Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays, so Easter weekend will be a 4-day weekend. For some, it could be longer if coupled with a 3-day leave from work (or school) because the following weekend is the ANZAC Day long weekend. With long weekends coming up, if plans have not been made yet, people will need some inspiration on how to spend it, and here's a quick run down:
You might be thinking that there's no need to suggest this bit, as spending long weekends at home will always be the default. Not quite, though. When long weekends come up, the tendency is to plan to go out, to spend it outdoors, interstate even. As autumn draws near though, it might be good to take this last opportunity to spend a quiet weekend at home, have a barbie with friends, and share some cold beer.
Palm Beach is a short drive, and you get to spend the night back in the comfort of your home. The climb to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse is an interesting hike, and you will be rewarded with awesome panoramic views. If you wish to spend the weekend out of town, there is a lot to choose from, although The Entrance and Port Stephens are the more popular destinations. Each has its own charms.
Jervis Bay is known for beautiful beaches, but the most beautiful of all is Hyams Beach.
If you have to go south, Wollongong is less than an-hour-and-a-half's drive. It has beautiful beaches without the Sydney crowd. Further south is Kiama, which aside from the beaches, has the blowhole is a tourist attraction. If you haven't been there yet, Kiama is a good choice. Yet further down, Shoalhaven is your gateway to Jervis Bay where the beaches are among the most beautiful in the world.
If the beach is not for you, and while this country is endowed with many beautiful beaches, you can always choose to go inland away from the beaches, for a change. The Blue Mountains to the west offers great views, interesting hiking routes, and attractions such as the Jenolan Caves, or the Botanic Gardens in Mount Tomah. There you can enjoy fresh produce, including fruits you can pick from the tree.
Maroubra is just one of the many beautiful Sydney beaches
East of Sydney is the Tasman Sea, but if you really have to go East, you'd probably end up in Bondi, known to you and me as a popular destination for locals and tourists. Manly is best for families, while other beaches around Sydney are more laid back.