Queensland School Holidays 2019

We’ve listed major QLD school holidays and term dates to help you plan your year. Get inspired by road trips and short breaks away from the routine. Book your accommodation at ChoiceHotels.com and get the best value for money.

QLD Term 1

School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 29th January 2019 End: 5th April 2019

Autumn School Holidays

2 Weeks

Start: 6th April 2019 End: 22nd April 2019

Autumn School Holiday Ideas

Road Trips:

  • Bundaberg: There is so much to do in Bundaberg throughout the year – make sure you add a tour of the Australian Sugar Cane Railway to your list. Witness thousands of baby turtle hatchlings in the turtle watching capital of Australia.
  • Gold Coast: Autumn is arguably the best weather to visit the Gold Coast, famous for its surfing spots and beautiful long beaches. Australian Traveller’s 2019 People’s Choice Award has voted this popular destination as the best holiday spot for families. So get packing now!


  • Head to Mon Repos Beach with your kids to join a guided evening tour to view turtle hatchings (bookings essential). Check out the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, an annual sporting and music festival, set in outback Queensland from 12th to 14th April 2019. Another great option for music lovers is to visit the Bundy Easter Roundup to experience authentic Aussie country music and camping between 19th and 21st April.

QLD Term 2

School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 23rd April 2019 End: 28th June 2019

Winter School Holidays

2 Weeks

Start: 29th June 2019 End: 14th July 2019

Winter School Holiday Ideas

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  • Cairns: Popularly known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of many perfect winter getaway destinations in Queensland. July is the beginning of the humpback whale season with some of the cruises guaranteeing whale sightings! What better way to spend your winter school holidays?
  • Brisbane: Explore the capital of Queensland with the entire family this winter. Visit the heritage-listed City Botanic Gardens, which include the new all abilities playground. Drop by the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with kids and get up close and personal with koalas.

QLD Term 3

School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 15th July 2019 End: 20th September 2019

Spring School Holidays

2 Weeks

Start: 21st September 2019 End: 7th October 2019

Spring School Holiday Ideas

Road Trips:

  • Mackay: One of the best places to explore secluded beaches is Mackay. Known for its Harbour Beach, this region is one of Australia’s best destinations for recreational fishing. Mackay also hosts the Mackay Mountain Marathon, a mountain bike and trail running festival for adventure seekers.
  • North Queensland: Take the ultimate road trip with kids covering popular destinations including Mackay, Keswick, Cape Hillsborough, Townsville and Magnetic Island.

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QLD Term 4

School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 8th October 2019 End: 13th December 2019

Summer School Holidays

6 Weeks

Start: 14th December 2019 End: 27th January 2020

Summer Holiday Ideas

Road Trips:

  • Townsville: Get kids to connect with nature and wildlife in this coastal city. Head to Castle Hill for that perfect view and take memorable family pictures. You can’t miss a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a day of snorkelling. All this adventure will surely work up an appetite – make a stop at one of these delicious dining options in Townsville.
  • Mooloolaba: The perfect destination for kids, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast offers a great opportunity to interact with marine life. Hit the beach for some family fun under the sun and go dolphin watching.

Source: Queensland Government