QLD public holidays

QLD Public holidays 2021 – 2022

The tables below set out QLD public holidays for 2021 and 2022:

Holiday2021
New Year’s Day*Friday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayTuesday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 2 April
The day after Good FridaySaturday 3 April
Easter SundaySunday 4 April
Easter MondayMonday 5 April
Anzac Day^Sunday 25 April
& Monday 26 April
Labour DayMonday 3 May
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 4 October
Christmas Eve~Friday 24 December
Christmas Day*Saturday 25 December
& Monday 27 December*
Boxing Day*Sunday 26 December
& Tuesday 28 December*

QLD public holidays notes

*The Holidays Act 1983 provides for an extra public holiday to be added when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day falls on a weekend.
^Australia Day public holiday – if 26 January is 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.

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Holiday2022
New Year’s Day*Saturday 1 January
& Monday 3 January
Australia Day HolidayWednesday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 15 April
The day after Good FridaySaturday 16 April
Easter SundaySunday 17 April
Easter MondayMonday 18 April
Anzac Day^Monday 25 April
Labour DayMonday 2 May
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 3 October
Christmas Eve~Saturday 24 December
Christmas Day*Sunday 25 December
& Tuesday 27 December
Boxing Day*Monday 26 December

Queensland regional holidays 2021 – 2022

Holiday20212022Notes
Royal Queensland Show (moved)Wednesday
11 August
Wednesday 10 AugustBrisbane area only
People’s long weekend / EKKATBATBABrisbane; Burdekin; Charters Towers; Cloncurry; Gold Coast; Livingstone; Logan; Mackay; Rockhampton; Weipa Town Area; and Whitsunday (Bowen area only)
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Queensland Special Holiday Dates 2021 – 2022

Upon the request of a local council, special holidays may be appointed for special events or commemorative days in districts. Whereas an annual agricultural, horticultural or industrial show is a special holiday, these special holidays are known as ‘bank’ holidays and are not public holidays.

