Boxing Day in Sydney
Boxing Day in Sydney captivates Australia and the world, with all the excitement and colour of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Sydney Harbour. Before the thrilling race, take advantage of the traditional Boxing Day sales at major shopping precincts across the city.
For over 70 years, the Sydney to Hobart race has enthralled spectators. The 628 nautical mile race is an icon of the Australian summer. The event attracts a well-seasoned international fleet of the fastest maxi racing yachts to compete in one of the leading ocean races in the world.
The race begins on the sparkling blue waterway, at 1pm on December 26. You can watch it unfold aboard a harbour cruise. The best vantage points around the Sydney Harbour foreshore to see the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race include:
- North Head in Manly
- Q Station in Manly
- Middle Head in Mosman
- Shark Island on Sydney Harbour
- Nielsen Park in Vaucluse
- South Head in Watsons Bay
The Sydney Race Village is another popular spot to enjoy the race. Held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay, families with young children will find a fun range of activities to keep the kids entertained, including face painting and games. There are pop-up food stalls.
For avid shoppers, major retailers open their doors early for the post-Christmas sales. The city centre is retail heaven and home to two beautifully restored colonial arcades, the Queen Victoria Building and The Strand Arcade, which feature a line-up of luxury brands and elegant fashion boutiques.
You can hop aboard the Shopper Hopper at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour for harbour sightseeing combined with shopping at Birkenhead Point, Sydney’s largest fashion outlet centre. Other enticing shopping destinations include Westfield Bondi Junction, Westfield Parramatta and Chatswood.
You’ll find plenty more wonderful things to do and see on Boxing Day, from Sydney Opera House tours to zoos and aquariums, as well as fabulous exhibitions in museums and art galleries. You can explore splendid national parks and relax on gorgeous sandy beaches, such as Bondi Beach.