Boxing Day in NSW

The presents have been opened and the turkey has been eaten, so it’s time to decide how you want to spend Boxing Day. Head for the mountains, swim in ocean pools along the South Coast, pick juicy cherries, meet plenty of animals or have fun at a beachside carnival. There’s so much to do in NSW this Summer.

Tourists watching the Scenic Railway train descending the Jamison Valley at Scenic World, Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley

A short drive or train ride from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is the perfect Boxing Day escape. Ride the Scenic Railway into the Jamison Valley and glide 270m above it on the Scenic Skyway at Scenic World. Then refuel with lunch at Echoes Restaurant or the Wintergarden High Tea at the Hydro Majestic.

In the Hunter Valley, the annual Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens will still be on display with over one million lights, rides, entertainment and food. A number of the wineries will also be open on Boxing Day, so you can sample the famous local semillon under the Summer sunshine.

Friendly koala at Symbio Wildlife Park, Helensburgh in the Illawarra region

South Coast

Jump in the car for a South Coast ocean pool road trip – there are a dozen in the Illawarra region alone and two more in Kiama. Stretch your legs along the Kiama Coast Walk, White Sands Walk or Light to Light Walk. And enjoy some old fashioned fun at the Huskisson Carnival, which starts on Boxing Day.

How about some animal encounters? Meet meerkats, lions and giraffes at Mogo Zoo in Eurobodalla. Get up close to koalas and wombats at Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh before cooling off in the new Splash Park. Join a tour to Montague Island and snorkel or scuba dive with playful seals.

Conference delegates enjoying a camel ride at Anna Bay with Oakfield Ranch Camel Rides in Port Stephens, North Coast

North Coast

Near Kempsey, you can join hundreds of eager runners in the Hat Head Trig Marathon – or just cheer them along from the sidelines. For racing of a different kind, dust off your best dress or your sharpest suit and get your place trackside at the Ballina Boxing Day Races or Newcastle Boxing Day Races.

In Port Stephens, many of the best wildlife and adventure activities will be running over the holidays. Head out on the water in search of dolphins, zip over vast sand dunes on a quad bike or ride a camel along the beach. Meet more animals at the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast or at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

Country NSW

Cherry season is in full swing in December – take a road trip to Orange or Young to pick your own (or just eat your fill). The residents of Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo will be waiting for visitors. Take a safari truck through the Lion Pride Lands, walk through the Wild Herds exhibit and spot the new white rhino calf.

Great Boxing Day Events and Attractions in NSW


Public Holiday Dates 2020-2021

Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January  Friday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January Tuesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 10 April Friday, 2 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 11 April Saturday, 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 12 April Sunday, 4 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 13 April Monday, 5 April
Anzac Day  Saturday, 25 April Sunday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 8 June Monday, 14 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 5 October Monday, 4 October
Christmas Day public holiday Friday, 25 December Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December (Additional Day 28 December) Tuesday, 28 December