Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (29 March to 4 April) | Region Illawarra

Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (29 March to 4 April) | Region Illawarra
Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (29 March to 4 April) | Region Illawarra

The Illawarra has arranged all the makings of an egg-cellent Easter long weekend this week, with an array of Easter events and some other cool stuff too.

All-weekend events are happening at Albion Park, Oak Flats, Unanderra and at the Illawarra Fly, and on Easter Sunday, you’ll be spoiled for choice of family-friendly Easter events at venues across the region.

Outside of Easter is everything from massive live music events in Wollongong to Nan Tien Temple’s beloved Buddha’s Birthday Multicultural Festival.

There’s plenty to choose from, so hop to it!

All Weekend

Grass with bunny shaped markers

Hop on over to the Illawarra Fly this long weekend for an egg-citing hunt. Photo: Illawarra Fly.

Bunny Run

When: Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, 11 am and 1:30 pm
Where: Illawarra Fly, 182 Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill
Cost: Adult $25.65, child (three to 15) $12, family $60, senior, student or concession $17.60, book here.

The Illawarra Fly’s beloved Bunny Run is back this long weekend. The Easter Bunny has visited the Enchanted Forest and hidden bunny ears for you to find. Find the ears along the Enchanted Forest trail – make sure you check with the fairies and mermaids; they may have clues. Anyone who finds one can take it to admissions to receive a sweet surprise.

Note: This activity is free with any admission to the venue, and there is a limit of one chocolate egg per person.

Banner for Easter Hunt by Ready Set Play in Albion Park

The Easter Bunny has lost his eggs! He was last seen at Ready Set Play, and is asking local children to join in on the hunt. Image: Ready Set Play.

Ready Set Play Easter Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, 30 March and Sunday 31 March, two-hour sessions from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Ready Set Play, 2/10 Shaban Street, Albion Park Rail
Cost: Adult $5, child $20, book here.

For parents looking for low-hanging fruit (or chocolates) this Easter, Ready Set Play has done all the organising. Each two-hour session is packed with fun and includes a set of bunny ears, a free photo with the Easter Bunny, Easter crafts and cookie decorating, finding the bunnies’ eggs (swap plastic eggs for real Easter eggs), and the chance to enter the colouring competition.

Flyer for Easter long weekend at Lakeview Hotel Motel

Lakeview has a line-up of egg-cellent activations happening this long weekend. Image: Lakeview Hotel Motel.

Easter Long Weekend at Lakeview Hotel Motel

When: Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, various times
Where: Lakeview Hotel Motel, 4 Government Road, Oak Flats
Cost: Free entry.

Lakeview Hotel Motel is stretching the Easter good times over the long weekend. On Good Friday (29 March) there will be seafood specials all day. Easter Saturday (30 March) brings live tunes and good vibes to the Beer Garden, courtesy of local legend Alex Specogna. And the big day is Easter Sunday, with face painting from 11:30 am, an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny from 12:30 pm and live music with Kye Hall. Anyone who purchases a main meal over the Easter long weekend will also go into the draw to win a 10 kg block of Cadbury chocolate, drawn on Monday evening.

Banner for creative art workshops at Nan Tien Temple

Unleash your creativity this Easter long weekend. Image: Nan Tien Art Gallery.

2024 Nan Tien Cultural Festival Creative Art Workshops

When: Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, various times
Where: Nan Tien Art Gallery, 231 Nolan Street, Unanderra
Cost: $5 to $12, book here.

Get ready to unleash your inner artist in this series of creative art workshops. You’ll have the opportunity to dive into the beauty of nature with mandala making and nature art wall hanging, explore colour with pouring art, and explore the mesmerising world of Shibori dyeing. Multiple sessions are available, with limited spots, so book yourself in and let your imagination run wild as you create stunning masterpieces.


Flyer for easter Family Fun Day at Lake Illawarra Hotel

Hop on over for some fun at this Easter Family Fun Day. Image: Lake Illawarra Hotel Facebook.

