October Long Weekend Labour Day

The first Monday in October is Labour Day, a public holiday in New South Wales, which gives you a long weekend to explore the state. Head to one of the beautiful beaches as the weather warms up, take a road trip or explore NSW’s incredible national parks on the Labour Day Weekend.

Family fun

The October long weekend falls right in the middle of the school holidays and there are lots of fun things for kids to do. Ride the waterslides at Jamberoo Action Park, meet the animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubboride horses on the beach in Port Stephens and join Elvis the crocodile for feeding time at the Australian Reptile Park.

Family getting up close to a lion in the Lion Pride Lands at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo

Outdoor adventures

Gorgeous Spring days mean it’s a great time to be outside. Hike the waterfall circuit in the Blue Mountains, climb to the top of Australia’s highest peak, follow the White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay and camp along the three-day Light to Light Walk. If you’re looking for adventure, go abseiling in Barrington Tops or mountain biking in The Hunter.

On the water, you can try sea kayaking in Byron Bay or snorkel with seals off Montague Island. It's a great time to learn to surf, with schools up and down the coast, including at Merewether Beach in Newcastle. October is the tail end of whale watching season as migrating humpbacks make their way back to Antarctica. Jervis Bay is one of the best viewing points.

A couple exploring around Green Cape Lighthouse, Ben Boyd National Park

Road trips

Make the most of the break and explore more of Regional NSW on a road trip. From Sydney, you can tackle the Greater Blue Mountains Drive and the Grand Pacific Drive along the South Coast. Follow the Rainforest Way and Waterfall Way in the north of the State, the Kosciuszko Alpine Way from Canberra or the Snowy Valleys Way in the Riverina.

Festivals and events

Take a virtual stargazing tour at the StarFest Open Day, where leading astronomers will guide you through telescopes at Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran and Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra. You can also join the Virtual Science in the Pub 2020 - a fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe.

Public Holiday Dates 2020-2021

Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January  Friday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January Tuesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 10 April Friday, 2 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 11 April Saturday, 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 12 April Sunday, 4 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 13 April Monday, 5 April
Anzac Day  Saturday, 25 April Sunday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 8 June Monday, 14 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 5 October Monday, 4 October
Christmas Day public holiday Friday, 25 December Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December (Additional Day 28 December) Tuesday, 28 December