🇦🇺 2021 Australia Public Holidays Calendar & Special Events

2021 Public Holidays

2022 Public Holidays

Below is a 2021 and 2022 calendar listing of Public Holidays, School Holidays & Special Occasions celebrated in Australia. This is the place to come to plan your next holiday! 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.


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2021 List of Australian Public Holidays, Special Occasions & School Holidays

2021 | 2022 List of Australian Public Holidays,
Special Occasions & School Holidays

Below you will find a listing of 2021 and 2022 public holidays and special occasions (such as Mother’s Day, Fathers’s Day)  for each State and Territory in Australia. Public holidays dates may be different depending on the state or territory you live in.

All States public holidays and special occasions 2021, 2022:

Individual States – Public holidays & school holiday & term breaks 2021, 2022:


What are the meanings of Australia’s Public Holidays & Special Occasions?

Australia Day

Australia day is a national holiday and 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. It is a day of national pride and a chance to celebrate our cultural diversity.


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.


Easter

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 such as decorating Easter Eggs and having Easter Egg hunts and travelling 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 throughout the Easter break.


ANZAC Day

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 is a public holiday in Australia. 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.


Father’s Day

Fathers Day in Australia is a chance for families to get together and celebrate in similar way to Mother’s Day. Dads are spoilt and made to feel special. In Australia and New Zealand, fathers are honoured 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 Australia 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.


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.


All 2021 Public Holidays & Special Occasions AustraliaAll 2021 Public Holidays & Special Occasions Australia

Public Holiday/ OccasionDateState of Australia
January 2021
New Year’s DayFriday 1 JanuaryNational
Devonport CupWednesday 6 JanuaryTAS
Australia DayTuesday 26 JanuaryNational
February 2021
Royal Hobart RegattaMonday 8 FebruaryTAS
Valentine's DaySunday 14 FebruaryCelebration
Launceston CupWednesday 24 FebruaryTAS
March  2021
Labour DayMonday 1 MarchWA
King Island ShowTuesday 2 MarchTAS
Canberra DayMonday 8 MarchACT
March Public HolidayMonday 8 MarchSA
Eight Hours DayMonday 8 MarchTAS
Labour DayMonday 8 MarchVIC
Saint Patrick’s DayWednesday 17 MarchCelebration
April 2021
Easter 2021  
Good FridayFriday 2 AprilNational
Day following Good FridaySaturday 3 AprilNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySunday 4 AprilACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Day Light Savings EndSunday 4 April, 2:00 am
1 hour Forward
In some States of Australia
(NOT - WA, QLD, NT)
Easter MondayMonday 5 AprilNational
Easter Tuesday *Tuesday 6 AprilTAS
Anzac DaySunday 25 AprilNational
Anzac Day HolidayMonday 26 AprilWA
May 2021 
May DayMonday 4 MayNT
Labour DayMonday 3 MayQLD
AGFESTFriday 7 MayTAS
Mother’s DaySunday 9 MaySpecial Occasion
Reconciliation DayMonday 31 MayACT
June 2021
Western Australia DayMonday 7 JuneWA
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 14 JuneNational except QLD & WA
July 2021
Alice Springs Show DayFriday 2 JulyNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFriday 9 JulyNT
Katherine Show DayFriday 16 JulyNT
Darwin Show DayFriday 23 JulyNT
August 2021
Picnic DayMonday 2 AugustNT
Ekka Wednesday *Wednesday 11 AugustQLD
Borroloola Show DayFriday 20 AugustNT
September 2021
Father’s DaySunday 5 SeptemberSpecial Occasion
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 27 OctoberWA
AFL Grand Final Friday ( Thank You Day!) TBCVIC
October 2021
Burnie ShowFriday 1 OctoberTAS
Labour DayMonday 4 OctoberACT, NSW & SA
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 4 OctoberQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThursday 7 OctoberTAS
Flinders Island ShowFriday 15 OctoberTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThursday 21 OctoberTAS
Day Light Savings StartSunday 3 October, 3.00 am
1 hour Backward
In some States of Australia
(NOT - WA, QLD, NT)
HalloweenSunday 31 OctoberSpecial Occasion
November 2021
Recreation DayMonday 1 NovemberTAS
Melbourne Cup DayTuesday 2 NovemberVIC*
Devonport ShowFriday 26 NovemberTAS
December 2021
Christmas Eve *Friday 24 DecemberNT, QLD, SA
Christmas DaySaturday 25 DecemberNational
Boxing DaySunday 26 DecemberNational except SA
Proclamation DaySunday 26 DecemberSA
Boxing Day HolidayTuesday 28 DecemberNational except SA
Proclamation Day HolidayTuesday 28 DecemberSA
New Year’s Eve *Friday 31 DecemberNT, SA

All 2021 Public Holidays & Special Occasions AustraliaAll 2022 Public Holidays & Special Occasions Australia

