Holidays in Australia

Holidays in Australia are different than the United States, in that the seasons of the year are reversed! Christmas is in the summer time, instead of the winter.  We had the privilege of living in Canberra, Australia for four years growing up, while our Dad was in the U.S. Army.  It is a fantastic country, and we got to do quite a bit of traveling around Australia while we lived there. We pretty much toured every State except for Tasmania.

Watching the New Years Eve firework show in Sydney Harbor is one of the best firework shows around the World!


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Holidays and Observances in Australia

All the Holidays in Australia information below, will give the 2017 Date, Holiday Name, and Holiday Type. Ultimately, we will have a Daily Holidays Page for each of the Days of the Year, and a devoted page for each of the Holidays and Observances.  Pages completed will be linked up below once they are done.

If a Holiday does not have 2017 after it below, that means that it is observed annually on the same day.  Those with 2017 listed after the date, are movable holidays that are observed on different days each year.


January Holidays in Australia


February Holidays in Australia

March Holidays in Australia

  • March 1, 2017 - Ash Wednesday - Christian Holiday
  • March 6, 2017  - Labour Day - Common Local Holidays in Western Australia
  • March 12, 2017 - Purim - Jewish Holiday
  • March 13, 2017 - Adelaide Cup - Local Holiday in South Australia
  • March 13, 2017 - Canberra Day - Local Holiday in Australia Capital Territory
  • March 13, 2017 - Eight Hours Day - Common Local Holidays in Tasmania
  • March 13, 2017 - Labour Day - Common Local Holidays in Victoria
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day - Observance (See also St. Patrick's Day Food Tips)
  • March 20, 2017 - March Equinox - Season (1st Day of Spring)
  • March 21 - Harmony Day - Observance
  • March 17, 2016 - National Close the Gap Day - Observance (2017 TBA)

April Holidays in Australia

  • April 1, 2017  -  Daylight Savings Time Ends - Daylight Savings Time
  • April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday - Christian Holiday
  • April 11, 2017 to April 18, 2017 - Passover - Jewish Holiday
  • April 13, 2017 - Maundy Thursday - Christian Holiday
  • April 14, 2017  - Good Friday - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • April 14, 2017 - Orthodox Good Friday - Orthodox
  • April 15, 2017 - Orthodox Holy Saturday - Orthodox
  • April 16, 2017 - Easter Day - National Holiday and Christian Holiday (See also Easter Food Tips)
  • April 16, 2017 - Orthodox Easter - Orthodox
  • April 17, 2017  -  Easter Monday - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • April 17, 2017 - Orthodox Easter Monday - Orthodox
  • April 18, 2017  -  Easter Tuesday - Local Holiday in Tasmania
  • April 24, 2017 - Isra and Mi'raj - Muslim Holidays
  • April 24, 2017  -  Yom HaShoah - Jewish Holiday
  • April 25 - Anzac Day - National Holiday
  • April 26 - Hug an Australian Day

May Holidays in Australia

  • May 1, 2017  - May Day - Common Local Holidays in Northern Territory, and Queensland
  • May 2, 2017 - Yom HaAtzmaut - Jewish Holiday
  • May 14, 2017 - Lag B'Omer - Jewish Holiday
  • May 14, 2017 - Mother's Day - Observance
  • May 25, 2017  - Ascension Day - Christian Holiday
  • May 26 - National Sorry Day - Observance
  • Evening of May 26, 2017 to Evening of June 25, 2017 - Ramadan  - Muslim Holiday
  • May 31, 2017 - Shavuot - Jewish Holiday

June Holidays in Australia

  • Evening of May 26, 2017 to Evening of June 25, 2017 - Ramadan  - Muslim Holiday
  • June 4, 2017 - Pentecost - Christian Holiday
  • June 5, 2017 - Whit Monday - Christian Holiday
  • June 5, 2017 - Western Australia Day - Local Holiday in Western Australia
  • June 6 - Queensland Day - Local Observance
  • June 11, 2017 - Trinity Sunday - Christian Holiday
  • June 12, 2017 - Queen's Birthday - Common Local Holidays - All except Western Australia and Queensland
  • June 15, 2017 - Corpus Christi - Christian Holiday
  • June 21, 2017 - June Solstice - Season
  • June 21, 2017 - Laylat al-Qadr - Muslim Holiday
  • June 26, 2017 - Eid-al-Fitr - Muslim Holiday

July Holidays in Australia

None

August Holidays in Australia

  • August 1, 2017 - Tisha B'Av - Jewish Holiday
  • August 7, 2017   - New South Wales Bank Holiday - Local Holiday in New South Wales
  • August 7, 2017 - Northern Territory Picnic Day - Local Holiday in Northern Territory
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary - Christian Holiday
  • August 16, 2017 - Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland - Local Holiday in Queensland

