Public Holidays in Australia 2020

Australia has national holidays and some states have their own public holidays. Below is a listing of Public holidays in Australia for 2018. Australia’s National Public Holidays are New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. All other public holidays such as Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day are individually declared by the state and territory governments. Please make sure you check any dates with your own states holidays before booking any accommodation or paying for airfares.

2020 Public Holidays

Abbreviations for States of Australia

  • Australian Capital Territory = ACT
  • New South Wales = NSW
  • Northern Territory = NT
  • Queensland = QLD
  • South Australia = SA
  • Tasmania = TAS
  • Victoria = VIC
  • Western Australia = WA

All public holidays for Australia are accurate at the time of publishing but are subject to change depending on what state you live in. Please make sure you check any listed public holidays dates with your own states public holidays before booking any holidays.


2020 Australian Public Holidays and Special Occasions.

Public Holiday or Occasion Day and Date State of Australia
January 2020
New Year’s Day Wednesday 1 January National
Devonport Cup Wednesday 8 January TAS
Australia Day Monday 27 January National
February 2020
Royal Hobart Regatta Monday 10 February TAS
Launceston Cup Wednesday 26 February TAS
March 2020
Labour Day Monday 2 March WA
King Island Show Tuesday 3 March TAS
Canberra Day Monday 9 March ACT
March Public Holiday Monday 9 March SA
Eight Hours Day Monday 9 March TAS
Labour Day Monday 9 March VIC
April 2020
Easter 2020    
Good Friday Friday 10 April National
Day following Good Friday Saturday 11 April National except TAS & WA
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter Monday Monday 13 April National
Easter Tuesday * Tuesday 14 April TAS
Anzac Day Saturday 25 April National
Anzac Day Holiday Monday 27 April WA
May 2020 
May Day Monday 4 May NT
Labour Day Monday 4 May QLD
AGFEST Friday 8 May TAS
Mother’s Day Sunday 10 May Special Occasion
June 2020
Reconciliation Day Monday 1 June ACT
Western Australia Day Monday 1 June WA
Queen’s Birthday Monday 8 June National except QLD & WA
Borroloola Show Day Friday 26 June NT
July 2020
Alice Springs Show Day Friday 3 July NT
Tennant Creek Show Day Friday 10 July NT
Katherine Show Day Friday 17 July NT
Darwin Show Day Friday 24 July NT
August 2020
Picnic Day Monday 3 August NT
Ekka Wednesday * Wednesday 12 August QLD
September 2020
Father’s Day Sunday 6 September Special Occasion
Queen’s Birthday Monday 28 September WA
AFL Grand Final Friday TBC VIC
October 2020
Burnie Show Friday 2 October TAS
Labour Day Monday 5 October ACT, NSW & SA
Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 October QLD
Royal Launceston Show Thursday 8 October TAS
Flinders Island Show Friday 16 October TAS
Royal Hobart Show Thursday 22 October TAS
Halloween Saturday 31 October Special Occasion
November 2020
Recreation Day Monday 2 November TAS
Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 3 November VIC
Devonport Show Friday 27 November TAS
December 2020
Christmas Eve * Thursday 24 December SA
Christmas Day Friday 25 December National
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December National except SA
Boxing Day Holiday Monday 28 December National except SA
Proclamation Day Saturday 26 December SA
Proclamation Day Holiday Monday 28 December SA
New Year’s Eve * Thursday 31 December SA

*Notes: South Australia has a part-day public holiday for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 7 pm to 12 midnight. Easter Tuesday is a restricted public holiday in Tasmania. Observed by some awards/agreements and the State Public Service. Ekka Wednesday is observed in the Brisbane area only. Melbourne Cup Day is observed in all of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.



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