Victorian School Holidays 2023
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Victorian School Holidays 2023

Victorian School Holidays in 2023

Get ready to plan your 2023 vacations with VIC School Holidays! From local events to family-oriented activities, there’s plenty of exciting and memorable things to do this year. Check out our comprehensive list for dates, events, and activities that you must take advantage of during the school holidays.

Check the key dates below to find out when does school start and finish for each school terms in VIC in 2023.

What are the dates for Victorian School Holidays in 2023

Here you can find all the term and holiday dates for public and private schools in Victoria, including start and end dates for each term, as well as the dates for school holidays and public holidays.

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
First Day of School30 Jan 2023
Term 1 Holidays (Autumn)7 Apr 2023
23 Apr 2023
Term 2 Holidays (Winter)24 Jun 2023
9 Jul 2023
Term 3 Holidays (Spring)16 Sep 2023
1 Oct 2023
Term 4 Holidays (Summer)21 Dec 2023
29 Jan 2024

Bookmark this page and keep up-to-date with all the latest school holiday and term dates for Victorian schools in 2023.

If you need help with finding school holiday activities ideas in Melbourne, make sure you check out our The Ultimate Guide to School Holiday Activities in Melbourne.

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Key Events and Festivals in Melbourne you don’t want to miss

Event NameDateDescription
Moomba FestivalMarchA fun, family-friendly festival that celebrates Melbourne’s diverse culture and history with a range of activities, including parades, carnivals, live music, and sporting events.
White Night MelbourneAugustAn exciting free event that transforms the city into a magical wonderland with stunning light installations, live performances, and music. You and your family can explore the city at night and enjoy a unique experience that you won’t forget!
Royal Melbourne ShowSeptember-October (21 September to 1 October)An annual agricultural show that offers a range of activities and entertainment for the whole family. You can watch live animal shows, enjoy carnival rides, sample delicious food, and see spectacular fireworks displays.
Melbourne Fringe FestivalSeptember-October (The 2023 Festival runs from 5 – 22 October 2023)
A unique festival that celebrates independent and alternative art. You and your family can experience a range of art forms, including theater, music, dance, and visual art.
Christmas FestivalNovember-DecemberA festive celebration of Christmas that offers a range of activities, including Christmas light displays, carols, markets, and other events. You and your family can soak up the festive spirit and enjoy the various Christmas-themed events around the city.
New Year’s Eve FireworksDecember 31A spectacular fireworks display that marks the start of the new year. You and your family can enjoy the display from various locations around the city and ring in the new year with a bang!

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What are the School Terms in VIC for 2023

School TermStart dateFinish date
Term 127 January
Students start 30 January in government schools
6 April
Term 224 April23 June
Term 310 July15 September
Term 42 October20 December

Here’s our handy reference guide for Victorian school holidays in 2023.  Whether you’re planning a holiday with kids, looking to avoid the crowds, these can have an impact on when you decide to go away, we all need to know when school’s out!

Note that the dates below represent official term dates however you should always check with your local school for the dates specific to you.

What are the Public Holidays in Victoria in 2023

HolidayDate in 2023
New Year’s DaySunday 1 January
Monday 2 January
Australia DayThursday 26 January
Labour DayMonday 13 March
Good FridayFriday 7 April
Saturday before Easter SundaySaturday 8 April
Easter SundaySunday 9 April
Easter MondayMonday 10 April
Anzac DayTuesday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 12 June
Friday before the AFL Grand FinalSubject to AFL schedule
Melbourne CupTuesday 7 November
Christmas DayMonday 25 December
Boxing DayTuesday 26 December

What day does School start in Victoria in 2023?

30 Jan 2023 (Mon)

How many weeks school holidays in VIC?

There are around 13-14 weeks of school holidays a year. 

How many terms are there per year?

School year is broken up into four terms, Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 and Term 4.

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Victorian School Holidays 2023

Term One Tips

This is a very important term as this is when the children start school. Yes it’s time for your munchkins to get of bed and get motivated and go to that place they call school. This is probably the busiest school term of the year.

– So normally in the January school holidays it’s time to get ready for school.

– Yes, all the school supplies have to be bought.

– Normally schools will send out a list of what parents need to get. It’s always best to be prepared for that first day of term one to make it less stressful.

– Also in the January school holidays falls Australia Day so if your planning a barbeque with friends it’s best to organise it a couple of weeks beforehand.I heard that pouring beer on sausages gives them more flavour!

– There’s also plenty of festivals to go to as well if you feel like venturing out.

– Make sure you take a hat and sunscreen as you don’t want to come back as red as a tomato!

– If you want to plan an Easter get away now is the time to do it as well as a lot of stuff gets booked out in advance for the Easter long weekend.

Term Two Tips

In the April school holidays a lot of councils and a lot of different places have school holiday activities. Some are free and some are paid.

– There are really some great programs that the Museums and Galleries do for children.

– A lot of shopping centres also do activities for children as well.

– April is also the time for Easter! Chocolate time! But we can’t forget the religious significance of Easter as well when Jesus died on the cross.

– If you are planning to spend Easter with family make sure you plan it well beforehand otherwise there are bound to be disagreements in plans.

– We also can’t forget another really important date in April and that’s Anzac Day. Lest We Forget.

– There are plenty of children’s activities to do on Anzac Day and you could even take them to an Anzac Day March if there is one on.

Term Three Tips

In the June and July school holidays it is normally very cold so movies in bed with a cup of hot cocoa would be nice to warm you up.

– Even checking out the snow would be great as it’s snow time in Victoria in these months. Do you want to build a snowman?

– Also this is the time to book your Christmas holiday. Six months in advance would probably be the best as again a lot of stuff gets booked out well in advance.

– So many places to go. Do you want to stay in Victoria or travel interstate or travel overseas? So many decisions.

– Again there would be heaps of school holiday activities in Winter to do. There would be Winter festivals to go to.

– If you are planning to do a big Christmas as well, it would be best to start planning Christmas at this time as well to make it stress free.

Term Four Tips

Again like Term one this is also a big term when everything is getting finished off for the school year.

– You can start finalising Christmas plans in the September and October school holidays.

– Also planning for New Year’s Eve is another big one. Some people have a quiet New Year’s Eve and some people like a big one.

– There are plenty of children’s festivals that do activities on New Years Eve.

– Camping is another great activity to do at this time of year because it’s not too hot or cold.

– I think it’s also great to include the children if they are old enough to plan school holidays. It teaches them planning skills and how to organise things.

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