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South Australia: How to turn 20 days of leave into 52 of holiday time

South Australia, here’s how to maximise your holidays in 2018.

Let’s face it. Four weeks out of 52 is barely enough holiday time. We thought it was time to help get South Australians crafty with their 20 days of annual leave, and have pieced them perfectly around 2018’s public holidays to make the most out of their little time off.

It turns out you can come up with 50 days worth of long weekends and extended getaways with a little bit of planning.

In those 52 days off, here are all the adventures you can take:

  • 1-day trip to Sydney to ring in the New Year (three days if you include the weekend of 30-31 December)
  • 3-day trip to Canberra to spend Australia Day in the capital
  • 24-day Europe trip in March and April
  • 5-day Tasmanian Easter break
  • 3-day Kangaroo Island tour in June
  • 3-day spring staycation in South Australia’s wine regions in September/October
  • 10-day ski holiday in Canada’s Rocky Mountains for Christmas and into the new year

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:


Monday 1 January (Public Holiday - New Year's Day)

Total run: 1 day / 0 annual leave days (start your holiday on Saturday 30 December for a three-day weekend)

Friday 26 January (Public Holiday - Australia Day)

Saturday 27 January

Sunday 28 January

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days



Saturday 10 March

Sunday 11 March

Monday 12 March (Public Holiday - March Day)

Tuesday 13 March

Wednesday 14 March

Thursday 15 March

Friday 16 March

Saturday 17 March

Sunday 18 March

Monday 19 March

Tuesday 20 March

Wednesday 21 March

Thursday 22 March

Friday 23 March

Saturday 24 March

Sunday 25 March

Monday 26 March

Tuesday 27 March

Wednesday 28 March

Thursday 29 March

Friday 30 March (Public holiday - Good Friday)

Saturday 31 March

Sunday 1 April

Monday 2 April (Public holiday - Easter Monday)

Total run: 24 days / 13 annual leave days


Saturday 21 April

Sunday 22 April

Monday 23 April

Tuesday 24 April

Wednesday 25 April (Public holiday - Anzac Day)

Thursday 26 April

Friday 27 April

Saturday 28 April

Sunday 29 April

Total run: 9 days / 4 annual leave days


Saturday 9 June

Sunday 10 June

Monday 11 June (Public holiday - Queen’s Birthday)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days


September & October:

Saturday 29 September

Sunday 30 October

Monday 1 October (Public holiday - Labour Day)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days


Saturday 22 December

Sunday 23 December

Monday 24 December (Public holiday from 7pm until midnight)

Tuesday 25 December (Public holiday - Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December (Public holiday - Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Saturday 29 December

Sunday 30 December

Total run: 9 days / 3 annual leave days

That's a lot of trips to plan! Keep an eye on our Boxing Day flight sales to get those holidays booked.

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Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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