When are shops open over the Australia Day 2020 long weekend?

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

Australia Day is just around the corner with eskies being dusted off and barbecues prepared for the national holiday. But what stores will be open over the long weekend?

Australia Day is on Sunday, January 26 but the public holiday will be on Monday, January 27 this year.

Queensland’s opening hours for Australia Day weekend

Most Coles stores in Queensland will operate on Sunday opening hours on both the Sunday and Monday.

For stores such as the Coles in Brisbane’s suburb of Greenslopes it means they will open at 9am and close at 6pm both days as these are the store’s normal Sunday hours.

Coles at Australia Fair on the Gold Coast is open 9am until 7pm on both days.

As for Woolworths, all its stores will be open on both Sunday and Monday except Weipa, Mission Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Charters Towers, Mt Isa, Proserpine, Blackwater, Childers, Chinchilla, Kingaroy, Roma and Pittsworth.

Bunnings stores across Australia will remain open over the Australia Day long weekend. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

However, you’ll need to check with Woolworths on what the exact revised opening hours are for your local store.

Brisbane’s Myer Centre will observe Sunday opening hours on the Monday as well. This means both days will see shops open from 10am until 5pm.

Westfield Chermside in Brisbane will open its doors at 10am and close at 5pm on Sunday and 9am until 5.30pm on Monday which are the shopping centre’s usual trading hours on weekdays.

As for anyone in need of a hammer or something to fix the barbecue, Bunnings is open on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm.

If you’re looking at what to do on Australia Day in Brisbane – South Bank Parklands will host free live music from 2-6pm on Sunday.

The Brisbane Australia Day fireworks show starts at 7.30pm. Council says the “premium viewing points” are at the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt or River Quay.

Performances include Birdman Randy and The Ivory Street Preachers as well as special guest DJs.

For anyone after a cold drink, Riverbar and Kitchen will be open until midnight on Sunday with DJs and live music. The venue will also broadcast Triple J’s Hottest 100 list on Saturday.

What’s open in NSW and the ACT on Australia Day?

Most NSW Coles supermarkets won’t have revised opening hours across the long weekend this year but there are exceptions.

Coles at Belmont in the Hunter Region will open from 7am until 9pm on Sunday but will have revised hours of 8am until 8pm on Monday. The Cessnock store will honour the same hours on Monday and normal hours on the Sunday of 6am until 10pm.

Edgeworth’s store is open 8am-8pm on Monday and 7am-10pm on Sunday.

The Birkenhead Coles in Sydney is open 8am until 8pm on both Sunday and Monday. 

Broken Hill’s Coles in the far west of the state will also honour open from 8am until 8pm on Monday but will keep its usual trading hours on Sunday of 6am until 10pm.

A shopper leaves Coles in Sydney's CBD. Source: AAP

Coles in Casino, in the Northern Rivers, is unique in that it won’t honour different hours on either Sunday or Monday. However, it will have revised hours on Saturday and be open from 8am until 8pm.

Other stores will have revised hours on January 30 instead of Australia Day. You can check Coles’ opening hours online to be sure.

If you’re looking to head to your local Woolworths keep in mind Sydney Metcentre, Strawberry Hills and 333 George Street, in Sydney, will be closed on Sunday.

Strawberry Hills and 333 George Street will remain shut on the Monday too along with Woolies in North Sydney.

Again, it’s best to check online for the full list of opening hours for Woolworths across the Australia Day long weekend.

All Woolworths stores will remain open in the ACT.

The ACT will have all its Woolworths supermarkets open. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Bunnings is open on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm for anyone needing hardware.

The Pitt Street Mall Westfield in Sydney’s CBD will honour its normal opening hours. This means it’ll be open between 10am-7pm on Sunday and 9.30am-7pm on Monday.

If you’re looking to check out the Australia Day fireworks in Sydney then you’ll need to get a spot at Circular Quay on Sunday. There’s also live music from John Williamson, Vanessa Amorosi and Eskimo Joe from 7.30pm. Several local councils have cancelled Australia Day fireworks out of respect to bushfire victims.

Maloney’s Hotel in Sydney’s CBD will have Aussie-themed cocktails on Sunday, while Helm Bar and Bistro at Darling Harbour has free kids’ face painting from 1-3pm and music from 3pm until late.

Australia Day opening hours across Victoria

Victoria’s Coles supermarkets will operate under normal trading hours.

