How to turn 20 days of annual leave into 8 family holidays!
We’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve checked all the school holidays and all the public holidays in Queensland in 2018 and we’ve worked out the best way to spend your 20 days of annual leave to get 52 days of holidays or 8 separate family holidays (yes! you read that correctly – EIGHT holidays!!) – because kids spell love T.I.M.E!
You’ll need to book your time off well in advance, because once the word gets out that this is possible with the way the holidays fall this year… everyone will be clambering for the same leave. Don’t say we didn’t warn you well in advance!
52 Days of holidays this year for clever families!
So this is when you need to book your days off AND where we suggest you consider going for your EIGHT family holidays!
January 26 – 28 2018
(Australia Day – 3 days holiday – use 0 days annual leave)
The end of the Summer school holidays does not have to signify the end of family time. This year our Australia Day holiday falls on a Friday. Combine it with the weekend to take a 3 day mini-break with your family, using none of your annual leave entitlement. Find out why short family breaks are awesome here! For a cheeky mini-break from Brisbane at the end of January we recommend a farm stay on the Gold Coast. We’ve got a great overview of Gold Coast farm stays here.
March 30 to April 8 2018
(Easter – 10 days holiday – use 4 days annual leave)
Four days of leave after Easter equals 10 days off work and aligns with the Easter school holidays. If you are planning to steer clear of the Gold Coast and the Commonwealth Games over the Easter school holidays we recommend a camping trip – but book early as camping at Easter always gets booked out well ahead of time. Check out our favourite camping (or cabin) spots well away from the Gold Coast here.
April 25 – 29 2018
(ANZAC Day – 5 days holiday – use 2 days annual leave)
ANZAC Day is April the 25th and in 2018 it is on a Wednesday. Take the following Thursday and Friday off as annual leave and you get a 5 day holiday spending quality time with your family. In April the weather is often (but not always) cooling down a little in Brisbane, so a great time for a beach holiday.
Our favourite family resorts include:
May 7 2018
(Labour Day – 3 days holiday – use 0 days annual leave)
In 2018, the Labour Day holiday is on Monday May 7. Combine that with a weekend and you can have a cheeky mini-break with your family. You dont have to go that far or spend very much to enjoy a great trip away. In May we recommend the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre. From $89.95 a night and walking distance to Currimundi Beach via the gorgeous boardwalk, you must check it out. But before you do, read our review here.
June 30 – 8 July 2018
(School holidays – 9 days holiday – use 5 days annual leave)
There’s a long winter stretch where we don’t have any public holidays to take advantage of, so you will need to use a chunk of your annual leave here. Make the most of it, by combining your days off with the school holidays in July this year and weekends on either side. Winter is our absolute favourite time to visit the beautiful Bunya Mountains. Let the kids run free outside with a plethora of things to do (we wrote about them here) and rug up at night and enjoy a warm home from a mere $100 per night. Find out more in our review here.
August 15 – 19 2018
(EKKA holiday – 5 days holiday – use 2 days annual leave)
You may want to go to the EKKA of course, or you may want to take advantage of the public holiday and whip the kids out of 2 days of school for some special family time. Now we are not recommending anyone ‘cuts class’ by taking time off school during term time, but the rules in Queensland are quite clear about taking time off school for family time… and you can read all about it here. For a 5 day holiday in August, we recommend checking out the dolphins in Tin Can Bay – find out more here.
September 29 – October 7 2018
(School holidays + Queens Birthday – 9 days holiday – use 4 days annual leave)
The Queens Birthday this year is celebrated in Queensland on Monday October 1. If you use 4 days annual leave and the weekends on either side, you’ll get 9 days of holidays to really push the boat out and go somewhere fun. Perhaps an overseas adventure? Check out some ideas in our travel section here or go straight to our Travelling with Kids in China article here.
December 25 2018 – January 1 2019
(Christmas, Boxing Day & New Years Day – 8 days holidays – use 3 days annual leave)
If you have family up north or interstate, this is the perfect time to use your last few days of annual leave to get away from Brisbane for one last holiday. Why not travel by long distance train to get there? If you don’t need to get away to see family, there are a huge amount of get-away options for families: