Public Holidays 2021
Public Holidays 2022

NT Public holidays 2021

Public Holiday Day/Date
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January 
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January 
Good Friday Friday, 2 April 
Easter Saturday Saturday, 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April 
Easter Monday Monday, 5 April 
ANZAC Day Sunday, 25 April 
ANZAC DAY (additional public holiday) Monday, 26 April
May Day Monday, 3 May
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 14 June
Alice Springs Show Day Friday, 2 July 
Tennant Creek Show Day Friday, 9 July
Katherine Show Day Friday, 16 July
Darwin Show Day Friday, 23 July 
Picnic Day Monday, 2 August
Borroloola Show Day Friday, 20 August 
Christmas Eve (7pm to midnight) Friday, 24 December
Christmas Day Saturday, 25 December
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December
Christmas Day (additional public holiday) Monday, 27 December 
Boxing Day (additional public holiday) Tuesday, 28 December 
New Year’s Eve (7pm to midnight) Friday, 31 December

NT Public holidays 2022

Public Holiday Day/Date

New Year's Day         

Saturday, 1 January

New Year Holiday (additional public holiday)

Monday, 3 January

Australia Day

Wednesday, 26 January

Good Friday

Friday, 15 April

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 16 April

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 17 April

Easter Monday

Monday, 18 April

ANZAC Day   

Monday, 25 April

May Day

Monday, 2 May

Queen’s Birthday

Monday, 13 June

Alice Springs Show Day

Friday, 1 July

Tennant Creek Show Day

Friday, 8 July

Katherine Show Day

Friday, 15 July

Darwin Show Day

Friday, 22 July

Picnic Day

Monday, 1 August

Borroloola Show Day

Friday, 19 August

Christmas Eve (7pm to midnight)

Saturday, 24 December

Christmas Day

Sunday, 25 December

Christmas Holiday (additional public holiday)

Monday, 26 December

Boxing Day

Tuesday, 27 December

New Year’s Eve (7pm to midnight)

Saturday, 31 December

School Holidays 2021
School Holidays 2022

NT School holidays 2021

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School Holidays Saturday, 10 April 2021 Sunday, 18 April 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 26 June 2021 Monday, 19 July 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 2 October 2021 Sunday, 17 October 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 18 December 2021 Sunday, 23 January 2022

NT School holidays 2022

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School Holidays

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Sunday, 18 April 2022

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School Holidays

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Monday, 18 July 2022

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School Holidays

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Sunday, 9 October 2022

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Friday, 14 December 2022

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Leave Maximiser 2021
Leave Maximiser 2022

How to maximise your work leave

By strategically taking time off work you could enjoy longer periods of time off.

December/January - New Years, Australia Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Monday, 28 December    
Tuesday, 29 December    
Wednesday, 30 December    
Thursday, 31 December    
Friday, 1 January     
Saturday, 2 January     
Sunday, 3 January     
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 3 Days off: 4
Saturday, 23 January     
Sunday, 24 January     
Monday, 25 January     
Tuesday, 26 January     
Wednesday, 27 January    
Thursday, 28 January    
Friday, 29 January    
Saturday, 30 January    
Sunday, 31 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 5
Easter holidays
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Friday, 2 April    
Saturday, 3 April    
Sunday, 4 April    
Monday, 5 April     
Tuesday, 6 April    
Wednesday, 7 April     
Thursday, 8 April     
Friday, 9 April     
Saturday, 10 April    
Sunday, 11 April    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 6
August – Picnic Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 31 July    
Sunday, 1 August    
Monday, 2 August    
Tuesday, 3 August     
Wednesday, 4 August    
Thursday, 5 August     
Friday, 6 August     
Saturday, 7 August    
Sunday, 8 August    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 5
December - Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 December    
Sunday, 26 December    
Monday, 27 December    
Tuesday, 28 December    
Wednesday, 29 December    
Thursday, 30 December    
Friday, 31 December    
Saturday, 1 January    
Sunday, 2 January    
Monday, 3 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 6

How to maximise your work leave

By strategically taking time off work you could enjoy longer periods of time off.

