2016 Public Holidays and Special Occasions in Australia Calendar :
All 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.
2016 Public Holiday and Special Occasions Calendar Australia
|New Years Day||Friday 1 January 2016||Public Holiday|
|Australia Day||Tuesday 26 January 2016||Public Holiday|
|Valentines Day||Sunday 14 February 2016||Special Occasion|
|Labour Day (WA)||Monday 7 March 2016||Public Holiday WA|
|Labour Day (VIC)||Monday 14 March 2016||Public Holiday VIC|
|Canberra Day (ACT)||Monday 14 March 2016||Public Holiday ACT|
|Eight Hours Day (TAS)||Monday 14 March 2016||Public Holiday TAS|
|Adelaide Cup (SA)||Public Holiday SA|
|St Patricks Day||Thursday 17 March 2016|
|Good Friday||Friday 25 March 2016||Public Holiday|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 26 March 2016||Public Holiday|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday 27 March 2016||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||Monday 28 March 2016||Public Holiday|
|Easter Tuesday (TAS only)||Tuesday 29 March 2016||Public Holiday TAS|
|Anzac Day||Monday 25 April 2016||Public Holiday|
|May Day (NT)||Monday 2 May 2016||Public Holiday NT|
|Mothers Day||Sunday 8 May 2016||Special Occasion|
|National Sorry Day||Thursday 26 May 2016|
|Western Australia Day (WA) Formally ‘Foundation Day’||Monday 6 June 2016||Public Holiday WA|
|Queensland Day (QLD)||Monday 6 June 2016||Public Holiday QLD|
(All States except WA)
|Monday 13 June 2016||Public Holiday
|NSW Bank Holiday||Monday 1 August 2016||Public Holiday NSW|
|Northern Territory Picnic Day||Monday 1 August 2016||Public Holiday NT|
|Royal Nat. Agricultural Show Day||Wednesday 17 August 2016||Public Holiday QLD
|Fathers Day||Sunday 4 September 2016||Special Occasion|
|AFL Grand Final Day||TBC 2016||Sports Event|
|NRL Grand Final||TBC 2016||Sports Event|
|Queens Birthday (WA)||Monday 26 September 2016||Public Holiday WA|
|Family & Community Day (ACT)||Monday 26 September 2016||Public Holiday ACT|
|Labour Day (ACT) ( NSW) (SA) (QLD)||Monday 3 October 2016||Public Holiday|
|Halloween||Monday 31 October 2016||Special Occasion|
|Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)||Tuesday 1 November 2016||Public Holiday VIC|
|Recreation Day (TAS)||Monday 7 November 2016|
|Remembrance Day||Friday 11 November 2016|
|Christmas Eve||Saturday 24 December 2016|
|Christmas Day||Sunday 25 December 2016||Public Holiday|
|Boxing Day||Monday 26 December 2016||Public Holiday|
|Christmas / Boxing Day Observed||Tuesday 27 December 2016||Public Holiday|
|Proclamation Day (SA)||Tuesday 27 December 2016||Public Holiday SA|
|New Years Eve||Saturday 31 December 2016|
Public Holidays and Special Occasions
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:
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.