How to turn 20 days of leave into 60 days of holidays in the ACT

Living in the ACT? This is how you can get the most days off in 2021.

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

Those of you in the Australian Capital Territory are some of the luckiest when it comes to public holidays, with a whopping 12 days off in addition to the standard 20 days of annual leave you’ll get from your job.

We’ve done the hard work for you and figured out when you should take your annual leave in line with various public holidays and long weekends in order to get 60 days of holidays throughout the year.

When to plan your holidays:

Book in annual leave for the days in italics. The other days are either weekends or public holidays.


Friday 1 January (Public holiday: New Year’s Day)

Saturday 2 January

Sunday 3 January

Saturday 23 January

Sunday 24 January

Monday 25 January

Tuesday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

Wednesday 27 January

Thursday 28 January

Friday 29 January

Saturday 30 January

Sunday 31 January

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Take a week off to blitz through Japan – pending border restrictions


Saturday 6 March

Sunday 7 March

Monday 8 March (Public holiday: Canberra Day)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Fly or drive to Melbourne for some coffee and art

A beautiful landscape destination in New Zealand, Milford sound is the most of one destination to visit. The sunset sky with the beautiful foreground and the Mitr peak at the background along with a lot of traveler.


Saturday 27 March

Sunday 28 March

Monday 29 March

Tuesday 30 March

Wednesday 31 March

Thursday 1 April

Friday 2 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 3 April

Sunday 4 April

Monday 5 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 6 April

Wednesday 7 April

Thursday 8 April

Friday 9 April

Saturday 10 April

Sunday 11 April

  • Holiday length: 16 days
  • Annual leave used: 8 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Spend a fortnight with our neighbours in New Zealand

Saturday 24 April

Sunday 25 April

Monday 26 April (Public holiday: ANZAC Day)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Canberra staycation to experience the ANZAC Day celebrations


Saturday 29 May

Sunday 30 May

Monday 31 May (Public holiday: Reconciliation Day)

Tuesday 1 June

Wednesday 2 June

Thursday 3 June

Friday 4 June

Saturday 5 June

Sunday 6 June


Saturday 12 June

Sunday 13 June

Monday 14 June (Public holiday: Queens Birthday)


Saturday 2 October

Sunday 3 October

Monday 4 October (Public holiday: Labour Day)

Tuesday 5 October

  • Holiday length: 4 days
  • Annual leave used: 1 days
  • Holiday recommendation: Catch the end of snow season at Thredbo, Perisher, Mount Selwyn or Charlotte Pass


Saturday 25 December

Sunday 26 December

Monday 27 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Tuesday 28 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

Wednesday 29 December

Thursday 30 December

Friday 31 December

Saturday 1 January

Sunday 2 January

Monday 3 January (Public holiday: New Year's Day)

  • Holiday length: 10 days, including 1–3 January which is a long weekend
  • Annual leave used: 3 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Spend some time exploring the beautiful island of Tasmania


  • Total holiday days: 60 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

Keep an eye on our Boxing Day flight sales to get these holidays booked.

Be inspired: Search for your flight out now

Looking for a travel bargain to fill your annual leave days? Check out our latest deals: