How to turn 20 days of leave into 55 days of holidays

Living in the ACT? This is how you can get the most days off in 2018.

Those of you in the Australian Capital Territory are some of the luckiest when it comes to public holidays, with a whopping 11 days in addition to the standard 20 days of annual leave you’ll get from your job.

We’ve done the work for you and have tweaked those precious days of leave around public holidays and weekends to find a way to get you 55 days off throughout the year, not including weekends that don’t fall around holidays.

In those 55 days off, here are all the adventures you can take:

  • 7-day New Year's celebratory stay in Bali
  • 3-day Canberra staycation to celebrate Australia Day
  • 3-day wine tour through South Australia’s Barossa and Clare Valleys in March
  • 4-day city break in Melbourne in March/April
  • 9-day California trip to see Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas in April
  • 17-day backpacking trip around Europe in May
  • 3-day October city break in Sydney
  • 9-day white Christmas and New Year’s getaway to Canada’s Rocky Mountains

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:


Monday 1 January (Public holiday - New Year’s Day)

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 4 January

Friday 5 January

Saturday 6 January

Sunday 7 January

Total run: 7 days / 4 annual leave days

Friday 26 January (Public holiday - Australia Day)

Saturday 27 January

Sunday 28 January

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days


Saturday 10 March

Sunday 11 March

Monday 12 March (Public holiday - Canberra day)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days

Friday 30 March (Public holiday - Good Friday)

Saturday 31 March

Sunday 1 April

Monday 2 April (Public holiday - Easter Monday)

Total run: 4 days / 0 annual leave days


Saturday 21 April

Sunday 22 April

Monday 23 April

Tuesday 24 April

Wednesday 25 April (Public holiday - Anzac Day)

Thursday 26 April

Friday 27 April

Saturday 28 April

Sunday 29 April

Total run: 9 days / 4 annual leave days


Saturday 26 May

Sunday 27 May

Monday 28 May (Public holiday - Reconciliation Day)

Tuesday 29 May

Wednesday 30 May

Thursday 31 May

Friday 1 June

Saturday 2 June

Sunday 3 June

Monday 4 June

Tuesday 5 June

Wednesday 6 June

Thursday 7 June

Friday 8 June

Saturday 9 June

Sunday 10 June

Monday 11 June (Public holiday - Queen's birthday)

Total run: 17 days / 9 annual leave days


Saturday 29 September

Sunday 30 September

Monday 1 October (Public holiday - Labour Day)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days


Saturday 22 December

Sunday 23 December

Monday 24 December

Tuesday 25 December (Public holiday - Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December (Public holiday - Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Saturday 29 December

Sunday 30 December

Total run: 9 days / 3 annual leave days

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Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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