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While it may feel like we just celebrated the start of the new year, here we are already planning for the Queen’s Birthday. This year, the day falls on Monday, June 13, giving those in NSW, ACT, Victoria, NT, SA and Tasmania (basically, everyone except Queensland and WA) a three-day weekend. Or, if they’re taking the rest of the week off, a nine-day holiday.
If you are staying in town, though, what will be open? From supermarkets, to bottle-os and bars, here’s a breakdown of the public holiday’s trading hours. Also, again, note that all businesses will be operating as usual on Monday, June 13 in Queensland and WA, which celebrate the Queen’s Birthday on other days in the year.
Restaurants, Bars or Cafés
Most restaurants, bars and cafes in the states and territories observing Queen’s Birthday will be open on the day, though some smaller venues may shut. Keep in mind that the venues which are open on the day may add a public holiday surcharge to your bill.
Big shopping centres like Westfield will stay open in the states and territories observing the Queen’s Birthday, though some individual shops may shut. Shops outside of the centres are expected to be open, though again, some may choose to close. Be sure to call the store or check online ahead of visiting to ensure it’ll be open.
Most Woolworths and Coles supermarkets throughout the country will be open on the Queen’s Birthday, though some may operate on reduced trading hours.
All bottle shops, including Dan Murphy’s, First Choice, BWS and Liquorland are expected to be open, though some with reduced trading hours. Check your local bottle-o’s website to confirm its opening hours before heading.
Generally, post offices in the states and territories that observe the Queen’s Birthday will be shut on the day. Some post offices may be open, though, depending on local arrangements. Check your post office for notices of closures or changes to trading hours.
In states and territories observing the Queen’s Birthday, also expect that no local mail or parcel deliveries, including Express Post items, will be taking place.