DistrictEvent2021
Torres Strait Island Region – St PaulsSt Pauls Anglican Church Day25 January
Torres Strait Island Region – BaduDeed of Grant in Trust Hand Over Day1 February
Torres Strait Island Region – MabuiagSt. Mary’s Church Day2 February
Torres Strait Island Region – Kubin & St PaulsMualgal Native Title Determination Day12 February
Torres Strait Island Region – SaibaiSaibai Native Title Determination Day15 February
Shire of Lockhart RiverFoundation Day22 February
Torres Strait Island Region – BoiguUnited Pentecostal Church Day1 March
Torres Strait Island Region (whole region)Torres Strait Amalgamation Day15 March
Shire of CroydonNormanton Barra Classic1 April
Torres Strait Island Region – St PaulsKozan Outreach Church Day19 April
Torres Strait Island Region – BaduSt. Marks Church Day23 April
Torres Strait Island Region – HammondPatron Saint Joseph Day3 May
Torres Strait Island Region – DauanDauan Ascension Day13 May
Shire of Hope ValeCommemoration of Evacuation to Woorabinda17 May
Torres Strait Island Region – St PaulsFlorence Buchanan Day (Coming of the Light)19 May
Shire of CherbourgNational Sorry Day26 May
Shire of PormpuraawNational Sorry Day26 May
Torres Strait Island Region (whole region)Torres Strait Flag Day28 May
Torres Strait Island Region (whole region)Community Services (Torres Strait) Act Day31 May
Northern Peninsula Area RegionMabo Day3 June
Shire of DoomadgeeMabo Day3 June
Shire of TorresMabo Day3 June
Torres Strait Island Region (whole region)Mabo Day3 June
Shire of NapranumNapranum Foundation Day7 June
Torres Strait Island Region – SaibaiHoly Trinity Church Day7 June
Torres Strait Island Region – MerDauar Waier Observation Festival14 June
Shire of YarrabahYarrabah Foundation Day17 June
Torres Strait Island Region – BoiguSt Saviour Church Day – Torres Strait Church21 June
Torres Strait Island Region – IamaSt John Divine Church Day21 June
Torres Strait Island Region – PorumaHalfway Island Native Title Determination Day21 June
Northern Peninsula Area RegionBi-Annual NPA Cultural Festival25 June
Torres Strait Island Region – KubinSt Peter’s Church Day29 June
Torres Strait Island Region – MabuaigWagadagam Tribal Chief Initiation Day 29 June
Torres Strait Island Region – WarraberChurch Day29 June
Shire of TorresComing of the Light Day1 July
Torres Strait Island Region (whole region)Coming of the Light1 July
Torres Strait Island Region – Erub & UgarComing of the Light Celebrations2 July
Torres Strait Island Region – MerComing of the Light Celebrations2 July
Torres Strait Island Region – BoiguComing of the Light6 July
Torres Strait Island Region – MabuiagNative Title Determination Day6 July
Torres Strait Island Region – PorumaNative Title Determination7 July
Torres Strait Island Region – WarraberAureed Island Native Title Determination Day7 July
Shire of CherbourgNAIDOC Day9 July
Shire of YarrabahNAIDOC Day9 July
Shire of BouliaBoulia Camel Races19 July
Torres Strait Island Region – WarraberIndigenous Protected Area Celebration19 July
Shire of PormpuraawPormpuraaw Fishing Competition23 July
Shire of Lockhart RiverSt. James’ Day26 July
Torres Strait Island Region – MerSt. James Anglican Church Day26 July
Torres Strait Island Region – SaibaiAnnexure Day2 August
Shire of AurukunAurukun Day4 August
Shire of EtheridgeEtheridge Show6 August
Shire of KowanyamaKowanyama Annual Rodeo6 August
Torres Strait Island Region – Erub & UgarErub and Ugar Island
The Ark of Transfiguration (Church Day)
6 August
Torres Strait Island Region – BoiguAugust Festival9 August
Torres Strait Island Region – MerYam Festival16 August
Shire of KowanyamaKowanyama DOGIT Day20 August
Torres Strait Island Region – WarraberNative Title Determination24 August
Shire of DoomadgeeDoomadgee Day27 August
Torres Strait Island Region (whole region)First Councillors Conference – Masig28 August
Torres Strait Island Region – MabuiagMabuiag Coming of the Light Celebrations3 September
Torres Strait Island Region – DauanChurch of the Holy Cross Day14 September
Torres Strait Island Region – IamaIama Turan Tabernacle Church Day14 September
Torres Strait Island Region – HammondHammond Island Church Opening Day15 September
Shire of MapoonMapoon Day24 September
Shire of Wujal WujalWujal Wujal Rodeo24 September
Torres Strait Island Region – ErubAnnual Daisy Mye Sports Carnival24 September
Torres Strait Island Region – BoiguBoigu Blood Covenant Church Dedication Day27 September
Shire of CherbourgCherbourg Day15 October
Shire of YarrabahYarrabah DOGIT Day26 October
Shire of NapranumNapranum DOGIT Day28 October
Shire Of Lockhart RiverDOGIT Day29 October
Shire of Wujal WujalWujal Wujal Foundation Day29 October
Torres Strait Island Region – Erub & UgarAll Saints Church Day1 November
Barcaldine Region – Muttaburra townshipMelbourne Cup Day2 November
Blackall-Tambo RegionMelbourne Cup Day2 November
Shire of BarcooMelbourne Cup Day2 November
Shire of BurkeMelbourne Cup Day2 November
Shire of DiamantinaMelbourne Cup Day2 November
Shire of MurwehCentral Warrego Race Club Inc.
Annual Melbourne Cup Race Meeting
(Afternoon Only)
2 November
Shire of RichmondRichmond Melbourne Cup Races (Afternoon Only)2 November
Shire of WintonMelbourne Cup Day2 November
Torres Strait Island Region – PorumaSt Andrews Church Day30 November
Torres Strait Island Region – SaibaiChurch Dedication Day6 December
Torres Strait Island Region – Masig IslandMasig Native Title Determination Aureed Claim Day7 December
Torres Strait Island Region – ErubNative Title Determination Day8 December
Torres Strait Island Region – UgarNative Title Determination Day9 December
Torres Strait Island Region – BoiguNative Title Determination Day10 December
Torres Strait Island Region – IamaNative Title Determination Day13 December
Torres Strait Island Region – BaduNative Title Determination Day14 December

For 2020 only, a public holiday was appointed in place of previously appointed show public holidays in certain areas of the State.

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QLD Government website

QLD Public holidays and bank holidays are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1983.

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

qld public holidays

Previous QLD public holidays dates

Holiday2020
New Year’s Day*Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayMonday 27 January^
Good FridayFriday 10 April
The day after Good FridaySaturday 11 April
Easter SundaySunday 12 April
Easter MondayMonday 13 April
Anzac Day^Saturday 25 April
Labour DayMonday 4 May
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 5 October
Christmas Eve~Thursday 24 December
Christmas Day*Friday 25 December
Boxing Day*Saturday 26 December
& Monday 28 December*

Previous Queensland regional holidays

Holiday2020Notes
Royal Queensland Show (moved)Friday
August 14
Brisbane area only
People’s long weekend / EKKAFriday
August 14
Brisbane; Burdekin; Charters Towers; Cloncurry; Gold Coast; Livingstone; Logan; Mackay; Rockhampton; Weipa Town Area; and Whitsunday (Bowen area only)
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QLD Public holidays 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 holidays 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 QLD public holidays

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 2021, this public holiday is held on 11th 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 2021 and 2022 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 Observances rather than a public holiday for Queenslanders. Unfortunately, QLD does not receive a legislated holiday or day off in lieu.