Public Holidays

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever before to relax when you can. Take advantage of the next public holiday and skip out of town.

Whether you head to the beach for a family-friendly Labour Day in Caloundra or take in the race that stops a nation at the Flemington Racecourse, choose holiday rentals for your next weekend getaway.  The space and togetherness a holiday rental provides and fosters can transform a simple out-of-town jaunt into an unforgettably warm memory. 


We all look forward to public holidays, those cherished Mondays off from work that create a three-day weekend. Instead of crossing chores off the list, why not travel? With a little planning, you can make the most of long holiday weekends. Spend your next public holiday wine tasting, sailing, or hiking instead of staying home.


The year starts off with a month containing two public holidays. The first is New Year’s Day. The second is Australia Day, the official national holiday of the country. During this summer month the hot weather is a great excuse to choose a holiday rental on the beach and relax.


The month of February is one of those rare months that doesn’t contain a public holiday. The shortest month of the year does offer a few unofficial holidays and festivals though, including Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year. However, New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day, which could be a good opportunity to visit there.


After a month with no public holidays, people look forward to the month of March. Labour Day is celebrated in certain parts of the country on the first Monday in March and in other parts on the 2nd Monday in March. Another public holiday, the Adelaide Cup, is held in South Australia only.


Public holidays can vary in April. Sometimes Holy Week and Easter falls in March, and other times it falls in April. Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday are all public holidays. One other public holiday in April is Anzac Day, a revered day that commemorates military servicemen and women from both Australia and New Zealand who have served and lost their lives in war.


In Queensland, Labour Day is celebrated in May. A similar holiday, May Day, is celebrated in the Northern Territory. Some areas of the country don’t have an official public holiday in May.


The first month of winter in Australia is home to a couple public holidays. The Queen’s Birthday, celebrated on 2nd Monday in June is widely considered to be the kick off ski season in Australia. Foundation Day is also celebrated in June, on the first Monday in June (a holiday unique to Western Australia).

July, August, and September

The months of July, August, and September don’t offer any public holidays. There is one public holiday in August in certain parts of the country, but no official holidays. However, this is the height of ski season, and many people travel for skiing.


Spring is a lovely time to travel in Australia. October public holidays vary by region and include Labour Day (celebrated in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia) along with the Queen’s Birthday on the first Monday of the month in Western Australia.


The big public holiday of November is the Melbourne Cup. While this may only be officially recognized in Melbourne, it is the biggest horse race of the year in Australia and inspires many people to travel to Melbourne.


The hot summer month of December is a festive one in Australia. There are two official public holidays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but many families take additional time off from work to spend time on the beach, enjoy the sun, surf, sand and cooking up a big barbeque.