NSW: How to turn 20 days of annual leave into 51 days of holiday time

NSW residents, are you always running out of annual leave? Us too. Get 51 days of holiday time in 2018 – from only 20 days of annual leave.

Do you wish you could have more than one holiday a year? Are you keen for an extended Asian trip, but also want a couple of city breaks as well? Well, we *think* we’ve cracked it and you can have both.

With a bit of holiday-hacking know-how and well-thought-out annual leave planning, you can physically be away on holiday for a whopping 51 days of 2018 – with no unpaid leave.

Twenty days is the legal minimum for full-time employees in Australia, so this hack is possible for any full-time employee. Just book the days off early, before your colleagues discover this super-simple idea too.

In those 51 days off work you could do all of this in just one year:

  • A 7-day post-New Year’s break to New Zealand
  • A 4-day summer mini break to the Cook Islands
  • 16 days cruising around Asia
  • A 9-day holiday to hunt cherry blossoms in Japan
  • A 3-day long weekend in Melbourne
  • A 3-day beach break up to Byron Bay
  • 9 days off to visit family over Christmas

How to max out your leave in NSW

The dark green dates are the public holidays in NSW while the planes are how many days off you should take to make the most of them.


In depth: Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:

January 2018

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

Thursday 25 January

Friday 26 January (Public holiday – Australia Day)

Saturday 27 January

Sunday 28 January

Total run: 4 days / 1 annual leave day


Saturday 24 March

Sunday 25 March

Monday 26 March

Tuesday 27 March

Wednesday 28 March

Thursday 29 March

Friday 30 March (Public holiday – Good Friday)

Saturday 31 March

Sunday 1 April

Monday 2 April (Public holiday – Easter Monday)

Tuesday 3 April

Wednesday 4 April

Thursday 5 April

Friday 6 April

Saturday 7 April

Sunday 8 April

Total run: 16 days / 8 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 9 June

Sunday 10 June

Monday 11 June (Public holiday – Queen’s Birthday)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days

September & October

Saturday 29 September

Sunday 30 September

Monday 1 October (Public holiday – Labour Day)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days

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Saturday 22 December

Sunday 23 December

Monday 24 December

Tuesday 25 December (Public holiday – Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 (Public holiday – Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Saturday 29 December

Sunday 30 December

Total run: 9 days / 3 annual leave days

That's a lot of travelling.

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

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