Australians of all ages are getting ready for the Easter long weekend and, if you’ve yet to make plans, this guide is for you.
Beginning Good Friday on the 30th of March and ending Monday April 2nd, Easter is a time to share with family, friends, partners, enemies, tinder dates and even the stranger you met on the train.
Three free family events :
WA families love free events, due to how rare they are and how expensive Perth is usually (I mean $4.50 for a coffee).
These three events in various locations around WA offer fun and entertainment for children and those who are kids at heart.
1: Easter long weekend – Mindarie Marina
From Thursday, March 29th to Monday April 2nd, Mindarie Marina will have Easter festivities as well as live entertainment.
Free Activities will be available to kids on Sunday the 1st from 12pm to 4pm.
There will even be a special appearance from the Easter bunny on Sunday, who may or may not make an entrance on a jet-ski!
2. Bassendean Easter Fair
Bassendean Church of Christ’s annual Easter Fair starts a week before Easter Sunday to get everyone into the Easter spirit!
Held on the 25th of March, the event begins at 4pm and goes until 8pm.
There will be various activities such as face painting, games, a puppet show, an Easter hunt and plenty more.
The fair is supported by the town of Bassendean and is a smoke, alcohol and pet-free event.
3. Shopping Centre Easter Activities
Shopping centres around Perth will be hosting events in the lead up to Easter.
Centres such as Ocean Keys, Dianella Plaza, Maddington Central and Cockburn Gateway will have activities such as Easter egg hunts, face painting as well as visits from the Easter bunny!
Each centre has various dates and times for the activities and in some locations children need to be registered to join in the fun!
Best Chocolate (and other gifts) for Easter:
A 2005 study found that Australians were the top consumer of chocolate Easter eggs.
The study found Australia spent $220 million on chocolate over the Easter period.
Although there has been a decline in how much chocolate Australians consume over Easter, we still spent $191 million on the tasty brown stuff in 2014.
A more recent study conducted by Australia Post found more Australians are online shopping for Easter.
It found we were expected to spend an average of $72 per person online this Easter on chocolate and other sweet treats.
The study also found people are no longer just buying chocolate eggs as Easter gifts.
A recent trend has Australians purchasing gifts such as clothing and books for their loved ones.
Western Independent reporter, Rachael Clifford, asked people what non-chocolate gifts they received last Easter.
Where to find alcohol this Easter long weekend:
With many liquor stores, businesses and even the Casino being closed on Good Friday, many West Australians will be looking for places to go.
Due to the success of last year’s event, Ascot Racecourse will open its gates from 12pm on Good Friday 30th.
Ascot Racecourse is one of the only places that has a licence to sell alcohol after 3pm on Good Friday.
The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor says alcohol in hotels, taverns and small bars is only permitted on Good Friday if liquor is sold and supplied with a meal between the hours of 12pm and 10pm.
However there is good news for those of you living in regional WA.
The Minister of Racing and Gaming and Small Businesses, Paul Papalia, has welcomed a decision to extend Sunday trading for regional WA liquor stores over the Easter long weekend.
This decision allows regional bottle shops to open from 10am to 10pm on Easter Sunday.
Have a happy and safe Easter and please drive carefully!