Public Holiday/ OccasionDateState of Australia
January 2022
New Year’s DaySaturday 1 JanuaryNational
New Year’s HolidayMonday 3 JanuaryNational
Devonport CupWednesday 5 JanuaryTAS
Australia DayWednesday 26 JanuaryNational
February 2022
Royal Hobart RegattaMonday 14 FebruaryTAS
Valentine's DayMonday 14 FebruaryCelebration
Launceston CupWednesday 23 FebruaryTAS
March  2022
King Island ShowTuesday 1 MarchTAS
Labour DayMonday 7 MarchWA
Canberra DayMonday 8 MarchACT
Labour DayMonday 14 MarchVIC
Saint Patrick’s DayThursday 17 MarchCelebration
April 2022
Easter 2022  
Good FridayFriday 15 AprilNational
Day following Good FridaySaturday 16 AprilNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySunday 17 AprilACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Day Light Savings EndSunday 4 April, 2:00 am
1 hour Forward
In some States of Australia
(NOT - WA, QLD, NT)
Easter MondayMonday 18 AprilNational
Easter Tuesday *Tuesday 19 AprilTAS
Anzac DayMonday 25 AprilNational
May 2022 
Labour DayMonday 2 MayQLD
May DayMonday 2 MayNT
AGFESTMonday 6 MayTAS
Mother’s DaySunday 8 MaySpecial Occasion
Reconciliation DayMonday 30 MayACT
June 2022
Western Australia DayMonday 6 JuneWA
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 13 JuneNational except QLD & WA
July 2022
Alice Springs Show DayFriday 1 JulyNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFriday 8 JulyNT
Katherine Show DayFriday 15 JulyNT
Darwin Show DayFriday 22 JulyNT
August 2022
Picnic DayMonday 1 AugustNT
Ekka Wednesday *Wednesday 10 AugustQLD
Borroloola Show DayFriday 19 AugustNT
September 2022
Father’s DaySunday 4 SeptemberSpecial Occasion
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 26 OctoberWA
Burnie ShowFriday 30 SeptemberTAS
AFL Grand Final Friday ( Thank You Day!) TBCVIC
October 2021
Labour DayMonday 3 OctoberACT, NSW & SA
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 3 OctoberQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThursday 6 OctoberTAS
Flinders Island ShowFriday 14 OctoberTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThursday 20 OctoberTAS
HalloweenMonday 31 OctoberSpecial Occasion
November 2022
Melbourne Cup DayTuesday 1 NovemberVIC*
Recreation DayMonday 7 NovemberTAS
Devonport ShowFriday 25 NovemberTAS
December 2022
Christmas Eve *Saturday 24 DecemberNT, QLD, SA
Christmas DaySunday 25 DecemberNational
Boxing DayMonday 26 DecemberNational except SA
Proclamation DayMonday 26 DecemberSA
Boxing Day HolidayTuesday 27 DecemberNational except SA
Proclamation Day HolidayTuesday 27 DecemberSA
New Year’s Eve *Saturday 31 DecemberNT, SA

🇦🇺 2021 Australian Capital Territory Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Monday 8 March – Canberra Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Saturday 3 April – Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 4 April – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Monday 26 April – Anzac Day (substitute day as Anzac Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 31 May – Reconciliation Day
  • Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Monday 4 October – Labour Day
  • Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December – Boxing Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day

Information on public holidays in the ACT  including regional holidays see here.

ACT School Holidays 2021

🏖 Australian Capital Territory School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 New South Wales Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Saturday 3 April – Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 4 April – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Sunday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Monday 4 October – Labour Day
  • Saturday – 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December – Boxing Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in NSW including regional holidays, see here.

NSW School Holidays 2021

🏖 New South Wales School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 Northern Territory Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Saturday 3 April – Easter Saturday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Monday 26 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 3 May – May Day
  • Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Monday 2 August – Picnic Day
  • Friday 24 December – Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Monday 27 December – Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Boxing Day
  • Friday 31 December – New Year’s Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

For more information on public holidays in the NT including regional holidays, see here.

NT School Holidays 2021

🏖 Northern Territory School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 Queensland Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Saturday 3 April – The day after Good Friday
  • Sunday 4 April – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Monday 26 April – Anzac Day (substitute day as Anzac Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 3 May – Labour Day
  • Wednesday 11 August – Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only)
  • Monday 4 October – Queen’s Birthday
  • Friday 24 December – Christmas Eve (from 6pm to midnight)
  • Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December – Boxing Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in QLD including regional holidays, see here.

QLD School Holidays 2021

🏖 Queensland School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 South Australia Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Monday 8 March – Adelaide Cup Day (subject to proclamation)
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Saturday 3 April – Easter Saturday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Sunday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 26 April – Additional public holiday for Anzac Day
  • Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Monday 4 October – Labour Day
  • Friday 24 December – Christmas Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight)
  • Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December – Boxing Day/Proclamation Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day/Proclamation Day
  • Friday 31 December – New Year’s Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

For more information on public holidays in SA including regional holidays, see here

SA School Holidays 2021

🏖 South Australia  School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 Tasmania Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Monday 8 February – Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas of the state)
  • Monday 8 March – Eight Hours Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6 April – Easter Tuesday – generally Public Service only
  • Sunday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Tuesday 2 November – Recreation Day (all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta)
  • Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Boxing Day (substitute day as Boxing Day falls on a weekend)

For more information on public holidays in TAS including regional holidays, see here

TAS School Holidays 2021

🏖 Tasmania  School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 Victoria Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Monday 8 March – Labour Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Saturday 3 April – Saturday before Easter Sunday
  • Sunday 4 April – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Sunday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • TBC – Friday before AFL Grand Final (subject to AFL schedule)
  • Tuesday 2 November – Melbourne Cup
  • Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December – Boxing Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in VIC including regional holidays, see here.

VIC School Holidays 2021

🏖 Victoria School Holiday and Term Breaks

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🇦🇺 2021 Western Australia Public Holidays

  • Friday 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day
  • Monday 1 March – Labour Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Sunday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 26 April – Additional public holiday for Anzac Day
  • Monday 7 June – Western Australia Day
  • Monday 27 September – Queen’s Birthday (Some regional areas in WA hold the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on a different date)
  • Saturday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Sunday 26 December – Boxing Day
  • Monday 27 December – Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in WA including.regional holidays, see here.

WA School Holidays 2021

🏖 Western Australia School Holiday and Term Breaks

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