All Woolworths supermarkets except for the Collins Square in Melbourne will remain open for both days but it’s best to double-check the revised Woolies operating hours near you.

Shoppers looking to hit The Strand in Melbourne’s CBD should be aware of revised opening hours on Sunday of 10am until 6pm. Saturday and Monday will observe normal business hours.

A little girl celebrates Australia Day 2019 in Melbourne. Source: AAP

Bunnings is open, as it is in all states across the country, on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm.

You’ll need to head to Docklands for Melbourne’s Australia Day fireworks show which kicks off at 9pm on Sunday.

If you’re looking to wet your whistle you can check out Temperance Hotel in South Yarra with live music on Sunday from 2pm and DJs from 10pm until late.

Western Australia’s opening hours on Australia Day

Western Australia’s Coles supermarkets will mostly have revised hours on the Monday.

Armadale and nearby Kelmscott Coles will open on Monday at 8am and close at 6pm.

Fremantle, in Perth’s south, will operate under the same hours as will North Perth, Raine Square and South Perth.

Both of Kalgoorlie’s Coles stores will remain shut on Monday.

Coles supermarkets across WA will mostly have revised hours on Monday, January 27. Source: AAP (file pic)

You can check WA’s Coles opening hours online for Australia Day.

Esperance’s Woolworths will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Kalgoorlie and Katanning’s Woolies will be shut on just the Monday.

All other WA Woolworths supermarkets will remain open but it’s best to check online to see if your local supermarket has revised Australia Day hours.

Bunnings across the state will be open on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm.

South Perth will host Australia Day fireworks from 8pm on Sunday at Langley Park.

What’s open on Australia Day in South Australia?

Coles supermarkets in South Australia will mostly observe business as usual on Sunday but won’t open on Monday so you may need to do your shopping on the weekend.

The Murray Bridge Coles, southeast of Adelaide, is one of many exceptions to this though as it will open on Monday from 8am until 8pm.

The Rundle Place Coles, in Adelaide’s bustling Rundle Mall, will also open on Monday but only between 11am until 5pm.

The Adelaide Coles on Grote Street will have the same Monday hours as Rundle Mall.

Rundle Mall will open on Australia Day. Source: AAP (file pic)

Gawler, Gawler Green, Glenelg, Newton, Port Adelaide and West Lakes are just some of the Coles which won’t open on Monday.

You’ll need to check if the Coles near you will open on Monday.

Only Woolworths at Millicent will be closed across the long weekend. It won’t be open on Sunday.

Other South Australian Woolies supermarkets may honour revised hours and you can check that online.

Bunnings in South Australia will be open on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm.

Rundle Mall shoppers should note it will be open both Sunday and Monday from 11am until 5pm.

Elder Park will host Adelaide’s Australia Day festivities on Sunday from 6pm with a fireworks show.

Tasmania’s Australia Day opening hours

In Tasmania, Coles won’t have any revised hours for shoppers.

All of Tasmania’s Woolworths supermarkets will remain open but might have revised hours across the Australia Day long weekend.

Bunnings in Tasmania will be open on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm.

Hobart’s Centrepoint Shopping Centre should be operating under normal trading hours.

There won’t be any fireworks for Australia Day in Hobart but the city’s suburb of Clarence will host a breakfast on the Sunday from 8.30am with citizenship ceremonies from 11am.

Australia Day for shoppers in the Northern Territory

Like Tasmania, Coles won’t have revised hours for shoppers in the Northern Territory.

All Woolworths in the Northern Territory will remain open across the long weekend but some Woolies might have revised hours which you can check online.

As with everywhere across Australia, Bunnings will be open on Monday from 7am until 6pm and Sunday from 7am until 7pm.

Children celebrate Australia Day in Darwin last year. Source: AAP

Darwin’s Mitchell Centre will open on Sunday and Monday from 10am until 3pm.

The city will also celebrate Australia Day with a fun run from 7am at the convention centre.

It ends at Darwin Waterside Parklands and consists of circuits between 3-5km. You can dress up for it too.

Bottle shops and movie theatres

Most Dan Murphy’s stores should open under normal business hours across the long weekend.

However, it’s best to double-check your local Dan Murphy’s online just to be certain.

It’s the same with BWS stores across the country.

Most Hoyts and Event Cinemas should be under normal operating hours.

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