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Often the only time that many families can go on holiday together, is during the school holiday periods and public holidays. This also tends to be the busiest times for many popular destinations, except when there are other major events on.

For more information including school holidays, check out the australia.gov.au - School Term Dates. If the page moves, just do a search for 'School Term Dates and Holidays' from the australia.gov.au.

There are also various local and state based holidays that are also observed.

Name of public holiday  Date  

New Year's Day

1st January A day to see in the New Year with family and friends and often marked by celebration that include firework displays at midnight.

Australia Day

26th January  This date commemorates a point in Australia's history when Captain Arthur Phillip came ashore at Sydney Cove, in what is now known as the 'historic Rocks' area, at the southern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Although it is a celebration that connects the past with the present, the land with the people, it is also a day where the Australia's Aboriginal people considered that they were invaded by the British back in 1788.

Today, the tradition of 'Australia Day' is as a public holiday on the 26th January. It wasn't until 1935 that all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark the date, and it wasn't until 1994 before Australians began to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on the 26th January.

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

Visit the Australia Day website...

Good Friday

March to April  

Easter Saturday

March to April  

Easter Sunday

March to April Easter Sunday can fall anywhere from March 22nd to April 25th. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 20th, which marks the Spring Equinox.

Easter Sunday is the day that is usually referred to when people say "Easter", being at the end of the Lent period.

Easter Monday

March to April  

ANZAC Day

25th April This day of remembrance marks the deaths and sufferings of brave men and women, who lost their lives in the fight to bring peace and harmony to the world.

It commemorates the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 (during World War I), which saw men from two countries, Australia and New Zealand, come together and fight as one, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The massive loss of life, was deeply felt, and today it is a day we mark as 'ANZAC Day: Lest We Forget'.

Visit our ANZAC section for more information and links...

Queen's Day

Sept/Oct - WA
Second Mon in June - rest of Australia
The Queen's Birthday public holiday occurs on the second Monday in June, except for Western Australia, where it is celebrated in late September or early October.

The holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who is not only Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, but also Queen of Australia and New Zealand.

Queen Elizabeth II was actually born on April 21, 1926.

Labour Day

First Mon in Oct - ACT, NSW, SA
First Monday in May - QLD
Second Mon in March - TAS
Second Mon in March - VIC
First Mon in March - WA
In the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia, the public holiday falls on the first Monday in October.

In Queensland, Labor Day is the first Monday in May and is known as May Day in the Northern Territory.

In Victoria, it falls on the second Monday in March.

In Western Australia, is falls on the first Monday in March.

The equivalent public holiday in Tasmania is known as Eight Hours Day and it falls on the second Monday in March.

Christmas Day

25th December Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus.

Boxing Day

26th December An annual national public holiday in Australia and New Zealand, celebrated the day after Christmas Day.

The holiday got its name from an old tradition (that is no longer observed) when employers gave boxed gifts to their workers on the day after Christmas.

Today, it also heralds the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, as well as the start of the post-Christmas shopping sales.
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