QLD/ Queensland public holiday dates 2020 – 2022

The table below sets out Queensland (QLD) public holiday dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022:

New Year’s DayWednesday
1 January
1 January
Australia Day HolidayMonday
27 January^
26 January
Good FridayFriday
10 April
2 April
The day after Good FridaySaturday
11 April
3 April
Easter SundaySunday
12 April
4 April
Easter MondayMonday
13 April
5 April
Anzac DaySaturday
25 April
26 April
Labour DayMonday
4 May
3 May
Queen’s BirthdayMonday
5 October
4 October
Christmas Eve~Thursday
24 December
24 December
Christmas DayFriday
25 December
25 December
27 December*
Boxing DaySaturday
26 December
28 December*
26 December
28 December*

*An additional day is provided when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day falls on a weekend.

^If Australia Day 26/1 public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday is to be observed on the following Monday.

~Christmas Eve is a part-day public holiday from 6pm to midnight. On 27 November 2019 an amendment to the Holidays Act 1983 was passed by Parliament providing for a part-day public holiday to take effect from 2019.

Queensland regional holidays 2020 – 2022

Royal Queensland Show (moved)Friday
August 14
11 August
Brisbane area only
People’s long weekend / EKKAFriday
August 14
TBABrisbane; Burdekin; Charters Towers; Cloncurry; Gold Coast; Livingstone; Logan; Mackay; Rockhampton; Weipa Town Area; and Whitsunday (Bowen area only)

When will 2022 public holiday dates be announced?

The 2022 public holiday dates have not yet been announced by the Queensland Government. Check back regularly and we will update this site as soon as the information comes to hand.

QLD Government website

Queensland public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1983.

QLD public holidays are administered by the Queensland Recreation, Sport and Art department.

Queensland / QLD public holiday dates

Each calendar year, QLD observes a range of public holidays. This comprises national holidays, holidays legislated by the state of QLD and regional public holidays.

QLD public holiday dates and timings

Public holidays in QLD fall throughout the calendar year. Some public holidays coincide with school holidays. This is the case for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, all of which are observed during the school summer holiday period.

Other Queensland public holidays take place during the school term. From time to time, these result in multiple ‘long’ weekends, while other holidays may be observed mid-week.

Easter public holiday dates change from year to year. At times, these holidays are observed during QLD school holiday periods. However, sometimes, Easter falls within the school term.

Visiting QLD on a public holiday

Throughout the year, Queensland is a popular tourism destination for Australians and also those travelling from abroad. Many QLD public holidays fall in peak season. As a result, many destinations can be incredibly busy. This is particularly the case if the public holiday falls on a long weekend or during a popular school holiday period.

If you are planning to visit QLD during a public holiday, it is important to book accommodation and flights (if applicable) well in advance.

Popular services and attractions experience an increased demand during a QLD public holiday weekend and can increase in price. So, plan ahead and book as early as you can.

Are QLD businesses open on public holidays?

Sometimes, businesses in Queensland provide restricted hours of operation during public holidays, either through choice or based on a legislated requirement. The consumption of alcohol on commercial premises may be prevented at specific times of the day on selected public holidays. This is the case for Easter Friday.

Some privately operated and Government operated Queensland services, such as public transport, carry an amended schedule for public holidays.

Different types of public holidays in QLD

There are two types of public holidays in Queensland. These are national and regional holidays.

Official national public holidays: These holidays are observed by all Australian states and territories. Examples include Australia Day, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.

QLD regional public holidays: Two regional QLD public holidays are observed within specific regional locations. Full or part day holidays may be observed.

Royal Queensland Show

The Royal Queensland Show public holiday is held each year for Brisbane residents. In 2020, this public holiday is held on 14th August.

Queensland / QLD school holiday and term dates

A complete calendar of QLD school holiday and term dates can be found on this website.

To view 2020 and 2021 school holiday and school term dates for Queensland, please click here.

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

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