Are you in need of a holiday? Get excited and pack your bags....we've been studying the calendar for 2024 to see how you can make the most of your annual leave.
That’s right, we've done the hard work for you, so you can sit back, relax and start logging your leave requests.
Here’s how to stretch 24 days of annual leave into 55 days of holidays in 2024. That’s almost two months of bonus leave for you to explore, discover and unwind.
Before we get started, it should be noted that this thorough scientific analysis is based on Brisbane public holidays and accounts for people working a full-time Mon to Fri job. Part-timers and shift workers - you'll have to work out how to best hack your own leave.
Public holidays: Fri 26 Jan 2024
Days to take annual leave: Thu 25 Jan and Mon 29 Jan 2024
Use two annual leave days and earn yourself a five-day long weekend. There’s a lot you can squeeze into five days, especially when the summer sun is shining brightly!
Where to go: Escape the Brisbane / Meanjin heat and humidity by heading to Tasmania / Lutruwita. You might even get to see one of Cradle Mountain’s friendly locals - wombats.
Public holidays: Fri 29 Mar and Mon 1 Apr 2024
Days to take annual leave: Tue 2 Apr, Wed 3 Apr, Thu 4 Apr and Fri 5 Apr 2024
With the Easter long weekend, you only need four annual leave days to take a 10 day holiday.
Where to go: It's time to head to New Zealand -10 days is the perfect amount of time to head across the ditch, hire a campervan and explore the land of the long white cloud.
Public holidays: Thu 25 Apr and Mon 6 May 2024
Days to take annual leave: Fri 26 Apr, Mon 29 Apr, Tue 30 Apr, Wed 1 May, Thu 2 May and Fri 3 May 2024
If your 10 day Easter adventure didn't do the trick, you're in luck. Thanks to Anzac Day and Labor Day (QLD) you can turn six days of annual leave into a 12 day holiday.
Where to go: If a tropical island retreat is calling you? It’s time to leave footprints in the glistening white sand of Vanuatu, sipping on a cocktail served in a hollowed-out coconut. Only three hours from Brisbane, Vanuatu could just become your favourite week away destination.
Public holiday: Wed 14 Aug 2024 (Brisbane)
Days to take annual leave: Thu 15 Aug, Fri 16 Aug, Mon 19 Aug and Tue 20 Aug 2024
There are public holiday show days throughout the year in different regions of Queensland, the most famous being the Ekka People’s Day public holiday in Brisbane. In 2024, this day falls on Wed 14 Aug, meaning you could turn four days of annual leave into a week of holidays.
Public holiday: Mon 7 Oct 2024
Days to take annual leave: Tues 8 Oct, Wed 9 Oct, Thu 10 Oct and Fri 11 Oct 2024
In Queensland, the King’s Birthday falls on 7 Oct, and marks the end of the school holidays. Turn four days of annual leave into a nine day spring fling.
Where to go: Go west! Spring is a great time to head to Western Australia. It’s wildflower season, whale migration season and, let's be honest, it’s always wine season in the Margaret River.
Public holiday: Tue 24 Dec, Wed 25 Dec, Thu 26 Dec 2024 and Wed 1 Jan 2025
Days to take annual leave: Mon 23 Dec, Fri 27 Dec, Mon 30 Dec and Tue 31 Dec 2024
This is your chance to turn four days of annual leave into a 12 day getaway. You may decide to visit family or loved ones… or you might get as far away from them as you can. Either way – you will have a fabulous time!
Where to go: Looking for a getaway where you need to dust off the passport? Why not try a white Christmas in Japan?
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