Sending gifts this Christmas?

To give your Christmas parcels the best chance of arriving on time, send them as early as possible and by the cut-off dates below.


Cut-off dates

Last December Australia Post delivered 52 million parcels and they are expecting another huge festive season this year. We recommend sending your Christmas parcels as early as possible, and by the cut-off dates below, to help Australia Post get them there in time for Christmas Day. They will deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as they can, but they may not arrive until after Christmas.


Sending within Australia

Sending to/from metro only^ Parcel Post Express Post

Within Australia (except WA and NT)


16 December 2024


19 December 2024



13 December 2024


18 December 2024



12 December 2024


18 December 2024

^ Please note: The dates provided above are for items posted to metro locations. If you’re sending from outside a metro area, we recommend posting even earlier.


Sending parcels overseas

International sending cut-off dates vary depending on destination and the chosen delivery service. Search by country below to find our recommended dates. Parcels sent after these dates will be delivered as quickly as possible, but they may not arrive until after Christmas.

Sending to

International Standard

International Express

New Zealand

4 December 2024

11 December 2024


3 December 2024

11 December 2024


1 December 2024

9 December 2024


1 December 2024

10 December 2024

Major European destinations

25 November 2024

6 December 2024

China and most of Asia

25 November 2024

5 December 2024


 For more detailed information, please visit Australia Post website by clicking HERE.