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Melbourne Public Holidays

Public Holidays in Australia occur all throughout the year and are often marked at days to celebrate significant cultural moments in Australia’s history.

Victoria has a number of public holidays in addition to the Australian public holidays and we list all the Victorian public holidays that affect the city of Melbourne below.

Victorian Public Holidays 2020/2021 Melbourne Events & Things to Do




A public holiday in Victoria is a day off work for most Victorians and therefore means that some shops and businesses will close. However, with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day, you will find most supermarkets, shopping malls and restaurants will remain open.

Many of Melbourne’s attractions also remain open on public holidays including Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star and the Melbourne Aquarium.

Here is a list of all the Victorian public holidays:

  • New Years Day – Start off the new year with a day off work to sleep off your hangover or head to the beach. Every year on the 1st of January.
  • Australia Day – To celebrate Australia’s cultural identity with a day at the beach or BBQ with friends. Celebrated every year on the 26th of January.
  • Labour Day – To celebrate workers getting an 8-hour working day. Celebrated in 2021 on the 8th of March.
  • Good Friday – A religious holiday to recognise the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Celebrated in 2021 on the 2nd of April.
  • Easter Saturday – The Saturday before Easter Sunday. Celebrated in 2021 on the 3rd of April.
  • Easter Sunday – The main Easter celebration where families and friends share Easter eggs. Celebrated in 2021 on the 4th of April.
  • Easter Monday – A religious holiday too, according to tradition, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death in 30AD.
  • ANZAC Day – To recognise the sacrifice of the Australian army, navy and air force. Every year on the 25th of April.
  • Queens Birthday – In honour of our English Monarch’s birthday. Celebrated in 2021 on the 14th of June.
  • Grand Final Eve – Victoria only. A day to enjoy with family in the lead up to the AFL Grand Final. Celebrated in 2020 on the 23rd of October.
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Melbourne only. Everyone gets a holiday so they can watch the “Race that Stops the Nation.” Occurs on the first Tuesday in November, 2nd of November 2020.
  • Christmas Day – A Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ. Every year on the 25th of December.
  • Boxing Day – An extension to the Christmas holiday celebrated the day after Christmas. Every year on the 26th of December.

If a public holiday lands on a weekend, the public gets a holiday on the next weekday in lieu.



Christmas Day

Christmas Day

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
25 December 2020

Christmas Day is celebrated on the 25th of December and is celebrated all over the world. Christmas in Melbourne is a public holiday and is, therefore, a wonderful time to stop, reflect and spend time with family and...

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
26 December 2020

Boxing Day is a massive public holiday in Australia and the best thing about being in Melbourne is that there are so many options for how to spend your day. From sporting events, cinema releases, shopping sprees or...

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New Years Day

New Years Day

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
01 January 2021

New Years Day falls on the 1st of January each year, at the height of the Australian summer. It has been designated as a public holiday which allows many people to have a relaxing day off work. Even though there may be...

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Australia Day

Australia Day

Multiple Venues, Melbourne, VIC
26 January 2021

One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia day is a public holiday that honours the arrival of the first British Fleet on...

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Good Friday

Good Friday

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
09 April 2021

Good Friday kicks off the Australian Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Friday the 09th of April 2021. Good Friday is a public holiday which is observed with almost all shops and stores closing and people...

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Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
10 April 2021

Easter Saturday is part of the Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Saturday the 10th of April 2021. Easter Saturday follows Good Friday and occurs as part of a Christian festival which, according to...

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
11 April 2021

Easter Sunday is part of the Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Sunday the 11th of April 2021. Easter Sunday is the biggest day of this four holiday weekend as it is a public holiday and the day when...

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Easter Monday

Easter Monday

All over Australia, Melbourne, VIC
12 April 2021

Easter Monday is a public holiday in Australia and will next be observed on Monday the 12th of April 2021. Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday which is a Christian festival which, according to tradition, celebrates the...

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Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, VIC
25 April 2021

Anzac Day is an important special community event celebrated all over Australia on April 25. On this date, millions of Australians commemorate the anniversary of the first significant military pairing of Australian and...

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Queens Birthday

Queens Birthday

All The State, Melbourne, VIC
14 June 2021

Australian’s celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with a public holiday (and long weekend) on Monday the 8th of June 2021. Even though there will be limited trading hours for some shops and businesses, there are...

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Labour Day

Labour Day

All The State, Melbourne, VIC
04 October 2021

Labour Day is a public holiday in Victoria which will next be observed on 4th of October 2021. Labour Day is observed to reflect on the social and political movement in the 1850s to secure an 8-hour working day for all...

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Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
02 November 2021

Every year, Australians come together to celebrate the most popular horse race on the calendar, Melbourne Cup Day. The Melbourne Cup is the premier event of the Spring Racing Carnival and is held on the first Tuesday in...

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