October Long Weekend Labour Day

There are lots of ways to enjoy a long weekend in Sydney. The first Monday in October is Labour Day, giving the whole city three days off to enjoy the start of spring. Head to the beach for the first swim of the season, explore a coastal walking trail, visit a museum or spot whales making their way back home.

Man enjoying a morning swim at Wylies Baths in Coogee, Sydney East

Beaches and outdoor activities

With the weather warming up, the October long weekend is a great time for a dip. Test the surf Bondi, catch the ferry to the waves of Freshwater or discover one of Sydney’s secret harbour beaches. Or discover some of the city’s spectacular ocean pools, like the 113-year-old Wylie’s Baths in Coogee.

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.

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

Whale watching

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

Friends enjoying a visit the the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney

Galleries and museums

Many of Sydney’s top art galleries and museums will be open over the long weekend. Drop into the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay (and stop for lunch or a drink on the gorgeous rooftop terrace afterwards) or walk through the Domain to the striking Art Gallery of NSW.

The long weekend is a great opportunity to learn with a visit to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum or the Museum of Sydney. Or why not browse Sydney’s best bookstores and pick up something new to read?

Public Holiday Dates 2020-2021

Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January  Friday, 1 January 
Australia Day Monday, 27 January Tuesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 10 April Friday, 2 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 11 April Saturday, 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 12 April Sunday, 4 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 13 April Monday, 5 April
Anzac Day  Saturday, 25 April Sunday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 8 June Monday, 14 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 5 October Monday, 4 October
Christmas Day public holiday Friday, 25 December Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December (Additional Day 28 December) Tuesday, 28 December