Public Holidays and Special Occasions Calendar Australia 2017

2017 Public Holidays and Special Occasions in Australia Calendar :

2017 Public Holidays Australia
2018 Public Holidays Australia

AustraliaAll public holidays 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 dates with your own states public holidays before booking any holidays.

2017 Public Holiday and Special Occasions Calendar Australia

January 2017
New Years DaySunday 1 January 2017 Public Holiday
Australia DayThursday 26 January 2017Public Holiday
February 2017
Valentines Day Tuesday 14 February 2017Special Occasion
March 2017
Labour Day (WA)Monday 6 March 2017Public Holiday WA
Labour Day (VIC) Monday 13 March 2017Public Holiday VIC
Canberra Day (ACT)Monday 13 March 2017Public Holiday ACT
Eight Hours Day (TAS)Monday 13 March 2017Public Holiday TAS
Adelaide Cup (SA)Monday 13 March 2017Public Holiday SA
St Patricks DayFriday 17 March 2017
April 2017
Good FridayFriday 14 April 2017Public Holiday
Easter SaturdaySaturday 15 April 2017Public Holiday
Easter SundaySunday 16 April 2017Public Holiday
Easter Monday Monday 17 April 2017Public Holiday
Easter Tuesday (TAS only) Tuesday 18 April 2017Public Holiday TAS
Anzac DayMonday 25 April 2017Public Holiday
May 2017
May Day (NT)Monday 1 May 2017Public Holiday NT
Mothers Day Sunday 14 May 2017Special Occasion
National Sorry DayFriday 26 May 2017
June 2017
Western Australia Day (WA)
Formally ‘Foundation Day’
Monday 5 June 2017Public Holiday WA
Queensland Day (QLD)Tuesday 6 June 2017Public Holiday QLD
Queens Birthday
(All States except WA, QLD)
Monday 12 June 2017Public Holiday
(except WA.QLD)
August 2017
NSW Bank HolidayMonday 7 August 2017Public Holiday NSW
Northern Territory Picnic Day Monday 7 August 2017Public Holiday NT
Royal Nat. Agricultural Show DayWednesday 16 August 2017Public Holiday QLD
(Bris Area)
September 2017
Fathers Day Sunday 3 September 2017Special Occasion
AFL Grand Final DaySaturday 30 September 2017Sports Event
NRL Grand FinalSunday 1 October 2017Sports Event
October 2017
Queens Birthday (WA, QLD)Monday 2 October 2017Public Holiday WA,QLD
Labour Day (ACT) ( NSW) (SA) Monday 2 October 2017Public Holiday
HalloweenTuesday 31 October 2017Special Occasion
November 2017
Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)Tuesday 7 November 2017Public Holiday VIC
Remembrance DaySaturday 11 November 2017
December 2017
Christmas EveSunday 24 December 2017
Christmas Day Monday 25 December 2017Public Holiday
Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December 2017Public Holiday
New Years EveSunday 31 December 2017

Australia Public Holidays

Public Holidays and Special Occasions

Australia Day
Australia day is celebrated in every state of Australia. Its great to be Australian and on this public holiday there are plenty of events held around the country to celebrate. For more information about events held on Australia Day, please visit:

Valentines Day
In Australia, gifts of love are exchanged on Valentines Day. The 14th February each year is the day on which lovers express their love for each other – sending Valentine’s cards, roses, chocolates, and gifts often anonymously.

In Australia there is a public holiday on Good Friday and Easter Monday providing families with the time to have fun together, do family activities and travel away on holidays . On Good Friday, every shop is closed and it is the only day of the year that newspapers are unavailable. In Australia there are many Easter festivals held thoughout the Easter break.

ANZAC- Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Anzac day is when Australians come together and spend time remembering the sacrifices of those who died in war protecting our country. Anzac day in Australia is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Mother’s Day
Mothers Day in Australia is a special day for mothers where families often get together. Some may get breakfast in bed, others gifts of roses and flowers – all a sign of appreciation and love.

Queens Birthday

The Queen’s Birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in Australia. The date of the celebration is on the second monday in June each year. The real birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is the 21 April 1926

Australians celebrate the Queens Birthday in June because if a public holiday was held on 21 April each year, it would coincide with Easter in many years and also be positioned very close to Anzac Day.

Fathers Day
Fathers Day in Australia is a chance for families to get together and celebrate in similar way to Mothers Day. Dads are spoilt and made to feel special. In Australia and New Zealand, fathers are honored the first Sunday in September. Other countries celebrate fathers throughout the year.

