Australia Public Holidays 2020 – Plan Your Annual Leave Like A Pro

2020 is all about being smart. At Choice Hotels, we’ve got some annual leave hacks to help you use your annual leave in the best way – including maximising your days off, and using it to experience the best destinations. We’re here to help you get inspired, and once you know where you’re headed, book great value accommodation at ChoiceHotels.com.

Did you know that Australia has some of the highest rates of unused leave among the world’s developed nations?

Not only is stress at work a major cause for concern, more than a third of corporate Australia suffers from some form of mental illness, depression and anxiety. This is a massive shift from what it was like a decade ago when only 1 in 5 Australians were found to be suffering from a mental illness.

With the aim to better take care of your health, this year we’re helping you be strategic with how to book leave days which will help you make the most of your leave and enjoy more short breaks in 2020. New Decade, new you, we’ve put together a list of weekends and public holidays (in bold) to help you start making plans to de-stress.


 

January Public Holidays 2020

Wednesday 1 January (Public holiday: New Year’s Day)

Sunday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

Monday 27 January (Australia Day holiday observed Australia wide)

Holiday recommendations: A perfect way to enjoy the sunny weather and mouth-watering local produce is by visiting one of Australia’s most iconic scenic route where you can also explore several pristine beaches nearby and visit one of the most historic fishing ports of Apollo Bay.

 


 

March Public Holidays 2020

Monday 2 March (Public holiday: Labour Day WA only)

Saturday 7 March

Sunday 8 March

Monday 9 March (Public holiday: Adelaide Cup Day & Canberra Day – SA, ACT, TAS; Labour Day – VIC)

Holiday recommendations: Plan your annual leave just in time for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and WOMADelaide.

 


 

April Public Holidays 2020

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Friday 10 April (Public holiday: Good Friday – Australia wide)

Saturday 11 April

Sunday 12 April

Monday, 13 April (Easter Monday)

Saturday 25 April (Public holiday: ANZAC Day – Australia wide)

Sunday 26 April

Annual leave tip: Take eight annual leave days between 6th and 19th April to enjoy a total of 14 consecutive days off.

Holiday recommendations: With plenty of time off, now is your chance to hit the road and tick some must see Aussie locations off your list. Take a trip to Canberra for ANZAC day and check out these eight iconic places. There is plenty of fun activities and events to choose from across the country too, with the Perth Comedy Festival and the Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic in Tassie. Need ideas for a road trip during Easter break? Check these out:

 


 

May Public Holidays 2020

Saturday 2 May

Sunday 3 May

Monday 4 May (Public holiday: Labour Day – NT, QLD)

Holiday recommendation: If you’re in Northern Territory, take the long weekend to travel to Nitmiluk, Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.

 


 

June Public Holidays 2020

Monday 1 June (Public Holiday: Western Australia Day – WA; Reconciliation Day – ACT)

Saturday 6 June

Sunday 7 June

Monday 8 June (Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday – VIC, NSW, TAS, NT, SA, ACT)

Saturday 13 June

Sunday 14 June

Annual leave tip: Take four annual leave days between 8th and 14th June to enjoy a total of 9 days off if you live in WA or the ACT

Holiday recommendations: The Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show might be over, but the events calendar never stops, especially with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival around the corner.

Thinking of exploring the capital city of Australia? Get a taste of mid-winter magic with the Canberra Truffle Festival.

A great way to spend NSW public holidays is by going to Sydney Film Festival or Wagga Wagga’s Comedy Fest. While you’re Sydney, take time out for these seven must-have experiences or ten affordable things to do. If you’re not visiting one of the largest cities in Australia, consider the regional city of Wagga Wagga that offers a surprisingly diverse array of experiences for just about everyone.


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September Public Holidays 2020

Friday 25 September (Public holiday: AFL Grand Final Friday -VIC only)

Saturday 26 September

Sunday 27 September

Monday 28 September (Public holiday: Queen’s birthday WA)

Holiday recommendations: It’s the perfect time to enjoy the last couple days of September at the Melbourne Fringe Festival or simply enjoy the AFL Grand Final festivities across the city. For country music lovers, there’s nothing better than the Mildura Country Music Festival.

 


 

October Public Holidays 2020

Saturday 3 October

Sunday 4 October

Monday 5 October (Public holiday: Labour Day – NSW, SA, ACT; Queen’s birthday – QLD)

Holiday recommendation: In most states, this counts as a long weekend. How about exploring the best city staycation destinations for 2020?Or take a look at these top 5 short break destinations that are sure to surprise you.

 


 

November Public Holidays 2020

Saturday 1 November

Sunday 2 November

Tuesday 3 November (Public holiday: Melbourne Cup Day – VIC only)

Annual leave tip: Victorians can take 4 days of annual leave between 2nd and 10th November for a total of 9 days off.

Holiday recommendations: The regional city of Wangaratta comes alive for the Festival of Jazz and Blues in November, and is a perfect excuse to visit the region. If you’re staying in the city, experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival and get dress up in your best racing attire.

 


 

December Public Holidays 2020

Saturday 1 November

Sunday 2 November

Tuesday 3 November (Public holiday: Melbourne Cup Day – VIC only)

Annual leave tip: Victorians can take 4 days of annual leave between 2nd and 10th November for a total of 9 days off.

Holiday recommendations: The regional city of Wangaratta comes alive for the Festival of Jazz and Blues in November, and is a perfect excuse to visit the region. If you’re staying in the city, experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival and get dress up in your best racing attire.


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