How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 49 days off in Queensland

Queenslanders, find out how to get 49 days of holiday time in 2020 with a little holiday hacking know-how.

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Wish you could have more time to jet off overseas? You can. With a bit of savvy annual leave planning, you can maximise your time off and get 52 days of holiday time in 2020. And we’re going to show you how.

20 days of annual leave is the legal minimum for full-time employees in Australia, so this hack is doable for any full-time employee. Just book your days off early, before your colleagues discover this super simple hack too!

When to plan your holidays:

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


Wednesday 1 January (Public holiday: New Years Day)

Thursday 2 January

Friday 3 January

Saturday 4 January

Sunday 5 January

Saturday 25 January

Sunday 26 January

Monday 27 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Stay true blue and celebrate Australia Day at your local beach


Saturday 4 April

Sunday 5 April

Monday 6 April

Tuesday 7 April

Wednesday 8 April

Thursday 9 April

Friday 10 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 11 April

Sunday 12 April

Monday 13 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 14 April

Wednesday 15 April

Thursday 16 April

Friday 17 April

Saturday 18 April

Sunday 19 April

  • Holiday length: 16 days
  • Annual leave used: 8 days
  • Holiday suggestion: There are countless options for this big trip, including this G Adventures tour of Chile and Argentina. Want to spread your wings? Try our flight search below to see what trip you could be taking.


Saturday 2 May

Sunday 3 May

Monday 4 May (Public holiday: Labour Day)

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Saturday 8 August

Sunday 9 August

Monday 10 August

Tuesday 11 August

Wednesday 12 August (Public Holiday: Royal Queensland Show, Brisbane only)

Thursday 13 August

Friday 14 August

Saturday 15 August

Sunday 16 August

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Let down your hair and boogie on this P&O 80s cruise. It also gives you enough time to celebrate the Royal Queensland Show on your return - and take a few days off to attend it.

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Saturday 3 October

Sunday 4 October

Monday 5 October (Public holiday: Queen's Birthday)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Stay in town or treat yourself to a staycation.


Tuesday 22 December

Wednesday 23 December

Thursday 24 December

Friday 25 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Saturday 26 December

Sunday 27 December

Monday 28 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

Tuesday 29 December

Wednesday 30 December

Thursday 31 December

  • Holiday length: 13 days, including 1-3 January
  • Annual leave used: 6 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Have a white Christmas and book a flight to one of these snow-capped destinations


  • Total holiday days: 49 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

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

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    EmilyNovember 29, 2016

    Hi, Will this article be updated for 2017? Thanks!

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      Our team is regularly updating our page, so this article will also be updated.

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