NSW / New South Wales public holiday dates 2020 – 2022

Public holiday dates for New South Wales (NSW) are listed in the table below:

Holiday202020212022
New Year’s DayWednesday
1 January
Friday
1 January
Saturday
1 January
Additional DayMonday
3 January
Australia Day HolidayMonday
27 January
Tuesday
26 January
Wednesday
26 January
Good FridayFriday
10 April
Friday
2 April
Friday
15 April
Easter Saturday (the Saturday following Good Friday)Saturday
11 April
Saturday
3 April
Saturday
16 April
Easter SundaySunday
12 April
Sunday
4 April
Sunday
17 April
Easter MondayMonday
13 April
Monday
5 April
Monday
18 April
Anzac DaySaturday
25 April
Sunday
25 April
Monday
25 April
Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s DayMonday
8 June
Monday
14 June
Monday
13 June
Bank Holiday~Monday
3 August
Monday
2 August
Monday
1 August
Labour DayMonday
5 October
Monday
4 October
Monday
3 October
Christmas DayFriday
25 December
Saturday
25 December
Sunday
25 December
Boxing DaySaturday
26 December
Sunday
26 December
Monday
26 December
Additional DayMonday
28 December
Monday
27 December
&
Tuesday
28 December
Tuesday
27 December

~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

HolidayLocation20202021
Walcha Cup (midday to 6pm)WalchaFriday
7 February
Friday
5 February
Kangaroo Valley ShowShoalhavenFriday
14 February
Albury Gold Cup (midday to 6pm)Albury CityFriday
20 March
Friday
19 March
Muswellbrook CupMuswellbrookREVOKED
Yeoval ShowYeovalREVOKED
Maclean ShowClarence ValleyREVOKED
Nyngan ShowBogan ShireREVOKED
Coonamble Annual ShowCoonamble ShireREVOKEDWednesday
19 May
Ramornie Race DayClarence ValleyREVOKED
Grafton CupClarence ValleyREVOKED
Trundle Show (9am to 5pm)ParkesREVOKEDWednesday
11 August
Peak Hill Show (9am to 5pm)ParkesREVOKEDWednesday
25 August
Parkes Show (midday to 6pm)ParkesREVOKEDTuesday
31 August
West Wyalong ShowBland ShireREVOKED
Jacaranda ThursdayClarence ValleyREVOKED

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.

Government website

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.

Sometimes, Easter Friday and Easter Monday public holidays are observed during NSW school holiday periods. However, at other times, Easter takes place during the school term.

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.

Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as a public holiday in New South Wales?

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are an Observance rather than a public holiday for New South Welshmen. Unfortunately, NSW does not receive a legislated holiday, or day off in lieu.