NT / Northern Territory public holiday dates 2020 – 2022

The table below sets out NT public holiday dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022:

Holiday202020212022
New Year’s DayWednesday
1 January
Friday
1 January
Monday
1 January
Australia Day HolidayMonday
27 January
Tuesday
26 January
Wednesday
26 January
Good FridayFriday
10 April
Friday
2 April
Friday
15 April
Easter SaturdaySaturday
11 April
Saturday
3 April
Saturday
16 April
Easter MondayMonday
13 April
Monday
5 April
Monday
18 April
Anzac DaySaturday
25 April
Monday
26 April
Monday
25 April
May DayMonday
4 May
Monday
3 May
Monday
2 May
Queen’s BirthdayMonday
8 June
Monday
14 June
Monday
13 June
Picnic DayMonday
3 August
Monday
2 August
Monday
1 August
Christmas Eve*Thursday
24 December
Friday
24 December
Saturday
24 December
Christmas DayFriday
25 December
Monday
27 December
Monday
26 December
Boxing DayMonday
28 December
Tuesday
28 December
Tuesday
27 December
New Year’s Eve*Thursday
31 December
Friday
31 December
Saturday
31 December

* Part day holiday from 7pm to midnight

Northern Territory / NT regional holidays 2020 – 2022

To work out which Regional Holiday applies to your location, consult this map.

Regional Holiday202020212022
Borroloola Show DayFriday
14 August
Friday
20 August
Friday
19 August
Alice Springs Show DayFriday
3 July
Friday
2 July
Friday
1 July
Tennant Creek Show DayFriday
10 July
Friday
9 July
Friday
8 July
Katherine Show DayFriday
17 July
Friday
16 July
Friday
15 July
Darwin Show DayFriday
24 July
Friday
23 July
Friday
22 July

NT Government website

Northern Territory public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Public Holidays Act 2016.

NT public holidays are administered by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment (OCPE).

What to know about NT public holiday dates

There are thirteen Northern Territory public holidays observed each year. This includes a range of eleven official national public holidays, along with two that are unique to the Northern Territory.

Public holidays that are unique to the NT

  • May Day
  • Picnic Day

NT Picnic Day public holiday

Picnic Day is a public holiday that is unique to the Northern Territory.  Picnic Day events were first held in the Northern Territory in the late 1800s.

The famous Harts Range Races, located near Alice Springs, are held each Picnic Day long weekend.

Picnic Day is held on the first Monday of August each year. Picnic Day public holiday dates are as follows:

  • Monday, 3rd August, 2020
  • Monday, 2nd August, 2021
  • Monday, 1st August, 2022

NT May Day public holiday

May Day is a public holiday, also unique to the Northern Territory. In other states and territories May Day is known as Labour Day.

May Day celebrates the achievements of the Labour Movement in obtaining improved economic and social conditions for the workforce in the 19th century; namely a maximum eight hour working day.

Every May Day a march is held in Darwin CBD. It has recently evolved into an opportunity to protest work issues, at both territory and federal levels. A family picnic is also held on the Esplanade at Bicentennial Park.

May Day is held on the first Monday of May each year. May Day public holiday dates are as follows:

  • Monday, 4th May, 2020
  • Monday, 3rd May, 2021
  • Monday, 2nd May, 2022

May Day also conveniently marks the beginning of the Northern Territory dry season, running from May to October.

Northern Territory regional public holiday dates 

A number of NT regional public holiday dates are observed each year. These are for local show holidays in certain areas.

The regional holidays are:

  • Borroloola Show Day
  • Alice Springs Show Day
  • Tennant Creek Show Day
  • Katherine Show Day
  • Darwin Show Day

The separate regions include Borroloola, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin. You can check which regional public holiday applies to your geographical area by heading to the map of show day regions on the nt.gov.au website.

The timing of Northern Territory public holidays

Picnic Day and May Day do not fall within NT school holidays. However, these holidays are observed on a Monday. This means they conveniently provide for long weekends in the middle of school terms.

Where national holidays fall on a weekend, many have an additional day provided for on the following Monday.

Visiting the NT during a public holiday

It’s important to carefully plan your visit to the Northern Territory during a public holiday.

Where peak visitor seasons and public holidays come together, visitors may experience disproportionately expensive accommodation due to very limited supply. Restaurant and pubs are also extremely busy. Booking well in advance is advised.

The Northern Territory dry season (May to October) is especially popular, and many public holidays are observed during this period. Many visitors choose to avoid the wet season of November to April.

NT school holiday and term dates

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

Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as a public holiday in the Northern Territory?

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