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Holiday hacks: how to maximise your annual leave in 2020

How do you turn eight days of annual leave into 17 whole days off? Don’t worry, this isn’t a trick question. It doesn’t require any magic, nor does it involve blackmailing your boss. In fact, the answer is surprisingly simple. With one simple holiday hack, you could enjoy 17 days off for the price of just eight days annual leave this April.

Use our 2020 Public Holiday calendar, to check out the best combination of public holidays and annual leave for your state or territory. The good news is across Australia everyone can enjoy at least two mega breaks over Easter and Christmas; the first 17 days and the other 16 days long!

Next, make sure you book off the days from Monday the 6th of April through to Friday the 17th of April. With just eight days of annual leave you can take advantage of the Easter public holidays and have a luxurious 17 day holiday from the 4th till the 19th of April.

And last but not least, get the most bang for your buck with a whopping 16 days off work from Saturday the 19th of December through to Sunday the 3rd of January 2021. Use seven annual leave days on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Then take the 29th, 30th and 31st to complete your holiday extravaganza!

With all of this time off on offer, you’ll want to get in quick and book your leave before others in the office beat you to it. The question then becomes: how do I make the most of my time off? Fear not, because we’ve uncovered some truly magical domestic and international destinations to visit during your supersized holiday in 2020. These awesome holiday ideas will help ensure you have a memorable break.


With so many beautiful spots right here in our backyard, there’s no need to look too far abroad when taking time off this year. Here are a few of the very best.

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

The Daintree Rainforest speaks for itself. One glimpse of this natural marvel should be enough to convince you that the Daintree should be at the very top of your ‘must visit’ list. Incredibly, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continuous living rainforest on earth. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, it’s also home to a staggering 80% of the world’s fern species, as well as 40% of Australia’s bird species, and 35% of our mammal population.

And when it comes to the Daintree Rainforest, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From stunning waterholes to breathtaking natural greenery and wildlife, a trip to the Daintree Rainforest is a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll want to experience over and over again.

Great Alpine Road, Victoria

From a fabulous forest to an incredible road trip, the Great Alpine Road is simply must-see. Starting in Victoria’s north-east at Wangaratta, this 500km route takes you on a breathtaking journey all the way to Metung in East Gippsland. Along the way, you’ll travel on Australia’s highest accessible sealed road, which delivers a fantastic view of mountain ranges, valleys, glimmering waterways, and some outstanding wine regions. Better yet, you’ll encounter many quaint, historic towns throughout your road trip, such as Beechworth and Omeo.

If you’re still (somehow) not sold on this great road trip, you’ll also have the chance to visit Victoria’s highest alpine village, Mt Hotham. Here, you’ll have access to everything from sensational skiing slopes to fishing, horseback riding, and beautiful hiking paths.

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Blue Mountains, New South Wales

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, look no further than the Blue Mountains. Only 1.5 hours’ drive from the non-stop action of Sydney’s centre, the Blue Mountains are a serene slice of paradise, which are ideal for getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing holiday or all out adventure, the Blue Mountains have got you covered. Sit back, relax, and take in everything that the natural scenery has to offer, or, take one of the many unbelievable bush walks and be blown away by the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Whatever you decide to do, one thing’s for certain: your time in the Blue Mountains will leave you feeling anything but blue.  


If you would rather use your time off to enjoy a change of scenery and experience a new culture, then don’t worry, because there are also heaps of awesome international destinations you can visit to make the most of your break.

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New Zealand

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, New Zealand is the #1 most popular destination for Australians travelling abroad. And with good reason. The land of the long white cloud offers many benefits to Aussie visitors and just as many unforgettable sights to savour. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature enthusiast, a culinary king, or just hoping for a peaceful, serene holiday, New Zealand has you covered.

Plus, the comparatively short flight and favourable exchange rate are also a huge bonus for Aussie holiday-makers. Honestly, New Zealand has too many beautiful sights, sounds, adventures, and experiences to even begin to list them all here, but rest assured, you’ll be blown away.


From mind-blowing historical sites to beautiful islands and simply exquisite cuisine, Greece offers a little bit of everything, and a lot of great times. Best of all, Greece provides more bang for your buck than many other European destinations, topping our list of destinations to visit on a budget. Accommodation and goods are extremely well-priced, meaning Aussie travellers can have an unforgettable experience without breaking the bank.

Speaking of unforgettable experiences, the legendary historical ruins in Athens and Delphi are unmissable. Otherwise, you really can’t go wrong just walking the streets and taking in all that Greece has to offer. Plus, how good does this sound: a spectacular dinner of perfectly-cooked Mediterranean cuisine as you enjoy the sun setting over the Aegean Sea. Yes please!

Before you race off to book your annual leave (and try to decide which one of these incredible destinations you’re most excited to visit), be sure to bookmark our Public Holidays calendar to help you maximise your leave for future public holidays!    

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