Australian public holidays

Find out when the Australian public holidays are in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

The following tables show all 2024,2025 and 2026 public holidays in Australia. These dates are subject to change as per state government department announcement. We will do our best to make sure the information provided here are most up to date.



Public Holidays 2024

New Year's DayMon1-JanNational
Devonport CupWed10-JanTAS
Australia DayFri26-JanNational
Royal Hobart RegattaMon12-FebTAS
Launceston CupWed28-FebTAS
Labour DayMon4-MarWA
King Island ShowTue5-MarTAS
Canberra DayMon11-MarACT
Eight Hours DayMon11-MarTAS
Labour DayMon11-MarVIC
Adelaide Cup DayMon11-MarSA
Good FridayFri29-MarNational
Day following Good FridaySat30-MarNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySun31-MarACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter MondayMon1-AprNational
Easter Tuesday *Tue2-AprTAS
Anzac DayThu25-AprNational
Labour DayMon6-MayQLD
May DayMon6-MayNT
Reconciliation DayMon27-MayACT
Western Australia DayMon3-JunWA
Queen's BirthdayMon10-JunNational except QLD & WA
Alice Springs Show DayFri5-JulNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFri12-JulNT
Katherine Show DayFri19-JulNT
Darwin Show DayFri26-JulNT
Picnic DayMon5-AugNT
Ekka Wednesday *Wed14-AugQLD
Borroloola Show DayFri16-AugNT
Queen's BirthdayTBAWA
AFL Grand Final FridayTBAVIC
Burnie ShowFri4-OctTAS
Labour DayMon7-OctACT, NSW & SA
Queen's BirthdayMon7-OctQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThu10-OctTAS
Flinders Island ShowFri18-OctTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThu24-OctTAS
Recreation DayMon4-NovTAS
Melbourne Cup Day *Tue5-NovVIC
Devonport ShowFri29-NovTAS
Christmas Eve *Tue24-DecNT, QLD & SA
Christmas DayWed25-DecNational
Boxing DayThu26-DecNational except SA
Proclamation DayThu26-DecSA
New Year's Eve *Tue31-DecNT & SA

Public Holidays 2025

New Year's Day1-JanWedNational
Devonport Cup8-JanWedTAS
Australia Day Holiday27-JanMonNational
Royal Hobart Regatta10-FebMonTAS
Launceston Cup26-FebWedTAS
Labour Day3-MarMonWA
King Island Show4-MarTueTAS
Adelaide Cup Day10-MarMonSA
Canberra Day10-MarMonACT
Eight Hours Day10-MarMonTAS
Labour Day10-MarMonVIC
Good Friday18-AprFriNational
Easter Sunday20-AprSunNational except NT, SA & TAS
Easter Monday21-AprMonNational
Easter Tuesday *22-AprTueTAS
Anzac Day25-AprFriNational
Labour Day5-MayMonQLD
May Day5-MayMonNT
Reconciliation Day2-JunMonACT
Western Australia Day2-JunMonWA
Alice Springs Show Day4-JulFriNT
Tennant Creek Show Day11-JulFriNT
Katherine Show Day18-JulFriNT
Darwin Show Day25-JulFriNT
Picnic Day4-AugMonNT
Ekka Wednesday *13-AugWedQLD
Borroloola Show Day15-AugFriNT
AFL Grand Final FridayTBAVIC
King's Birthday29-SepMonWA
Burnie Show3-OctFriTAS
Labour Day6-OctMonACT, NSW & SA
King's Birthday6-OctMonQLD
Royal Launceston Show9-OctThuTAS
Flinders Island Show17-OctFriTAS
Royal Hobart Show23-OctThuTAS
Recreation Day3-NovMonTAS
Melbourne Cup Day *4-NovTueVIC
Devonport Show28-NovFriTAS
Christmas Eve *24-DecWedNT, QLD & SA
Christmas Day25-DecThuNational
Boxing Day26-DecFriNational except SA
Proclamation Day26-DecFriSA
New Year's Eve *31-DecWedNT & SA

Public Holidays 2026

New Year's DayThu1/01/2023National
Devonport CupWed7/01/2023TAS
Australia DayMon26/01/2023National
Royal Hobart RegattaMon9/02/2023TAS
Launceston CupWed25/02/2023TAS
Labour DayMon2/03/2023WA
King Island ShowTue3/03/2023TAS
Canberra DayMon9/03/2023ACT
Adelaide Cup DayMon9/03/2023SA
Eight Hours DayMon9/03/2023TAS
Labour DayMon9/03/2023VIC
Good FridayFri3/04/2023National
Day following Good FridaySat4/04/2023National except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySun5/04/2023National except NT, SA & TAS
Easter MondayMon6/04/2023National
Easter Tuesday *Tue7/04/2023TAS
Anzac DaySat25/04/2023National
Anzac Day HolidayMon27/04/2023ACT & WA
May DayMon4/05/2023NT
Labour DayMon4/05/2023QLD
Reconciliation DayMon1/06/2023ACT
Western Australia DayMon1/06/2023WA
King's BirthdayMon8/06/2023National except QLD & WA
Alice Springs Show DayFri3/07/2023NT
Tennant Creek Show DayFri10/07/2023NT
Katherine Show DayFri17/07/2023NT
Darwin Show DayFri24/07/2023NT
Picnic DayMon3/08/2023NT
Ekka Wednesday *Wed12/08/2023QLD
Borroloola Show DayFri21/08/2023NT
King's BirthdayMon28/09/2023WA
Burnie ShowFri2/10/2023TAS
AFL Grand Final FridayTBAVIC
Labour DayMon5/10/2023ACT, NSW & SA
King's BirthdayMon5/10/2023QLD
Royal Launceston ShowThu8/10/2023TAS
Flinders Island ShowFri16/10/2023TAS
Royal Hobart ShowThu22/10/2023TAS
Recreation DayMon2/11/2023TAS
Melbourne Cup Day *Tue3/11/2023VIC
Devonport ShowFri27/11/2023TAS
Christmas Eve *Thu24/12/2023NT, QLD & SA
Christmas DayFri25/12/2023National
Boxing DaySat26/12/2023National except SA
Proclamation DaySat26/12/2023SA
Boxing Day HolidayMon28/12/2023National except SA
Proclamation Day HolidayMon28/12/2023SA
New Year's Eve *Thu31/12/2023NT & SA

Public holidays in Australia

Public holidays in Australia are either national or state based. However it’s up to the individual states to decide if public holidays can be substituted when they occur on weekends. Generally, most states allow for extra public holidays if New Years Day, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day or Boxing Day fall on a Saturday or Sunday. If this happens, a public holiday Monday is added to create a long weekend.

The climate in Australia is comparatively temperate, so even a simple three-day weekend becomes a great reason to holiday. Generally people head to the beach, mountains or lakes. And in winter the snowfields in southern New South Wales and Victoria are sure to be busy on a public holiday weekend.

Rules for whether the day is a paid day off or not also depend on which state and what pay award affects the worker. Largely, if someone has to work on a public holiday, that person is paid a penalty rate of up to ‘double-time-and-a-half’ (two and a half times their normal hourly rate).

Summer and the Christmas season are the most prolific time of the year for public holidays in Australia, as in many other parts of the world. From Christmas Day through to New Years Day, some people can swing a ten-day break with only one or two days of their annual leave being affected.

The culture of Australia, no matter what the individual family heritage, is very laid back. Holidays here are times for sitting back with family and friends and relaxing, whether at home or away on holiday.