The Best Place To Live In Australia If You Like Public Holidays

The Queensland Government is pushing ahead with plans to make Christmas Eve a public holiday after 6pm, and it left us wondering: which Australian state has the best deal when it comes to public holidays?

After a consultancy period, Industrial Relations Minister Ignazia Graziella Grace -- known as Grace Grace -- is moving to implement the new public holiday in time for its first run this Christmas Eve.

It follows a move by South Australia and the Northern Territory to make both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve a "half" public holiday. This allows shift workers to benefit from penalty rates and greater freedoms to ask for holidays around these more significant celebratory seasons.

While this is welcome news for Queensland shift workers, the real question is does this make these states the best to live in given residents get more leave and in some cases, more money?

Let's do the math.


Perhaps if you're into spending your public holidays chilling out on the Gold Coast's Burleigh beach, bush walking in one of the state's 200 national parks or patting yourself on the back when the Prime Minister joyfully asked "How good is Queensland?"

But if you're here for holidays, then Queensland is half a day off being the best state to live in. With the recent addition of Christmas Eve's partial holiday, this brings Queensland's total up to 12.5 public holidays a year, including a day off for the local show in your city and a uniquely placed October Queen's Birthday public holiday.

How good is Queensland, Prime Minister? Not as good as it could be! PIC: APP
New South Wales

Immediately south of the border is Queensland's State of Origin nemesis, New South Wales, and honestly if you're a fan of public holidays don't bother entering the debate of Sydney house prices, 12 days a year will not be enough for you.

South Australia and Northern Territory

South Australia and Northern Territory dwellers are also ripped off with 12 days to enjoy wine tasting in the Barossa and feeding crocs at Katherine (I imagine that's how people who live in the NT enjoy their days off?).

To make matters worse for South Australia and Northern Territory, one of these 12 days is actually made up by combining the "half" day public holidays on Christmas and New Year's Eve. You decide if the number is really 11 or 12.

Tasmania and Western Australia

While we're on the downward spiral let's talk about Tasmania. Tourism Australia's website serves up to five days of Instagram-worthy sights in Tasmania, which seems like a great way to spend your downtime and gain some likes. But for locals, this 680km road trip would knock out an entire half of their measly 10 days of public holidays!

Lavender ice-cream looks amazing, but 10 days of Tasmanian holiday isn't enough! PIC: Tourism Australia

Alongside Tasmania, Western Australia takes the cake for equal last in the contest of states to live in if you love public holidays. It might be the largest geographical state in the country, but their refusal to make Easter Saturday and Sunday public holidays is costing them big time!

So, if you're looking to live where the holidays flow, where should you go?

Australian Capital Territory and Victoria

The nation's capital, ACT rocks in with a total of 13 public holidays a year, the equal first place getter, but if large roundabouts, semi-permanent politicians and walks around Lake Burley Griffin aren't quite your pace, it's time to move to Victoria.

The chart of national public holidays.

Nearly two weeks of public holidays in Victoria seem to be all thanks to the state's decision to take days off whenever sporting events take place. Having a similar public holiday schedule to New South Wales, Victoria attempts to show the rest of the country how public holidays should be done with both "The Friday before AFL Grand Final" and "Melbourne Cup" as public holidays.

Maybe this explains how Melbourne picked up the title of second most liveable city in the world just behind Vienna, which, by the way, has 17 public holidays a year.

Perhaps it's time for NSW and Queensland governments to drop their pride and take a lesson from Victoria's books, three extra public holidays a year

Or, maybe it's time for State of Origin Public Holiday 1, 2 and 3?

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