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Australia Day trading hours: Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Bunnings and more

Here's where you can shop on the January 26 public holiday.

While more and more Australians are spurning the day off on January 26th, many major retailers are still operating under condensed hours this Thursday as the country marks Australia Day. Here's everything you need to know if you're planning to hit the shops.


All Woolworths stores in NSW and the ACT will be open (except North Sydney and Eastlakes Metro). It's a similar story in Victoria, where all stores will be open (except Bourke Street and Collins Square), and in QLD, where all stores will be open.

Over in WA, every store (except Esperance) will be open, while in South Australia, Rundle Mall will be open, as will all regional stores (except Millicent). Up in the Northern Territory, all stores will be open 8am-8pm (except Gove; 9am to 5pm). Last, but not least, all Woolworths stores in Tasmania will be open.

Woolworths would like customers to know that this is a general indication only and encourages customers to check the opening hours of their local supermarket at

Woolworths store open on Australia Day
The vast majority of Woolworths stores will be open on Australia Day. Source: Getty


There are no changes to trading hours for Coles supermarkets in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, WA, NT and the ACT, with all stores open on January 26. However in South Australia, only the following stores will be open:

  • Victor Harbour

  • Mount Gambier

  • Whyalla

  • Murray Bridge Green

  • Rundle Place

  • Mount Barker

  • Port Augusta

  • Berri

  • Port Lincoln

  • Port Pirie


Most ALDI supermarkets will be open on January 26, with customers encouraged to check their store locator for confirmation of individual stores. All ALDI stores close at 8pm.

Bottle shops

Australia's major alcohol retailers like Dan Murphy's, BWS and Liquorland will all be open on January 26. However opening hours will vary from store to store, so it's worth checking with your local. This is particularly important for states which restrict trading hours like QLD, South Australia and WA.

Big W

Most Big W stores are open on Australia Day, however shoppers are advised to check the Big W store finder for local opening hours. The exception is South Australia, where all stores will be CLOSED except for Victor Harbor, Port Augusta, Renmark, Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge.


It's a similar story with Kmart, with every store in every state open, except in South Australia where Firle, Tea Tree, Munno Para, Ingle Farm, Kurralta Park, West Lakes, Port Noarlunga, Port Adelaide, Marion and Churchill, will all be closed. Esperance in WA will also be closed on Jan 26.

Kmart store open on Australia Day
All Kmart stores will be open on Australia Day except at a number of locations in SA and Esperance in WA. Source: Getty

Best and Less

All Best and Less stores will be open in every state, excluding those in Gosford, Grafton, Lismore and Toronto in NSW, and the Albany and Floreat stores in WA.


There's good news for those planning to potter around the home on Australia Day, with all Bunnings stores open, but it's worth jumping on to the Bunnings website to check individual location opening hours.

Bunnings sausage sizzle on Australia Day
Every Bunnings store will be open on Australia Day. Source: Getty

Australia Post

As expected, all AusPost stores will be closed on January 26, but if you do really need to get a parcel boxed up or letter stamped on your day off, some licensee locations (such as newsagencies) may be open.

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