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15 epic things to do on Boxing Day in Sydney

From escaping to the Blue Mountains to taking a cruise, here's what's open on 26 December.

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Don't retreat back under the doona this Boxing Day. We've crowdsourced 15 hangover-bashing ideas to make this the absolute best Boxing Day yet.

Now that the big day is over, we have a few ideas on how you can say goodbye to that Christmas food coma come 26 December.

Top things to do on Boxing Day in Sydney

1. Get the adrenaline pumping

If you've been waiting for the perfect time to get that adventure in, why not on Boxing Day?

From getting out onto the water to heading to the skies, it's the perfect way to kick off the last week of the year.


2. Escape to the Blue Mountains

Hankering to escape the city and breathe some fresh (blue-tinged) air? Hop in the car and escape to the Blue Mountains this Boxing Day. A short drive away and otherworldly in appearance (the blue mist that hovers overhead is bordering on fairytale-like), the Blue Mountains is prime "mini break" territory for Sydneysiders.

Burn off excess Christmas calories with a hike up Wentworth Falls, meander Mount Wilson's gardens or relax in a kooky Katoomba cafe.

Book a Blue Mountains escape here or a day trip from Sydney here.
Blue Mountains Resort Midweek Escape with Breakfast
Blue Mountains Resort Midweek Escape with Breakfast

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Scenic World and Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass
Scenic World and Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass

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3. Don't cook: Go out for lunch

After a tiring Christmas, there is nothing nicer than a slap-up Boxing Day feast – especially when you don't have to lift a finger.

From a seafood lunch sticky dim sum dumplings in Chinatown to proper pub grub at your local, just make sure you book a table.

Otto Ristorante Six Course Seafood Degustation
Otto Ristorante Six Course Seafood Degustation

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Five-Course Tasting Menu by the Harbour with Wine
Five-Course Tasting Menu by the Harbour with Wine

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Indulgent Seafood Dining Experience by the Harbour
Indulgent Seafood Dining Experience by the Harbour

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4. Take a leap of faith with a tandem skydive

The ultimate bucket list item – but how often does it actually get ticked off?

We think there's no better time than Boxing Day. Stay with us here, we're very serious. Here's why:

  • You're not at work.
  • It's the height of summer.
  • You probably need a rude awakening from a post-Christmas slump.
  • You don't have to go far to tick this one off. You can skydive in Wollongong, Newcastle and Hunter Valley.

5. Go to the cinema

Boxing Day is a very big deal for film buffs. That's because it's when you can catch some of the biggest summer releases.

Whether you're off to watch a romantic comedy or want to take the family to the next big kids flick, not much beats settling into a comfy armchair, munching on popcorn and fixing your eyes on that super-sized screen.

With Christmas in Sydney being a summer affair and all, outdoor movie experiences are all the rage on Boxing Day.

Retro Drive-In Movie, Overnight Stay and Breakfast
Retro Drive-In Movie, Overnight Stay and Breakfast

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6. Spend the day on the water

We may not have a white Christmas Down Under but we do get to make the most of those warm December temperatures. Boxing Day provides the perfect opportunity to get out onto the water. Escape the crowds on Sydney's main beaches and hire your own kayak, paddleboard or even a boat for the day.


7. Take a harbour cruise

Not a picnic and park kind of person? No worries. Take to the water with a Boxing Day cruise. Sit back and relax as you watch the waves pass you by with your choice of day cruises.


8. Wildlife encounters

After a long and hectic year, you might be keen to surround yourself with nature. Maybe get close and personal with one of Australia's critters?

Fortunately, Sydney is surrounded by great wildlife opportunities and a koala cuddle could be just a ferry ride away.

Featherdale Wildlife Park General Admission Entry
Featherdale Wildlife Park General Admission Entry

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9. Harbour Bridge climb

We were surprised to find out that you could do this on Boxing Day, but we're mighty happy that you can.

Picture this: You're looking down on speck-like city buildings from a 52,000-tonne steel frame while sparkling water flows below and the morning sun warms your shoulders. Goodbye post-Christmas blues!


10. Go for an outdoor swim

From Insta-perfect local creeks to wave-battered ocean pools, Sydney has no shortage of sweet swim spots. Get a head start on those healthy New Year's resolutions and start Boxing Day with a cooling dip.

Our personal favourites include these great spots:

  • Queenscliff ocean pool (followed by an ice-cream cone on Manly Beach, naturally)
  • Gledhill Falls for adventure and rugged bush surrounds
  • Maccallum Pool for harbour and bridge views

Need somewhere good for small children? Quaint and quiet Little Manly Beach has a child-friendly swimming net, relatively calm waters and a cute kiosk serving snacks.


11. TV binge

OK, let's be honest. While everything on this list sounds tempting, this one wins the award for most realistic.

You have more than a few binge menu items to choose from. Here's our handy streaming hub for everything you need to know.


