You’ve cleaned up the Christmas Day mess and now it’s time to decide how to spend another glorious day off. From settling in for a leisurely long lunch to braving the post-Christmas sales, here’s how to spend Boxing Day in Sydney.
Shopping & cinemas
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.
Break up the shopping spree with a movie screening. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cinema not open on Boxing Day – including venues by Hoyts, Event and Palace Cinemas, as well as Skyline Drive In Blacktown – with some of the biggest blockbusters of the year debuting on 26 December. Check out more of Sydney's outdoor cinemas here.
If crowded malls aren’t your idea of a good time, 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. Another great option is packing up a picnic of leftovers from Christmas lunch and heading to a pretty patch of grass.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – one of the world's greatest ocean races and an Aussie institution takes place on Boxing Day. Watch the start of the race from one of the harbour's vantage points, such as The Heads, Nielsen Park, Mosman and Middle Head, or take it all in from the water with Captain Cook Cruises.
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Sydney Harbour
Eat & drink
While you may need to call ahead to make sure there is room, a number of restaurants, bars and pubs around Sydney are open on Boxing Day. If you are interested in good coffee and a light brunch, Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills and Cafe Oratnek in Redfern are welcoming visitors. For a heartier feed, head to Henrietta in Surry Hills for charcoal chicken, Continental Deli Bar and Bistro in Newtown for wine and cheese and Restaurant Hubert in the CBD for fine dining and live jazz.
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