Boxing Day in Sydney

It might be the day after Christmas, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. Boxing Day is a great day to be in Sydney – it’s a public holiday, the city is still in a festive mood and the sun will be shining. Head for the beach, hit the post-Christmas sales or watch the start of one of the world’s great ocean yacht races.

Aerial overlooking the start of the 2018 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Sydney Harbour, Sydney City

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

An iconic Summer event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has been sailing out of the heads for 75 years. The 628-nautical mile race is considered one of the toughest in the world, running down the southeast coast of Australia and into Bass Strait. It begins at 1pm on Boxing Day with huge crowds gathering to see the boats off.

Get amongst the action with a cruise on Sydney Harbour, sailing right beside the magnificent maxi yachts. You can join the fun at the Sydney Race Village at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay. There are also plenty of great vantage points around the harbour, including:

Friends enjoying the start of the 2018 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from South Head, Watsons Bay

Beaches and outdoor activities

Boxing Day is the perfect time to head for the beach. Cool off with a dip in the famous surf at Bondi, catch the ferry to Manly, swim some laps in an ocean pool or take a road trip to the city’s north for a lazy day on Palm Beach. Pack up a picnic of leftovers from Christmas lunch or use the public barbecues found at many beaches.

Work off some of those Christmas calories on one of Sydney’s gorgeous coastal walks or test out the new bikes on cycling trails around the harbour and through national parks. If you want to stay by the water, there are plenty of things to do – think kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling, fishing and more.

Designer Shopping in Westfield, Sydney


As the first official day of the post-Christmas sales, Boxing Day is a great time to bag a bargain. Major shopping centres around the city, like Pitt Street Mall, Westfield Sydney, Westfield Bondi Junction and the QVB, will be open all day. For even more savings, try outlet shopping at Birkenhead Point or DFO Homebush.