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Public and school holidays in Australia

For your campervan holiday, it is generally best if you avoid school holidays, as these times will be the busiest on the road, at tourist attractions and caravan parks. You also need to be aware that most shops will be closed on public holidays.

Australian public holidays

Public holidays vary between, and even within, states and territories.

All states and territories have a holiday for:

  • Australia Day (26th January).
  • Easter (late March/early April -- different date each year).
  • ANZAC Day (25th April).
  • Christmas Day (25th December).
  • New Years Day (1st January).

States and territories may have holidays for:

  • The Queen's Birthday holiday on the first Monday in June.
  • Boxing Day, which is usually 26th December, or the next working day.
  • A labour, or eight-hour day, the date of which varies between jurisdictions.
  • The day on which the state or territory was founded.

Some regions within states or territories may have holidays for a local event, such as:

  • An agricultural, horticultural or industrial show.
  • A horse racing event.

More information can be found on the Australian Government site arrow indicating external link.

Australian school holidays

All states and territories have four school terms -- except for Tasmania, which has three. The dates for school holidays vary between states and territories, and may vary between private and public schools, but are generally:

  • Two weeks around Easter.
  • Two weeks late June/early July.
  • Two weeks late September/early October.
  • Six weeks late December to early February.

Tasmania has two weeks late May/early June, and again in September, then seven weeks from late December to mid February.

More information can be found on the Australian Government site arrow indicating external link.


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