Easter is nearly here, and while we're excited about the (dairy free) chocolate, it's the long weekend + thoughts of a relaxing getaway that are front of mind.
It’s a welcome change that all states in Australia are now officially open for tourists, and with the hospitality industry struggling through two years of lockdowns + restrictions, we’ve rounded up some fabulous recommendations of places to eat, stay + play all around Australia. And, of course, we've found the perfect travel bags to accompany you on your getaway adventures.
Stay: Jackalope Hotel in Merricks North, on the Mornington Peninsula, is set amidst an 11 hectare winery with close to 50 more cellar doors nearby. With contemporary art installations dotted throughout, Jackalope is a spectacular destination for lunch, dinner, or a weekend stay.
Eat: Try Red Sparrow in Collingwood for delicious plant based pizza, the Cornish Arms in Brunswick for a huge array of vegan options + the fun of a rooftop bar, or Shu in Collingwood for moreish plant based Sichuan cuisine.
Play: Most performers have been unable to work for much of the last two years, so we encourage you to get behind the arts community - the Melbourne Comedy Festival is on until April 24, Hamilton has taken up residency at Her Majesty's Theatre, and live music is back Tuesday-Sundays at The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick.
Jackalope Hotel, Merricks North VIC
Crystalbrook Albion, Surry Hills NSW
New South Wales
Stay: Crystalbrook Albion is an intimate, luxury guesthouse in Surry Hills, with nooks to linger in + a rooftop designed for relaxation + conversation. And we love that it's pet friendly.
Eat: Wherever you stay in Sydney, there are vegan restaurants + cafes aplenty for a getaway filled with plant based goodness. Check out Lonely Mouth in Newtown for a 100% vegan ramen menu, or The Green Lion for plant based versions of pub favourites. Don't forget to visit our longtime favourite Bodhi Restaurant for vegan yum cha.
Stay: Ovolo The Valley is a luxury boutique hotel with an artistic + opinionated vibe. It has a vegetarian restaurant + vegan cocktail bar onsite, and even a 'V.I.Pooch' option that provides a dog bed, toys + treats for your furry travel companion.
Eat: Greenhouse Canteen in Brisbane + the Gold Coast promises 'plant focused whole food that's sometimes naughty, mostly nice', which actually seems like a great motto for life.
Play: Take a guided walk around the Burleigh Headland with a Traditional Custodian + learn the indigenous history of the Gold Coast and dreamtime stories of Jellurgal, the 'Dreaming Mountain.'
Greenhouse Canteen, Brisbane QLD
The Tiny Rickshaw, Aldinga SA
Stay: The Hotel Indigo celebrates + honours the local history of the Adelaide Market Precinct + juxtaposes this with contemporary architecture + art, for a breathtaking result.
Eat: Two-Bit Villains in the Grand Ballroom of Adelaide Arcade melds an American diner menu with a plant based philosophy, so enjoy vegan tacos, burgers, hotdogs and mac + cheese. Further out from the city in Aldinga, The Little Rickshaw is a cute tin shed eatery with plenty of vegan options on their Vietnamese menu.
Stay: The MACq 01 on the Hobart waterfront is, rather delightfully, a ‘storytelling hotel’, with each of its rooms referencing a local Tasmanian character, and a huge fireplace in the main reception area purposefully designed to encourage guests to sit + share their own stories.
Eat: If you're heading north, visit the Launceston Harvest Market to stock up on Artisa plant based cheeses, or if you're staying down south, make sure you check out Veg Bar in Hobart for a colour riot of plant based food + drinks.
MACq 01, Hobart TAS
Balingup Highview Chalets WA
Stay: Balingup Highview Chalets boasts some lush views from each of its one room studio chalets, plus there's an animal sanctuary with rescued cows, sheep, alpacas, kangaroos + more on the property. Immerse yourself in this stunning + peaceful landscape, just an hour from the Margaret River region.
Eat: Flora + Fauna is a tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe in Northbridge, with an extensive vegan menu + a frankly adorable outdoor seating area. Mother in Fremantle has a focus on plant based food + sustainability, with a long list of vegan wines.
What bag to pack for your Easter getaway?
Wherever you're headed, the Daytripper is our tote of choice for an Easter getaway - it's designed as a weekender / overnight bag, or a carry on if you're managing a longer trip.
If you only have space to pack one handbag (quelle horreur!), make it a crossbody bag like the Reader Satchel or Bandolier. Dress it up or down, go hands free while walking + sightseeing, take it to a glamorous dinner or a casual brunch - it will do the most jobs in your holiday wardrobe.
We'd also suggest tossing in an Overflow Tote, a super useful canvas tote that can be rolled up or flattened + popped in your suitcase. It's ideal to take to farmer's markets, to the beach, to hold newspapers + fresh bread, to carry shopping....all the fun things.
We hope you are able to take some peaceful time out this Easter, to enjoy visiting somewhere new in cruelty free style.
Studio Sans Beast