For those who think they’ve left it too late to score a value-packed Easter break for the family, Quentin Long comes to your rescue.

Going Big in Melbourne

The Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park, just 9km from the CBD, has villas, cabins and camping spots still available – $195 for a cabin (sleeps 5) over Easter or $1260 for the seven nights. Features: newly renovated (heated) pool area, playground, arcade games, and in-house movies.
What to do
Five minutes’ drive: Take in Pentridge Prison Ghost Tours, Coburg Reserve, which is fantastic for a stroll , or follow the entire Merri Creek trail for a bike ride – all the way to the Yarra River.
In Melbourne (an hour by bus or tram): the Arts Centre is great for kids (and free) with heaps of activities. Melbourne Museum has a great Aztecs show on over Easter.

Fremantle ‘escape’

The Esplanade Hotel (by Rydges) in Fremantle is offering a superior triple room, 2 adults, two kids, for $236 per night. If you have one child, it has an even better package: $189 a night and kids under 12 eat free.
What to do
It’s Freo so there is heaps to do. Wander the markets, visit Fremantle Prison, which has some amazing tours: tunnel tours under the gaol and, during the school holidays, the ‘Escape’ tour (for 5-12 years old), recounting infamous and amazing escapes from the facility. Next, head to the Maritime Museum and, for a family lunch/dinner, head to Little Creatures brewery.

Free-style in Adelaide

The Mantra in Adelaide has two-bedroom apartments available for $329 (Friday), $389 (Saturday) and $269 (Sunday) per night or $1800 for seven nights.
What to do
The hotel is 500m from the Rundle Street Mall, in the beating heart of Adelaide, which has a whole heap of free activities during the school holidays (11am-2pm) every day. Also recommended, take the classic tram trip to out to Glenleg and/or tour Haigh’s chocolate factory just outside the CBD.

Gold Coast, the whole enchilada

Mantra Legends, bang in the middle of Surfers Paradise: $899 for a family of four for seven days.
What to do
It’s in the heart of the Gold Coast so take your pick: the beaches, the restaurants, the whole enchilada of family holiday heaven is there. And, of course, the theme parks are also close by.

Sydney Harbour Camping

You can set up camp on Cockatoo Island from just $99 per night for a family of four. And, they set it all up for you. (There is a 25% discount during the Biennale of Sydney if people book a two-night stay:
What to do
Well, the world is your oyster on Cockatoo – do the tours filled with amazing convict and modern history, play in the spooky tunnels and industrial halls, and there is great park space to kick a ball or just run around. Then catch the ferry into the city or over to Balls Head Reserve for some walking. It is a great base to explore Sydney or play with the kids on the island.