Public Holiday information for Queensland residents and visitors.
Statewide Public Holidays QLD 2018
|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.
In Queensland, Public Holidays can basically be divided into three groups:
Public Holidays – Statewide
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.
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.
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.