October Long Weekend Labour Day

The first Monday in October is Labour Day, giving the whole city three days off to enjoy the start of spring. In 2022, Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday 3rd October. 

Surfer in the waters off North Narrabeen Beach, North Narrabeen

North Narrabeen Beach, North Narrabeen

There are lots of ways to enjoy the long weekend in Sydney.  Head to the beach for the first swim of the season, explore a coastal walking trail, plan a picnic or spot whales migrating along the coast. 

Parks & gardens 

Spring is a beautiful time of year in Sydney with an array of flowers and plants coming into bloom. Visit one of the city's beautiful parks to see native flora, such as Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay, Sydney

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay, Sydney

Whale watching 

In October, thousands of whales make their way down the east coast of Australia towards Antarctica. Spot them from vantage points like Barrenjoey Lighthouse, North Head, the Federation Cliff Walk and Cape Solander. You can also hop aboard a whale watching cruise. Visit Wild About Whales for recent sightings. 

Humpback whale breaching near Sydney Heads on its annual migration, Sydney

Whale Watching, Sydney

Beaches & outdoor activities 

With the weather warming up, the October long weekend is a great time for a dip. Check the surf on the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs or Northern Beaches or discover one of Sydney’s secret harbour beaches. Along the coast are spectacular ocean pools for a swim, like the 115-year-old Wylie’s Baths in Coogee and Mona Vale Rockpool.  

Get active by exploring the city’s walking trails, from coastal pathways to rugged bushland hikesBondi to Coogee, the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head and the Manly to the Spit Bridge all provide glorious views of the city and its surrounds. If you prefer to travel on two wheels, check out these top cycling routes

Surfers heading into the waves at North Narrabeen Beach, North Narrabeen

Surfers heading into the waves at North Narrabeen Beach, North Narrabeen

Public holiday dates 2022-2023 

Holiday 2022 2023
New Year's Day Saturday, 1 January (Additional day Monday, 3 January ) Sunday 1 January (Additional day Monday, 2 January )
Australia Day Wednesday, 26 January Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 15 April Friday 7 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 16 April Saturday 8 April 
Easter Sunday Sunday, 17 April Sunday 9 April 
Easter Monday  Monday, 18 April Monday 10 April 
Anzac Day  Monday, 25 April Tuesday 25 April 
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 13 June Monday, 12 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 3 October Monday 2 October
Christmas Day public holiday Sunday, 25 December (Additional day Tuesday, 27 December) Monday 25 December
Boxing Day Monday, 26 December Tuesday 26 December