City of Karratha

Public Holidays

Can't wait for your next day off? Here is a listing of all the public holidays, so you can start day dreaming, or planning around them.

 201620172018
New Year's DayFriday 1 JanuarySunday 1 January
Monday 2 January
Monday 1 January
 
Australia DayTuesday 26 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryFriday 26 January
Labour DayMonday 7 MarchMonday 6 MarchMonday 5 March
Good FridayFriday 25 MarchFriday 14 AprilFriday 30 March
Easter MondayMonday 28 MarchMonday 17 AprilMonday 2 April
ANZAC DayMonday 25 AprilTuesday 25 AprilWednesday 25 April
Western Australia DayMonday 6 JuneMonday 5 JuneMonday 4 June
FENACLNG Monday**
(in lieu of Queen's Birthday)
Monday 1 AugustMonday 7 AugustMonday 6 August (TBC)
Christmas DaySunday 25 December
Monday 26 December
Monday 25 DecemberTuesday 25 December
Boxing DayMonday 26 December
Tuesday 28 December
Tuesday 26 DecemberWednesday 26 December

 

  • When New Year’s Day, Anzac Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday the next following Monday is also a public holiday. 
  • When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday, and when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Monday the next following Tuesday is also a public holiday.

 

What do our public holidays commemorate?

Information on the origins and purpose of WA's public holidays.

 

Australia Day

Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet and the establishment of the first European settlement in Australia, on 26 January 1788.

First Australia Day Celebrations - On January 26, 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor.

The fledging colony soon began to celebrate the anniversary of this date. Manning Clarke notes that in 1808 the "anniversary of the foundation of the colony" was observed in the traditional manner with "drinking and merriment".

The first official celebrations were held in 1818 to mark the 30th anniversary of white settlement. Governor Macquarie officiated at a thirty-gun salute during the day and a dinner ball at Government House that evening.

 

Labour Day

The Labour Day holiday commemorates the granting of the eight hour working day to Western Australian workers. It is held on the first Monday in March and today recognises the contribution of all working people to the prosperity of our State.

 

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is a day for remembrance and recognition of all Australians who have served our country in wartime. The original ANZAC's were the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in Gallipoli in Turkey during the First World War. These troops landed in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and the ANZAC Day public holiday is held on 25 April each year.

 

Foundation Day

Foundation Day is a uniquely Western Australian public holiday. It commemorates the day that the first European settlers arrived in Western Australia to found the Swan River Colony on 1 June 1829. Foundation Day is held on the first Monday in June each year.

 

**Queen's Birthday

The Queen's Birthday holiday is proclaimed by the Governor of Western Australia based on the dates of the Term 3 school holidays and the Perth Royal Show. This recognises the significance of the Perth Royal Show, which has been associated with the Queen's Birthday public holiday since 1981.

The other Australian States have the Queen's Birthday holiday in June. Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday is 21st April.

The Governor may proclaim dates as an alternative date to observe the Queen's Birthday public holiday.  Within the City of Karratha, the Queen's Birthday will be regarded as an ordinary working day and the alternative date will be regarded as the Queen's Birthday public holiday for this year. Monday 7 August has been officially gazetted as the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday for 2017.

The City of Karratha takes the Queen's Birthday on the Monday following the FeNaClNG Festival.  The administration building and libraries will be closed for the public holiday. The after-hours call centre will be available on 9186 8555. 7 Mile Tip will be open as usual and rubbish collection won't be affected for those whose bins are collected on a Monday. Karratha Leisureplex will be open from 9am to 5pm; however no group fitness will be held.