Easter is always a magical time in Moreton Bay as it features plenty of family-friendly activities, a smorgasbord of regional flavours to treat your tastebuds, and an abundance of chocolate to delight any sweet tooth.
If you’re on the hunt for ways to entertain the family over the long weekend, here our top five tips to honour every chocoholic’s favourite public holiday.
A sea of colour awaits you at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, one of the biggest and most-loved events on the yearly calendar.
This is your opportunity to spend Good Friday by the seaside at Suttons Beach, where you will get to enjoy the best waterfront views of the competitors sailing in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race – one of Australia’s biggest yacht races!
But all the action isn’t just on the water – There’s free activities and entertainment for the crowd to enjoy on dry land too.
Highlights include activities such as beach tennis, egg and spoon races, giant kites, sand sculptures, live entertainment, market stalls, pony rides, an animal farm and even an Easter egg hunt!
There will also be an array of snacks for hungry bellies to feast on, including two food courts dishing up an array of international cuisines including Greek, Japanese, Mexican, just to name a few.
Or you can stick with the good-old fashioned festival favourites such as wood-fired pizzas, spiral potatoes, churros and hot donuts.
There will also be a Pop-up Ice Cream Fair, which is a real scoop for the festival!
To help you get the most of your Easter long weekend, why not stay a few days and book one of these exclusive packages.
There is sure to be plenty of thrills during the 74th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, so if you’re wanting to get closer to the action, book a seat with Brisbane Whale Watching onboard the luxury vessel MV Eye Spy.
The captain will take you as close to the big race as possible before shifting down a gear and taking guests on a leisurely cruise on the pristine turquoise waters that make up Moreton Bay.
You will also be treated to two delicious meals on your cruise. Morning tea will consist of mixed cakes, while at lunch time you will receive your own gourmet picnic box to munch on, full of delicious meats, seasonal salads, fresh fruit and more.
The boat departs the Redcliffe Jetty at 9.30am and will return before 1.30pm. Bookings are essential.
Grab your basket and hop on down to the Redcliffe Good Friday Markets where you will find bargains galore.
Set alongside the picturesque Redcliffe Peninsula, the Redcliffe Markets are an iconic seaside marketplace with an impressive number of stalls – more than 200 infact!
It’s here you will find the freshest artisan produce including fresh baked breads, produce direct from the farm, trawler-direct seafood, as well as stalls selling clothes, arts and crafts, homewares and more.
The markets will also feature a visit from the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt, prizes, raffles, live music and roving entertainment. Oh, did we mention chocolate? There will be chocolate galore for every chocolate-connoisseur.
The markets will be held on Good Friday and Easter Sunday from 8am-2pm.
If you’re looking to tuck into fresh seafood caught right here in the bay, you’re in luck, as Moreton Bay dishes up a smorgasbord of mouthwatering delicacies your tastebuds will love.
Whether you’re after the classic battered or crumbed fish with a serve of hot chips sprinkled in chicken salt, or something more delectable like our infamous Moreton Bay Bug, shucked oysters or prawns, there are an array of eateries up and down the peninsula to satisfy your cravings.
Whether you choose to dine in or order takeaway, be sure to check out the Best Seafood Venues near Brisbane.
Children of all ages will love searching high and low for their sugar fix.
It’s free to join in the fun, but if you want to have a crack at it be sure to register ahead of time.
If that isn’t enough egg-citement for you, the day will also feature live music, entertainment and rides (at an additional cost).
The Easter Bunny will also make a special appearance throughout the day.
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