After the year we’ve had, we’re eager for a holiday, so we’ve studied the calendar to find out how we can get the most out of our public holidays this year. You can thank us later.

Easter Holidays
How do you turn four days of leave into a ten day holiday? Simple! Just take off April 6, 7, 8 and 9, and you’ll score yourself a holiday from Good Friday (Friday April 2) until Sunday April 11.

ANZAC Day and Labour Day
Us Queenslanders are blessed with two back-to-back long weekends this year, and you can guarantee we’ll be making the most of it. Since ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday, expect the actual public holiday on Monday April 26. Take off the following four days – April 27, 28, 29 and 30 – and enjoy the Labour Day long weekend after that. With Labour Day on Monday May 3, you won’t be back at your desk until Tuesday May 4. That’s a grand total of 10 days off, from Saturday April 24 until Tuesday May 4, and you’ll only use four days of personal leave. Score.

Queen’s Birthday
When the Queen’s Birthday public holiday rolls around on Monday October 4, make sure you take October 5, 6, 7 and 8 off work – that will get you nine days of holidays, from Saturday October 2 until Sunday October 10.

Finally, Christmas – it feels a lifetime away, doesn’t it? While Christmas sadly falls on a Saturday this year, meaning we don’t get an official public holiday for it, we do still get a belated Boxing Day public holiday on Monday December 27. If you book four days of leave in December (December 28, 29, 30 and 31), you’ll get a total of nine days off thanks to the weekend, the Boxing Day public holiday on Monday December 27 and the following weekend.

Now go forth and vacay!



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