It’s no secret the Easter weekend is one of the busiest weekends on Bendigo’s event calendar, and for good reason too! I’m not going to be in Bendigo for Easter this year but I REALLY wish I was.

For me, the Bendigo Easter Festival is a celebration of so many different things. I love to see the community involvement and how many people support the event each year. Over the Easter Festival weekend, you can really feel the local pride and pure enjoyment from everyone involved or attending. If I was in Bendigo this weekend, here’s what I would do.

Hunt for eggs in Rosalind Park

Having watched this crazy activity on the side-line in previous years, I’m so pleased that this year there will be a session for those 18 years and over! I’d search high and low to gather my own little collection from the 170,000 eggs hidden in the hay. Over 18s are going to be blindfolded, so even if scouring the hay isn’t your thing I’d recommend checking this one out for a good laugh. Book your spot here.

Find a spot on the street to see Sun Loong

I love the Gala Parade. Not only is it an awesome way to check out what local business around Bendigo are getting up to, but seeing the world’s longest imperial dragon in the flesh is one of my usual Easter highlights. If you haven’t seen Sun Loong before, make sure you secure a good spot – it’s his last year before going into retirement!

Have a boogie

As a lover of live music, the Main Stage in Rosalind Park and the Bull St Festival are where I usually spend fair chunk of my Easter weekend. I’ve heard a lot about the Funk Junkies recently, so I would be heading into Rosalind Park on Friday afternoon to check them out. On Saturday night, I’d definitely be front and centre for The Oz ABBA Show at The Metro.

Go bushwalking for a morning

An escape from the hustle and bustle of Bendigo at Easter is a good way to spend a morning. If I was in town with my family, I’d drive the short 20-minutes ‘up the road’ to Castlemaine and stroll through the Kaweka Wildflower Reserve or the bushland at Kalimna Park, before making my way to The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens for a picnic or BBQ lunch.

Get a good feed

One of the highlights of every weekend in Bendigo for me – regardless of Easter. There are so many great cafes in town and most are open during the Easter weekend. My pick would be Harpoon Social Club for their amazing Slow Cooked Beef Bao, or Harvest Food & Wine (try their delicious croissants). Also, you absolutely MUST try a hot cross bun from The Good Loaf – if they have any left on the weekend!

Let us know what you love to do in Bendigo over Easter!

This post was written by Miss H.