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How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 52 days off in Queensland

Queenslanders, find out how to get 52 days of holiday time in 2019 with a little holiday hacking know-how.

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 2019. 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.


Tuesday 1 January (Public holiday: New Years Day)

Wednesday 2 January

Thursday 3 January

Friday 4 January

Saturday 5 January

Sunday 6 January

Saturday 26 January

Sunday 27 January

Monday 28 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 13 April

Sunday 14 April

Monday 15 April

Tuesday 16 April

Wednesday 17 April

Thursday 18 April

Friday 19 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 20 April

Sunday 21 April

Monday 22 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 23 April

Wednesday 24 April

Thursday 25 April (Public holiday: ANZAC Day)

Friday 26 April

Saturday 27 April

Sunday 28 April

  • Holiday length: 16 days
  • Annual leave used: 7 days
  • Holiday suggestion: There are countless options for this big trip. Will you go to Europe? Or maybe South America? Try our flight search below to see what trip you could be taking.


Saturday 4 May

Sunday 5 May

Monday 6 May (Public holiday: Labour Day)

Tuesday 7 May

Wednesday 8 May

Thursday 9 May

Friday 10 May

Saturday 11 May

Sunday 12 May

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: With 9 days, Asia, New Zealand or even a quick trip to the US is possible. Search for flights below to be inspired.

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Saturday 10 August

Sunday 11 August

Monday 12 August

Tuesday 13 August

Wednesday 14 August (Public Holiday: Royal Queensland Show)

Thursday 15 August

Friday 16 August

Saturday 17 August

Sunday 18 August

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Explore one of Australia's favourite destinations, Bali

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Saturday 5 October

Sunday 6 October

Monday 7 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


Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

Monday 23 December

Tuesday 24 December

Wednesday 25 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Thursday 26 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

  • Holiday length: 6 days
  • Annual leave used: 2 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Have a white Christmas and book a flight to one of these snow-capped destinations


  • Total holiday days: 52 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

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

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