Where to enjoy Christmas Day lunch in Sydney

27 November 2014

Enjoy Sydney’s award-winning cuisine, stunning harbour views and the fantastic venues which flaunt them on Christmas Day.

With plenty of spots to choose from, whether you’re looking to picnic in the fresh air or dine in one of Sydney’s fantastic restaurants, these highlights will make your Christmas lunch in Sydney one to remember.

A Christmas picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden

Celebrate Christmas Day with a festive picnic at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. Set amongst 30 hectares in the heart of the city, you’ll find more than enough open space for the kids to open presents and plenty of shady trees to roll out a picnic rug under. Enjoy the summer weather and stunning views across Sydney Harbour in the beautifully manicured grounds.

The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Enjoy a picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

A Christmas meal in one of Sydney’s top restaurants

Leave the Christmas preparations to the professionals and enjoy a festive feast at one of Sydney’s many fine restaurants. Featuring a range of specially prepared menus serving up seasonal favourites and unconventional twists on Christmas lunch and dinner, there are plenty of options to choose from. Discover some of Sydney’s top restaurants open for Christmas lunch.

Dining by Sydney Harbour.

Dining by Sydney Harbour at Cafe Sydney

Christmas cruises on Sydney Harbour

Experience Christmas lunch on the water with a cruise around Sydney Harbour. Take in the sights of the city and its surrounding suburbs from the observation deck and indulge in a Christmas Day feast. Choose from one of several tour operators offering lunchtime Christmas cruises, including Captain Cook Cruises and Vagabond Cruises.

Captain Cook Cruises on Sydney Harbour

Captain Cook Cruises on Sydney Harbour

Christmas Day on the beach

Enjoy a Christmas lunch with the sand between your toes on one of Sydney’s beaches. Pack a festive picnic lunch and cool off with a swim in the ocean. Head to Bondi Beach to celebrate at Sydney’s most iconic beach, travel south to Cronulla, or visit Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. For a more secluded Christmas lunch by the beach, visit one of Sydney’s secret beaches, such as Chinaman’s Beach in Mosman, Milk Beach in Vaucluse or Shelly Beach in Manly.

Milk Beach.

Picnic on the grass area at Milk Beach in Vaucluse


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  • John

    We arrive in Sydney Xmas.Day around 1.30 pm Where can we find Xmas Dinner