TAS: How to turn 20 days of leave into 53 days of holiday

Lucky Tasmanians get to maximise their days the most in Australia

With four long weekends and a handful of other public holidays scattered throughout the year, Tasmania boasts the highest number of total holiday days in Australia. And being a small-yet-diverse state that begs for weekend road trips, we want you to make the absolute most of it.

While not all of Tasmania gets the bonus day off, with Hobart being the largest city we’ve calculated how to get the most bang for your annual leave days for the parts of the state that get a public holiday on the day of Royal Hobart Regatta.

In those 53 days off, here are all the adventures you can take:

  • 1-day staycation to ring in the New Year (as New Year's Day this year is Monday though, you can make this a three-day weekend with December dates)
  • 18-day cruise down to Antarctica in January
  • 3-day beachy road trip up Tasmania’s east coast beaches in March
  • 10-day Easter trip around South America
  • 5-day Melbourne getaway
  • 3-day June getaway to the snow on New Zealand’s South Island
  • 4-day escape to nature at Cradle Mountain in October
  • 9-day cruise around the South Pacific for Christmas

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:


Monday 1 January (New Year’s Day)

Total run: 1 day / 0 annual leave days - couple this with the 30-31 December weekend for a 3-day weekend

Friday 26 January (Public holiday - Australia Day)

Saturday 27 January

Sunday 28 January

Monday 29 January

Tuesday 30 January

Wednesday 31 January

Thursday 1 February

Friday 2 February

Saturday 3 February

Sunday 4 February

Monday 5 February

Tuesday 6 February

Wednesday 7 February

Thursday 8 February

Friday 9 February

Saturday 10 February

Sunday 11 February

Monday 12 February (Public holiday - Royal Hobart Regatta, Hobart only)

Total run: 18 days / 10 annual leave days

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Saturday 10 March

Sunday 11 March

Monday 12 March (Public holiday - Eight Hours Day)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days

March and April:

Friday 30 March (Public holiday - Good Friday)

Saturday 31 March

Sunday 1 April

Monday 2 April (Public holiday - Easter Monday)

Tuesday 3 April

Wednesday 4 April

Thursday 5 April

Friday 6 April

Saturday 7 April

Sunday 8 April

Total run: 10 days / 4 annual leave days


Wednesday 25 April (Public holiday - Anzac Day)

Thursday 26 April

Friday 27 April

Saturday 28 April

Sunday 29 April

Total run: 5 days / 2 annual leave days


Saturday 9 June

Sunday 10 June

Monday 11 June (Public holiday - Queens Birthday)

Total run: 3 days / 0 annual leave days

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Thursday 25 October (Public holiday - Royal Hobart Show, Hobart only)

Friday 26 October

Saturday 27 October

Sunday 28 October

Total run: 4 days / 1 annual leave days


Saturday 22 December

Sunday 23 December

Monday 24 December

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 day

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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