Easter Monday is a public holiday in Australia and will next be observed on Monday the 17th of April 2017.
Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday which is a Christian festival which, according to tradition, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. According to the New Testament, this occurred on the third day of his burial in 30AD.
Easter Monday Public Holiday Date 2017 – What’s Open & Things to Do
Melbournians celebrate the extended Easter Holiday in a traditional way by not eating meat on Good Friday (except fish) and giving chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday.
One of the most notable events on Easter Monday is the Stawell Gift running race held in Stawell, near the Grampians. The Stawell Gift Foot race draws thousands of visitors to this town every year and the main attraction is 120 metre race run over an uphill gradient which offers $40,000 in prize money.
Please note that some retail shops will be closed on Easter Monday as it is a public holiday. However you will find larger stores and supermarkets, such as Chadstone, Highpoint, Coles, Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s open on Easter Monday. Service stations and restaurants also remain open as it is a popular time for family get-togethers.
You will also find a huge range of attractions in Melbourne which remain open on Easter Monday including the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Sykdeck, the Observation Wheel and the Melbourne Museum.
As thousands of people travel during the Easter long weekend, there is a lot of traffic on the road and accommodation books up quickly. If you are interested in taking a holiday over the long weekend, click the link below to find the best accommodation deals. Don’t hesitate, as holiday accommodation is very popular during this time.