Long Weekends – How To Hack The Public Holidays

If you’re like most people, you probably love long weekends. They give you a chance to relax, recharge, and spend some quality time with your loved ones. But did you know that you can make the most of your long weekends by hacking the public holidays? In this article, we’ll show you how to plan ahead, use your leave wisely, and find the best deals for your travel destinations.


Whether you want to explore a new city, enjoy some nature, or just chill at home, we have some tips and tricks for you. Read on and discover how to hack the public holidays and turn your long weekends into mini-vacations.


Public Holidays To Hack


Anzac Day (Public Holiday)


Anzac Day is a public holiday observed annually every April 25. So, if you wish to make the most of it, you can score a 5-day holiday by taking leave on either April 21 or 26 since the 22 and 23 are weekends. 


Get up early to attend the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Parade in War Memorial Park, Burleigh Heads. It is to honour veterans’ service and sacrifice. This paradise happens around 4:30 AM. Take a trip to Elephant Rock on Currumbin Beach adjacent to the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. Witness it modified with the community’s art installation of crocheted white poppies. These represents peace.



When you stay at Sandcastles on Currumbin, among the only 25 Gold Coast resorts to boast an absolute beachfront, you’ll be close to tourist hotspots, chic restaurants, and one of the Gold Coast’s most serene beaches. Utilise the pleasant autumnal weather to explore the lush rainforest and spot adorable animals at the renowned Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It is your chance to feed a kangaroo, pet a koala, and, most importantly, take an Instagram photo of a wild lorikeet feeding one of its colourful young.




Labour Day (Public Holiday)


The Gold Coast celebrates Labour Day on May 1. Begin your trip on Sunday, April 29, to enjoy a three-day vacation. One of the original Gold Coast holiday destinations, famous for its expansive beach and home to a plethora of entertainment options for kids and kids at heart, is the bustling Cavill Mall.


There is no need for a vehicle because the mall and the surrounding area are filled with attractions. Among those is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ideal for those who are searching for something wonderful but weird. Meanwhile, those who prefer to enjoy a mini-golf challenge with the family can also try King Tutt’s Putt Putt.


Grab an ice cream, stroll along the Surfers Paradise foreshore, and browse the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets after spending a long day at an exciting attraction. There is always something to do in Surfers Paradise.



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Queens Birthday (Public Holiday)


In New South Wales and Victoria, Queens Birthday is celebrated every June 14, October 4 in Western Australia, and September 27 in Queensland. Since all these holidays happen on Monday, you can take a 5-day vacation on the Gold Coast while taking a leave at work on Thursday and Friday.


Hack the public holiday by heading to Broadbeach during Queens Birthday. Broadbeach has become a hot spot for dining, with local favourite Elk Espresso serving up delicious breakfast options. Located at the Broadbeach Mall’s beach end, this café is a must-visit for anyone in the area. You’ll understand why the Mango Weis Bar Waffles are legendary, thanks to your taste buds.


Additionally, the massive Pacific Fair Shopping Centre mall is just a short stroll across the Gold Coast Highway from the hotel. The Centre makes the most of the magnificent Queensland weather by showcasing more than 400 luxury and renowned international brands in a tropical setting.


However, only spend a little time putting your best outfit forward because Broadbeach comes to life at night. Both The Pink Flamingo and Dracula’s Cabaret stage performances provide captivating nighttime entertainment on par with anything you might have seen in Paris or Las Vegas.



Brisbane Ekka Holiday (Public Holiday)


Make the most out of the one-day holiday, Brisbane Ekka Holiday, on August 16, by taking two days’ leave (Thursday and Friday.) Doing so will allow you to spend five relaxing days at Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast.


The lush green behind the bustling city is the ideal winter weekend away spot for those searching for mountain vibes. Beginning at Mount Tamborine, explore the boutique shops and regional goods along Gallery Walk. Many of these items are made by a talented group of people who are fortunate enough to call the mountain home.


If you have worked up an appetite, stop by Fortitude Brewing for a sampler paddle of beer or the over 300-award-winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery! There are many walks in Tamborine National Park that lead to waterfalls and other attractions if you prefer an active lifestyle. The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a short, easy walk that takes you across the rainforest canopy on a series of bridges and viewing platforms. A visit to the legendary Polish Place is also a must on any trip to Tamborine.



Christmas & New Year Holiday


Most people, if not all, are looking forward to having a wonderful time these holidays. So, why not plan ahead for your Christmas and New Year holiday to have a long weekend trip on the Gold Coast?


Dreamworld, White Water World, Movie World, and Wet’ n Wild are some of Australia’s most well-known theme parks, and they are all located on the northern end of the Gold Coast. While it may seem crowded around Christmas, all the new rides open at that time as well! Additionally, a variety of multi-day/combo passes are readily available, allowing you to visit several theme parks during your lengthy stay on the Gold Coast to satisfy your need for excitement and adrenaline.



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Easter Holidays (Public Holiday)


Take some days off from stress on Easter by taking leave on April 10. The holiday starts on Good Friday (April 7) and ends on Easter (April 9.)


Escape over the holidays to Burleigh, an ever-popular beachside suburb, for a week of upscale breakfasts, beach days, and leisurely brunches. At the first light (or later in the day if you slept in, folks won’t judge), begin your day with a stroll around the enchanted Burleigh Hill.


After your low-impact morning, visit the Parisian-inspired Tarte to indulge in the first Cookie Cup on the Gold Coast. You’ll soon realise why there aren’t many chairs available at this well-liked restaurant.


It’s time to relax on Burleigh’s immaculate beaches after filling up on food and soaking up the sun. Set up shop on the main beach close to the Burleigh Pavilion for some surfing action. You can also head over to Tallebudgera Creek, a local favourite, for calmer waters and family-friendly swimming.



Make the Most of Your Time Off!


We all love a long weekend, and with planning, you’ll make the most of the public holidays throughout the year. This guide gives you the much-needed tips to get the most out of your extra time off.


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