Australians Gear Up for Extended Weekend: Here’s Your Essential Retailer Operating Hours Guide

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Australians nation-wide anticipate a soothing break as an extended weekend looms on the horizon. This weekend is popularly known as the “October long weekend”, through which certain regions, namely the ACT, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, and parts of Tasmania, will observe a public holiday on Monday, October 2.

Fortune also favors Victorians, as many are set to enjoy their day off on Friday, paving the way for the AFL Grand Final, where Collingwood is scheduled to contend against Brisbane at the MCG on Saturday.

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We understand the uncertainty surrounding public holidays and store hours. To alleviate some of that confusion, we’ve compiled a list of the operating hours for some significant retailers to ensure that you’re not left high and dry.

Woolworths remains open as per the usual trading hours on Friday, September 29. Similarly, all stores will operate in Queensland, New South Wales, and the ACT on Monday, October 2. Please note, however, that most South Australian stores will be closed on that day.

Coles also follows the standard schedule on Friday, September 29, but customers are encouraged to verify specific store hours online. As for Monday, October 2, all Queensland, New South Wales, and ACT stores will be open. Please note that most South Australian stores will remain closed, except for a few exceptions.

Aldi and IGA stores vary in their operation times, which can usually be confirmed using the online store locator or by contacting the local store. It must be noted that IGA stores operate independently; hence, store hours may vary.

Trading hours for Dan Murphy’s and Liquorland remain constant, with all stores open from 10am and closing around 6-7pm.

Hours of operation for Kmart, Target, Big W, and Bunnings also follow a similar pattern, maintaining regular hours on Friday, September 29, but varying on Monday, October 2, based on the region.

Westfield locations adjust times as well, with all stores open on Friday, September 29. Please note Victoria stores will operate from 10-5pm. On Monday, October 2, individual store hours vary by location and can be confirmed via the local store’s website.

Please remember that while public holidays provide a welcome respite, they also require pre-emptive planning. To that end, it becomes essential to be informed in advance about the operational hours of essential retailers. Carry this guide along to enjoy a relaxed and worry-free extended October weekend.