How to turn 20 days of annual leave into 53 days of holiday time in NSW
NSW, here's how to get 53 days of holiday time in 2023 from only 20 days of annual leave.
Do you wish you could have more than 1 holiday a year? Keen for an extended trip to New Zealand but also want a couple of city breaks as well?
With a bit of holiday-hacking and clever annual leave planning, you can be on holidays for a whopping 53 days of 2023, with no unpaid leave.
20 days is the legal minimum amount of annual leave for full-time employees in Australia. So this hack is doable for full-time workers working Monday–Friday (non-rostered).
Just book your days off early before your colleagues discover this hack too.
When to plan your holidays:
|Holiday dates||Public holiday/s||Holiday length||Dates to book annual leave||Number of annual leave days||Holiday suggestion||Deals per month|
|1–2 January||2 January (New Year's Day observed)||2 days||N/A||0||Take a trip up to the Hunter Valley for a cheeky break before you have to return to the 9–5.||See January deals|
|21–29 January||26 January (Australia Day)||9 days||23-25 January and 27 January||4||Go on an interstate road trip to Melbourne. The scenic itinerary takes around 5 days. That gives you a few days to see the city before taking the non-scenic route home.||See January deals|
|1–16 April||7 April (Good Friday), 10 April (Easter Monday)||16 days||3-6 April and 11-14 April||8||Take on Japan during cherry blossom season.||See April deals|
|22–25 April||25 April (Anzac Day)||4 days||24 April||1||Spend a long weekend in our nation's capital for the Anzac Day celebrations and to explore the city.||See April deals|
|10–12 June||12 June (King's Birthday)||3 days||N/A||0||Book a hotel stay in Sydney and catch Vivid's light installations and live music events.||See June deals|
|30 September – 8 October||2 October (Labour Day)||9 days||3-6 October||4||Get some sun in Thailand on a Thai Island Hopper West tour||See September deals|
|23 December – 1 January||25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day), 1 January (New Year's Day)||10 days||27-29 December||3||Spend your New Year's Eve somewhere new||See December deals|
- Total holiday days: 53 days
- Annual leave used: 20 days
That's a lot of travelling. Keep an eye on our Boxing Day flight sales to get these holidays booked.