September Holidays in Australia

  • September 2, 2017 - Eid-al-Adha - Muslim Holiday
  • September 3, 2017 -  Father's Day - Observance
  • September  21, 2017 -  Rosh Hashana - Jewish Holiday
  • September 22, 2017 - September Equinox - Season
  • September 25, 2017 - Family & Community Day - Local Holiday in Australian Capital Territory
  • September 25, 2017 - Queen's Birthday - Common Local Holiday in Western Australia
  • September 30, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time Starts - Daylight Saving Time
  • September 30, 2017 - Yom Kippur - Jewish Holiday

October Holidays in Australia

  • October 2, 2017 - Queen's Birthday - Common Local Holiday in Queensland
  • October 2, 2017 - Labour Day - Common Local Holidays in Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia
  • October 4 - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - Christian Holiday
  • October 5, 2017 to October 11, 2017 - Sukkot - Jewish Holiday
  • October 12, 2017 - Shmini Atzeret - Jewish Holiday
  • October 13, 2017 - Simchat Torah - Jewish Holiday
  • October 19, 2017 - Diwali / Deepavali - Observance
  • October 31 - Halloween  - Observance

November Holidays in Australia

  • November 1 - All Saints' Day - Christian Holiday
  • November 2 - All Soul's Day - Christian Holiday
  • November 6, 2017 - Recreation Day - Local Holiday in Tasmania
  • November 7, 2017 - Melbourne Cup Day - Local Holiday in Victoria
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - Observance

December Holidays in Australia

  • December 3, 2017 - First Sunday of Advent - Observance
  • December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Christian
  • December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017 -  Hanukkah (8 Day Jewish Celebration); 2017 = December 13, 2017 to December 20, 2017
  • December 21, 2017 - December Solstice - Season
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve - Observance
  • December 25Christmas Day - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • December 26 - Boxing Day - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • December 31New Year's Eve - Observance

Overview of Australia

This video below...Australia: A Snap Shot was done by the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who says, "This video provides a snap-shot of Australia in the new millennium; our role in international relations, our vibrant economy and trade, and our unique places and people."




Fun Facts About Australia

  • As of October 2012, Australia's population is approximately 22.7 million people
  • The most populous states are New South Wales and Victoria, with their capitals, Sydney and Melbourne, being the largest cities in Australia.
  • The center of Australia is sparsely populated. Most of the population is concentrated along the coastal region of Australia from Adelaide to Cairns, with a small concentration around Perth, Western Australia.
  • Australia is an island continent and the world's sixth largest country.
  • Canberra is Australia's capital city, and has a population of approximately 320,000 people. It is located in the Australian Capital Territory, midway between Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Captain James Cook is credited with Australia's European discovery in 1770.
  • Waltzing Matilda is as the best-known, best-loved and most iconic national song.
  • Australia's National Gemstone is the opal, a rare and beautiful precious stone.
  • Australia’s best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat. There are more than 378 species of mammals, with almost half being marsupials. (those born under developed and continue to grow in a pouch)
  • Uluru (Ayer's Rock) is one of Australia's most recognizable natural landmarks in the outback near Alice Springs, in the southern area of the Northern Territory. It is a large sandstone rock formation that is 1,142 ft high and has a total circumference 5.8 miles.  (We climbed to the top of it during our travels around the Country - I'm terribly afraid of heights, so this was a big accomplishment for me!)
  • The earliest known people in Australia were the Aborigines.


Travel Information

Many people travel during the longer holidays for vacations, or to spend time with family living in a different area.  I highly recommend visiting Australia, and I am hoping that one day, I am able to go back to visit.  It is an awesome Country with so many unique, and fun things to do.

To book hotels, I love to use Hotels Combined which is a world leading hotel comparison site.  You can enter the City that you are traveling to below in the Search box, and you can find availability and the best hotel prices by comparing all the major travel sites with just the one search! Find the Hotel and Price that works best for your budget, and book your room!





Top 10 Things to Do in Australia

Info Coming Soon - because we spent four years in Australia, and traveled to all of the States, except for Tasmania, I may do a detailed page for this with lots of pictures and videos!


Australian Music



This is an Australian band called, Empire of the Sun, that my daughter Brie listens to.  The song is We Are the People, and the video was shot in Mexico. I've heard her playing this song before, and had really liked it, but I wasn't aware that they were from Australia.


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Holidays in Africa

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Holidays in Asia

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates

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Holidays in Europe

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom - England, Ireland, Scotland

Holidays in North America

  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • United States

Holidays in South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chili
  • Columbia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

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