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually
has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”Charles Wadsworth
Melbourne Cup Day
Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday for the Melbourne metropolitan area, and is Australia’s major horse racing event .

Christmas Day
Christmas Day in Australia is often spent with family . Gatherings of friends and families centred around food – whether it is a traditional christmas lunch, or an Aussie style event with prawns on the BBQ everyone looks forward to this time of year.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day in Australia is a public holiday that falls the day after christmas. Boxing Day originated in England where the day after Christmas Day was spent “boxing” gifts and giving them to the less fortunate. A quiet day is often spent recovering from the lead up to Christmas and the festivities of Christmas Day by watching the Cricket (Boxing Day Test match) or the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race on TV. Many Australians also head off on holidays or prepare for the next celebration – New Years Eve!

New Years Day / New Years Eve
New Years Eve is often celebrated in Australia by partying in large groups at public venues with fireworks going off at midnight. All of the major cities in Australia have events organised to help celebrate the transition from one year to the next. New Years Day is a Public Holiday.

Labour Day
The Labour Day Holiday date is different for each State of Australia and is set by their respective state and territory governments. Labour Day in Ausralia has its origins in the eight hour day movement – their efforts resulted in the introduction of eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for sleep.

Note: The Labour Day Holiday date is different for each State of Australia and is set by their respective state and territory governments. Some of the dates for public holidays (such as the Queens Birthday) may vary from state to state in Australia – please make sure you check the above dates with your own states public holidays before booking any holidays.

Canberra Day
Canberra Day is a public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory and is observed on the second Monday of March each year. The day commemorates Canberra’s official founding way back in 1913. It is highlighted by a major festival that takes part in Canberra. Canberra Day is a public holiday in the ACT with many businesses closing for the day.

Eight Hours Day
The Eight Hours Day was introduced to Tasmanians in March 2006. In 1874, Tasmania became the last State of Australia to earn the shorter working day.

Foundation Day
Foundation Day is a uniquely Western Australian public holiday. It commemorates the day that the first European settlers arrived in Western Australia to found the Swan River Colony on 1 June 1829. Foundation Day is held on the first Monday in June each year.


AustraliaAll public holidays 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 dates with your own states public holidays before booking any holidays.

2018 Australian Public Holidays and Special Occasions.

January 2018
New Year’s Day Monday 1 January National
Devonport Cup Wednesday 10 January TAS
Australia Day Friday 26 January National
February 2018
Royal Hobart Regatta Monday 12 February TAS
Launceston Cup Wed 28 February TAS
March 2018
Labour Day Monday 5 March WA
King Island Show Tuesday 6 March TAS
Canberra Day Monday 12 March ACT
March Public Holiday Monday 12 March SA
Eight Hours Day Monday 12 March TAS
Labour Day Monday 12 March VIC
Good Friday Friday 30 March National
Easter Saturday Saturday 31 March National except TAS & WA
April 2018
Easter Sunday Sunday 1 April ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter Monday Monday 2 April National
Easter Tuesday * Tuesday 3 April TAS
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April National
May 2018
AGFEST Friday 4 May TAS
May Day Monday 7 May NT
Labour Day Monday 7 May QLD
Reconciliation Day Monday 28 May ACT
June 2018
Western Australia Day Monday 4 June WA
Queen’s Birthday Monday 11 June National except QLD & WA
Borroloola Show Day Friday 29 June NT
 July 2018
Alice Springs Show Day Friday 6 July NT
Tennant Creek Show Day Friday 13 July NT
Katherine Show Day Friday 20 July NT
Darwin Show Day Friday 27 July NT
 August 2018
Picnic Day Monday 6 August NT
Ekka Wednesday * Wednesday 15 August QLD
 September  September
Queen’s Birthday Monday 24 September WA
October 2018
Labour Day Monday 1 October ACT, NSW & SA
Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 October QLD
Burnie Show Friday 5 October TAS
Royal Launceston Show Thursday 11 October TAS
Flinders Island Show Friday 19 October TAS
Royal Hobart Show Thursday 25 October TAS
November 2018
Recreation Day Monday 5 November TAS
Melbourne Cup Day * Tuesday 6 November VIC
Devonport Show Friday 30 November TAS
December 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December National
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December National except SA
Proclamation Day Wednesday 26 December SA
New Year’s Eve * Monday 31 December SA