Planning your 2008 Australian Holiday (and avoiding the school holidays Down Under!)

Happy New Year! And to be nothing if not predictable, my thoughts (like most people’s) turn to planning this year’s holidays…

Image of children's playground on beach at Palm Cove, Queensland
As you can see, it wasn’t the school holidays when we were visiting Palm Cove, Queensland!

So I thought it would be useful to look up when the main Australian school holidays are, as these can have a big impact on booking a trip (usually in terms of accommodation being booked up, and resorts and roads being more busy).

Right now in January is the biggest and busiest holiday time in Australia, as this is the long ‘summer holiday’ after Christmas, and all the southern states are in the middle of their hottest time of year. Lots of Australians will be on holiday for some or all of the month.

If you are planning a trip to Australia in January, you definitely want to make sure you have booked your accommodation and internal flights, etc in advance, and be ready for busy roads on major holiday routes (in some cases, think main roads to Brighton on a sunny bank holiday weekend!).

There are other school holiday times during the year too in Australia, which will also make travelling and staying busy, so again it’s worth making sure you think about your accommodation in advance if your trip is planned for one of these times.

So with thanks to the education authority in the state of Victoria, who have handily put together a table of all the Australian different states’ school term times.

Here are the main school holidays (by states) for Australia in 2008:

What month will you be going in 2008?
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
ACT
All Jan
12—27
5—20
27 Sept—
12 Oct
From 19
NSW
Until 29
6—22
30 June—
15 July
29 Sept—
14 Oct
From 21
NT
Until 29
5—13
21 June—
20 July
27 Sept—
5 Oct
From 12
QLD
Until 29
5—13
28 June—
13 July
20 Sept—
5 Oct
From 12
SA
Until 29
12—27
5—20
27 Sept—
12 Oct
From 12
TAS
Until
13 Feb
31 May—
15 June
6—21
From 18
VIC
Until 30
21 March—
6 April
28 June—
13 July
20 Sept—
5 Oct
From 19
WA
Until
3 Feb
12—28
5—21
27 Sept—
13 Oct
From 18

And remember — it’s not just the state you are visiting whose holiday dates you have to think about — other states having holidays will make other places busy.  For example, Queensland is like to get busy in ‘winter’ school holiday times (June/July and September/October) for the Southern states (NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia) when it won’t be so warm where they are, and they will head North!

Happy planning 😉

2 Responses to “Planning your 2008 Australian Holiday (and avoiding the school holidays Down Under!)”

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