It may sound like a cliché or a much-publicised haven for backpackers. Year after year, hoards of travellers, visitors, even locals converge on the golden sands of Bondi Beach to spend Christmas Day at one of Sydney’s iconic beaches. Decked out in bold red Santa hats and proudly wearing Christmas decorations around bikinis, girl elves in short red skirts and men in Santa costumes are common sightings.
Beachgoers park their decorated Christmas trees next to their beach towels, pose for photographs in the front of the surf, even take on to surfboards in their best Christmas beachwear. Walking along the stretch of the beach, it is evident by the variety of foreign accents that visitors bring an international touch with a big party ambience that draws in an eclectic crowd.
When celebrating Christmas in the midst of summer, one may as well partake in the local culture. Plans this year were to throw towels over our shoulders and head down to Bondi Beach for an exercise in people watching, photography and a refreshing swim in the clear waters. Unfortunately, the weather was nostalgic for the Northern Hemisphere and Sydney was awash with rain and cooler temperatures.
The photographs below were taken during previous visits when Sydney put on her best summer dress. Enjoy the slice of Australiana that Sydney often serves on Christmas Day.
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