QLD Public Holidays 2024

New Year’s Day*Monday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayFriday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 29 March
The day after Good FridaySaturday 30 March
Easter SundaySunday 31 March
Easter MondayMonday 1 April
ANZAC Day^Thursday 25 April
Labour DayMonday 6 May
King’s Official BirthdayMonday 7 October
Christmas Eve~Tuesday 24 December
Christmas Day*Wednesday 25 December
Boxing Day*Thursday 26 December

QLD public holidays notes

*The Holidays Act 1983 provides for an extra public holiday to be added when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day falls on a weekend.
^Australia Day public holiday – if 26 January is a Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday is to be observed on the following Monday.
~Christmas Eve is a part-day public holiday from 6pm to midnight. On 27 November 2019 an amendment to the Holidays Act 1983 was passed by Parliament providing for a part-day public holiday to take effect from 2019.

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Queensland Regional Holidays 2024

Royal Queensland Show (moved)Wednesday 14 AugustBrisbane area only
People’s long weekend / EKKAWednesday 14 AugustBrisbane; Burdekin; Charters Towers; Cloncurry;
Gold Coast; Livingstone; Logan; Mackay; Rockhampton;
Weipa Town Area; and Whitsunday (Bowen area only)

Queensland Special Holiday Dates

Upon the request of a local council, special holidays may be appointed for special events or commemorative days in districts. Whereas an annual agricultural, horticultural or industrial show is a special holiday, these special holidays are known as ‘bank’ holidays and are not public holidays.

QLD Government website

QLD Public holidays and bank holidays are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1983.

QLD public holidays are administered by the Queensland Recreation, Sport and Art department.

QLD Public holidays dates

Each calendar year, QLD observes a range of public holidays. This comprises national holidays, holidays legislated by the state of QLD and regional public holidays.

QLD public holidays dates and timings

Public holidays in QLD fall throughout the calendar year. Some public holidays coincide with school holidays. This is the case for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, all of which are observed during the school summer holiday period.

Other Queensland public holidays take place during the school term. From time to time, these result in multiple ‘long’ weekends, while other holidays may be observed mid-week.

Easter public holiday dates change from year to year. At times, these holidays are observed during Queensland school holiday periods. However, sometimes, Easter falls within the school term.

Visiting QLD on a public holiday

Throughout the year, Queensland is a popular tourism destination for Australians and also those travelling from abroad. Many QLD public holidays fall in peak season. As a result, many destinations can be incredibly busy. This is particularly the case if the public holiday falls on a long weekend or during a popular school holiday period.

If you are planning to visit QLD during a public holiday, it is important to book accommodation and flights (if applicable) well in advance.

Popular services and attractions experience an increased demand during a QLD public holiday weekend and can increase in price. So, plan ahead and book as early as you can.

Are QLD businesses open on public holidays?

Sometimes, businesses in Queensland provide restricted hours of operation during public holidays, either through choice or based on a legislated requirement. The consumption of alcohol on commercial premises may be prevented at specific times of the day on selected public holidays. This is the case for Easter Friday.

Some privately operated and Government operated Queensland services, such as public transport, carry an amended schedule for public holidays.

Different types of QLD public holidays

There are two types of public holidays in Queensland. These are national and regional holidays.

Official national public holidays: These holidays are observed by all Australian states and territories. Examples include Australia Day, ANZAC Day, and Christmas Day.

QLD regional public holidays: Two regional QLD public holidays are observed within specific regional locations. Full or part-day holidays may be observed.

Royal Queensland Show

The Royal Queensland Show public holiday is held each year for Brisbane residents. In 2023, this public holiday will be held on the 16th August.

QLD school term and holiday dates

If you’re looking for school holidays and school term dates for QLD, you can view them here.

Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as public holidays in Queensland?

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are Observances rather than public holidays for Queenslanders. Unfortunately, QLD does not receive a legislated holiday or day off in lieu.

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