Boxing Day in Sydney

Enjoy the excitement of Boxing Day in Sydney, from the world-famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to shopping bargains in the traditional Boxing Day sales. There are vantage points around beautiful Sydney Harbour to watch the dramatic start of one of the world’s toughest yacht races.

You can marvel at the yachts’ thrilling tacking just before the 1pm start on December 26 from sandstone cliffs at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s great natural harbours. North Head is at Manly and South Head is at Watsons Bay. Another superb spot is Middle Head in Mosman.

Sails billowing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Sydney Harbour

Since 1945, the 628 nautical mile race to Hobart, Tasmania has captivated Australia and the world. Bring a picnic hamper and see the race unfold from harbour parks around Vaucluse and Watsons Bay. Another popular spot is Shark Island, or join a harbour cruise and experience the race up close.

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 iconic Bondi Beach.

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Check out the events calendar to find out what’s on. The city centre and major shopping centres across Sydney, including Westfield Bondi Junction and Westfield Parramatta, are bustling with shoppers looking for bargains. Major retailers open their doors early for the post-Christmas sales.

Browse elegant boutiques in two beautifully restored colonial arcades, Queen Victoria Building and The Strand. 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.