosed9am-7pm10am-5pm10am-5pm
            Westfield DoncasterClosed9am-6pm10am-5pm9am-5pm
            Northland Shopping CentreClosed9am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pm
            Chapel StreetSome shops are openSome shops are openSome shops are openSome shops are open
            Chadstone Shopping CentreClosed9am-9pm10am-6pm10am-6pm
            Clarendon CentreTBC9am-5pm9am-5pmTBC
            Bridge Road, RichmondSome shops are openSome shops are openSome shops are openSome shops are open

            Attractions open over Easter in Melbourne

            AttractionGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster MondayWhere to book
            SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium9.30am-5pm9.30am-5pm9.30am-5pm9.30am-5pmAdrenaline
            LEGOLAND Discovery Centre9am-7pm9am-7pm9am-7pm9am-7pmAdrenaline
            Werribee Zoo9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-5pmAdrenaline
            Otway Fly Treetop Adventure10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pmRedBalloon
            Melbourne Zoo9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-5pmKlook
            Melbourne Skydeck12pm-9pm12pm-10pm12pm-9pm12pm-9pmRedBalloon
            Melbourne MuseumClosed9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-5pmBook through Melbourne Museum
            Immigration MuseumClosed10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pmBook through Immigration Museum

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

            NameAddressOpening hoursCuisineWhere to book
            Bangkok Grill by Smile Thai151 Montague St, South MelbourneMonday - Friday:
            11:30am-10pm
            Saturday - Sunday:
            4pm-10pm
            Thai, BBQGroupon
            Est.190679-81 Charles Street, Seddon VIC 301179-81 Charles Street, Seddon VIC 3011Monday - Saturday:7am - 3pm
            Sunday/Public Holiday:8am-3pm
            Cafe, Vegan friendly, AustralianGroupon
            The Jolly Miller Café136 Main Street,, Bacchus MarshMonday - Sunday:7am - 5pmCafe, AustralianGroupon
            The Sri Lounge116 Newquay Promenade, DocklandsWednesday-Friday: 5:30pm - 10pm
            Saturday-Sunday: 9am-3pm | 5:30pm-10pm
            Sri LankanGroupon
            Dong Phuong122 Lygon St, CarltonMonday -
            Sunday: 11am-11pm
            VietnameseGroupon
            SCOOPDOGGZ1880 Ferntree Gully Road, Ferntree GullyMonday -
            Sunday: 11am-10pm
            Cafe, American, DessertsGroupon
            Romanos CoffeeShop 2113, Level 2, Westfield Knox, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna SouthMonday -
            Sunday: 7am-3pm
            Cafe, Breakfast and brunch, SandwichGroupon
            Green Phoenix62 Sydney Road, BrunswickSaturday - Wednesday: 7:30am - 4pm
            Thursday - Friday: 7:30am-4pm | 5:30pm - 9pm
            Australian and InternationalGroupon
            Cannibal Creek Vineyard260 Tynong North Rd
            Tynong North Victoria 3813
            Friday: 11am - 5pm, 6-10pm

            Saturday - Sunday:11am - 5pm

            Winery
            Mantra Epping250 Cooper Street
            Epping, VIC
            Monday - Friday:6:30am - 10am
            Sunday:7am-11am
            Modern Australia
            • Note: The above is accurate as of 4 April 2023. Public holidays may affect normal trading hours. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm their trading hours for the Easter long weekend.

            Top events in Melbourne and its surrounds over the Easter long weekend

            • Flinders Easter Market: With over a hundred stalls filled with local produce, craft and trinkets, and stacks of kids entertainment from jumping castles to pony rides, there's something for everybody at this market. It runs on a gold coin donation which goes to the Flinders Cricket Club and CFA. B.A. Flinders Cricket Ground, 9 April
            • Luna Park Autumn Easter Holidays: Melbourne's iconic theme park is getting a seasonal makeover with Easter egg hunts and bunny acrobats. Book your spot now to snatch up some of the 30,000 chocolate eggs hiding around the park. Luna Park, 8–9 April
            • Good Friday Community Fun: While the little ones get stuck into the Easter egg hunt and face painting, you can try your hand at barefoot bowling or a raffle. All proceeds are donated to the Royal Children's Hospital. Flemington & Kensington Bowling Club, 7 April
            • Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Lots of laughs are in store at this annual comedy festival. School aged kids will be entertained by day with a line-up of free family entertainment, but if you'd prefer to steer away from that crowd, the late-night showcases run until midnight. Melbourne Town Hall, 29 March – 23 April
            • Peppa Pig's Aquarium Adventure: Everyone's favourite pig is coming to SEA LIFE. Grab your booklet before you head on in and help Peppa count starfish, find hidden seahorses and more. Meet and Greets are also available from 10am-3pm daily. 7-25 April.
            • City of Champions @ LEGOLAND Discovery Centre: Packed with fun and adventure, little builders can take on big builds as LEGO City Minifigurines take over LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Collectable limited-edition trading cards, star stickers and souvenir wallets are all up for grabs. 7-23 April.
            • Easter Weekend at Warratina Lavender Farm: The Easter Bunny is dropping eggs everywhere and at Warratina Lavender Farm kids can 6 egg tokens that they can trade in for a bag of chocolate eggs. Warratina Lavender Farm, 8–9 April
            • Easter at Mt Buller: If you're up for a weekend away, there's stacks of fun waiting at Mt Buller. On the agenda this long weekend is a mountain-high fun run, Easter Village market and a giant Easter egg hunt. Mt Buller, 8–9 April

            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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