Like many of Google’s products Google Calander has completely changed how we use calendars, however like most technology products there’s more lurking just below the surface that you have to know how to access. You may have noticed that by default your Australian Google account will have a “Holidays in Australia” calendar in your list of subscribed calendars.
The Holidays in Australia calendar is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a list of all Public Holidays in Australia, and while I’m glad of a little Australian localisation I’m not a fan of my calendar being filled with other states holidays. Call me picky.
One of the best parts of Google Calendar is the ability to subscribe to other calendars, and it’s that feature that I finally used to rid my self of interstate Public Holidays. After a bit of searching around, I found a provider that seemed to have individual calendars for each state.
The kind people over at holidays.kayaposoft.com have crafted a whole set of calendars for each state in Australia, as well as many other regions across the globe. You can check out Queensland’s from here, once there you can customise it to any state you want.
Once you’ve chosen your calendar head on over to the Google Calendar web interface, I find it easier. Here’s how to add your chosen calendar:
- Click the plus next to “Add a co-workers calendar”
- Click on “Import from URL”:
- Paste in the URL:
Once you’ve done that, you’ll find your new calendar in the list on the left. Better yet, it will automatically become available on devices synced with your account. You can even use this to get extra calendars onto iOS, but choosing which calendars sync can be a bit of a pain – you’ll need to use a little-known Google Sync settings page here.
There you go – an easy way to add just your state’s public holidays to your calendar!