Holidays in October

The lovely days of October are ripe for travel. Spring is in full swing with blooming wildflowers and the beaches across the country are starting to draw crowds to their shores. Depending on region, there are couple public holidays in October that offer long weekends. Whether you want to sip wine in the vineyards or spend a lazy few days on the beach, October is a perfect time to get away with friends and family.

Why Travel In October?

The buzz of spring can be felt all across Australia. In some places that means flower festivals while in others, food festivals attract big crowds. Beach weather returns in the south of the country for those people looking for a relaxing getaway while temperatures are generally still cool enough to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Labour Day

Labour Day is celebrated at different times of year in different regions of Australia. In New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia, Labour Day is held on the first Monday of October. This long weekend is a celebration of workers’ rights, including the eight-hour work day. One of the best ways to celebrate this holiday is by not working. Travel to a destination where you can relax and toast the achievements of the labour movement. 

The Queen’s Birthday

Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday in October (whereas other states celebrate it in June). The birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is also celebrated on the first Monday of the month, providing a long weekend to residents of this state. Make the most of the extra day off from work by booking an oceanfront holiday rental or a chic city condo. Remember that this is a popular weekend to travel, so don't wait until the last minute to make your reservation.

October Festivals

In addition to the public holidays, there are many festivals and events that inspire travel in October. One of the best is the Tasting Australia food and wine festival in Adelaide, South Australia. This week-long food festival takes place during the middle of October. Another fun event is Floriade, a month-long flower festival in Canberra that starts in mid-September and lasts through mid-October. For all festivals and events, check the individual website for details on tickets, prices, and special programs.

Where To Go In October

The month of October is home to pleasant warm temperatures before the heat of summer arrives. For this reason, many people travel for experiences that would be too hot to enjoy during the summer months. Road trips are a popular option, especially through the vineyards and wineries of places like the Hunter Valley. Other travellers enjoy hiking and biking in national parks before the heat and humidity settles in.


The spring is also a wonderful time to kick back on the beaches. After spending some time in SydneyMelbourne, or Adelaide, get out of the city and enjoy the beaches. Warm days are ideal for picnics. Choose a holiday rental with a private kitchen and you can easily prepare picnics on the beach for family and friends.

(image courtesy Lincoln Peh)

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