Easter is just around the corner and while most of us look forward to an extra-long weekend, it also means three days of public holiday ‘what’s open, what’s closed?’ uncertainty.
Well, never fear. The City of Melbourne’s trusty volunteers at the Melbourne Visitor Centre and Melbourne Visitor Booth have pulled together a list to help you make the most of the city during the holidays.
This post is from 2014. To find out what’s open over Easter in 2015, check out our updated post.
There’s no shortage of options to keep the family entertained over Easter, with these places open every day:
Sealife Melbourne Aquarium: 9.30am to 6pm
Crown Entertainment Complex: From noon on Good Friday
Eureka Skydeck 88: 10am to 10pm
Medibank Icehouse: 9am to 10pm (midnight on Friday)
Melbourne Zoo: 9am to 5pm
Royal Botanic Gardens: 7.30am to sunset (visitor centre open 9.30am – 5pm every day)
Wonderland Fun Park: 11am to 5pm
IMAX Melbourne Museum: 9.45am to late
Cooks’ Cottage: 9am to 5pm
Cinemas in the city
If movies are more your thing, all major city cinemas will open as normal over the Easter weekend.
Parks and gardens
Rug up, bring a picnic and (hopefully) enjoy the weather in one of Melbourne’s beautiful parks:
Good Friday is a restricted trading day under Victorian law so most businesses will be closed. But if you’re desperate for some groceries, a handful of stores will be open.
7-Eleven: Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street
IGA: 90 Spencer Street, 84 Flinders Street, 6 Freshwater Place (Southbank)
Most department and grocery stores will operate with reduced trading hours on Easter Sunday and Monday. Queen Victoria Market will be open on both Easter Saturday (6am to 3pm) and Easter Sunday (9am to 4pm) but is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
When you can’t face another hot cross bun or easter egg, plenty of places will be open to keep your belly happy.
Federation Square: most cafes and restaurants will open throughout Easter
Southgate: some restaurants will be open
Crown Entertainment Complex: most restaurants will be open
Docklands including NewQay and Waterfront City: some restaurants will be open
Chinatown: most restaurants will be open
Lygon Street, Carlton: some restaurants will open Good Friday, many will open the other days
Events in the city
For some family fun for a good cause, head to the Kids Big Day Out at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, or the Good Friday Family Fun Day Fundraiser at Wonderland Fun Park. There’s also a Easter Hunt at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
For more ideas, visit What’s On.
Airport transfers and public transport
If you’re flying in or need to get about town, we won’t leave you stranded.
Melbourne Airport: Skybus operates to normal schedule (24 hours); Starbus operates from 5am to 10pm
Avalon Airport: Avalon Airport Transfers operates to normal schedule
Metropolitan public transport operates to a Sunday timetable on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and a Saturday timetable on Easter Monday.
V/Line regional transport operates to a special Sunday timetable on Good Friday and a special Saturday timetable on Easter Monday. Normal weekend services operate on Saturday and Sunday. Some services may require bookings.