There are a few things about Australia that I thought I knew, but I had not fully grasped until I moved here. (Apologies to all Aussie readers)

Aussie family were talking about the October Long Weekend and how they would be spending the “Labour Day” holiday. (In my UK head there are no holidays at this time of year so I was already at a disadvantage.)

It turned out that Tasmania did not have a long weekend. Here, the Labour Day holiday is called “Eight Hour Day” and is in March. Oh, OK.

There are National Public Holidays celebrated across the whole country. These are:
New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

All other public holidays such as Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day are individually declared by the state and territory governments.

It makes me smile that Australian’s get a day off for the Queen’s birthday, but Brits do not.

Each state and territory will also have a number of ‘show days’ which are observed as public holidays in local regional areas.

Hobart has a public holiday this week for the Royal Hobart Show. But that is not for the whole of Tasmania. Launceston had their show day two weeks ago. And show day is on a Thursday? Not a Friday or Monday to make a long weekend. No wonder I’m confused.