Important Australian Public Holiday Dates and School Holidays To Plan For When Scheduling Your Australian Events and Activities

These events and dates are listed to help you plan your events and activities with less scheduling conflicts. If you know of any other important events coming up, please leave a reply in the box below the list. Your assistance and contribution are much appreciated!

Australian Public Holidays, School Holidays & Other Important Days – 2016

New Year’s Day Fri 1 Jan National Holiday
Tennis – Australian Open Mon 18 – Sun 31 Jan http://www.australianopen.com Held in Melbourne
Australia Day Tue 26 Jan National Holiday
Chinese New Year Mon 8 Feb Observance
Valentines Day Sun 14 Feb Observance
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Fri 4 – Sun 13 Mar Melbourne ONLY
Mardi Gras Festival Sat 5 Mar SYD city only
Labour Day Mon 7 Mar WA
International Women’s Day Tue 8 Mar Observance
Labour Day Mon 14 Mar VIC
Canberra Day Mon 14 Mar Canberra
Adelaide Cup Day Mon 14 Mar SA
8 Hour Day (labour day equiv) Mon 14 Mar TAS
Commonwealth Day Mon 14 Mar Observance
Australian Grand Prix Thu 17-Sun 20 Mar Held in MELB
St Patricks Day Thu 17 Mar Observance
Good Friday Fri 25 Mar National Holiday
Easter Monday Mon 28 Mar National Holiday
Daylight Savings Ends Sun 3 April
Anzac Day Mon 25 April (no replacement holiday given if it falls on weekend) National Holiday
May Day Mon 2 May NT
Mothers Day Sun 8 May Australia-wide (2nd Sunday in May)
Football – State of Origin 1 Wed June 1 Held in SYDNEY
Western Australia Day Mon 6 Jun WA
Queen’s Birthday Mon 13 Jun National Holiday
Football – State of Origin 2 Wed June 22 Held in BRISBANE
Football – State of Origin 3 Wed July 13 Held in SYDNEY
Bank Holiday (NOT A PUBLIC HOL) Mon 1 Aug NSW & ACT
Royal Queensland Show Day Wed 10 Aug QLD Brisbane only
City to Surf Sun 14 Aug Sydney – (2nd week)August
Australian National Flag Day Sat 3 Sept Observance
Fathers Day Sun 4 Sept Australia-wide (1st Sunday in September)
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Sun 18 Sept Sydney
Queens Birthday Mon 26 Sept WA
Daylight Savings Starts Sun 2 Oct
Labour Day Mon 3 Oct NSW/ACT/SA/QLD
Halloween Mon 31 Oct Observance
AFL grand final day Sat 31Oct (TBC) Held in Melb MCG (last Sat in Sept)
NRL grand final day Oct (TBC) Held in Sydney (1st Sun in Oct)
Melbourne Cup Day Tue 1 Nov VIC (Melbourne only)
Remembrance Day Fri 11 Nov Aust, NZ
Christmas Day Sun 25 Dec National Holiday
Boxing Day Mon 26 Dec National Holiday
Xmas/Boxing Day Holiday Tue 27 Dec National Holiday
New Years Eve Sat 31 Dec Observance


Australian School Terms – 2016

1st Term Wed 27 Jan Fri 8 April
2nd Term Tue 26 April Fri 1 July
3rd Term Mon 18 July Fri 23 Sept
4th Term Mon 10 Oct Tue 20 Dec
1st Term Wed 27 Jan Thur 24 Mar
2nd Term Mon 11 April Fri 24 June
3rd Term Mon 11 July Fri 16 Sept
4th Term Mon 3 Oct Tue 20 Dec
1st Term Wed 27 Jan Thurs 24 Mar
2nd Term Mon 11 April Fri 24 June
3rd Term Mon 11 July Fri 16 Sept
4th Term Tue 4 Oct Fri 9 Dec


11 Responses to “Holidays”

  • Hi Marc,
    What a great resource. Here are a couple of Melbourne dates that you can add:
    1/2 – 31/3/2010 – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
    Labour Day Holiday – MOOMBA Festival and Parade – (many city streets closed)
    Mid March – date TBC – Avalon air show – held every two years – next in 2011
    Mid March – date TBC – Melbourne Grand Prix
    1/4 – 30/4/2010 – Melbourne Comedy Festival
    21/09/2009 – Brownlow Medal Night
    25/09/2009 – Grand Final Parade (many city streets closed)
    26 – 30/12/2009 (held every year) – Boxing Day Test.

    Eat well. Eat safe!


  • Gavin,
    That’s great – thank on behalf of everyone who comes to this page to get up-to-date listing of important Australian events.

    T ogether
    E veryone
    A chieves
    M ore!

  • No info for school holidays in WA, Tasmania or N.T. I don’t have children at school, but school often influence my clinic activities. I am sure others would also find the dates helpful. Even just for someone visiting one of these states wishing to ovoid school hols so that accommodation, etc is easier.

  • If you or anyone else has these dates, I’ll be happy to add them into the calendar – THANKS FOR THE TIP!

  • Now that Eastergone… the next thing we have to look forward to is Memorial day…Am I right?

  • Hi to all downunder,

    Could you possibly get a list from someone here in the USA so we might be aware of exactly when all our different states may be celebrating their holidays? Just a thought. I’m new to this site, so please forgive me if I ask any dumb questions. Thanks in advance, and I hope to get to know some of you in the near future.

    Bud Corwin

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  • What a great idea – all the holidays in one place — THX for saving me such more time! 🙂

  • Awesome list of public events. It would be good if you can list school holidays as wel.

  • This is a very useful resource.

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