Western Australia Day 2017, 2018 and onwards

Western Australia Day : First Monday in June

Western Australia Day or WA Day (till 2011 known as Foundation Day) is a local public holiday that takes place each year on the first Monday in June. Western Australia is logically the only state where the holiday is observed. It is also the only state in the country that has a public holiday related to its foundation.


The origin of the state of Western Australia goes back to 1829. A British vessel under command of Captain Charles Fremantle arrived on April 25 on the shores of Western Australia. On 2 May he officially claimed the land for Great Britain. Two other navy ships arrived on June 1 and June 6 respectively, carrying soldiers, officials and citizens to colonize the area. The Swan River Colony was officially proclaimed on June 11. Just two months later on August 12 the Colony's capital, the city of Perth, was founded.


In 1834, just 5 years after the arrival of the British, officials in the Swan River Colony decided an annual celebration was necessary to strengthen the community and to unite all habitants of all classes in the colony. June 1 was chosen as the date for the occasion and the name of the holiday became "Foundation Day". The date was not only to remember the arrival of first colonists in Western Australia but also as a reference to an important British Naval victory over the French Atlantic fleet that occurred on the same date in 1794: the Glorious First of June.


In 2011 the Foundation Day public holiday was renamed as Western Australia Day or WA Day. This might look like a symbolic act but what is important is that it recognises the aboriginals as the original habitants of the land. The intention of the new name is to make the celebration of the achievements of the state of Western Australia more meaningful and more inclusive for all inhabitants of the state.


HolidayDateWeek numberDays to go
Western Australia Day 2017June 5, 2017 Monday23-
Western Australia Day 2018June 4, 2018 Monday23-
Western Australia Day 2019June 3, 2019 Monday23168
Western Australia Day 2020June 1, 2020 Monday23532
Western Australia Day 2021June 7, 2021 Monday23903
Western Australia Day 2022June 6, 2022 Monday231267
Western Australia Day 2023June 5, 2023 Monday231631
Western Australia Day 2024June 3, 2024 Monday231995
Western Australia Day 2025June 2, 2025 Monday232359
Western Australia Day 2026June 1, 2026 Monday232723
Western Australia Day 2027June 7, 2027 Monday233094
Western Australia Day 2028June 5, 2028 Monday233458
Western Australia Day 2029June 4, 2029 Monday233822
Western Australia Day 2030June 3, 2030 Monday234186
Western Australia Day 2031June 2, 2031 Monday234550

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