NSW / New South Wales public holiday dates 2020 – 2022
Public holiday dates for New South Wales (NSW) are listed in the table below:
|New Year’s Day||Wednesday|
|Australia Day Holiday||Monday|
|Easter Saturday (the Saturday following Good Friday)||Saturday|
|Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s Day||Monday|
~Only applies to some Financial Institutions
*When New Year’s Day, Christmas Day or Boxing Day falls on a weekend, the Holiday Act provides for an extra public holiday.
NSW Regional public holidays
|Walcha Cup (midday to 6pm)||Walcha||Friday|
|Kangaroo Valley Show||Shoalhaven||Friday|
|Albury Gold Cup (midday to 6pm)||Albury City||Friday|
|Maclean Show||Clarence Valley||REVOKED|
|Nyngan Show||Bogan Shire||REVOKED|
|Coonamble Annual Show||Coonamble Shire||REVOKED||Wednesday|
|Ramornie Race Day||Clarence Valley||REVOKED|
|Grafton Cup||Clarence Valley||REVOKED|
|Trundle Show (9am to 5pm)||Parkes||REVOKED||Wednesday|
|Peak Hill Show (9am to 5pm)||Parkes||REVOKED||Wednesday|
|Parkes Show (midday to 6pm)||Parkes||REVOKED||Tuesday|
|West Wyalong Show||Bland Shire||REVOKED|
|Jacaranda Thursday||Clarence Valley||REVOKED|
When will 2022 public holiday dates be announced?
The 2022 public holiday dates have not yet been announced by the New South Wales Government. Check back regularly and we will update this site as soon as the information comes to hand.
New South Wales public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Public Holidays Act 2010.
NSW public holidays are advertised here.
New South Wales / NSW public holiday dates
In 2020, the state of New South Wales observes 13 public holidays. These are a mix of national public holidays, holidays that are legislated by the state of NSW and regional public holidays.
The number of public holidays observed in NSW remains unchanged each year.
New South Wales public holiday timings
NSW public holidays are observed throughout the year. In 2020, some public holidays are timed to coincide with school holidays. Others are observed during the school term, resulting in multiple ‘long weekends.
Several holidays, including New Years Day and Australia Day, are observed during the popular summer holiday break for schools.
Visiting NSW during a public holiday
NSW can become very busy during public holidays, with many people visiting from interstate or overseas, along with residents getting out and about.
Flights and accommodation can be in high demand during a NSW public holiday weekend. So, it’s important to plan ahead and book as early as you can.
Are NSW businesses open on public holidays?
During some public holidays, some NSW businesses may operate restricted hours of operation. On selected public holidays, notably Easter Friday, liquor legislation may prevent the consumption of alcohol on commercial premises at specific times of the day.
Some services, such as public transport, may operate on a modified public holiday schedule.
Visiting NSW on Australia Day
Australia day is one of the most popular public holidays in New South Wales, and Sydney, specifically.
Currently, this public holiday is held on 26th January each calendar year. However, many Australians wish to change the date. In 2020, Australia Day took place on a Sunday, with a Monday public holiday provided in lieu.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people converge on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day to watch Sydney Harbour’s world famous fireworks display. There are many other activities scheduled within NSW on Australia Day.
What types of public holidays are in NSW?
In New South Wales, public holidays can be divided into three types – national, state and regional.
National public holidays are recognised throughout Australia. Examples include New Year’s Day, Easter Monday and ANZAC Day.
State-wide NSW public holidays are holidays that are specific to New South Wales.
Regional public holidays are full or part day public holidays that are observed within specific regional locations within NSW.
About NSW regional public holidays
Like many Australian states and territory, NSW observes regional public holidays in addition to state wide public holidays. Regional public holidays include bank holidays, observed by some financial institutions, along with a range of regional horse racing and show holidays.
About the NSW bank holiday
Each calendar year, New South Wales observes a bank holiday. This holiday takes place on the first Monday of August, and it is exclusive to eligible employees within the finance / banking sector. The Banks and Bank Holidays Act 1912 requires all banks in New South Wales to be closed on the day.
Some other businesses operating in the finance industry may close for the day. This generally occurs if the bank holiday is included in an employment award or agreement.
New South Wales / NSW school holiday and term dates
A complete list of NSW school holiday and term dates can be found on this website.
To view 2020 and 2021 school holiday and school term dates for New South Wales, please click here.