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This Easter Long Weekend in Melbourne

By Ella Pleasant
17th Apr 2014

It's finnnnally Easter! I think we can all agree that there's nothing on this earth better than a four-day weekend that encourages the consumption of copious amounts of chocolate and fruit-laden buns. Don't have anything planned? Fret not; we've got the ultimate guide to the Easter long weekend in Melbourne, with everything from Easter egg hunts to long Sunday lunches. Here's your guide to an egg-scellent Easter, complete with awful holiday puns. Hop in! 


Kicking off tonight, Best of Both Sides is a five-night festival that will see Northside hipster rockers going head-to-head with Southside's trendiest DJs in the ultimate cross-city tune-off. The music festival will showcase the very best in electronic culture, visual entertainment, booze and home-grown musical talent, with over 50 musical acts playing at Lucky Coq, Bimbo Deluxe and The Penny Black. Add free venue-to-venue transport and sweet competitions and you've got yourself the ultimate Easter shindig. 

Best of Both Sides | 17th - 21st April 

Head to Ormond Hall for a celebration of Argentina's most famed grape, with over 80 types of Malbec on tasting at Gauchito Gil: Malbec World Day. To make the deal even sweater, Melbourne's best Argentinean/South American restaurants will engage in the ultimate empanada-off, the winner receiving the 'Golden Empanada'. Yes, Piqueos, San Telmo, Huxtable, Bellota and El Alamo will all be battling it out for a golden pastry…unreal!  Add to the mix a live tango show and this is possibly the most fun you could have on a Thursday. 

Gauchito Gil: Malbec World Day | Ormond Hall, 557 St Kilda Road in Melbourne

5:30pm - 10:00pm | $35 per person

Click here to book 

Trashed BBQ, the American trailer trash themed pop-up bar and restaurant, is the place to go for a boot scootin' good time this Easter. Held at The Baron Said, Sailor Jerry and Pabst Blue Ribbon will be supplying the booze, while Ironbark BBQ churn out delectable Southern fare. Think 12-hour-smoked brisket, ribs and mac 'n' cheese. Yehaaaaaaaww! 

Trashed BBQ | 16th - 27th April

The Baron Said | 83 Kerr Street in Fitzroy

The Botanical are bringing their South Yarra hospitality seaside, setting up on the deck of Portsea Hotel over this Easter long weekend - that's right, all four days! Not to be missed.

Botanical on the deck of Portsea Hotel | 17th - 21st April

Lunch 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Dinner 6:00pm - late

Visit the website for more details


As part of the Good Friday Appeal, The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre will be transformed into a wonderland for Kids Day Out. There'll be Australia's biggest roller-skating rink, Laser Strike, a Teddy Bear Hospital (for that necessary check-up), art and play zones, kids cooking classes, music and dancing and HEAPS more family-fun activities. Entry is free, while all activities are $5 and under. This year also sees the return of the evening Charity Spectacular concert, with performances by Kate Ceberano, Daryl Braithwaite and a host of other talented musicians. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Appeal, so get booking!

Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf

10:00am - 5:00pm | Visit the website for more details  

This Good Friday, The Boatbuilders Yard are scoopin' gelato for a good cause! The Gelato Cart will be in full swing from 12pm 'til sold out, so indulge in a frosty treat to support the Good Friday Appeal!

The Boatbuilders Yard | 23 South Wharf Promenade in South Wharf

Visit the website for more details

A new little cafe will be popping up in Abbotsford this Friday. Located in a new luxury development on the banks of the Yarra, A Blessing in Disguise will feature delicious fare from A Thousand Blessings, while Melba Coffee will be keeping all caffeinated throughout the day. Ride your bike along the Yarra trail and pop in for a freshly baked hot cross bun and cup of Joe. It's open 8 'til 3 all days except Easter Sunday. 

A Blessing in Disguise | 24 Acacia Place in Abbotsford

Visit the website for more details

One of Melbourne's favourite out of town chocolate destinations, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, are upping the chocolate-coated ante with a special 2014 Easter collection featuring over 25,000 handcrafted creations. There'll be something for everyone, from small, simple eggs to a totally decadent creation weighing in at 20kg…holy moly!  Pick up some presents or partake in the free Easter hunts on every day of the Easter long weekend. 

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery | 35 Old Healesville in Yarra Glen

Open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm

Visit the website for more details

Hunt for eggs amongst sand sculptures as part of Storyland's Sandsational Easter Egg Hunt. All who participate will receive a bag of Heritage eggs (a whole lot tastier, and less gritty, than the hidden ones!) and will go into the draw to win an Easter Hamper. Participation is free with normal entry.

