The days of searching for Easter eggs in the garden might be over, but there is no reason adults can’t go on another kind of treasure hunt. Make the most of the four-day weekend, hire a car and track down the best Easter escapes on the east coast – it’ll be more satisfying than chocolate!

Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

1. Sydney Royal Easter Show, New South Wales

Sydney is the place to go this Easter if you live for boisterous celebrations. The Sydney Royal Easter Show takes place from April 6-19 and is Australia’s largest ticketed event – around 900,000 people are expected to attend.

If you don’t mind the crowds, this is a fantastic way to celebrate Australian culture. A non-stop stream of agricultural competitions, animal encounters, carnival madness and live entertainment keep the city busy for two weeks straight. 

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Mar 26, 2016 at 6:40pm PDT

2. Byron Bay Bluesfest, New South Wales

Byron Bay is always a good idea, with its laid-back vibe and tranquil beaches. Over Easter weekend, things kick up a notch with the Bluesfest, a festival that is pure musical escapism.

This event sees more than 200 performances take place over seven stages. More than 100,000 people flock to Byron Bay for the event, but despite the large crowds it remains a fun, family-friendly event, true to Byron Bay’s chill nature.

In 2017, international acts such as The Lumineers, Mary J Blige, The Doobie Brothers and Bonnie Raitt will play for the crowds. 

3. Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, South Australia

Celebrate Easter in style in the heart of ‘blue-grass’ horseracing country. Just 25 minutes from Adelaide’s centre is the Oakbank Racing Club, set in the peaceful Adelaide Hills. The Easter Racing Carnival is the biggest annual event for the historic club, and a premier sporting and social event. 

The centre of the course transforms into a carnival, with animal petting, rides and facepainting for the kids. For the adults, there are premium food and drink stalls, the option of reserving private marquees and no shortage of champagne. Racegoers are encouraged to bring picnics, so tents and barbecues pop up all over the car park, adding to the high-energy atmosphere. 

Dress up in your finest clothes and get out the fascinators – this is a day you don’t want to miss. 

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Mar 4, 2016 at 12:20am PST

4. Rip Curl Pro 2017, New South Wales

Take a trip down to Bells Beach and check out the longest-running surf competition in the world. This competition holds a special place in surf history and is the place to see the world’s best surfers battle it out on the waves.

Even if you don’t surf, it’s worth sitting on the shore and marvelling at the grace, daring and skill of the surfers out on the water. Plus, Bells Beach is conveniently located along the Great Ocean Road, so this makes a handy place to stop before you continue further along the coast. 

5. Daintree Eco-lodge and Spa, Queensland

If the thought of Easter events bursting with people makes you wince, head for the wilderness instead – or the Daintree Eco-lodge, to be more specific. In this rainforest hideaway, you can sleep in an eco-friendly treehouse, with nothing but the jungle to see in every direction. The Wellness Spa on site is designed to help you unwind and rejuvenate.

You also get to leave the lodge with the feel-good knowledge that for every guest who stays, a tree is planted with Rainforest Rescue – so your Easter getaway is helping conserve the Daintree Rainforest. 

6. Adelaide International Kite Festival, South Australia

Easter is a great weekend for kids, but it can also be a great time to rediscover your inner child. What better way to do that than by flying a kite?

Join kite flyers from all over the world on Semaphore Beach over the long weekend and see the sky filled with colour as kites of all shapes and sizes dive in the breeze. The location of this festival is ideal for a relaxing weekend; after enjoying the autumn sunshine of Adelaide’s beaches, you can head back into town and enjoy the many museums and cafes in the area. 

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Apr 1, 2017 at 4:34pm PDT

7. Thalia Haven, Tasmania

You don’t have to go far for an island escape. Hop over to Tasmania and spend a few nights in Thalia Haven. Set on a private peninsula right by Great Oyster Bay, this lodge is the perfect marriage of Tasmania’s wild woodlands and crystal clear waters.

Staying in the ancient-stone cottages, you will have access to private beaches and serene olive-tree courtyards, but the main feature to look out for is the bathtub which gives you unrivalled views of the bay. This is the ultimate experience in luxury and relaxation. 

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Jan 10, 2016 at 6:12pm PST

Don’t wait for the Easter bunny to bring you eggs. Arrange a treat for yourself and plan a relaxing, exciting or fun weekend escape. Hop to it!