Easter in Queensland
This year in Queensland, Easter will look very different. Although many of us were looking forward to catching up with friends and family, visiting our favourite campsites, or enjoying a lazy beach break, the message is clear — stay at home.
What hasn’t changed though, is the Easter spirit of hope, renewal and new life. While we’re in hibernation right now, our natural world is thriving. Fire-ravaged forests are recovering, autumn flowers are blooming, and Queensland’s incredible creatures are getting on with life in their own peaceful bubbles.
Queensland’s nature and wildlife are a beautiful sight to see, but they’ll still be there for us to explore and enjoy when we can. In the meantime, as we stay safe this long weekend, you can watch from home.
Turtle Easter Eggs
Chomping on chocolate eggs will be high on the agenda, but if you’re interested in cracking open some eggs Queensland-style, take a look at this remarkable journey of the sea turtle.
Queensland’s secluded, sandy beaches provide the perfect environment for turtles to lay and bury their eggs during turtle hatching season. Interestingly, the turtle is characterised by its endurance as well as its patience on land. During our current reality, turtles are a fitting reminder that this is the time to slow down, take it all in and assess what we value most.
In keeping with the theme, we love the recent outburst of butterflies in Queensland. The hot and humid conditions followed by an increase in wet weather has brought a breeding frenzy to our backyards — and it couldn’t be more timely. We may currently feel like caterpillars in a cocoon, but our time will come when we can emerge.
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere. Butterflies continue to be cared for at this time so you can join the team on their social media channels to view plenty of fluttery photos and videos.
During your daily walks this weekend, we’d love to see your butterfly photos — tag your favourites with #thisisqueensland. Oh, and it’s recommended to wear white, red or pink to increase the chance of butterflies landing on you.
Australia’s Easter Bunny
Fun fact — the Easter bilby idea was developed as an Australian alternative to replace the Easter bunny. The idea has previously been used to raise awareness about the environmental damage that feral rabbits cause. Today, bilbies are a symbol of hope for our native wildlife.
This little guy is officially listed as endangered in Queensland, so if you’re looking for this weekend’s sugar fix, buy an Australian Bush Friends chocolate bilby and a portion of sales will go towards the Save the Bilby Fund.
As the world keeps turning, it’s comforting to know that nature continues to do its thing. In good time, Queenslanders will triumph and be together to enjoy our great outdoors again.