Public Holidays 2018

Public Holiday information for Queensland residents and visitors.

Statewide Public Holidays QLD 2018

Holiday Date Holiday Type Area
New Year’s Day Monday, 1 January 2018 Public Qld Wide
Australia Day Friday, 26 January 2018 Public Qld Wide
Good Friday Friday, 30 March 2018 Public Qld Wide
Easter Saturday Saturday, 31 March 2018 Public Qld Wide
Easter Sunday Sunday, 1 April 2018 Public Qld Wide
Easter Monday Monday, 2 April 2018 Public Qld Wide
ANZAC Day Wednesday, 25 April 2018 Public Qld Wide
Labour Day Monday, 7 May 2018 Public Qld Wide
Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Monday, 13 August 2018 Show Brisbane
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 1 October 2018 Public Qld Wide
Christmas Day Tuesday, 25 December 2018 Public Qld Wide
Boxing Day Wednesday, 26 December 2018 Public Qld Wide

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Public Holiday is for Brisbane only. Please filter results to view holidays for your region.

In 2016, amendments were made to the Holiday Act 1983 to bring Queensland into line with other states by declaring Easter Sunday an official public holiday. This ensures that workers required to work on Easter Sunday will receive the same penalty rates as Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday public holidays. For more information read the Qld Government media statement here.

Commonwealth Games Information

There is an extra day’s school holiday on Monday, April 16 2018 for students in Queensland however this is a school holiday only and not a public holiday. The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be held from April 4 to 15, 2018. During the games school buses will be used as additional transport. This extra day of school holidays on April 16th has been given to allow school buses to return regional areas.

Additional Information

In Queensland, Public Holidays can basically be divided into three groups:

Public Holidays – Statewide

Show Holidays

Other Holidays


These are the holidays that we all know and love such as Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day and so on. These holidays are generally held on the same day throughout Queensland.

Show Holidays

Most regions of Queensland have access to some form of Show Holiday. These types of public holiday are much less regimented and the designated day off can change between regions for the same show. The Ekka Holiday (Royal Queensland Show) is a good example where Brisbane City have a different day off to the Gold Coast and even the Moreton Region. This allows the show organisers to avoid huge bottlenecks with everyone trying to attend the show on the same day.

There are a large number of smaller local show holidays throughout various regions of Qld.

Other Holidays

From time to time there are one off holidays added to our holiday calendar in special circumstances. For example, in 2016 there was a special Christmas Day public holiday on the 27th December because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.