Queen's public holiday trading hours: Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart, Bunnings and more

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Australians around the country are set to get a day off Thursday 22 September to commemorate Queen Elizabeth ll following her passing on September 8.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who announced the one-off public holiday, says the National Day of Mourning will allow people to pay their respects to Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Read on for details of the public holiday opening hours for shops, banks, schools and hospitals in each state.

Sydney Opera House sails lit up with image of Queen Elizabeth ll
Australia is scheduled to hold a National Day of Mourning on Thursday 22 September to remember Queen Elizabeth ll. Source: AP Photo/Mark Baker

New South Wales opening hours

Several states have already confirmed what will stay open, beginning with New South Wales, where shops and retailers will still be allowed to trade as they normally would on a public holiday. This includes pubs, restaurants and cafes as this will not be a "restricted trading day" like Good Friday or Anzac Day under the Retail Trading Act 2008.

All Woolworths stores will be open (most 7am - 9pm).

All Aldi stores will be open at the normal time and all will close at 8pm.

Coles stores will be open with public holiday trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

All Kmart stores will be open, with varying trading hours. All 24-hour stores will trade as normal. Check your local store hours here.

All Big W stores will be open 9am - 7pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open, except Broken Hill and Lismore.

Westfield Bondi Junction, Burwood, Chatswood, Hurstville, Miranda and Parramatta will trade from 10am - 6pm.

Westfield Eastgardens, Hornsby, Liverpool, Tuggerah, Warringah Mall, Mt Druitt and Penrith will trade from 10am - 5pm.

Westfield Kotara will trade from 10am - 4pm.

Westfield Sydney will trade from 10am - 7pm.

Schools however will shut down for the day, with schoolchildren returning to campus on Friday 23 September, before taking a two-week term break.

Banks and other financial institutions will also be closed on Thursday 22 September.

For those booked to have elective surgery on the 22nd, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says people already booked can expect this to go ahead unless otherwise contacted by the hospital concerned.

Victoria opening hours

Victorians, on the other hand, are going to have a four-day weekend ahead of them with two public holidays in a row with the AFL Grand Final on the 23rd.

Thursday will also be a normal trading day in the state, similar to that of NSW, where pubs and restaurants are free to operate as usual.

All Woolworths stores will be open (most 7am - 10pm).

All Aldi stores will be open at the normal time and all will close at 8pm.

Coles stores will be open with public holiday trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

All Kmart stores will be open, with varying trading hours. All 24-hour stores will trade as normal. Check your local store hours here.

All Big W stores will be open 9am - 5pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open.

Westfield Airport West, Doncaster, Fountain Gate, Geelong, Knox, Plenty Valley and Southland will trade from 10am - 5pm.

School children are unaffected as the holiday falls within their term break.

South Australia opening hours

In South Australia, retail hours will be similar to that of holidays such as Anzac Day, with shops allowed to trade between noon to 9pm. Public penalty rates will be paid to workers for that date.

All Woolworths stores will be open (most 12pm - 9pm).

Aldi open times will vary, with no stores open beyond 8pm. Check your local store here.

Coles stores will be open with restricted trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

Most Kmart stores open 12pm - 9pm. Kadina, Murray Bridge and Victor Harbor stores open 12pm - 8pm. Rundle Mall store open 12pm - 7pm.

All Big W stores will be open 12pm - 7pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open.

Westfield Marion, Tea Tree Plaza and West Lakes will trade from 12pm - 9pm.

Banks and financial institutions will be closed, along with schools.

The SA government is working through arrangements with hospitals to ensure elective surgeries can still push through, but with schools and child care centres being closed for the day, it may impact the ability for hospital workers to go to work. The public, however, is being told not to reach out to their hospitals until arrangements are finalised.

Western Australia opening hours

Schools will be closed for Western Australian children as well, with kids returning to school the day after before going on a two-week term break.

Like Victoria, WA is also looking at a long weekend with the Queen's Birthday public holiday already set to be observed on Monday 26 September.

Retailers, shops, restaurants and cafes are expected to operate normally as they would on a public holiday, but there are still no details regarding how the state will be dealing with elective surgeries.

Most Woolworths stores will be open 11am - 5pm, except Esperance which will be closed. Katanning customers should check the Woolies website for more information.

Aldi open times will vary, with no stores open beyond 8pm. Check your local store here.

Coles stores will be open with restricted trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

Most Kmart stores open 11am - 5pm. Busselton open 8am - 6pm. Broome, Karratha and South Hedland stores open 8am - 6pm. Eaton Fair store open 7am - 9pm. Kalgoorlie store open 8am - 3pm. Mandurah store open 10am - 5pm. Northam store open 9am - 5pm. South Bunbury store open 8am - 6pm. Esperance store closed.

All Big W stores will be open 11am - 5pm.

Most Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times. Armadale store open 11am - 5pm.

All Best&Less stores will be open except Albany.

Westfield Booragoon, Carousel, Innaloo, Whitford City will trade from 11am - 5pm.

Parliament House in Canberra
Canberra will hold a national memorial service at the Great Hall of Parliament House at 11am, which will be broadcast across the country. Source: Getty Images

Australian Capital Territory opening hours

Canberra is set to hold a national memorial service at the Great Hall of Parliament House at 11am, which will be broadcast across the country.

The ACT will also be adopting similar trading hours to that of NSW, where retailers, shops, restaurants and cafes will operate as they normally do during public holidays. Schools will also close for the day and re-open Friday, before a two-week term break starts.

All Woolworths stores will be open (most 7am - 9pm).

All Aldi stores will be open at the normal time and all will close at 8pm.

Coles stores will be open with public holiday trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

All Kmart stores open 8am - 8pm.

All Big W stores will be open 8.30am - 6pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open.

Westfield Belconnen and Woden will trade from 10am - 4pm.

Queensland opening hours

No official announcement has yet been made for trading hours of retailers, shops, cafes and restaurants, but it is expected to follow other states in operating similar to hours on other public holidays.

All Woolworths stores will be open (most 9am - 6pm).

All Aldi stores will be open at the normal time and all will close at 8pm.

Coles stores will be open with restricted trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

Most Kmart stores open 9am - 6pm. Ayr, Bowen, Charters Towers, Dalby and Roma stores open 9am - 4pm. Chinchilla and Goondiwindi stores closed.

All Big W stores will be open 9am - 5pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open.

Westfield Carindale, Chermside, Coomera, Mt Gravatt, Helensvale and North Lakes will trade from 9am - 6pm.

The Sunshine State, however, is still undecided on what it will do about elective surgeries as the Queensland health department seeks advice before making a call on this matter.

Northern Territory opening hours

The Northern Territory is expected to follow other states in terms of trading hours, but is still to provide details on elective surgeries.

All Woolworths stores will be open 8am - 8pm.

Coles stores will be open with public holiday trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

Most Kmart stores open 9am - 6pm. Katherine store open 9am - 5pm.

All Big W stores will be open 9am - 5pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open.

School children will head back to school on Friday after one day off, then will have to soldier on until their term finishes at the end of the month.

Tasmania opening hours

Tasmania is also expected to follow other states in terms of trading hours, but is still to provide details on elective surgeries.

All Woolworths stores will be open (most 7am - 10pm).

Coles stores will be open with public holiday trading hours. Check your local store hours here.

Most Kmart stores open at normal times. Burnie store open 8am - 8pm. Devonport and Rosny stores open 8am - 6pm. All 24-hour stores will trade as normal.

All Big W stores will be open 8am - 6pm.

All Bunnings stores will be open and will trade at normal times.

All Best&Less stores will be open.

School children will head back to school on Friday for one last day before a two-week term break.

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