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Queenslanders: How to turn this year’s 20 days of annual leave into 51 days off

Queenslanders, find out how to get 51 days of holiday time with a little holiday hacking know-how.

Wish you had more time to jet off overseas? You can. With a bit of savvy annual leave planning, you can maximise your time off and get 50 days of holiday time. We’re going to show you how.

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 50 days off work you could do all of this in just one year:

  • Two days to chill in a Byron Bay spa post New Year’s eve
  • Four days in sailing the Bay of Islands in New Zealand
  • A 24-day trip backpacking across South-East Asia
  • Nine days sunning in Hawaii in August
  • A 3-day Melbourne getaway
  • Nine days off over Christmas to visit family and friends

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:


Sunday 1 January

Monday 2 January

Total run: 2 days

Thursday 26 January

Friday 27th

Saturday 28th

Sunday 29th

Total run: 4 days


Saturday 8th

Sunday 9th

Monday 10th

Tuesday 11th

Wednesday 12th

Thursday 13th

Friday 14th - (Public Holiday - Good Friday)

Saturday 15th

Sunday 16th

Monday 17th (Public Holiday - Easter Monday)

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th

Thursday 20th

Friday 21st

Saturday 22nd

Sunday 23rd

Monday 24th

Tuesday 25th (Public Holiday - Anzac Day)

Wednesday 26th

Thursday 27th

Friday 28th

Saturday 29th

Sunday 30th

Monday 1 May (Public Holiday - Labour Day)

Total run: 24 days

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Saturday 12th

Sunday 13th

Monday 14th

Tuesday 15th

Wednesday 16 August - (Public Holiday - Royal Queensland Show - Brisbane only)

Thursday 17th

Friday 18th

Saturday 19th

Sunday 20th

Total run: 9 days

September & October

Saturday 30th

Sunday 1st

Monday 2 October - Queens Birthday

Total run: 3 days

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Saturday 23rd

Sunday 24th

Monday 25th

Tuesday 26th

Wednesday 27th

Thursday 28th

Friday 29th

Saturday 30th

Sunday 31st

Total run: 9 Days

That's a lot of time off to plan.

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

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    EmilyNovember 29, 2016

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

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      MayNovember 29, 2016Staff

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your question.

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

      Thanks and cheers,

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