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Christmas Day on Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Author: Posted on: December 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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.


Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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5 Comments to “Christmas Day on Sydney’s Bondi Beach”

  1. Chris says:

    Simply wow. Makes me want to be there!

  2. mvmaithai says:

    Just discovered your blog via another blog (perhaps Grandtourismo?)
    I’ve heard of Bondi Beach, but never seen any pictures of it. It reminds me of South Beach in Miami. What’s the water temperature around the Christmas holidays?

    • Gourmantic says:

      Hello and welcome!
      It depends on the weather which tends to fluctuate around that time. We’ve had cool and wet weather at Christmas around 20C to hot and humid 40C. It’s a bit like the lottery! As far as the water temps, it can be around 20C so it’s great for swimming. If you ever get the chance to spend Christmas Day at Bondi, it is a lot of fun!

  3. [...] In keeping with European traditions, we celebrate on Christmas Eve with my family and on Christmas Day with Mr G’s. As self-appointed cooks, my mum, Mr G’s brother and I take our roles seriously and enjoy every minute of the preparations. On occasion, when time and weather permits, we celebrate with the hoards of tourists by going to Bondi Beach on Christmas Day. [...]

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