Easter Family Fun Day

When: Friday, 29 March, noon to 3 pm
Where: The Lake Illawarra Hotel, 193 Windang Road, Windang
Cost: Free entry.

Grab the kids and grandkids, pile into the car and make your way over to The Lake Illawarra Hotel for a day filled with egg-citing activities. Expect all the family fun day favourites including face painting, an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, an egg and spoon race, an Easter hat parade and much more in the kids’ playground area. For those looking for an easy way to occupy the kids this Easter long weekend, this is an egg-cellent start.

Flyer for Buddha's Birthday Multicultural festival at Nan Tien Temple

The event is free and perfect for the entire family to enjoy during the Easter long weekend. Image: Nan Tien Temple.

2024 Nan Tien Buddha’s Birthday Multicultural Festival

When: Friday 29 March, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Nan Tien Temple, 180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley
Cost: Free.

This year’s festival is billed as a “cultural delight”, with various activities and things to do, including creative sand art workshops, a vegetarian food fair, art exhibitions, children’s storytelling and meditation, a treasure hunt, cultural activities, creative art activities, outdoor games and the Bathing of the Buddha Ceremony. There will also be a highly popular Baby Blessing Ceremony (bookings required) for all children under five, which will take place in the Main Shrine on Saturday 30 March, at 2 pm. It is open to all families who wish their children to receive a Buddhist blessing for a happy, healthy and fulfilled life.


Banner for Easter at The Shellharbour Club

Festivities await the whole family this Easter at The Shellharbour Club. Image: The Shellharbour Club.

Easter at The Shellharbour Club

When: Sunday 31 March, from 10 am
Where: The Shellharbour Club, Wattle Road, Shellharbour
Cost: Free.

The Shellharbour Club is pulling out all the stops this weekend. All weekend, members can take advantage of the “Follow the White Rabbit” promotion by purchasing a White Rabbit Chocolate Stout from Velvet Bar until Sunday 31 March for the chance to win an egg-citing YETI bundle worth $945. Also all weekend, children are invited to enter the “Egg-citing Colouring Comp” – simply grab a colouring sheet at reception and submit your drawing before Sunday 31 March, and the most creative entry will win a $50 kids gift card (announced on social media on Tuesday 2 April).

On Easter Sunday, festivities await the whole family. There will be a giant roving Easter Bunny handing out chocolate eggs to all, free airbrush tattoos, a free screening of the Peter Rabbit movie and the “Creme-Egg-splosion” – a special Easter soft serve at Bon Bon all Easter long.

Flyer Easter Egg Hunt at Shell Cove Marina

The Georgia Rose Market will be eggs-tra egg-citing this week. Image: Eat Shop Love.

Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt

When: Sunday 31 March, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: The Waterfront Shell Cove Marina, 100 Cove Boulevard, Shell Cove
Cost: Free entry, egg hunt tickets from $10, book here.

The Eat Shop Love team brings Easter-themed fun to the Georgia Rose Market. The Easter Bunny himself will be available for photos and to say hi. But the highlight will be the egg hunt. Over three sessions kids can hunt for plastic eggs, and everyone receives a prize at the end of the hunt. Tickets are required for the Easter Egg Hunt, and no tickets will be available on the day – so hop to it!

Flyer for Ocean Alley at University of Wollongong Gardens

With some of the hottest acts out there tapping in to support Ocean Alley on this massive nine-act bill, this one’s set to be one of the top gigs of 2024. Image: Ocean Alley Facebook.

Ocean Alley

When: Sunday 31 March, 1 to 10 pm
Where: UOW Gardens, Building 67, 2 Northfields Avenue, Wollongong
Cost: $119.90, book here.

Ocean Alley is pumped to return to Wollongong for a massive headline show to celebrate the long weekend, supported by many of NSW’s best bands. Billed as one of Australia’s most exciting musical exports, rock outfit Ocean Alley has taken the world by storm with its dynamic live performances, infectious melodies and faultless musicianship across four critically acclaimed albums. After 18 months of touring worldwide with its latest LP, “Low Altitude Living”, the band is well overdue for a floor-shaker here in Wollongong.


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