NSW Public Holidays 2021

To help you plan your holidays and day trips in Sydney and New South Wales, we have listed the NSW public holidays and long weekends for 2021. We have also included the 2020 and 2019 list for your reference.

Please take note that the Bank Holiday happens on the first Monday in August each year in New South Wales, but it is not a statewide public holiday. This public holiday only applies to the lucky employees of banks and certain financial institutions.

Please also have a look at our summary of NSW school holidays to help you plan for the months and year ahead.

NSW Public Holidays 2021

Here is the calendar for the 2021 NSW public holidays:

New Year’s Day1 JanuaryFriday
Australia Day26 JanuaryTuesday
Good Friday2 AprilFriday
Easter Saturday3 AprilSaturday
Easter Sunday4 AprilSunday
Easter Monday5 AprilMonday
Anzac Day25 AprilSunday
Queen’s Birthday14 JuneMonday
Bank Holiday*2 AugustMonday
Labour Day4 OctoberMonday
Christmas Day25 DecemberSaturday
Boxing Day26 DecemberSunday
Additional Day27 DecemberMonday
Additional Day28 DecemberTuesday

* Bank Holiday only applies to banks and some financial institutions.

NSW Public Holidays 2020

Here is the calendar for the 2020 NSW public holidays:

New Year’s Day1 JanuaryWednesday
Australia Day27 JanuaryMonday
Good Friday10 AprilFriday
Easter Saturday11 AprilSaturday
Easter Sunday12 AprilSunday
Easter Monday13 AprilMonday
Anzac Day25 AprilSaturday
Queen’s Birthday8 JuneMonday
Bank Holiday*3 AugustMonday
Labour Day5 OctoberMonday
Christmas Day25 DecemberFriday
Boxing Day26 DecemberSaturday
Additional Day28 DecemberMonday

* Bank Holiday only applies to banks and some financial institutions.

NSW Public Holidays 2019

Here is the calendar for the 2019 NSW public holidays:

New Year’s Day1 JanuaryTuesday
Australia Day28 JanuaryMonday
Good Friday19 AprilFriday
Easter Saturday20 AprilSaturday
Easter Sunday21 AprilSunday
Easter Monday22 AprilMonday
Anzac Day25 AprilThursday
Queen’s Birthday10 JuneMonday
Bank Holiday*5 AugustMonday
Labour Day7 OctoberMonday
Christmas Day25 DecemberWednesday
Boxing Day26 DecemberThursday

* Bank Holiday only applies to banks and some financial institutions.

What Are These Public Holidays About?

We probably all know the reasons behind most of these public holidays, but let’s dive a little deeper in a few of them.

Good Friday and Easter

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, the Friday before Easter Sunday. The meaning of the word “Good” in this instance is “Holy”.

The following day, Easter Saturday is often referred to as Holy Saturday. The following Sunday is the official Easter festival, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Good Friday and Easter combined form the 4-day Easter long weekend.

Anzac Day

Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

The landing of the ANZAC forces at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25 April met fierce resistance from defenders of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany. The battle lasted for eight months and resulted in thousands of casualties on both sides.

The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and its soldiers were known as Anzacs.

Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions.

Labour Day

Labour Day is an annual public holiday in NSW that commemorates the granting of the 8-hour working day in the 19th century.

The idea behind the 8-hour working day was that workers should have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest.

In New South Wales, and also in the ACT and South Australia, Labour Day takes place on the first Monday of October each year.