Public Holidays South Australia 2022

Public Holidays South Australia 2022

South Australia, you love a good public holiday.

But who doesn’t love ditching work to commemorate something that you may or may not give a flop about? Bring on the public holiday dates in South Australia in 2022! Whatever the date, we’ve got unions (and Queen Lizzy having a birthday) to thank for the amount of annual leave and public holidays Aussies enjoy.

Anyway… you’re here, you’re smart and it looks like you’re planning ahead! Be it the result of some long weekend getaway forethought, or for fair public holiday wage planning, these dates will be a big help for an optimised 2022. 

Perhaps you’re a savvy planner and you’re here to figure out which days to request off to turn seven days of annual leave into 18 or so days of holiday. Let this list help you. To beat the rest of the office to the manager with annual leave forms? Well… you’re on your own for that. 

Also, you might want to consider moving to Victoria because there they have the most public holidays. Those lucky devils.

On this page you’ll find:

  • – A list of the public holidays in South Australia in 2022

– How to maximise your leave in 2022

  • – Activities to consider when there isn’t an obvious (or inclusive) way to celebrate the public holiday including:
  • free cultural activities around South Australia
  • classic films to watch (yes, The Labrynth definitely made the list)
  • story writing
  • ways to learn relaxation
  • tips on attending an Invasion Day rally

Just a note on additional public holidays…

As New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday is a public holiday. Likewise, as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the next day is a public holiday.

These are the public holiday dates in South Australia in 2022:

New Year’s DaySaturday 1 January
New Year HolidayMonday 3 January
January 26Wednesday 26 January
Adelaide Cup DayMonday 14 March
Good FridayFriday 15 April
Day following Good FridaySaturday 16 April
Easter MondayMonday 18 April
Anzac DayMonday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 13 June
Labour DayMonday 3 October
Christmas Eve Saturday 24 December
Christmas DaySunday 25 December
Proclamation DayMonday 26 December
Christmas HolidayMonday 26 December
Proclamation Day HolidayTuesday 27 December
New Year’s Eve Saturday 31 December

It’s important to note that all public holiday dates mentioned above are accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change. Head to sa.gov.au for up-to-date information on public holidays in South Australia.

How to Maximise Your Leave

By strategically taking certain days off work, you could enjoy longer periods of time off.

Between Christmas and New Year’s:

DateTake Leave?Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 December  Yes
Sunday, 26 December  Yes
Monday, 27 December  Yes
Tuesday, 28 December Yes Yes
Wednesday, 29 December Yes 
Thursday, 30 December Yes 
Friday, 31 December  Yes
Saturday, 1 January  Yes
Sunday, 2 January  Yes
Monday, 3 January  
TotalsDays of Annual Leave: 3Days off: 7
Total leave days: 10

Between Easter and Anzac Day:

DateTake Leave?Public Holiday/Weekend
Friday, 15 April  Yes
Saturday, 16 April  Yes
Sunday, 17 April  Yes
Monday, 18 April  Yes
Tuesday, 19 April Yes 
Wednesday, 20 April Yes 
Thursday, 21 April Yes 
Friday, 22 April Yes 
Saturday, 23 April  Yes
Sunday, 24 April  Yes
Monday, 25 April  Yes
TotalsDays of annual leave: 4Days off: 7
Total leave days: 11
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For Days off That Don’t Have Obvious Celebrations, Consider These Activities:

Often when people have the day off for a day like labour day, Invasion Day or the Queen’s birthday, they clog it full of jobs or chores or things they haven’t gotten done. But if you’ve got time off, take time off.

There are so many family friendly adventures to be had in and around Adelaide, and across South Australia on a public holiday. Drop by Cleland Wildlife Park (if it’s open) to see some of Australia’s native animals in their natural habitat. Elevate your holidays and experience the SkyWalk for uninterrupted views across the Adelaide Hills and the stunning shoreline. Explore Hahndorf, Australia’s longest surviving German settlement. Learn stories through Aboriginal rock art and engravings at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

Go out for lunch and dinner, go on nice walks, visit a gallery or museum, go down the coast, make it enjoyable. Set yourself up to have things to look forward to and minimise the disappointment that might happen from cancelled trips (thanks Covid).

Here are a few activities you could take part in when you’ve got the day off, and almost everything is shut for the day:

Watch a Classic Film

Browsing Netflix can be overwhelming and hard. Only a few decades ago, there were fewer options and some seriously good classics that are family-friendly and nostalgic for adults. Stay in your pyjamas all day and enjoy some guilt-free watching. Popcorn is a non-negotiable snack for these. Here’s a list of our classic picks!

  • Back to the Future (1984)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • Cool Runnings (1993)
  • Ever After (1998)
  • My Girl (1991)
  • Encino Man (1992)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Big (1988)
  • Annie (1982)
  • The Neverending Story (1984)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • Born Free (1966)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
  • Flight of the Navigator (1986)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  • Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
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Write a Story

Sometimes we’ve got the pen and paper ready, but we just don’t know how to start to write a story. But, like baking a cake, you just need to start with the right components. If words are the ingredients, once you move into sentences and paragraphs your creations are only limited by your imagination.

How to build stories teaches kids and adults about the different structures and techniques that go story writing. It teaches tricks to create exciting characters, plots, settings, genres and language. In the digibook, Matt from the Sydney Story Factory shows kids how to build their own stories. You could even illustrate it, even if it’s just for a laugh!

Learn How to Relax

Even on a day off, it can feel like it’ll take a few days to unwind. Learning how to relax is a little like learning meditation — or taking a vacation, for that matter: we can’t just do it once or twice a year and expect it to work miracles! To get better at relaxing, liken everything, it takes practice. Luckily, there are a number of easily accessible relaxation techniques, yoga classes, meditation classes and strategies online to help us consciously relax the body and mind on a regular basis. This could be a good way to start any day off. Or every day of the year! Don’t forget to remind yourself how rest supports your work.

Write a Story

Sometimes we’ve got the pen and paper ready, but we just don’t know how to start to write a story. But, like baking a cake, you just need to start with the right components. If words are the ingredients, once you move into sentences and paragraphs your creations are only limited by your imagination.

How to build stories teaches kids and adults about the different structures and techniques that go story writing. It teaches tricks to create exciting characters, plots, settings, genres and language. In the digibook, Matt from the Sydney Story Factory shows kids how to build their own stories. You could even illustrate it, even if it’s just for a laugh!

Attend an Invasion Day Rally

First Nations peoples have been protesting and boycotting the many different forms Australia Day has taken for over a century. By refusing to participate in a day that marks dispossession and violence you’re acknowledging the truth about our shared history and you’re helping to create a movement for positive change and reconciliation. Allies attending any indigenous protest should know their place. Here’s a good guide!

If protesting is not your thing, an Invasion Day activity could be some research into the history of our First Nations people. Immerse yourself in indigenous culture and history through the arts: a movie, some music, or reading. You could visit local Aboriginal sites of significance or interest. You could also learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal place names and words. On our site we’ve listed dates that honour the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples which is a great starting point for further research!

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For public holiday dates in other states around Australia, head to this ultimate guide. Know all the dates with Australia’s Best Calendar!

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