How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 56 days off in Queensland

Queenslanders, find out how to get 56 days of holiday time in 2021 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 56 days of holiday time in 2021. 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.


Friday 1 January (Public holiday: New Year's Day)

Saturday 2 January

Sunday 3 January

Saturday 25 January

Sunday 26 January

Monday 25 January

Tuesday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

Wednesday 27 January

Thursday 28 January

Friday 29 January

Saturday 30 January

Sunday 31 January

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Take that Queensland road trip up or down the coast and explore the best your state has to offer.

March and April:

Saturday 27 March

Sunday 28 March

Monday 29 March

Tuesday 30 March

Wednesday 31 March

Thursday 1 April

Friday 2 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 3 April

Sunday 4 April

Monday 5 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 6 April

Wednesday 7 April

Thursday 8 April

Friday 9 April

Saturday 10 April

Sunday 11 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 New Zealand.

Saturday 24 April

Sunday 25 April

Monday 26 April

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Treat yourself to a local break with all the trimmings on Luxury Escapes


Saturday 1 May

Sunday 2 May

Monday 3 May (Public holiday: Labour Day)

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Saturday 7 August

Sunday 8 August

Monday 9 August

Tuesday 10 August

Wednesday 11 August (Public Holiday: Royal Queensland Show, Brisbane only)

Thursday 12 August

Friday 13 August

Saturday 14 August

Sunday 15 August

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Take advantage of the cooler weather with a North West Queensland hike and glamping expedition. 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 2 October

Sunday 3 October

Monday 4 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 25 December

Sunday 26 December

Monday 27 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Tuesday 28 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

Wednesday 29 December

Thursday 30 December

Friday 31 December

Saturday 1 January

Sunday 2 January

Monday 3 January (Public holiday: New Year's Day)

  • Holiday length: 10 days, including 1–3 January 2022
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Have a white Christmas and book a flight to one of these snow-capped destinations


  • Total holiday days: 56 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

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