Boxing Day in Sydney

Boxing Day is a great day to be in Sydney – it’s a public holiday, the city is still in a festive mood and there are plenty of exciting things to do in the city.

Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding in Watsons Bay

Beaches and outdoor activities

Boxing Day is the perfect time to head for the beach. Cool off with a dip in the 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 BBQs 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, including kayakingstand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling and fishing.

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 MallWestfield SydneyWestfield Bondi Junction and the QVB, will be open all day. For even more savings, try outlet shopping at Birkenhead Point or DFO Homebush.

Unfortunately the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, which usually commences on Boxing Day, has been cancelled for 2020.


Public Holiday Dates 2021-2022 

Holiday 2021 2022
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January  Saturday, 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 3 January )
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 2 April Friday, 15 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 3 April Saturday, 16 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April Sunday, 17 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 5 April Monday, 18 April
Anzac Day  Sunday, 25 April Monday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 14 June Monday, 13 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 4 October Monday, 3 October
Christmas Day public holiday Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December) Sunday, 25 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 28 December) Monday, 26 December