How to Make the Most of Your Annual Leave in 2022

How to make the most of your annual leave in 2022

Whether you’re planning more time with your family, a holiday abroad or a staycation, we’ve got the lowdown on making the most of your holiday hours this year. A quick read of these annual leave hacks could see you spending more time where you want to be in 2022.

New South Wales

JANUARY 
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

JUNE
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 11 June to Sunday, 19 June
Public holiday Monday, 13 June (Queen’s Birthday)
Days to book Tuesday, 14 June; Wednesday, 15 June; Thursday, 16 June; Friday, 17 June

OCTOBER
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 1 October to Sunday, 9 October
Public holiday Monday, 3 October (Labour Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 4 October; Wednesday, 5 October; Thursday, 6 October; Friday, 7 October

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

Victoria

JANUARY
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

MARCH
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 12 March to Sunday, 20 March
Public holiday Monday, 14 March (Labour Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 15 March; Wednesday, 16 March; Thursday, 17 March; Friday, 18 March

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

JUNE
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 11 June to Sunday, 19 June
Public holiday Monday, 13 June (Queen’s Birthday)
Days to book Tuesday, 14 June; Wednesday, 15 June; Thursday, 16 June; Friday, 17 June

SEPTEMBER
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 2 October
Public holiday Friday, 30 September (Grand Final Friday – to be confirmed)
Days to book Monday, 26 September; Tuesday, 27 September; Wednesday, 28 September; Thursday, 29 September

OCTOBER
Use a day of annual leave for a four-day break
When to travel Saturday, 29 October to Tuesday, 1 November
Public holiday Tuesday, 1 November (Melbourne Cup Day)
Days to book Monday, 31 October

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

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Western Australia

JANUARY
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

MARCH
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 5 March to Sunday, 13 March
Public holiday Monday, 7 March (Labour Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 8 March; Wednesday, 9 March; Thursday, 10 March; Friday, 11 March

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

JUNE
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 4 June to Sunday, 12 June
Public holiday Monday, 6 June (Western Australia Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 7 June; Wednesday, 8 June; Thursday, 9 June; Friday, 10 June

SEPTEMBER
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 2 October
Public holiday Monday, 26 September (Queen’s Birthday)
Days to book Tuesday, 27 September; Wednesday, 28 September; Thursday, 29 October; Friday, 30 September

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

Queensland

JANUARY
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

AUGUST
If you’re in Brisbane, use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 6 August to Sunday, 14 August
Public holiday Wednesday, 10 August (Royal Queensland Show)
Days to book Monday, 8 August; Tuesday, 9 August; Thursday, 11 August; Friday, 12 August

OCTOBER
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 1 October to Sunday, 9 October
Public holiday Monday, 3 October (Queen’s Birthday)
Days to book Tuesday, 4 October; Wednesday, 5 October; Thursday, 6 October; Friday, 7 October

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

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Northern Territory

JANUARY
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

JUNE
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 11 June to Sunday, 19 June
Public holiday Monday, 13 June (Queen’s Birthday)
Days to book Tuesday, 14 June; Wednesday, 15 June; Thursday, 16 June; Friday, 17 June

AUGUST
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 30 July to Sunday, 7 August
Public holiday Monday, 1 August (Picnic Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 2 August; Wednesday, 3 August; Thursday, 4 August; Friday, 5 August

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

South Australia

JANUARY
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

MARCH
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 12 March to Sunday, 20 March
Public holiday Monday, 14 March (Adelaide Cup Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 15 March; Wednesday, 16 March; Thursday, 17 March; Friday, 18 March

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

JUNE
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 11 June to Sunday, 19 June
Public holiday Monday, 13 June (Queen’s Birthday)
Days to book Tuesday, 14 June; Wednesday, 15 June; Thursday, 16 June; Friday, 17 June

OCTOBER
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 1 October to Sunday, 9 October
Public holiday Monday, 3 October (Labour Day)
Days to book Tuesday, 4 October; Wednesday, 5 October; Thursday, 6 October; Friday, 7 October

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

Tasmania

JANUARY
Use four days annual leave for a nine-day break
When to travel Saturday, 22 January to Sunday, 30 January
Public holiday Wednesday, 26 January (Australia Day)
Days to book Monday, 24 January; Tuesday, 25 January; Thursday, 27 January; Friday, 28 January

APRIL
Use 12 days annual leave for a 23-day break
When to travel Saturday, 9 April to Sunday, 1 May
Public holidays Friday, 15 April (Good Friday); Saturday, 16 April (Easter Saturday); Sunday, 17 April (Easter Sunday); Monday, 18 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Days to book Monday, 11 April; Tuesday, 12 April; Wednesday, 13 April; Thursday, 14 April; Tuesday, 19 April; Wednesday, 20 April; Thursday, 21 April; Friday, 22 April; Tuesday, 26 April; Wednesday, 27 April; Thursday, 28 April; Friday, 29 April

OCTOBER
Use one day of annual leave for a four-day break
When to travel Thursday, 20 October to Sunday, 23 October
Public holiday Thursday, 20 October (Royal Hobart Show)
Days to book Friday, 21 October

DECEMBER
Use three days annual leave for a 10-day break
When to travel Saturday, 24 December to Monday, 2 January
Public holidays Sunday, 25 December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27 December (Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December so the Tuesday becomes the public holiday); Sunday, 1 January (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2 January (New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1 January so the Monday becomes the public holiday)
Days to book Wednesday, 28 December; Thursday, 29 December; Friday, 30 December

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