Australian School Holidays

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School Holidays In Gold Coast
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School holidays and major events can impact your holiday.

When planning your holiday, one of the first things to work out is when you will visit and in making that decision, you want to have an idea whether you will be coming at a busy time, or quieter time.

If you haven't already got my Holiday Planning Sheets, now is a great time to get them and start filling them in and working through the planning for your holiday.

The Gold Coast is extremely popular with families, so whether you have children or not, it's really useful for planning to know when the local school children will be on holidays.

Peak school holiday times for the local Queensland (Qld) kids generally means that accommodation will be harder to book and more expensive at these times.

It also means the theme parks and attractions will be busier, queues longer and anything that has limited availability definitely needs booking at least a few weeks in advance.

Examples of this would be:

  • Shows like Australian Outback Spectacular
  • Dolphin swims and experiences at Sea World
  • Whale watching
  • Hire Cars - and any extras such as baby seats
  • Cots and high-chairs for young children at your accommodation

Why School Term Dates Differ Across Australia

Australia has 6 States (QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, WA and TAS) plus 2 Territories (NT and ACT). Each has a state government responsible for education. This means that school term dates in each state can be quite different.

Gold Coast peak season for flights and accommodation is usually when both NSW and Qld state schools are on vacation. Double check when you book because even a few days can make a big difference to the cost of your trip.

Most schools around Australia work around a 4 term school year. Tasmania is on 3 terms (but term 1 has a holiday in the middle so it is almost 4 terms!) from 2013 Tassie is coming into line with the other Australian states and moving to 4 terms.

Australian school holidays are a great excuse to go to the beach. Coolangatta beach during school holidays
Coolangatta's Greenmount beach
during September school holidays!
Seriously LOVE the Gold Coast beaches.

Main Dates For School Holidays for Australian State Schools

Summer Holidays
Mid December to late January (6 to 8 weeks)
End of Term 1
Usually also includes Easter period
Mid March to mid April (1 to 3 weeks) this depends when Easter falls
Winter Holidays
Mid June to mid July (2 to 3 weeks)
End of Term 3
Mid September to mid October (2 to 3 weeks)

Busiest times are when all schools are on vacation at the same time!

Interstate visitors with children can sometimes sneak in to the Gold Coast at the begining or end of their holidays and pay off peak rates.

Generally the price of accommodation is based upon the Qld and NSW state school dates.

Visitors without children and the flexibility to choose can save money by avoiding these peak times.

The exception to this is when there is a big event on such as Gold Coast 600 V8 Super Cars event in October (formerly Gold Coast Indy).

Major Holiday Dates for Schools for 2017

  • Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017
  • Saturday 1 April 2017 to Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • Saturday 24 June 2017 to Sunday 16 July 2017
  • Saturday 16 September 2017 to Sunday 8 October 2017
  • Saturday 9 December 2017 to Monday 29 January 2018

Public holidays this year include: New Years Day Sunday 1 January 2017, New Years Day Holiday Monday 2 January 2017, Australia Day Thursday 26 January 2017. Easter is from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April 2017. ANZAC Day is Tuesday 25 April 2017, Labour Day is Monday 1 May 2017, Queens Birthday Monday 2 October 2017, Christmas Day Monday 25 December 2017 and Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December 2017. In addition there is Gold Coast Show Day Friday 25 August 2017 and for the Brisbane region EKKA Day is Wednesday 16 August 2017.

Please Note: Dates above encompass when either Qld or NSW or both are on school holiday because these two states have the biggest impact on the Gold Coast peak tourist season and prices. For actual term dates for each state click here for my quick holiday dates or click here for the Australian Government website with the latest information.

Major Holiday Dates for Schools for 2018

  • Saturday 9 December 2017 to Monday 29 January 2018
  • Friday 30 March 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018
  • Saturday 30 June 2018 to Monday 23 July 2018
  • Saturday 22 September 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018
  • Saturday 15 December 2018 to Monday 29 Janaury 2019

Public holidays this year include: Public holidays this year include: New Years Day Monday 1 January 2018, Australia Day Friday 26 January 2018. Easter is from Friday 30 March 2018 to Monday 2 April 2018. ANZAC Day is Wednesday 25 April 2018, Labour Day is Monday 7 May 2018, Queens Birthday Monday 1 October 2018, Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December 2018 and Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December 2018. In addition there is Gold Coast Show Day Friday TBC August/September 2018 and for the Brisbane region EKKA Day is Wednesday 15 August 2018.

XXI Commonwealth Games - Gold Coast, Queensland 2018

During Easter School holidays in 2018 the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in the Gold Coast from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 April 2018.

Please Note: Dates above encompass when either Qld or NSW or both are on school holiday because these two states have the biggest impact on the Gold Coast peak tourist season and prices. For actual term dates for each state click here for my quick holiday dates or click here for the Australian Government website with the latest information.

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