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 in Australia is one of the best firework shows around the World!

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 2020 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 2020 after it below, that means that it is observed annually on the same day.  Those with 2020 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, 2021  - Labour Day - Common Local Holidays in Western Australia
  • March 6, 2021 - Foundation Day - State Holiday in Norfolk Island
  • March 8, 2021 - Adelaide Cup - Local Holiday in South Australia
  • March 8, 2021 - Canberra Day - Local Holiday in Australia Capital Territory
  • March 8, 2021 - Eight Hours Day - Common Local Holidays in Tasmania
  • March 8, 2021 - Labour Day - Common Local Holidays in Victoria
  • March 11, 2021 - Isra and Mi'raj - Muslim Holidays
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day - Observance (See also St. Patrick's Day Food Tips)
  • March 18, 2021 - National Close the Gap Day 
  • March 20, 2021 - March Equinox - Season (1st Day of Spring)
  • March 21 - Harmony Day - Observance
  • March 28, 2021 - Palm Sunday - Christian Holiday
  • March 28 - April 4, 2021 - Passover - Jewish Holiday

April Holidays in Australia

  • April 1, 2021 - Maundy Thursday - Christian Holiday
  • April 2, 2021  - Good Friday - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • April 4, 2021 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Daylight Savings Time
  • April 4, 2021 - Easter Day - National Holiday and Christian Holiday (See also Easter Food Tips)
  • April 5, 2021  -  Easter Monday - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • April 6, 2021  -  Easter Tuesday - Local Holiday in Tasmania
  • April 8, 2021  -  Yom HaShoah - Jewish Holiday
  • Evening of April 12, 2021 - Evening of May 11, 2021 - Ramadan - Muslim Holiday
  • April 25 - Anzac Day - Half Day Restricted Trading Day in Victoria
  • April 26, 2021- ANZAC Day Observed - State Holiday in ACT, Christmas Island, Cocos and Keeling Islands, Qld, SA, WA
  • April 26 - Hug an Australian Day
  • April 30, 2021- Lag B'Omer - Jewish Holiday
  • April 30, 2021 - Orthodox Good Friday - Orthodox

May Holidays in Australia

  • May 1, 2021 - Orthodox Holy Saturday - Orthodox
  • May 2, 2021 - Orthodox Easter - Orthodox
  • May 3, 2021 - Labour Day - Common State Holiday in Queensland
  • May 3, 2021  - May Day - Common Local Holidays in Northern Territory
  • May 3, 2021 - Orthodox Easter Monday - Orthodox
  • May 9, 2021 - Mother's Day - Observance
  • Evening of April 12, 2021 - Evening of May 11, 2021 - Ramadan - Muslim Holiday
  • May 13, 2021  - Ascension Day - Christian Holiday
  • May 13, 2021- Eid-al-Fitr - Muslim Holiday
  • May 13, 2021 - Hari Raya Puasa - State Holiday in Christmas Island, Cocos and Keeling Islands
  • May 17, 2021 - Shavuot - Jewish Holiday
  • May 23, 2021 - Pentecost - Christian Holiday
  • May 24, 2021 - Whit Monday - Christian Holiday
  • May 26 - National Sorry Day - Observance
  • May 30, 2021 - Trinity Sunday - Christian Holiday

June Holidays in Australia

  • June 3, 2021 - Corpus Christi - Christian Holiday
  • June 6 - Queensland Day - Local Observance
  • June 7, 2021 - Western Australia Day - Local Holiday in Western Australia
  • June 8, 2021 - Bounty Day - State Holiday in Norfolk Island
  • June 14, 2021 - Queen's Birthday - State Holiday - All except Christmas Island, Western Australia and Queensland
  • June 21, 2021 - June Solstice - Season

July Holidays in Australia

  • July 4-11, 2021 - National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week - (8 Day Starting the First Sunday in July) (In Australia)
  • July 18, 2021 - Tisha B'Av - Jewish Holiday
  • July 20, 2021 - Hari Raya Haji - State Holiday in Christmas Island, Cocos and Keeling Islands

August Holidays in Australia

  • August 2, 2021   - New South Wales Bank Holiday - Local Holiday in New South Wales
  • August 2, 2021 - Northern Territory Picnic Day - Local Holiday in Northern Territory
  • August 7 - Aged Care Employee Day - (in Australia)
  • August 11, 2021 - Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland - State Holiday in Queensland
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary - Christian Holiday

September Holidays in Australia

  • September 5, 2021 -  Father's Day - Observance
  • September 7, 2021 -  Rosh Hashana - Jewish Holiday
  • September 13, 2021 - R U Ok Day (Second Tuesday in September)
  • September 16, 2021 - Yom Kippur - Jewish Holiday
  • September 21, 2021 to September 27, 2021 - Sukkot - Jewish Holiday
  • September 23, 2021 - September Equinox - Season
  • September 27, 2021 - Queen's Birthday - Common Local Holiday in Western Australia
  • September 28, 2021 - Shmini Atzeret - Jewish Holiday
  • September 29, 2021 - Simchat Torah - Jewish Holiday

October Holidays in Australia

  • October 3, 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Starts - Daylight Saving Time
  • October 4 - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - Christian Holiday
  • October 4, 2021 - Labour Day - Common Local Holidays in Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia
  • October 4 - Queen's Birthday - Common State Holiday in Queensland
  • October 4 - Territory Day - State Holiday in Christmas Island
  • October 12, 2021 - Headspace Day (Australia) - (Second Tuesday in October)
  • October 31Halloween  - Observance

November Holidays in Australia

  • November 1 - All Saints' Day - Christian Holiday
  • November 1, 2021 - Recreation Day - Local Holiday in Tasmania
  • November 2 - All Soul's Day - Christian Holiday
  • November 2, 2021 - Melbourne Cup Day - Local Holiday in Victoria
  • November 4, 2021 - Diwali / Deepavali - Observance
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - Observance
  • November 24, 2021 - Thanksgiving Day - State Holiday in Norfolk Island
  • November 28, 2021 - First Sunday of Advent - Observance
  • November 29, 2021 to December 6, 2021 -  Hanukkah (8 Day Jewish Celebration)

December Holidays in Australia

  • November 29, 2021 to December 6, 2021 -  Hanukkah (8 Day Jewish Celebration)
  • December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Christian
  • December 22, 2021 - December Solstice - Season
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve - Observance
  • December 25Christmas Day - National Holiday and Christian Holiday
  • December 26 - Boxing Day - National Holiday (All except South Australia) and Christian Holiday
  • December 26 - Proclamation Day - State Holiday in South Australia
  • December 27, 2021 - Christmas Day Observed - State Holiday
  • December 28, 2021 - Boxing Day Observed - State Holiday (All except South Australia and Heard and McDonald Islands)
  • December 31New Year's Eve - Observance, Part Day Holiday in Northern Territory and South Australia

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 2017, Australia's population is approximately 24.6 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 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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