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February 23, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

Ahead of the Easter holidays online travel insurance provider InsureandGo, has reviewed this year’s public holiday dates to help Australians take longer breaks while using fewer annual days.

With the Easter weekend and Anzac Day so close together, Australians can get 17 days off while only using seven days of annual leave if they take off Friday 14 April until Friday 28 April. For those looking for a shorter trip, they can use five days of leave in order to get almost two weeks off if they take off Friday 14 April until Wednesday 26 April.

Mr Jonathan Etkind, Commercial Manager of InsureandGo said: “Public holidays come around very quickly, and it’s easy to miss out on booking in a trip if you leave it too late. With the Easter holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start locking in your travel plans.

“It’s also a great opportunity to travel to overseas destinations like Asia or Europe, where Australians can often lose at least a day or two travelling. If people are travelling overseas, it’s important that they protect themselves with travel insurance. People might not be aware of the cost of medical procedures in different parts of the world; for example, we have experienced medical claims of over $300,000 in Asia and $200,000 in Europe,” said Mr Etkind.

After the Easter break, InsureandGo found that the best dates to travel are:

  • For New South Wales residents: Saturday 3 June until Monday 12 June (Queen’s Birthday) – take four days of annual leave and get 10 days off.
  • For Victorian residents: Saturday 4 November until Tuesday 6 November (Melbourne Cup Day) – take one day of annual leave and get four days off.
  • For Brisbane residents: Saturday 12 August until Sunday 20 August (Ekka Day) – take four days of annual leave and get nine days off. 
  • For ACT residents: Saturday 23 September until Monday 2 October (Family and Community Day and Labour Day) – take four days of annual leave and get 10 days off.

Before booking any type of international or domestic getaway, Mr Etkind recommends that all Australians do their research and consider a travel insurance policy that best suits their needs.

“New Zealand is an incredibly popular destination for Australian travellers due to its close proximity and range of activities on offer. But if you do make a trip over the Tasman for an adventure getaway, be sure to check for a policy that provides cover for activities like bungee jumping and skydiving that are popular in that part of the world.

“The sights of Queensland, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Banana, make for the perfect local holiday. But be mindful of things like car troubles, or delayed or cancelled flights as these can throw a spanner in the works. With the right level of protection, domestic travel insurance may cover some of the costs you’d otherwise be out-of-pocket for,” concluded Mr Etkind.

InsureandGo offers a range of policies that cover domestic travel, cruising, winter sports, family holidays, backpacking, seniors and pre-existing medical conditions.

2017 Public Holidays 

National
Friday 14 April Good Friday
Monday 17 April Easter Monday
Tuesday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 25 December Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December Boxing Day / Proclamation Day (SA)
New South Wales
Saturday 15 April Easter Saturday
Sunday 16 April Easter Sunday
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 2 October Labour Day
Victoria
Monday 13 March Labour Day
Saturday 15 April Easter Saturday
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday
Tuesday 7 November Melbourne Cup Day
Queensland
Saturday 15 April Easter Saturday
Monday 1 May Labour Day
Wednesday 16 August Ekka People’s Day (Brisbane only)
Monday 2 October Queen’s Birthday
Western Australia
Monday 6 March Labour Day
Monday 5 June Western Australia Day
Monday 25 September Queen’s Birthday
South Australia
Monday 13 March Adelaide Cup
Saturday 15 April Easter Saturday
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 2 October Labour Day
ACT
Monday 13 March Canberra Day
Saturday 15 April Easter Saturday
Sunday 16 April Easter Sunday
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 25 September Family and Community Day
Monday 2 October Labour Day
Tasmania
Monday 13 February Royal Hobart Regatta (Hobart only)
Monday 22 February Launceston Cup (Launceston only)
Monday 7 March King Island Show (King Island only)
Tuesday 18 April Easter Tuesday (Government only)
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 6 November Recreation Day (Northern half of state)
Northern Territory
Saturday 15 April Easter Saturday
Monday 1 May Labour Day
Monday 12 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 7 August Picnic Day

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