Eight Hours Day

Labour Day also goes by another name in certain parts of the world: Eight Hours Day. In Tasmania the achievements of the Labour Union Movement are celebrated with Eight Hours Day, aptly named after the right that workers gained. This movement was focused on the concept that workers should work for eight hours, have eight hours of recreation, and eight hours of sleep. This holiday celebrates the strength of united workers and a positive work/life balance.

In Australia, Eight Hours Day (or Labour Day) is celebrated on different days in different regions. In Tasmania, just like in Victoria, this holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in March. However, in other areas the day of celebration is different. New South Wales and South Australia celebrate on the first Monday in October while Perth and Western Australia celebrate on the first Monday in March. In 2014, the public holiday of Eight Hours Day will take place on Monday 10th March.


Eight Hours Day is celebrated in the city of Hobart and across Tasmania. Locals have a long weekend and often take advantage of the time off from work by planning a day at the beach, a barbecue with friends or family, or a boating excursion. Others choose to spend the day in Hobart, enjoying shopping (some stores may have limited hours) or dining out at local restaurants. On this public holiday, all government offices, banks, schools, and some local businesses will be closed.


Similar to all long weekends, Eight Hours Day also offers great nightlife in Hobart. People interested in gambling will want to visit the Wrest Point Hotel Casino while those who prefer bars and clubs should head to the waterfront area around Salamanca Place for a concentration of nightlife choices. Special events such as guest bands or DJs are often planned for Eight Hours Day. Check to see if advance tickets are required for concerts.


Outside of Hobart, both locals and international visitors use Eight Hours Day as a good excuse to forget about work for a while. There are fantastic holiday rentals along the coast that serve as the perfect home base for a getaway full of fishing, surfing, swimming, and boating. Rentals also offer private kitchens for preparing picnics and barbecues on the holiday with family and friends.


People looking for peace and quiet will find a great deal of choices in Tasmania. While rentals are available in Hobart too, some of the best options are quiet beachfront entals. Look for a rental with amenities that will make your Eight Hours Day getaway special, such as an outdoor dining area, big bathtub, or fireplace.


Be sure to reserve your rental in advance of Eight Hours Day. These long weekends are popular with local families who often plan in advance. However, if you don't plan ahead, there are often some great last minute deals available for people looking to get away to the beach.

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