December/January - New Years, Australia Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 December    
Sunday, 26 December    
Monday, 27 December    
Tuesday, 28 December    
Wednesday, 29 December    
Thursday, 30 December    
Friday, 31 December    
Saturday, 1 January    
Sunday, 2 January    
Monday, 3 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 3 Days off: 7
Total leave days: 10
Saturday, 22 January    
Sunday, 23 January    
Monday, 24 January    
Tuesday, 25 January    
Wednesday, 26 January    
Thursday, 27 January    
Friday, 28 January    
Saturday, 29 January    
Sunday, 30 January    
Totals Days of Annual leave: 4 Days off: 5
Total leave days: 9
Easter holidays
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Friday, 15 April    
Saturday, 16 April    
Sunday, 17 April    
Monday, 18 April    
Tuesday, 19 April    
Wednesday, 20 April    
Thursday, 21 April    
Friday, 22 April    
Saturday, 23 April    
Sunday, 24 April    
Monday, 25 April    
Totals Days of annual leave: 4 Days off: 7
Total leave days: 11
August – Picnic Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 30 July    
Sunday, 31 July    
Monday, 1 August    
Tuesday, 2 August    
Wednesday, 3 August    
Thursday, 4 August    
Friday, 5 August    
Saturday, 6 August    
Sunday, 7 August    
Totals Days of annual leave: 4 Days off: 5
Total leave days: 9
December - Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 24 December    
Sunday, 25 December    
Monday, 26 December    
Tuesday, 27 December    
Wednesday, 28 December    
Thursday, 29 December    
Friday, 30 December    
Saturday, 31 January    
Sunday, 1 January    
Monday, 2 January    
Totals Days of annual leave: 3 Days off: 7
Total leave days: 10

NT Public holidays in detail

May Day — Monday, 2nd May

Known as Labour Day in other states and territories in Australia, May Day is the annual celebration of the modern eight hour working day, implemented in the 19th century. May Day is always held on a Monday, forming a long weekend every year.

Borroloola Show Day — Friday, 19th August

*This public holiday is observed only in the Borroloola region of the Northern Territory.

The Borroloola Show originated in 1967 and is one of the smallest shows in the country. The show draws in over 1000 guests from surrounding areas, doubling the town’s population.

Alice Springs Show Day — Friday 1st July

*This public holiday is observed only in the Alice Springs region of the Northern Territory.

Celebrated since 1960, the Alice Springs Show is an annual agricultural and pastoral event which showcases the region’s best produce, livestock, and craft.

The Show features outback sporting events, photographic and cooking contents carnival style rides and firework displays. 18,000 people make their way to the show each year to enjoy the Territory’s largest agricultural display.

Tennant Creek Show Day — Friday 8th July

*This public holiday is observed only in the Tennant Creek region of the Northern Territory.

Held on the second Friday in July each year, the Tennant Creek Show Day showcases the region’s agricultural accomplishments. The main attractions in the show are made up of cattle and dog demonstrations, rides, side show alley games, music events and arts and crafts competitions.

Katherine Show Day — Friday 15th July

*This public holiday is observed only in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory.

The Katherine Show Day has been held on the third Friday of July each year since 1965. The Show holds a large range of competitions with prizes you can win in dog jumping, needlework, cooking, poetry, writing and rodeo. 

Equestrian events take place throughout the week leading up to the public holiday, with the main events taking place on the Friday and Saturday. Each year there is an average of 3,000 entries in the showcase competitions. The show is concluded with a firework display on the Saturday night.

Darwin Show Day — Friday 22nd July

*This public holiday is observed only in Darwin and the surrounding region in the Northern Territory.

The Darwin Show is the oldest Show Day in the Northern Territory, dating back to 1952. The Show acts as a demonstration of the region’s agriculture, livestock, trade and industries.

20,000 locals and visitors are invited to compete in over 24 sections of competitions each year, ranging from stud cattle, arts and crafts, to horticulture and photography.

Picnic Day — Monday 1st August

Held on the first Monday of August each year, the popular theory is that Picnic Day originated as a holiday so that railway workers would be able picnic at the Adelaide River back in the late 1800’s.

The Harts Range Races began in 1946, which were so popular that they inspired an annual race and an official public holiday to celebrate them properly. The races are still held today on Picnic Day in the Harts Ranges, north of Alice Springs, featuring bull rides and children’s competitions.

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