Sandsational Easter Egg Hunt | 18th - 21st April

Frankston Waterfront in Frankston | 10:00am - 6:00pm 

Visit the website for more details

Following Lent? Head to Persillade for a delicious five-course, fish-only meal. You'll also be treated to a scrumptious, non-fish dessert of hot cross terrine with candied oranges and chocolate…yum! It'll set you back $70 per person with an optional wine match on the night. 

Persillade | 150 Wellington Parade in East Melbourne

To book, email or call 03 9078 4056

Balls, balls, balls. Good, now that's out of the way, we can get on with being excited for Smithballs. Yep, that's right, The Meatball and Wine Bar is once again expanding, opening their third venue on Smith Street in Collingwood on the turf where Josie Bones once stood. They're getting the ball rolling this Friday – make sure you're there! 

The Meatball & Wine Bar (Smithballs) | 98 Smith Street in Collingwood

Visit the website for more details 


There's heaps of free entertainment this Easter Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse. Head to the front lawn to check out the inflatable climbing rock wall, pony rides, Camp Australia activities including tug of war, croquet, giant earthball plus more!

Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation will take over the racecourse once again, with hundreds of eggs hidden in an epic Easter egg hunt. Entry is just a $5 donation to the charity (does not include racecourse admission), and you'll also get a bucket to collect your loot. 

Caulfield Racecourse | Station Street in Caulfield

Admission Adults $10 | Children $5 | Kids aged 13 and under FREE

Visit the website for more details


Start Easter Sunday at Oakridge Winery with a champagne breakfast, a morning visit from the local farm animals petting zoo and then hunt your little heart out at the famous annual egg hunt in the afternoon. There are also a heap of sales on at the cellar door. 

Oakridge| 864 Maroondah Highway in Coldstream

10:00am - 5:00pm

Visit the website for more details

Hop down to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium for a massive Easter Sunday breakfast. The event includes a delicious morning meal, art and craft activities, chocolate goodies, plus all-day entry!

Melbourne Aquarium | Corner King & Flinders Street in Melbourne

Easter Sunday breakfast 8:30am - 9:30am

Adults $50 | Children (3-12 years) $35 | Children (under 3 years) $15

Visit the website for more details

Head to Heide Museum of Modern Art for a free family day of Easter egg hunts and crafty fun this Easter Sunday. After you've devoured your body weight in chocolate, spend some time exploring the exquisite art and gardens. Pack a picnic for the day or head over to Café Vue Heide for lunch. 

Heide Museum of Modern Art | 7 Templestowe Road in Bulleen

11:00am - 3:00pm | Visit the website for more details

Rippon Lea's annual Easter Fun Day promises bucket loads of fun (not to mention chocolate!) for families this Easter Sunday. The Easter Egg hunt, designed for ages 2–12, is the perfect way for kiddies to explore the exquisite house and gardens.

Rippon Lea Estate | 192 Hotham Street in Elsternwick

10:00am - 4:00pm

Adults $12 | Concession $12 | Children $9

Visit the website for more details 

Our mate George Calombaris will be doing the cooking this Easter Sunday! Head to Hellenic Republic in Brunswick or Kew to sample George's Greek Easter fare for just $70 a head ($40 for kiddies). 

Hellenic Republic | 434 Lygon Street in Brunswick East

Hellenic Republic | 26 Cotham Road in Kew

12:00pm - 4:00pm | $70 per adult & $40 per child

This Easter Sunday, Shane Delia will be hosting a special lunch at Maha, creating a Maltese-centric menu including a few Delia family favourites. Enjoy four delicious shared courses for just $65 a head. Bookings are essential, so reserve your spot quick sticks!

Maha | 21 Bond Street in Melbourne

12:00pm 'til late | Call 03 9629 5900 or email for reservations 

The Commoner will be putting the Easter Bunny through its paces this Sunday, serving up a special Easter lunch featuring rabbit (or wood-fire roasted chicken, for those who don't see the humour!). Just $60 will get you an amuse bouche, entrée, main and dessert…a pretty sweet deal in our books!

The Commoner | 122 Johnston Street in Fitzroy

12:00pm onwards | Call 03 9415 6876 or email to reserve your place


You're probably stuffed to the brim with hot cross buns, little chocolate eggs and other holidays-don't-count eats and tipples. The Urban List doctors prescribe a day spent recovering from your sugar, carb and fun-induced coma. 

After you've slept in, drag your dreary head out of bed and make your way to one of Melbourne's finest cafes. We've put together a guide to what's open over Easter, as well as a round up of Melbourne's best healthy breakfasts and superfood smoothies to get you back on track.

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