12. Visit a museum or art gallery

Culture vultures and art addicts can get their fix on Boxing Day, too. A lot of the city's art galleries and museums stay open for most of the day. Here's where you can go:

  • Australian Museum - 10am–5pm
  • Australian Maritime Museum - 10:30am–4pm
  • Museum of Sydney - 10am–5pm
  • Powerhouse Museum - 10am–5pm
  • Art Gallery of NSW - 10am–5pm
  • MCA - 10am–5pm
  • State Library of NSW - 10am–5pm

13. Volunteer

Volunteering around Christmas is a great way to embrace the festive spirit – and Boxing Day isn't too late. Give the gift of your time and help out a worthy cause.

There are loads of causes around Sydney, such as children's charities, St Vinnie's and soup kitchens that would love your help.


14. Watch the cricket

Join an Aussie Boxing Day tradition and watch the 26 December cricket Test match.

Either watch from home or find a fun sports bar and meet some friends.

Options include the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel and Churchills Sports Bar in Kingsford.


15. Stay at home on the sofa and hit the (online) sales

We have one question: Do you really want to spend the day after Christmas trying to tackle the Boxing Day crowd? Nope, neither do we.

Boxing Day is a very important event in any shopaholic's calendar, but it also turns shopping into a migraine-inducing, elbow-bashing, bargain hunter’s jungle.

Trust us when we say this: be a truly savvy shopper and stay at home. You can bag brilliant bargains on fashion, furniture, electronics, toys and travel all from the comfort of your sofa.

You’ll even find online-only promo codes for extra savings that you wouldn’t get in-store. To navigate the online sales like a pro, check out our full guide of all the Boxing Day sales you need to know about.


What's open on Boxing Day in Sydney

Want to browse in-store? Keep up to date with all the Boxing Day sales in Sydney.

Where can I book Boxing Day activities in Sydney?

AttractionBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
Sydney Tower Eye10am to 7pmAdrenaline
Chinese Garden of Friendship10am to 5pmAdrenaline
Jenolan Caves9am to 5pmAdrenaline
Stadium Australia9am to 5pmAdrenaline
Bridge Climb SydneyAll dayBridge Climb Sydney
Featherdale Wildlife Park9am to 4pmExperience Oz
Australian National Maritime Museum9am to 5pmViator
Australian Museum10am to 5pmAustralian Museum
Art Gallery of NSW10am to 5pmArt Gallery of NSW
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia10am to 5pmMuseum of Contemporary Art Australia

Restaurants, bars and cafes open on Boxing Day in Sydney

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
The Spice Lounge Indian Cuisine12:30pm to 8pmGroupon
Six Po Hot Pot12pm to 6:30 pmGroupon
Via Alta6pm to 7:30 pmGroupon
Sydney Pearl Cruises10:45am to 2:15pm or 6pm to 9pmScoopon
Cicchetti Restaurant & Wine Bar10am to 1pmGroupon
Iceberg Dining Room and BarLunch from 12pm and dinner from 6:30pm
Sharon Kwan Kitchen11:30am to 8:30pm
Sydney Cebu Lechon11:30am to 3:30pm and 5pm to 9pm
Ho Jiak11am to 10pm
Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium12pm to 8pm
Red Pepper Bistro11am to 1:30am
The Amalfi Way12pm to late
Cafe Sydney12pm to 12am
Bathers' Pavilion8:30am to 11:30pm
Jang Ta Bal5pm to 12am
Ho Jiak Town Hall11:30am to 10pm
Chiswick12pm to 2:45pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
North Bondi Fish12pm to 2:45pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
Eastside Kitchen12pm to late
Marigold10am to 3pm and 5:30pm to late
Gyusha12pm to 10pm
Alberto's Lounge12pm to 12am
Totti's12pm to 10pm
The Collaroy Hotel12pm to 3am
Opera Bar11:30am to 12am
One Drop Brewing11am to 10pm
Nomad Brewing Co.11am to 8pm
The Golden Sheaf Hotel10am to 2pm
Darlo Bar12pm to 10pm
Jackalberry3pm to 11pm
The Dolphin Hotel12pm to 10pm
Bondi Beach Public Bar10am to 1am
Shuk6am to 5pm
Shuk Bakery7am to 3pm
Gelato Messina Darlinghurst12pm to 11:30pm
Gelato Messina Bondi12pm to 11:30pm
Mayflower7am to 3:30pm
X23 Asian Fusion Cafe9am to 3pm
Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills8am to 4pm

See the latest activity deals for Boxing Day in Sydney

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Available from 30 June – 31 December 2022 for a 60-minute tour for 2 persons.
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Available until 15 December 2023 when you purchase 2 or more vouchers using the code. T&Cs apply.
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Available on purchases including tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, S.E.A. Aquarium and ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. T&Cs apply.
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