Things to do this Easter in NSW

The Easter holidays are a special time in NSW, offering families and friends the opportunity to spend time enjoying diverse attractions and events. You’ll find many things to do and see for the whole family. 



Annual Easter events  

Across NSW there are exciting events taking place over the Easter weekend. Head to Griffith for the Griffith Easter Party, a multi-day celebration of fun festivities, which coincides with the end of the years vintage. It’s a chance for parents to enjoy the wine and food while the kids enjoy the activities. On Easter Sunday, spend the morning at Piccolo Family Farm exploring the local produce stalls at their Easter Sunday Producers Market

Wine tastings at Piccolo Family Farm, Lake Wyangan

Wine tastings at Piccolo Family Farm, Lake Wyangan

In the Hunter Valley, the Hunter Valley Gardens offers a fantastic program of activities and entertainment including an Easter egg hunt with thousands of brightly coloured eggs to collect. Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting event at Scarborough Wine Co and shop at the Easter Boutique Markets at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Neon nights at Boutique Markets Easter Market, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland

Neon Nights at the Boutique Easter Markets at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland - Credit: Newy Digital

The Back O' Bourke Easter Festival is a multi-day celebration, with events and festivities for the whole family. Take a twilight Jandra cruise, join the Easter Colour Run on Good Friday, enjoy the markets and street parade on Easter Saturday and attend the Easter sunrise service and pancake breakfast on Easter Sunday.  

The Lightning Ridge Easter Festival is packed full of exciting events including the Miners Challenge, a float parade, horse races, an Easter egg hunt, markets and fireworks displays. Or head to the North Coast for the annual Taree Easter Powerboat Classic on the Manning River.  

Nettleton's First Shaft Lookout, Lightning Ridge

Nettleton's First Shaft Lookout, Lightning Ridge

Popular destinations in April  

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in NSW and a great time to admire the changing colours of leaves across the state. Bathurst hosts the Autumn Colours Heritage Festival from 26 March to 19 May, celebrating the autumn harvest with local produce, and the region’s heritage with history tours and talks, walks and events.  

Explore the Riverina, and admire the spectacular seasonal colours in Wagga Wagga, Gundagai and Tumut. The last of which hosts the Falling Leaf Festival from 26 to 28 April, with live music, kids' entertainment, market stalls and roving entertainment. 

Head to the Cowra Japanese Garden for five hectares of beautiful autumnal colours. In the Blue Mountains, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah is a fantastic place to enjoy the colourful transformation, as are the Mayfield Gardens in Oberon, where you will find 65 hectares of beautiful gardens to enjoy. 

Further west in Orange, get involved in Australia’s longest-running regional food festival, Orange F.O.O.D Week. Ten days of events, long lunches, markets and more celebrating the Orange region’s diverse and high-quality food and wine, taking place from 5 to 14 April. It’s a lovely time of year to visit the region and as the name suggests, you will be treated to some beautiful orange scenery at this time of the year too.  

Apple pie at Orange F.O.O.D Week, Orange

Orange F.O.O.D Week, Orange

Easter events in NSW


Public holiday dates 2023-2024

Holiday 2023 2024
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January (Additional day Monday, 2 January ) Monday 1 January
Australia Day Thursday 26 January Friday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 7 April Friday 29 March
Easter Saturday Saturday 8 April  Saturday 30 March 
Easter Sunday Sunday 9 April  Sunday 31 March 
Easter Monday  Monday 10 April  Monday 1 April 
Anzac Day  Tuesday 25 April  Thursday 25 April 
King's Birthday/June Long Weekend Monday 12 June Monday 10 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday 2 October Monday 7 October
Christmas Day public holiday Monday 25 December Wednesday 25 December
Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December Thursday 26 December