How to turn 20 days of annual leave into 50 days off in 2016

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

NSW residents, this is how to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 50 days of holidays.

Ever wished you could have more annual leave? Take longer trips? Or not have to choose between that two-week once-in-a-lifetime Eurotrip and that super-relaxing yearly Bali beach break?

We’ve done some maths and we’ve concluded that you don’t have to choose – you can do it all. It just takes a little annual leave planning and holiday hacking know-how.

We’ve figured out how to turn 20 days of annual leave (the legal minimum for full-time employees in Australia) into 50 days of potential holiday time for NSW residents.

In those 50 days you could do ALL of this in just one year of holidays:

  • Take a 4-day beach break in the Gold Coast in January
  • Spend two weeks in Europe during March (and get a day either side to cover the flights)
  • Enjoy a 9-day campervan road trip in New Zealand in April
  • Have a week-long break in Thailand in June (and have a day either side to fly in and out)
  • Take a 3-day city break to Melbourne in October
  • Take 9 days off over Christmas to eat and drink yourself silly at your parents' house in December

These are just suggestions – you can spend the ENTIRE TIME on the couch watching Netflix for all we mind…

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:


Take off one day:

  • Saturday, 23 January
  • Sunday, 24 January
  • Monday, 25 January
  • Tuesday, 26 January (Australia Day)

Total run = 4 (Annual leave = 1)

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Take off eight days:

  • Saturday, 19 March
  • Sunday, 20 March
  • Monday, 21 March
  • Tuesday, 22 March
  • Wednesday, 23 March
  • Thursday, 24 March
  • Friday, 25 March (Good Friday)
  • Saturday, 26 March
  • Sunday, 27 March
  • Monday, 28 March (Easter Monday)
  • Tuesday, 29 March
  • Wednesday, 30 March
  • Thursday, 31 March
  • Friday, 1 April
  • Saturday, 2 April
  • Sunday, 3 April

Total run = 16 (Annual leave = 8)


Take off four days:

  • Saturday, 23 April
  • Sunday, 24 April
  • Monday, 25 April (Anzac Day)
  • Tuesday, 26 April
  • Wednesday, 27 April
  • Thursday, 28 April
  • Friday, 29 April
  • Saturday, 30 April
  • Sunday, 1 May

Total run = 9 (Annual leave = 4)

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Take off four days:

  • Saturday, 11 June
  • Sunday, 12 June
  • Monday, 13 June (Queen’s Birthday)
  • Tuesday, 14 June
  • Wednesday, 15 June
  • Thursday, 16 June
  • Friday, 17 June
  • Saturday, 18 June
  • Sunday, 19 June

Total run = 9 (Annual leave = 4)

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Take no annual leave, but have three days off:

  • Saturday, 1 October
  • Sunday, 2 October
  • Monday, 3 October (Labour Day)

Total run = 3 (Annual leave = 0)


Take off three days:

  • Saturday, 24 December
  • Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day)
  • Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday, 27 December (public holiday – additional day)
  • Wednesday, 28 December
  • Thursday, 29 December
  • Friday, 30 December
  • Saturday, 31 December
  • Sunday, 1 January (New Year's Day)

Total run = 9 (Annual leave = 3)

Follow this link if you live in Victoria, or here if you live in Queensland.

Figure out how to spend these days off

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