The year has kicked off but is it bad we’re already missing our lazy holiday’s lounging by the pool/beach/lake/river? Cause we are! But don’t get the post summer blues, take a look at how you can make the most of your annual leave and start planning your year of getaways now!
First up let’s look at the big ones, the national holidays. This year there are some good breaks to be had if you’re quick getting your leave in.
- Easter – take 4 days of annual leave (April 6-9) to get 10 (April 2-11) days off!
- ANZAC Day (except for Tas, NSW and Vic) – take 4 days of annual leave (April 27-30) to get 9 (April 24 – May 2) days off!
But what about the smaller getaways where you can travel closer to home? Check out this guide for state based public holidays for your long weekend break.
NEW SOUTH WALES: Monday 4 October (Labour Day)
Use your Labour Day long weekend to escape the hustle and bustle and slow down for a few days. Mosey on up to Port Stephens, renowned for its sweeping coastlines, epic sand dunes, and endless wildlife encounters, and embrace getting back to nature (Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach or Ingenia Holidays Middle Rock). Or head to Oberon for a tranquil country holiday in the Blue Mountains, where you can explore the native bushland or the Jenolan Caves, and enjoy the serenity (Jenolan Holiday Park).
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Monday 2 August (Picnic Day)
August is without a doubt the best time to visit the Top End, so make the most of your Picnic Day long weekend with a visit to Darwin. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is not to be missed, with over 200 unique stalls ranging from food with local and international cuisine, to arts and crafts (Discovery Parks – Darwin). If you’re looking to go a little further afield, head to Katherine, where you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking scenery the Territory has to offer (Riverview Tourist Village or East Katherine Caravan & Camping Park).
QUEENSLAND: Monday 3 May (Labour Day)
With the humidity dropping and the temperatures becoming mild, May is a great time to explore Queensland. Spend your Labour Day long weekend relaxing on the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast, or keep the adrenaline pumping by checking out the theme parks (Nobby Beach Holiday Village or Ashmore Palms Holiday Village). Or head inland to the beautiful green rolling hills and lush forests of Yarraman, where you can enjoy getting back to nature with scenic drives, and walks through the National Parks and State Forests (Yarraman Caravan Park).
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Monday 8 March (Adelaide Cup)
A long weekend is never wasted when it’s spent by the water! Head to the beach this Adelaide Cup Day long weekend, with a visit to the stunning Yorke Peninsula. Port Broughton has amazing fishing and crabbing, or stroll along the beautiful jetty and relax while watching the sun go down (Port Broughton Tourist Park). If the river is more your style, grab your lifejackets and head to Morgan, located on the banks of the Murray River. Steeped in history, you can spend your time leisurely exploring the town, or make it action packed with water sports on the river (Morgan Riverside Caravan Park).
TASMANIA: Monday 1 November (Recreation Day excluding Hobart)
Celebrate your Recreation Day long weekend by getting out and enjoying some recreational time outdoors! Trek your way around the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park – with short walks to suit even the unfittest of us to multi day hikes, this stunning World Heritage Area will delight all who set foot in it (Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain). Or base yourself in Hadspen, a stones throw from the Tamar Valley which is renowned as one of Tassie’s prettiest regions. A food lovers delight, you can find some of the best producers of artisanal cheeses, ciders, truffles and more, as well as the highly awarded Tamar Valley wine region (Discovery Parks – Hadspen).
VICTORIA: Tuesday 2 November (Melbourne Cup)
Take Monday off work, and make your Melbourne Cup Day long weekend an extra long weekend! Head along the Great Ocean Road, taking in the stunning scenery, to Apollo Bay. Surrounded by tranquil beaches, rolling green hills and the Great Otway National Park, you’ll be spoilt for choice of relaxing or exploring (Apollo Bay Holiday Park). If you’re after a history fix, visit the historic Eureka Stockade Precinct in Ballarat, where you can take in the city’s heritage, as well as being close to other local attractions such as Sovereign Hill (Eureka Stockade Holiday Park).
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Monday 7 June (Western Australia Day)
Make the most of your Western Australia Day long weekend, and head to the Margaret River Wine Region, one of Australia’s largest wine regions, which is also renowned as a world-class big-wave surfing destination, as well as attracting many top-rated chefs – it really does offer something for everyone (Margaret River Tourist Park or Riverview Tourist Park)! If you’re wanting to stay closer to Perth, Bunbury offers everything you could want - trendy bars and restaurants, boutique shopping and alluring cafes - and of course, the stunning beaches and resident bottlenose dolphins (Bunbury Glad Caravan Park).
How to Maximise your Holidays in 2021
- Friday 1 - New Year’s Day (all)
- Tuesday 26 – Australia Day (all)
- Monday 8 - Royal Hobart Regatta Day – (TAS location dependant, Hobart region)
- Monday 1 – Labour Day (WA)
- Monday 8 – Labour Day (VIC), Canberra Day (ACT), Adelaide Cup Day (SA), 8 Hour Day (TAS)
- Friday 2 – Good Friday (all)
- Saturday 3 – Easter Saturday (all except TAS and WA)
- Sunday 4 – Easter Sunday (all except NT, TAS, WA and SA)
- Monday 5 – Easter Monday (all)
- Sunday 25 – ANZAC Day (NSW, WA and SA only)
- Monday 26 - ANZAC Day additional holiday (all except NSW, TAS and VIC)
- Monday 3 – Labour Day (QLD)
- Monday 31 – Reconciliation Day (ACT)
- Monday 7 – Western Australia Day (WA)
- Monday 14 – Queen’s Birthday (all except QLD and WA)
- Monday 2 – Picnic Day (NT)
- Wednesday 11 – Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only, QLD)
- Friday before Grand Final Day (Date TBC, VIC only)
- Monday 4 – Labour Day (NSW, ACT and SA), Queen’s Birthday (QLD)
- Monday 1 - Recreation Day (TAS location dependant)
- Tuesday 2 – Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)
- Saturday 25 – Christmas Day (all)
- Sunday 26 – Boxing Day (except NT and TAS)
- Monday 27 – Christmas Day additional holiday
- Tuesday 28 – Boxing Day additional holiday