Australian public holidays can be national or state based. Some national holidays (like the Queen’s Birthday for example) may appear on different dates depending on the state. Furthermore, it is up to each state to decide whether or not a particular holiday is extended if it falls on a weekend. With all that in mind, the overall calendar of Australian public holidays can appear quite complex indeed.

Australian Public Holidays

If you are moving from overseas, Australian public holidays can affect your moving plans and need to be accounted for. It is recommended that you take this aspect into consideration in order to avoid delays and unwanted surprises.

We have compiled an entire calendar including national (Australia wide) and state specific public holidays, so you can find this information quickly and easily.

2018 Public Holidays Calendar

January

  • New Year’s Day – Monday, 1 January (National)
  • Devonport Cup – Wednesday, 10 January (Tasmania Only)
  • Australia Day – Friday, 26 January (National)

February

  • Royal Hobart Regatta – Monday, 12 February (Tasmania Only)
  • Launceston Cup – Wednesday, 28 February (Tasmania Only)

March

  • Labour Day – Monday, 5 March (Western Australia Only)
  • King Island Show – Tuesday, 6 March (Tasmania Only)
  • Canberra Day – Monday, 12 March (ACT Only)
  • March Public Holiday – Monday, 12 March (South Australia Only)
  • Labour Day – Monday, 12 March (Victoria Only)
  • Good Friday – Friday, 30 March (National)
  • Day following Good Friday – Saturday, 31 March (National except TAS and WA)

April

  • Easter Sunday – Sunday, 1 April (ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC)
  • Easter Monday – Monday, 2 April (National)
  • Easter Tuesday – Tuesday, 3 April (Tasmania Only)
  • Anzac Day – Wednesday, 25 April (National)

May

  • May Day – Monday, 7 May (Northern Territory Only)
  • Labour Day – Monday, 7 May (Queensland Only)
  • Reconciliation Day – Monday, 28 May (ACT Only)

June

  • Western Australia Day – Monday, 4 June (Western Australia Only)
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday, 11 June (National except QLD and WA)
  • Borroloola Show Day – Friday, 29 June (Northern Territory Only)

July

  • Alice Springs Show Day – Friday, 6 July (Northern Territory Only)
  • Tennant Creek Show Day – Friday, 13 July (Northern Territory Only)
  • Katherine Show Day – Friday, 20 July (Northern Territory Only)
  • Darwin Show Day – Friday, 27 July (Northern Territory Only)

August

  • Picnic Day – Monday, 6 August (Northern Territory Only)
  • Ekka Wednesday – Wednesday, 15 August (Queensland Only)

September

  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday, 24 September (Western Australia Only)
  • AFL Grand Final Friday – Friday, 28 September (Victoria Only)

October

  • Labour Day – Monday, 1 October (ACT, NSW and SA Only)
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday, 1 October (Queensland Only)
  • Burnie Show – Friday, 5 October (Tasmania Only)
  • Royal Launceston Show – Thursday, 11 October (Tasmania Only)
  • Flinders Island Show – Friday, 19 October (Tasmania Only)
  • Royal Hobart Show – Thursday, 25 October (Tasmania Only)

November

  • Recreation Day – Monday, 5 November (Tasmania Only)
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday, 6 November (Victoria Only)
  • Devonport Show – Friday, 30 November (Tasmania Only)

December

  • Christmas Eve – Monday, 24 December (South Australia Only)
  • Christmas Day – Tuesday, 25 December (National)
  • Boxing Day – Wednesaday, 26 December (National except SA)
  • Proclamation Day – Wednesaday, 26 December (South Australia Only)