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Cheap and cheerful Easter activities that won’t break the bank

Financial Wellbeing Coach

2024-03-25 00:00

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  • Camping as a low-cost Easter getaway
  • Bush walking or biking for family bonding time with a view
  • Keeping things at home with a tent in the backyard

If you’re looking for cheap and fun Easter activities this year, why not spend some time out in Mother Nature?

With Easter usually falling in late March or early April, the weather can be more temperate across most of Australia, making it the perfect time to experience the great outdoors.

1. Book a campground or go 'free' camping

Easter is one of the busiest times of the year for caravan parks and camping sites around Australia. But if you’re determined enough, you’ll find a tent site somewhere, so long as you’re prepared to go wherever the pin drops.

Search the internet for “best camping spots” in your state or territory to see what’s available. And if everything is booked out, don’t despair, go next level and search for “best free camping spots”.

You won’t have any electricity when you free camp, but you’d be surprised how many free camping spots have toilet blocks and running water. Although, it’s always wise to pack your own water… just in case.

Hot tip: If you’ve got little ones, set up some fun (and free) Easter games and activities. You can create a cute arts and crafts station in your caravan or even host a small Easter bonnet parade around the campfire – lots of fun and chocolate for the whole family.

2. Go bush walking or biking

If you search the internet for “best walking holidays” or “best biking holidays” in your state or territory, you’ll find plenty of travel companies that offer self-guided tours with accommodation.

But you can also map out your own route – including which towns or campsites you should aim for each day – and start booking or ringing around. Realistically, you only need a bed for the night and there are plenty of three-star motels, caravan parks, holiday rentals, and affordable pub stays throughout regional Australia.

Alternatively, base yourself somewhere that has plenty of walks or scenic bike routes and attempt a different adventure every day.

3. Housesit or house swap

Get on your socials and find out which friends (who live in exciting or scenic spots) are going away for Easter – and ask them if you can housesit. If they don’t have any plans for Easter suggest a straight-up house swap, particularly if you can offer them something enticing in return.

Don’t know anyone who lives somewhere amazing? Never mind, you can always enter the rent-free world of housesitting websites. There are heaps to choose from and each site has hundreds, if not thousands of houses on its books. But you’ll need to be a pet lover because most people are looking for house-sitters to look after their fur babies while they’re away.

4. Pitch a tent in the backyard

Okay, this idea won’t suit everyone, particularly couples or singles. But for those who have young kids, don’t underestimate the fun and excitement of camping out in the backyard for a night or two.

Think BBQ dinner, roasting marshmallows over a firepit and an Easter egg treasure hunt in the morning. There’s very little organising or packing involved. And the best bit of all is you can duck inside to enjoy the creature comforts of your own bathroom whenever you need to.


Cheap and cheerful Easter activities that won’t break the bank
Financial Wellbeing Coach

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