How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 53 days off in Queensland

Queenslanders, find out how to get 53 days of holiday time in 2022 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 53 days of holiday time in 2022. 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.


Saturday 1 January (New Year's Day)

Sunday 2 January

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

Saturday 22 January

Sunday 23 January

Monday 24 January

Tuesday 25 January

Wednesday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

Thursday 27 January

Friday 28 January

Saturday 29 January

Sunday 30 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.

April and May:

Saturday 9 April

Sunday 10 April

Monday 11 April

Tuesday 12 April

Wednesday 13 April

Thursday 14 April

Friday 15 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 16 April

Sunday 17 April

Monday 18 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 19 April

Wednesday 20 April

Thursday 21 April

Friday 22 April

Saturday 23 April

Sunday 24 April

Monday 25 April (Public holiday: Anzac Day)

Tuesday 26 April

Wednesday 27 April

Thursday 28 April

Friday 29 April

Saturday 30 April

Sunday 1 May

Monday 2 May (Public Holiday: Labour Day)

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Wednesday 10 August (Public Holiday: Royal Queensland Show, Brisbane only)

Thursday 11 August

Friday 12 August

Saturday 13 August

Sunday 14 August

  • Holiday length: 5 days
  • Annual leave used: 2 days
  • Holiday suggestion: See the show and treat yourself to a staycation.

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Saturday 1 October

Sunday 2 October

Monday 3 October (Public holiday: Queen's Birthday)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Treat yourself to a local break with all the trimmings withLuxury Escapes. Find a stay fit for royalty.


Saturday 24 December

Sunday 25 December (Christmas Day)

Monday 26 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day observed)

Tuesday 27 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day observed)

Wednesday 28 December

Thursday 29 December

Friday 30 December

Saturday 31 December

Sunday 1 January (New Year's Day)

Monday 2 January (Public holiday: New Year's Day observed)

  • Holiday length: 10 days
  • Annual leave used: 3 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Have a white Christmas and book a flight to one of these snow-capped destinations


  • Total holiday days: 53 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

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