Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, a holiday recognizing the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, and is marked by abstinence, prayer, repentance, and rest. More

Proclamation Day

South Australia, which occupies the central part of southern Australia, was officially founded as a British colony on 28 December in 1836. This date is remembered in South Australia as “Proclamation Day” because it was then that Captain John Hindmarsh …

Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day is held on the first Tuesday in November and is the day on which one of the most famous horse races in the world is run in Melbourne. Since 1861, Melbourne Cup Day has been an official …

Royal Hobart Show

This is one event not to be missed in Tasmania: the Royal Hobart Show held at the Royal Showgrounds in Glenorchy. Annually held in Hobart, the port capital of Tasmania, this is the “county fair,” if you will, of all …

Flinders Island Show

The Flinders Island Show public holiday is on the Friday before the third Saturday every October. The show is held at the Flinders Island Showgrounds in Palana Road on the west of the island. The show is a big attraction …

Royal Launceston Show

The public holiday for the Royal Launceston Show is the Thursday before the second Saturday in October and is a holiday for Launceston, Break O’Day, Dorset, George Town, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and West Tamar. The show runs over the …

Queen’s Birthday (QLD)

REGIONAL HOLIDAY // QLD Australia’s Queen, Elizabeth II, is also Queen of Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu; …

AFL Grand Final Holiday

AFL Grand Final Holiday is the newest pubic holiday in the state of Victoria. The date of the holiday is on the Friday preceding the Australian Football League Grand Final, which leads it to being referred to as “AFL Grand …

Family and Community Day (ACT)

The Family and Community public holiday is for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) only. It’s purpose is to provide a holiday for people to spend with their family and friends. It is one of the rarer types of public holidays …

Ekka (Royal Queensland Show)

The Royal Queensland Show, also known as the Ekka, runs for 10 days in August each year. It is a showcase of all things agricultural, pastoral and industrial as well as a huge entertainment draw card for people in the …

Picnic Day

This public holiday is on the first Monday each August. The day is celebrated with horse racing at Hart’s Range, 200 kilometres from Alice Springs, and a railway picnic at Adelaide River. Others in the Northern Territory enjoy the day …

Junteenth (Freedom Day)

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months …