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Hi,<br><br>
I am looking for some information on the following things in Australia. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me along, perhaps with some good links. I just cannot find anything useful on the Internet.<br><br>
- Are schools open on public holidays?<br>
- Are stores (big? little?) open on public holidays?<br>
- Are post offices open on public holidays?<br>
- Do public transport systems shut down or offer a reduced service on public holidays?<br>
- Is there much congestion on roads/public transport around public holidays?<br><br>
Thanks a lot for any information that you can give me.<br><br>
Rebecca
 

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No, never.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Depends: Most open are on most public holidays, but with reduced trading hours. The main exceptions are :-<br>
Christmas: (almost all closed, really only restaurants & 24hr petrol stations, and an occasional small grocer)<br>
Easter Sunday: most are closed but not as many as on Christmas day.<br>
Anzac Day (April 25th): As per Christmas, but open at midday<br><br>
All other public holidays tend to be big shopping days, especially Boxing Day and New Years Day.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Reduced service. In some cases so reduced that it is effectively shut down (eg some bus routes)<br>
Different cities/services have different policies, but most operate a public holiday timetable that is the same as on Sunday. Some also further reduce services on Christmas Day<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Depends on the holiday/time of day/time of year/location. But usually, yes.<br><br>
Hope this helps.
 

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Wow, thanks! That was really useful information. Thanks a lot.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">- Are schools open on public holidays?<br>
- Are stores (big? little?) open on public holidays?<br>
- Are post offices open on public holidays?<br>
- Do public transport systems shut down or offer a reduced service on public holidays?<br>
- Is there much congestion on roads/public transport around public holidays?<br><br>
Thanks a lot for any information that you can give me.<br><br>
Rebecca</div>
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It depends on where you live in Australia, I think. In my regional QLD experience:<br><br>
- Schools are never open on public holidays.<br>
- Post offices are never open on public holidays.<br>
- Public transport? What's that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But seriously I understand the service is limited- none maybe on Christmas & New Years Day?<br>
- And finally, no, we don't have much traffic congestion this time of year.... not that we really have much anyway! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Tourist season is winter (mid-year ie. June-AUgust) & Christmas is a quiet time where I live. We're heading south to escape the heat this year- a little bit cooler anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks a lot for the info!<br><br>
Rebecca
 
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