How to hack your public holidays in 2019 and get 41 days off
Let’s face it. You’re the smartest one in the office right now. You can see the long-term vision for the company and the short term changes needed. Not to mention that you are definitely carrying Sharon in your team who breezes in late and somehow leaves on time every day.
Now’s the time to get the jump on a more relaxed year by hacking your public holidays in 2019 like a mathematics magician.
So take 16 days of your annual leave and turn it into 41 glorious days off. Better yet, they’re spread throughout the year to hit all the top Queensland destinations, with a new mini-break rolling around almost every three months. Soon Sharon will be crying into her cold tea as you sashay out the door for another public holiday stretch in the sun.
Ahh, the joy of public holidays in 2019, it’s like splitting the atom or compounding interest, just simply magical!
2019 Public Holidays (aka 2019 Holiday Plan)
January – Chasing Waterfalls
Public Holidays: 1 January – New Year’s Day | 26 January – Australia Day.
Days to take annual leave: Take off Friday 25 January to extend the long weekend public holiday.
Where to go: Gold Coast Hinterland
After a hectic NYE, get ready for 2018 in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Head to Springbrook National Park for a physical challenge and waterfall watching, then wash off the hard work with some DIY salt therapy at Burleigh Heads.
Otherwise, treat yourself and mates to a quick lap around the theme parks on the Gold Coast for a heart-stopping start to the new year.
Wondering where to lay your head in the hinterland? This accommodation guide will help you decide.
March – City time to island time (within 90 minutes)
Public Holidays: 11 March – Labour Day (VIC)
Days to take annual leave: Take off Friday 8 March (if you’re based in Victoria).
Where to go: Brisbane and Moreton Island
Live like a local in Brisbane for a day. Dine with river views, enjoy evening drinks as the sun goes down at an expanding range of rooftop bars and spend your days exploring the distinct inner-city precincts like West End and Paddington.
Now it’s time to explore Brisbane’s best-kept secret, Moreton Island. Catch a ferry from Pinkenba and you can be chilling on the picturesque island within an hour and a half.
April – Roooooaaaaaad triiiiiiiiiip! ?
Public Holidays: 19-22 April – Easter | 25 April – Anzac Day.
Days to take annual leave: Beat Sharon to it and take off five days (23, 24, 26, 29 & 30) for a massive 12-day break. Or better yet combine it with the leave in May to make it a glorious 18 days off (all for the price of eight days).
Where to go: Pacific Coast Way and Fraser Island
This break is so massive and what better way to spend your days on a road trip that is Queensland’s answer to Route 66 and perfect for Easter exploring. The Pacific Coast Way covers 1700km from Brisbane to Cairns with a pick-your-own-adventure style to it because you decide which coastal towns, big things or natural landmarks you pull into along the way.
When it comes to ANZAC day, head to Fraser Island and set-up camp around this World Heritage sand island. With access to Lake Mackenzie and the chance to coast down Eli Creek (with or without the inflatable), you won’t be disappointed.
May – Hidden National Park haven
Public Holidays: 6 May – Labour Day (QLD)
Days to take annual leave: Put that leave form in for three days (Wednesday 1, Thursday 2 & Friday 3) and this will give you a nice 6-day break or combine it with April’s leave.
Where to go: Carnarvon Gorge, Capricorn
June – Head to the tip, baby!
Public Holiday: 10 June – Queen’s Birthday (NSW & VIC)
Days to take annual leave: Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June to make five days (when you include Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June).
Where to go: Cape York, Tropical North Queensland
Now the word ‘epic’ gets bandied around a lot but this road trip to Cape York is worth the title a hundred times over.
Drive the road less travelled, see that BIG sky people tell stories about, and end up at the top end of Australia – a feat not many Australians have ticked off their bucket lists.
You can self-drive with plenty of prep or join a guided 4WD tour to experience The Tip. June is the start of the dry season which is the best time to explore the area. Cape York is the perfect place to take your kids for an experience they won’t forget.
August – I’m on a boat
Public Holidays: 5 August – Bank holiday (NSW) | 14 August – Exhibition Holiday (Brisbane)
Days to take annual leave: Take Friday 2 and Tuesday 6 August off (NSW) or Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August for Brisbanites to enjoy a five-day trip.
Where to go: The Whitsundays
Drop in to see what the hype is all about the world’s best beach a.k.a Whitehaven in between snorkelling the reefs and watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
October – Do the Daintree #DoIt
Public Holiday: 7 October – Queen’s Birthday (QLD) and Labour Day (NSW)
Days to take annual leave: Take off Friday 4 and Tuesday 8 October (for QLD & NSW residents) to make five days of leave.
Where to go: The Daintree, Tropical North Queensland
Retreat to the Daintree Rainforest and you’ll quickly understand why it forms part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics Area.
Walking through the rainforest you’ll feel a sense of its ancient age and you’ll see a diversity of plant-life and wildlife that will overload your senses. Refresh with a swim in Mossman Gorge, snorkel on remote reefs off Cape Tribulation and stay in a treehouse to fully appreciate this epic rainforest.
December – Get off the grid and into the Wilderness
Public Holidays: 25 December – Christmas Day | 26 December – Boxing Day
Days to take annual leave: Don’t let your coworkers get the Christmas allocation this year. Jump on holiday sleigh and take the Friday 27, Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 off for a 7-day break or dip further into your leave stocking for Thursday 2 and Friday 3 of January 2020 for 12 days off in a row.
Where to go: Cooloola Wilderness Trail, Sunshine Coast
Spend the Christmas to New Year’s break beachside at Rainbow Beach. Get your 4WD tyres sandy and take on the Great Beach Drive or work off the excess and do it the hard way on two legs across the Cooloola Wilderness Trail.